As an integral member of the dental team, dental hygienists work directly with patients by cleaning teeth, examining patients for oral diseases, taking x-rays, and providing additional dental care.
The Blinn College Dental Hygiene Program is a competitive-entry program accepting 14 students each Fall semester. Upon satisfactory completion of this two-year program, students earn an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Dental Hygiene and are eligible to take the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination and a regional/state clinical board examination.
In addition to the Dental Hygiene Program, Blinn offers its own dental hygiene clinic to the community. Services are provided by dental hygiene students under the supervision of a general dentist and dental hygiene faculty, all of whom are licensed in the State of Texas. Schedule your appointment by visiting our Dental Clinic page today!
The Blinn College District Dental Hygiene Program is designed to prepare graduates for employment in the industry with a special emphasis on community service and civic leadership.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, dental hygienists earn a median salary of $74,820 per year, and with a mean salary of $75,300 in Texas. Employment of dental hygienists is expected to grow 11% between 2018 and 2028, much faster than the average rate. This growth is expected to create 23,700 new dental hygienist positions nation-wide.
Workforce Solutions Brazos Valley lists dental hygienists on its High-Skill, High-Growth Targeted Occupations List, and local demand for dental hygienists is expected to grow 23.1% between 2014 and 2024.
As Blinn prepares its dental hygiene students for a high-wage, high-demand career, it also prepares students to serve their communities. Since 2008, Blinn has hosted an annual Give Kids a Smile event that provides exams, x-rays, cleanings, sealants, tooth print, fluoride, and oral health education to local children without access to regular dental care. Through these events, the Blinn Dental Hygiene Program has partnered with local dentists, hygienists, and volunteers to provide more than $200,000 in dental services to the local children who need them most.
The Blinn College District Dental Hygiene Program (Program) meets college, state, regional and national requirements. At the national level, the accrediting body is the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation (ADA CODA/Commission). The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education and its scope encompasses dental programs, advanced dental programs, and allied dental education like dental hygiene. The Program in Dental Hygiene has been granted the accreditation status of approval without reporting requirements by the Commission on Dental Accreditation based on the 2013 Program review. The next Program site visit by the Commission is scheduled to occur in 2020.
The ADA CODA will accept comments and complaints about our Program. The Commission will consider only formal, written, signed complaints. Unsigned complaints will be considered "anonymous complaints" and oral complaints will not be considered. Anonymous comments/complaints may be received at any time and will be added to the respective program's file for evaluation during the program's next scheduled accreditation site visit. An appropriate complaint is one that directly addresses a program's compliance with the Commission's standards, policies and procedures.
You may contact the Commission at:
The American Dental Association
Commission on Dental Accreditation
211 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60611
Telephone: 1-800-621-8099 1-312-440-4653
The Blinn College District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, or disability in its programs or activities. For information regarding Title IX, ADA, Section 504 and other anti-discrimination coordinators, see Required Notices .
The Blinn College Dental Hygiene program located in Bryan Tx will be visited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) April 14-15, 2020