Dental Hygiene

Dental Hygiene

DHY Program Application Process

The Oakland Community College Dental Hygiene Program is seeking qualified applicants to become dental hygienists. We offer DHY Information Sessions throughout the Fall, Winter & Spring semesters. Listed on our Events Calendar below includes occurring sessions, simply click on the date that works for you and register. Attending a DHY Information Session (with your video "ON" the entire time) is mandatory before applying to the program. Prospective DHY Students must complete the requirements listed below and meet with a counselor prior to the December 15th deadline to be considered in the Selection Process for the next Fall semester.  A new class of DHY students begins every Fall semester and those selected will be notified by mid-March to make the decision to enter the OCC DHY Program.

Selection is determined by the following factors:

  • GPA for eight (8) supportive classes calculated and students ranked by GPA
  • HESI test with at least 75% pass rate on all sections (actual score used to break GPA ties)
  • 10 hours of shadowing at a private practice of your choice
  • 5 hours of OCC DHY Clinic shadowing - contact (248) 942-3261 to schedule

Become a Dental Hygienist

  • Like Helping People
  • Enjoy Working with your Hands
  • Interested in Improving the Oral Health of Public
  • Helping Prevent Diseases in Patients
  • Promoting Good Oral Health Practices to all
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A career that makes a difference

Dental hygienists are important members of the dental health care team who work with dentists in the delivery of dental care to patients. Hygienists use their knowledge and clinical skills to provide comprehensive dental hygiene care for patients. They use their interpersonal skills to motivate and instruct patients on methods to prevent oral disease and to maintain oral and general health.

Clinic Details

Learn about the affordable services provided at OCC's Dental Hygiene Clinic.

100% Clinical Board Pass Rate   90% Written Natioanl Board Pass Rate  90% Employment in Dental Field

The right career opportunity for you

Dental hygiene offers women and men of all ages, races and ethnic backgrounds exceptional career opportunities. A minimum of two years of college education that combines classroom and clinical coursework is necessary to become a dental hygienist. This education prepares graduates to provide care to patients in dental offices, clinics and educational or health care institutions. Studying in an accredited program provides education that is based on the latest procedures and techniques. - American Dental Hygienist’s Association

Beginning Fall 2024

with the exception of our Dental Hygiene, Medical Assisting and Nursing programs,  classes will be moved from the Highland Lakes Campus to the College’s four other campuses and online. The Highland Lakes campus will be closing beginning in Fall 2026

Information Sessions

All future Information Sessions will be held on ZOOM Platform (with participant Video "ON") until further notice.  If you have questions email the Dental Hygiene Department.

Upcoming Dental Hygiene Events

Dental Hygiene Information Session
September 19, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM @ Virtual Event
Dental Hygiene Information Session
November 13, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Virtual Event

See all Dental Hygiene events

This site and the College Catalog are the official sources of information pertaining to the Dental Hygiene Selection Procedures. They apply only to those students who wish to enter the first Dental Hygiene courses. All students seeking information about the Dental Hygiene program should contact Highland Lakes Counseling Office and download the Prospective Dental Hygiene Candidates brochure.

"All Smiles in OCC’s Dental Hygiene Program" - Swartz Creek