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Dental Hygiene - FAQ


Q. Is the MXC Dental Hygiene Program accredited?​

A. Yes The Malcolm X College Dental Hygiene Program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. The Commission is a specialized accrediting agency recognized by the Council on Post-Secondary Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education. The Commission conducts the accreditation and site visit process and recommends accreditation. The Malcolm X College Dental Hygiene Program's policies, standards, and curricula are modeled after the Commission's guidelines.

Current Program Accreditation Status: Approval (without reporting requirements): An accreditation classification granted to an educational program indicating that the program achieves or exceeds the basic requirements for accreditation.

Q. How much does the MXC Dental Hygiene Program cost?

A. Estimated Program Expenses
  • Tuition 6 Semesters
  • In-district - $10,928
  • Out of district - $23,756
  • Castlebranch initial fee - $116.00
  • Instrument Purchase - $3500.00 **
  • Scrubs and lab coat - $200.00 **
  • Textbooks - $2,000.00 **
  • Student ADHA Membership-65.00/year for 2 years - $130.00
  • Class photos, Class pin*** - $150.00
  • Board Prep Class - $450 **
  • National Board Examination - $410.00 **
  • CDCA Licensure Exam - $975.00 **

Total In-District Costs ($18,859)        

Total Out of District Costs ($31,687)        

1 semester in District Tuition Full-time ($2429)         

1 semester out of district tuition Full- time ($5279)         

Cost per credit hour ($202)         

**Please note: All expenses are estimates and subject to change. Expenses listed above do not include costs for immunizations, titers and/or CPR.    

Q. When can I apply to the MXC Dental Hygiene Program?​

A. Applying to the Dental Hygiene Program is a 2-step process. Applications to the selective enrollment DH Program are accepted between September 15 and December 2022. The deadline to submit the online dental hygiene application will be Mid-January 2023. (All application deadlines will be available in early Fall of 2022). As part of the online application, applicants are required to interview a practicing dental hygienist. The questions can be asked virtually or in person.​ Interview questions can be found on the homepage under the Interview Questions 2021 Application link. Please upload the completed interview form to your online application.​

Q. How long does it take to complete the MXC Dental Hygiene Program?​

A. The Dental Hygiene Program is a full-time program. The curriculum is two full calendar years (6 semesters), beginning in the Summer term. All didactic and laboratory classes are held Monday thru Friday from 8am-7pm. Additionally, in the Fall and Spring semesters, first year students must complete 6-9 hours of pre-clinical/clinical work per week from 8am-6pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Second year students must complete 12-16 hours of clinical work per week Monday through Friday including evening clinics.

Q. Are there expectations outside the classroom?​

A. Yes. The dental hygiene program is academically challenging. Each week students should expect to study at least 1 hour for every credit hour a course is worth. For example, if a course is 3 credit hours students should expect to study at a minimum, 3 hours per week for that course. 
Q. Can I work while I am a student in the program?​

A. Yes. You can work, but due to the demands of the program it is discouraged. It is recommended that students plan to not work for the 2 years they are in the program because students must earn a final grade of C or better in each course to continue in the program. 
Q. Do I need to take a test to work in the dental hygiene profession?​

A. Yes. A dental hygiene license is required to work in this profession. This license requires that students pass the Dental Hygiene National Board Computerized Exam, a computerized patient case exam, and pass a clinical exam.
Q. How many students are accepted each year? ​

The Dental Hygiene Program may admit up to 30 students each year however, due to the impact of COVID-19, we reserve the right to reduce the class size for Summer 2022.
Q. Is there financial aid available to students in the Dental Hygiene Program? ​

A. Yes. Please discuss your course plans with a financial aid advisor. The amount of aid available can vary based on the number of credit hours taken each semester. Please see the link below to the financial aid webpage.