The Blinn College District invites prospective students considering a career as a dental hygienist to attend one of four upcoming information sessions regarding the College District’s Dental Hygiene Program.
The two-year Dental Hygiene Program prepares students for careers as dental hygienists or transfer into a bachelor’s degree program at a four-year university. Based at Blinn’s Post Office Campus, the program is equipped with a dental hygiene clinic and highly qualified faculty who closely work with students in classroom and clinical settings.
Information sessions will be held:
• Friday, July 27, at 12:30 p.m., and
• Wednesday, July 11, at 5:30 p.m.
All information sessions will be held in Room CC-7 of the Post Office Campus located at 301 Post Office Street in Bryan. Program applicants must attend an information session, which will inform prospective students of the program’s admissions criteria, application process, and the role of a registered dental hygienist.
Blinn’s Dental Hygiene Program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. Upon successful completion of coursework, students receive an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree and are eligible to take the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination and a regional or state board clinical exam.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for dental hygienists is expected to grow 20 percent between 2016 and 2026, resulting in 40,900 additional positions. In 2017, the median hourly pay for a dental hygienist was $35.61, or $74,070 per year.
Each year the program participates in a variety of community service projects, including Give Kids a Smile, an initiative of the American Dental Association that provides free dental services to qualifying local children. At the most recent Give Kids a Smile event, almost 100 children received cleanings, x-rays, and sealants at no cost, totaling approximately $25,000 in preventative care. Since the inaugural event in 2008, Give Kids a Smile has provided almost $200,000 in preventative dental services.
The Dental Hygiene Program is part of Blinn’s Division of Health Sciences, which offers associate degree nursing, emergency medical services, fire science, health information technology, physical therapist assistant, radiologic technology, surgical technology, and vocational nursing programs designed to quickly train students for high-demand professions.