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 Dental Hygiene

Maureen Fannon, RDH, MS
Medical Director

Mission Statement

The mission of the Malcolm X College Dental Hygiene Program is to educate students to provide comprehensive dental hygiene care to diverse populations using critical thinking and evidenced-based decision making.                 

Dental Hygiene Profession 

Dental hygienists are licensed professionals who work under the supervision of a dentist to provide preventive oral health care to patients. Career opportunities include: private practice, public health, education, business and research. The bureau of labor statistics cites the average salary for a full-time dental hygienist with an Associate's degree is @ $74,070.                

Minimum Admission Requirements

Applicants are eligible to apply online once the following criteria have been met:                

  • Earn a grade of C or higher in the following prerequisite courses
    • Speech 101
    • Biology 121**, Biology 226** and Biology 227**
    • Microbiology 233**
    • ** All science courses must be taken within 5 years of applying to the Program
  • Be 18 years old
  • A graduate of an accredited high school or have earned a GED
  • Meet the general admissions requirements for City Colleges of Chicago including successful completion of all prerequisite courses for the Dental Hygiene Program
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8 in all college level work
  • Submit to Office of Registrar Services all official college transcripts attended outside of City Colleges of Chicago
  • Mandatory 20 documented hours of observing a dental hygienist in clinical practice
  • Strongly encouraged that applicants attend a dental hygiene open house (Fall dates TBD)

​To Apply to Program: 

Non City Colleges of Chicago Students: 

All applicants must first apply to City Colleges of Chicago and submit to MXC Registrar Services 1 copy of each official grade transcript from all Colleges and Universities attended outside of City Colleges of Chicago.                

City Colleges of Chicago Students:

The online application for Summer 2021 will be available September 2020.              

All applicants must complete the following:                

  • Program prerequisite courses
  • Have a minimum overall college GPA of 2.8
  • Submit high school or GED transcript
  • Submit to Office of Registrar Services all official college transcripts attended outside of City Colleges of Chicago
  • Apply to program in the student portal
  • Submit Admissions Packet (packet will be available September 2020)

It is encouraged that applicants complete all pre-requisite and general education courses prior to applying to the Program.                 

Submitting Application within the Student Portal (

  • Under "My Academic Plan"
  • Within "Academic Planning"
  • Click "Selective Application"            

Visit our GPS page link below to view the complete dental hygiene curriculum.                

Credit Transfer of dental hygiene program courses - The acceptance of credits is at the discretion of the institution to which a student is attempting to transfer credits. Dental hygiene courses at Malcolm X College are specifically designed for career preparation. Students must assume that the dental hygiene credits are not transferable to another institution.                

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