Dental Hygiene

Dental Hygiene

About the Program

HCC Coleman College Health Sciences has been designed to produce an entry-level dental hygienist that will assist in meeting the oral health needs of the community.

AWARD TYPES: Associate of Applied Science

AREA OF STUDY: Health Sciences

Degrees and Certificates

Learn more about the Degrees and Certificates offered by this program by visiting the HCC Catalog.

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Program Outcomes



The dental hygienist must create an informative tabletop presentation to appraise original research on a specific topic.


The dental hygienist must create a case study and evaluate clinical therapy treatment on a periodontal patient.


Dental hygiene students must demonstrate an extraoral exam to identify the anatomy of the head and neck.


The dental hygienist must demonstrate psychomotor skills to deliver preventive services to patients.

Program Information

A Career in Dental Hygiene

The Dental Hygiene program is an Applied Science Degree program at Coleman College. The student will graduate after two years of four semesters and one summer term.

The profession of Dental Hygiene functions in close alliance with the profession of dentistry. Working with dentists, dental hygienists provide services to assist patients in obtaining knowledge and individualized care to meet their oral care needs.

The Dental Hygiene program at Coleman College strives to ensure an environment which supports student learning. In order to facilitate the learning process, the program is committed to seeking and improving instructional strategies. Students play a role in the educational process and are encouraged to be self-directed in their learning and to establish high standards of professional and personal excellence. In addition, the program strives to develop oral health care professionals who function as effective health care providers in a dynamic society. Dental Hygienist beginning salaries usually range upward from $28 to $34 per hour.


Accreditation Information

The program in dental hygiene is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation [and has been granted the accreditation status of “approval without reporting requirements”]. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611. The Commission’s web address is:


Commission on Dental Accreditation



HESI Information

HESI Testing at HCC Coleman Campus:

  • Create an online student account at, and keep your login credentials secure to take the test. 
  • Contact HCC Coleman College Testing Center for a testing appointment on 713.718.5170 or via email:
  • Before take the test, you must make the payment of $75.00, to the Business Office at HCC Coleman, 1900 Pressler Street.
  • Location of Testing: 1st Floor,  John B. Coleman Building,  1900 Pressler Street, Suite #158


Dental Hygiene Clinic

HCC Coleman Student Dental Hygiene Clinic offers dental services to the public. Treatments include exams, oral cancer screenings, cleanings, x-rays, sealants and fluoride treatments. Students are directly supervised by faculty and dentists.

Appointments can last up to 3 hours due to grading by dentists and faculty. Multiple visits may be required to complete treatment depending on each patients dental needs.

If you are unable to make your appointment, please contact the clinic within 48 hours of your appointment time to cancel or reschedule.

Supervision of minors (small children) is mandated by HCC and children under the age of 18 are not allowed in the treatment area unless they are patients themselves.

Food and drink are not allowed in the clinic.

Please have your cell phone on silent while inside the clinic.

If you have any other questions, please contact the HCC Coleman Dental Hygiene Clinic at (713) 718-7292.


The clinic is located on the 5th floor of the HCC Coleman College building. After you exit the elevators, turn right at the stair case and then turn right again. Walk to the end of the hallway past the restrooms and turn left. The clinic is halfway down the hall on the right hand side.


There are 2 parking options for our patients:

AU Lot across the street from HCC Coleman College

0 - 1 Hour $5.00
1 - 2 Hours $8.00
2 - 4 Hours $10.00
4 - 24 Hours $12.00

 There is a flat rate parking garage located 2 blocks from HCC Coleman College. It is $6 for all-day parking.

Corner Parking Garage
2151 W. Holcolmbe Blvd.
Houston, TX 77030

Dental Exam

Service includes:

  • Exam
  • X-Ray
  • Cleaning
  • Polish
  • Fluoride Varnish
  • Sealants



Licensure/Certification Exam Results

The Dental Hygiene program graduates licensures/certifications are issued by Texas State Board of Dental Examiners.

Licensure exams are administered through The Central Regional Dental Testing Service, Inc. (CRDTS).

For more information on the specific requirements for licensure in each of the CRDTS member states, you must contact each state's Dental Board. Contact information for these Dental Boards can be found on the Contact Page

Please note, every attempt is made to ensure the above information is accurate and up to date; however, some information is subject to change.

If you have any questions or encounter problems contacting the appropriate licensing board, please contact the Program Director at (713) 718-7238.


2021-2022 Third-Party Licensure/Certification Exam Results 

Occupational licensure and/or certification pass rates reported by academic calendar year (Sept. 1–Aug. 31). Results for the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 academic years are provided for comparison.  

Program/ Aligned Award

Agency Standard

HCC Standard


Pass Rate

(# Passed)


Pass Rate

(# Passed)


Pass Rate




Dental Hygiene AAS

(Two Exams)



100% (8)  100% (27)  100% (30) 

Exceeds Expectation




There are 2,802 Dental Hygienists employed in the Greater Houston Area. This number is expected to increase by 16.3% over the next four years.

  • The estimated annual job openings is 216 jobs a year.
  • Median Wages - $35.86 hourly, $75,000 annually


Texas Education Association (TEA) Industry Based Certification Resource

Certification NameTEA Resource Link Third-Party Certification AgencyThird-Party Certification Agency Website

Dental Hygiene/Hygienist



Central Regional Dental Testing Service Inc./ Regional Clinical 



Certification NameTEA Resource Link Third-Party Certification AgencyThird-Party Certification Agency Website

Dental Hygiene/Hygienist



National Dental Hygiene Board Certification




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Marketable Skills

Learn more about the marketable skills—skills valued by employers that can be applied in variety of work settings—so you can communicate these to potential employers. Click on the relevant award title below to see descriptions of marketable skills for that area.

Dental Hygiene, A.A.S.

Dental Hygiene Information Session

Learn more about the Dental Hygiene Program by completing an online information session.

The online information session is a mandatory requirement of the admission process.

Once you have completed the information session, you will receive an email containing the admissions application.

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Michele Giles

Dental Hygiene