Dental Hygiene

Dental Hygiene


Dental Hygiene student

Program Information

Notice to students
and prospective students

This program and career includes
exposure to bloodborne pathogens
and infectious diseases. Training
is included to protect both
students and patients.

What's the average pay?

  • Mid-Willamette region averages between $32 and $38 hourly with up to $77,000 annually.

Information in this website is designed to assist current and prospective students of the Dental Hygiene Program.

Lane offers a two-year Associate Degree in Dental Hygiene.  A dental hygienist is a licensed oral health professional who provides preventive, therapeutic, restorative and educational interventions to control oral disease and promote optimal oral health.

Program Accreditation

The LCC Dental Hygiene program is fully 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 has established Accreditation Standards for Dental Hygiene Education Programs to guide program administrators, faculty and staff in developing and maintaining acceptable quality in educational programs. These standards address outcomes assessment, administration, curriculum and instruction, faculty and staff, financial support and physical facilities and resources. View the Accreditation Standards for Dental Hygiene Education Programs.

To Our Students: Please be informed that Lane Community College Division of Health Professions requires all students to submit appropriate personal information (such as immunization records, federal and state background checks, drug screens and others) to CastleBranch, a company specializing in the collection and storage of student health care information. Submission of required documents must be accomplished prior to the beginning of classes. Both the drug screens and background checks must be clear (e.g. absence of positive results for narcotics, marijuana, alcohol and/or other illicit substances for drug screen) to ensure clinical placements and graduation from Health Profession programs. Specifics on required documents, costs, timelines, and how to access CastleBranch, will be included in the letter of program acceptance and/or discussed at the Mandatory Program Orientation.

Dear Students:
Please be aware that you will be required to have a minimum 2.0 gpa at the time of graduation in order to graduate and receive your certificate or associate's degree from LCC. Please also be aware that only LCC courses count toward your final gpa.

What's the Dental Hygiene program at Lane like?
Get the scoop from students and faculty in this career preview video.