Blinn’s Dental Hygiene Program announces 2019-20 information session dates

Program equips students to brighten smiles in high-demand careers as dental hygienists

Program equips students to brighten smiles in high-demand careers as dental hygienists

July 3, 2019

The Blinn College District Dental Hygiene Program invites prospective students considering a career as a dental hygienist to attend one of its upcoming 2019-20 information session to learn more about this high-demand and innovative field.

The two-year Dental Hygiene Program prepares students to begin careers as registered dental hygienists, following licensure, or continue their studies in a degree completion program at a four-year university. Based at Blinn’s Post Office Campus, the program includes instruction at a dental hygiene clinic and highly skilled faculty who closely work with students in classroom and laboratory settings.

Information sessions will be held:

  • Friday, July 12, 2019, at 12:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, July 17, 2019, at 5:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, July 24, 2019, at 12:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, August 1, 2019, at 5:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 14, 2019, at 12:30 p.m.
  • Friday, September 13, 2019, at 12:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, September 25, 2019, at 5:30 p.m.
  • Friday, October 18, 2019, at 12:30 p.m.
  • Monday, October 28, 2019, at 5:30 p.m.
  • Friday, November 8, 2019, at 12:30 p.m.
  • Monday, November 25, 2019, at 5:30 p.m.
  • Friday, December 6, 2019, at 12:30 p.m.
  • Friday, January 17, 2020, at 12:30 p.m.

All information sessions are in Room CC-7 at 301 Post Office Street in Bryan. Program applicants are strongly encouraged to attend one of the sessions, which detail 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 clinical exam.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for dental hygienists is expected to grow 20% between 2016 and 2026, resulting in 40,900 additional positions. In 2018, the median hourly pay for a dental hygienist was $35.97, or $74,820 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. In April, Blinn’s Dental Hygiene Program marked a milestone as it surpassed $200,000 in preventative dental services since its first Give Kids a Smile event in 2008. During this year’s event, almost 100 area children received cleanings, x-rays, and sealants at no cost, totaling approximately $25,000 in preventative care.

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.

For more information or to register for an information session, visit www.blinn.edu/dental-hygiene. Prospective students who would like to speak to an advisor about the program can visit www.blinn.edu/health-sciences/advising.

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