Dental Hygiene

A career in the dental field will equal a lifetime of smiles! So let’s make smiles Life.Changing. for you!

Campus Ottumwa Campus (Main)
Entry Term Fall Term
Length of Program 8 Terms (24 Months)
Diploma/Degree  Associate of Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.)



Are you always looking at peoples’ smiles?  Take that interest to the next level by keeping smiles healthy and bright with our dental hygiene program at Indian Hills.  As a dental hygienist, you will become a licensed healthcare professional who focuses on preventing and treating dental diseases to improve your patients’ oral health! Some tasks you can expect to be performing from day to day as a dental hygienist could be: taking x-rays of patient’s teeth, removing plaque, applying fluoride, and teaching patients the best techniques to keep their teeth clean and healthy! Take your career to the next level by keeping smiles healthy and bright with our dental hygiene program at Indian Hills. 

Graduates of the IHCC Dental Hygiene program will be eligible to sit for the National Board Dental Hygiene (NBDHE) and clinical board exam CRDTS.


What you will learn:
  • Digital dental radiographic imaging
  • Power scaling
  • Dental hygiene care planning
  • Paperless charting/documentation
  • Periodontal non-surgical therapy
  • Root detoxification
  • Caries risk management
  • Sealants
  • Intra-oral camera
  • Eaglesoft Software
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Dental instrumentation
  • Athletic mouth-guards
  • Bleaching trays
  • Nutritional counseling


Ready to take your education to the next level? Check out the Dental Hygiene Program details below to see how our program at Indian Hills Community College will help you get a Life.Changing. Career as a Dental Hygienist in a private practice, or a Dental Hygienist in public health!


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Please note: that all Indian Hills Community College Dental Hygiene students are being notified that it is up to the student to check  if Dental Hygiene courses transfer to another Dental Hygiene  institution. The teaching and receiving dental hygiene institution are not responsible  for dental hygiene transferred courses from one institution to another.


Questions? Don’t stress. Just ask Jody! 

jodyJody Williams, RDH, BS, MA, Program Director, Dental Hygiene
Indian Hills Community College

525 Grandview Avenue Ottumwa, Iowa 52501

(641) 683-5120 or (800) 726-2585, ext. 5120 
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