Dental Hygiene

FHTC's CODA-accredited Dental Hygiene program prepares students for a challenging and rewarding career as a primary care oral health professional. Students participate in interactive experiences performing dental hygiene diagnosis and assessments with precision, safety and efficiency while focusing on team cooperation and personal growth.

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FHTC Dental Hygiene student cleaning patient's teeth

Program Options

Dental Hygiene offers an associate of applied science degree option.

The associate of applied science degree is a two-year program that contains technical and general education courses. Students will participate in planned and supervised experiences directed toward performing dental hygiene diagnosis and assessment with precision, safety and efficiency. They will demonstrate hygiene skills and integrate these skills into the total curriculum. Students will be active in team cooperation and develop personal growth toward life-long learning. Acceptance into the program is contingent upon completing the necessary prerequisite courses.

Students admitted to the FHTC Dental Programs are subject to contact with blood and/or body fluids. FHTC Dental Programs follow all OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen, Exposure Control Guidelines, and the Universal and Standard precautions throughout the pre-clinical, lab and clinical experiences.

Application Deadline and Requirements

  • Fall 2023Admissions Criteria
  • Application deadline for Fall 2023 is December 15, 2022.
  • All applicants are required to take the TEAS or ACT entrance exam.
  • All applicants are required to submit a non-refundable $40.00 application fee within 30 days of application submission in order to have their application processed.

 

Associates Degree Course Requirements

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Dental Hygiene program will have mastered the skills and knowledge necessary to gain employment in dental offices for hygiene functions and management. The dental hygienist is a licensed primary care oral health professional who provides education, assessment, research, administrative, diagnostic, preventive and therapeutic services that support overall health through the promotion of optimal oral health.

Career opportunities include:

  • Private Practice Dental Hygienist/Dental Assistant
  • Product Sales Representative
  • Dental Office Consultant
  • Overseas Dental Opportunities
  • Armed Services
  • Education

Program Faculty

Barb Evans
Barb Evans

Director of Emergency Medical Services

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Barb, a 2004 graduate of the FHTC Practical Nursing program, has worked at Flint Hills Technical College since 1997. She has been an EMS volunteer for 25 years, FHTC Instructor/Coordinator for 20 years and also serves as the area Training Center Coordinator.

Monica Graves
Monica Graves

Director of Dental Assisting

Division Chair - Health & Human Services

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Monica graduated from Flint Hills Technical College, formerly known as Flint Hills Area Technical School, in 1975 as a Certified Dental Assistant. She worked in private dental practice until becoming an adjunct faculty member at FHTC in 1995. Monica began as the Dental Assisting Program Director in 1997 and continues to serve in that capacity. Monica graduated from Emporia State University with a bachelor’s degree in 1995, and a master’s degree in Business Education in 1997. She is responsible for teaching a variety of Dental Assisting courses as well as Dental Materials and Dental Radiology for the Dental Hygiene program.

Deb Illk
Deb Illk

Dental Assisting Instructor

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Deb graduated from Flint Hills Technical College, formerly known as Flint Hills Area Technical School, in 1979 as a Certified Dental Assistant. Beginning in 1979, she worked in the oral surgery field as a surgical assistant and assistant practice manager. In 1991, she received her DANB certification in Dental Practice Management and served as the oral surgery practice manager from 1990 – 2008. She began teaching at FHTC in 2010 in the Dental Assisting Program. She is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Health Science from Washburn University. She is responsible for teaching several Dental Assisting courses as well as Nutrition for Oral Health for both dental assisting and dental hygiene students.

Katherine Morgan
Katherine Morgan

Dental Hygiene Instructor

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Katherine is a graduate of two FHTC programs, Dental Assisting in 2009 and Dental Hygiene in 2012. Prior to becoming an instructor at FHTC, she worked in an area dental office as a dental assistant, scaling assistant and dental hygienist. Katherine assists in clinical instruction.

Barb Evans
620-341-1337
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Barb, a 2004 graduate of the FHTC Practical Nursing program, has worked at Flint Hills Technical College since 1997. She has been an EMS volunteer for 25 years, FHTC Instructor/Coordinator for 20 years and also serves as the area Training Center Coordinator.

Monica Graves
620-341-1314
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Monica graduated from Flint Hills Technical College, formerly known as Flint Hills Area Technical School, in 1975 as a Certified Dental Assistant. She worked in private dental practice until becoming an adjunct faculty member at FHTC in 1995. Monica began as the Dental Assisting Program Director in 1997 and continues to serve in that capacity. Monica graduated from Emporia State University with a bachelor’s degree in 1995, and a master’s degree in Business Education in 1997. She is responsible for teaching a variety of Dental Assisting courses as well as Dental Materials and Dental Radiology for the Dental Hygiene program.

Deb Illk
620-341-1395
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Deb graduated from Flint Hills Technical College, formerly known as Flint Hills Area Technical School, in 1979 as a Certified Dental Assistant. Beginning in 1979, she worked in the oral surgery field as a surgical assistant and assistant practice manager. In 1991, she received her DANB certification in Dental Practice Management and served as the oral surgery practice manager from 1990 – 2008. She began teaching at FHTC in 2010 in the Dental Assisting Program. She is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Health Science from Washburn University. She is responsible for teaching several Dental Assisting courses as well as Nutrition for Oral Health for both dental assisting and dental hygiene students.

Katherine Morgan
620-341-1348
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Katherine is a graduate of two FHTC programs, Dental Assisting in 2009 and Dental Hygiene in 2012. Prior to becoming an instructor at FHTC, she worked in an area dental office as a dental assistant, scaling assistant and dental hygienist. Katherine assists in clinical instruction.

Academic Partnership

FHTC students who complete an Associate of Applied Science degree in Dental Hygiene may be eligible to utilize a 2+2 agreement with the following institutions to further their education.

Wichita State University: Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene
Fort Hays State University: Bachelor of Technology Leadership
Kansas State University: Bachelor of Science in Technology Management
Pittsburg State University: Bachelor of Applied Science
Washburn University: Bachelor of Applied Science

Program Information & Resources

Estimated program costs and testing criteria​ are available in the documents below. Visit our admissions page to learn about admissions steps and other helpful information.

Dental Hygiene Cost Sheet View Document
Dental Hygiene Degree Plan View Document
Fall 2023 Dental Hygiene Admissions Criteria View Document
Testing Services View Link
CODA Accreditation View Link