Dental Hygiene

  • Hygiene students working on a patient laying back in a chair.
  • Two student looking over a treatment plan.
  • Hygiene student performing an x-ray.
  • Hygiene student cleaning a patient.
  • Student displaying xrays to a small child.
  • Dental Hygiene student cleaning a patient's mouth.
  • Dental Hygiene students cleaning a patient laying back in a chair.

The Associate of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene degree prepares students for a career in dental hygiene.  Salina Area Technical College Dental Hygiene Program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation.

Dental hygienists are licensed professionals who provide oral health services such as completing a full assessment of the health of the teeth and supporting structures, therapeutic and preventative procedures, radiographic evaluation and patient education. Dental hygienists must be licensed by the state in which they practice.  A candidate must graduate from an accredited dental hygiene school and pass national and local examinations to obtain licensure.

Students at SATC will receive their education working with skilled professionals in a newly remodeled dental clinic located on campus. Our dental clinic will provide the opportunity for hands-on training where you will provide comprehensive therapeutic and preventative services.

Program Length Program Cost Degree Earned Expected Salary
Two Years $34,125 Associate Degree $67,410 – $86,740


  • How to gather diagnostic patient information, oral assessment and develop a treatment plan

  • How to provide preventative and therapeutic dental treatment

  • Nitrous oxide administration

  • Concepts of infection control

  • Medical/Dental emergencies/CPR

  • Principles of radiation techniques, health and safety

  • Manipulation of dental materials and lab procedures

  • Educate patients on prevention, treatment and home care

  • Maintain confidentiality and professional ethics


  • General practice

  • Periodontics

  • Dental Laboratory

  • Sales Representative

  • Insurance companies

  • Education



Contact the DEN Enrollment Specialist with any questions, admissions requirements, or to set up program shadowing or tours.

Ryan Weber