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Dental Hygiene

Create beautiful healthy smiles as a Registered Dental Hygienist. Gain the education you need to work with a dentist to treat and prevent oral diseases.

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What is Dental Hygiene?

This program prepares students to function as dental hygienists on a dental auxiliary team under the supervision of a dentist. The curriculum includes courses in general education and in dental hygiene as required by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. The program provides comprehensive educational experiences through lectures, clinicals and related study in order that students may apply scientific knowledge in the performance of dental hygiene procedures.

Upon completion, graduates are eligible to take national and regional licensing examinations for dental hygienists. As the only licensed dental auxiliary, dental hygienists may be employed in dentist offices, clinics, dental schools, public health and governmental agencies, industry and educational institutions. For more information about admission to the Dental Hygiene Program, please see the guidelines for the selective admission requirements. See program checklist for more information.

Dental Hygiene Services

Smile while saving! Our students give quality treatments for a fraction of the price of a standard dentist. All your services are under the direct supervision of our qualified instructors.

Visit the Dental Hygiene Services page to schedule an appointment.

How to Apply

Selective Admissions

MANDATORY APPLICATION PACKETS will be given out at the Pre-Admission Conference.

If you're interested in applying, you must attend a pre-admission conference. We'll cover your most pressing questions to make sure this is a good fit for you. 

Candidate's questions can be addressed at pre-admission conferences. Therefore, each candidate must attend a pre-admission conference prior to applying to the Dental Hygiene Program. If unable to attend an in-person conference, please email Program Coordinator Mary Jones at to request an online presentation.

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For more information regarding Dental Hygiene Admissions, please refer to the BCTC Course Catalog.

You will need to submit a Dental Hygiene Observation form as part of your application in order for it to be considered complete. Please contact Mary Jones, Program Coordinator, at to request this form.

Dental Hygiene is a Selective Admissions program. 

Students must follow all Selective Admissions steps to be considered for the program.

Selective Admission: Dental Hygiene


Commission on Dental Accreditation

Third Party Comments Notice

Institution: Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC)

Program under review: Dental Hygiene

Site Visit Date: TBD 2025

Deadline for Receipt of Third Party Comment in the Commission Office: TBD 2025

BCTC's Dental Hygiene Program is currently participating in the accreditation process through the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA). This notice provides interested parties the information to make comments regarding our program. You may obtain a copy of the accreditation standards and/or the full policy on third party comments directly from the commission at the address below or by calling 1-800-621-8099, Extension 4653.

Commission on Dental Accreditation
211 E. Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611

Who can submit comments: Third party comment relative to the Commission's accredited programs may include comments submitted by interested parties such as faculty, students, program administrators, Commission consultants, specialty and dental related organizations, patients and/or consumers. Comments must be signed but signatures will be removed from comments before forwarding them to the program.  Comments must pertain only to the standards or policies and procedures used in the CODA accreditation process.

Commission on Dental Accreditation
211 E. Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611

1-800-621-8099, Extension 4653.

American Dental Hygienists' Association

Registered Dental Hygienists are the only oral health care providers whose education specifically prepares them to provide preventive oral health care services that are critical to patients' overall health and wellness.

Registered Dental Hygienists are Licensed Prevention Specialists


Registered Dental Hygienists (RDH)
Are the only oral health care providers whose education specifically prepares them to provide preventive oral health care services that are critical to patients' overall health and wellness.

Through early detection of warning signs, dental hygienists often serve as a first line of defense against debilitating - sometimes deadly - diseases and disorders, such as hypertension, diabetes, anorexia nervosa, bulimia, osteoporosis, oral cancers and HIV. Periodontal (gum) disease has been linked to heart disease, diabetes, respiratory ailments, and premature and low birth weight babies.

The RDH provides the patient with skills necessary to maintain lifetime dental health. Clinical services provided by the Dental Hygienist include oral health assessments, nutritional counseling, oral health education, tooth whitening procedures, tobacco cessation counseling, exposing and developing dental radiographs, removing soft and hard deposits from teeth (periodontal debridement), sealant application, fluoride application, microbial assay testing, as well as many other specific examinations/procedures. Registered Dental Hygienists perform critical services and enjoy attractive income potential.

Patients should know who is providing their oral health care. They deserve to have health care workers who are fully educated and licensed as a part of their professional oral health care team.

American Dental Hygienists' Association
444 North Michigan Avenue,
Suite 3400,
Chicago, IL 60611

1 (800) 847-6718

American Dental Hygienists' Association website (new window)

Student American Dental Hygienists' Association

The Student American Dental Hygienists' Association of Bluegrass Community and Technical College (S.A.D.H.A.) is a non profit organization student affiliate of the American Dental Hygienists' Association.

The goal of our organization is "to cultivate, promote, and sustain the art and science of dental hygiene, to represent and safeguard the common interest of the members of the dental hygiene profession and to contribute toward the improvement of the health of the public."

Additional Information

The Dental Hygiene Clinic located on the Cooper campus of the Bluegrass Community and Technical College opened in 1977. The Dental Hygiene Program has produced over 500 graduates who care for the oral health needs of the public. The faculty is extremely proud of the achievements of graduates, including high rates of licensure, ("Board") examination success and post graduation employment and continuing education.
Our faculty members are dedicated to your success. They have advanced degrees in Public Health and are licensed clinical Dental Hygienists. 
The mission of the Bluegrass Community and Technical College Dental Hygiene Program is to provide an innovative center of learning that serves the Bluegrass community by developing competent dental hygiene practitioners, offering quality dental hygiene care to the public and acting as a resource for the professional dental community. The Dental Hygiene program is committed to utilizing a comprehensive, interdisciplinary team approach to educate future dental hygienists. As members of the health care profession, graduates will not only become critical thinkers but also will demonstrate cultural sensitivity when providing quality, comprehensive, evidence-based care to a diverse population of patients utilizing the highest level of knowledge, skill, and professional judgment. As a member of the Dental Hygiene profession, our graduates are expected to serve humanity competently whether as a clinician, educator, consumer advocate, researcher, or change agent.

What are my career choices?

Dental hygienists work in dental offices, clinics, dental schools, and public health and government agencies.

What are my degree, diploma, or certificate options?

The catalog describes the course requirements for completing the credential. Students are required to schedule an appointment with their assigned academic advisor to ensure achievement of their academic goals.

Length of Program

You can earn an associate in applied science degree in two years if you maintain full-time status.

This information should not be considered a substitute for the KCTCS Catalog. You should always choose classes in cooperation with your faculty advisor to ensure that you meet all degree requirements.

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Program Contact

Mary W. Jones RDH, MPH

Dental Hygiene

Program Coordinator

(859) 246-6472
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