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Dental Hygienist
Dental Hygienist

When was the last time you were at the dentist to get your teeth cleaned? Chances are that sparkling white smile you walked out with was compliments of a dental hygienist.

The need for dental care is on the rise. Because of this, the field of dental hygiene is predicted to be one of the fastest growing occupations in the nation.

The Dental Hygienist program is a three-year program offered in association with Kalamazoo Valley Community College. Lake Michigan College provides you with the first year of core classes that transfer directly to KVCC. At KVCC you will finish the remainder of your degree requirements.

Career Information

Dental hygienists differ from dental assistants in that hygienists are licensed to perform more complex tasks. These tasks include teeth cleaning, examining gums for disease, and charting conditions of decay and disease for diagnosis and treatment by the dentist. In addition, dental hygienists, like dental assistants, may take and develop x-rays, apply fluorides and sealants, and show patients how to maintain good oral health with proper brushing and flossing techniques. read more

Classroom Experience

Lake Michigan College offers the first year of a three-year Associate in Applied Science Degree in Dental Hygiene in cooperation with Kalamazoo Valley Community College (KVCC). The program is fully accredited by the American Dental Association. In your first year at LMC, you will take courses in subjects including cell biology, anatomy, physiology microbiology, chemistry, and English in preparation for your major classes in dental hygiene at KVCC. read more

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