Fifteen future dental hygienists were recognized May 5, after completing the Blinn College District’s highly competitive Dental Hygiene Program.
The two-year program prepares students for careers as dental hygienists or for transfer into a bachelor degree program at a four-year university. Blinn’s Dental Hygiene Program is equipped with a dental hygiene clinic and faculty who work closely with students in the classroom and clinical settings.
The Spring 2018 graduating class includes: Shadasia Burton (Houston), Madison Cammack (West), Ramiro Hernandez (Glendale Heights, Ill.), Savannah Hobbs (Waller), Olga Kharchenko (St. Petersburg, Russia), Lou Kasey King (New Waverly), Bethany Long (Edna), Tricia Larsen Maginn (Bryan), Cathryn Martin (Bryan), Morgan Young Melancon (Mont Belvieu), Kassidy Morris (San Angelo), Julieta Cruz Romero (Taylor), Jillian Schmidt (Moody), Amy Vansa (Cameron), Victoria Liverman Yoho (Lampasas).
“I am extremely proud of this stellar group of graduates,” said Lisa Wiese, Program Director. “They have worked hard and supported each other, and they are all going to make fantastic contributions to the dental hygiene profession.”
Entry into Blinn’s Dental Hygiene Program is highly competitive, with admission limited to the top 14 applicants each fall.
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. After graduating from the program, students can earn more than $30 per hour as dental hygienists, depending on their location.
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.