Dental Hygiene

Making Mouths Happy

Dental Hygienists play an important role in a dental office. Under the supervision of a dentist, dental hygienists work directly with patients to help them care for their oral health. Dental hygienists often clean and polish teeth, take x-rays, create molds of teeth and assist dentists in a variety of dental procedures.

The Fox College dental hygiene curriculum was designed to be finished in 20 months, with graduates earning an associate degree in dental hygiene. Our accelerated, hands-on curriculum focuses on the key dental skills that dental hygienists need in order to become licensed dental hygienists. Upon completion of the 20-month dental hygiene program, our graduates will be qualified to take the National Board Dental Hygiene Exam and a Dental Hygiene Clinical Exam.

Students at Fox College learn in a simulated on-site dental clinic and gain valuable hands-on experience. 

We encourage you to visit us and learn why our dental hygiene graduates Finish First!

Click the buttons below to learn more about our on-time graduation rate, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information. 

Click the tabs below to learn more about our Associate of Applied Science degree in Dental Hygiene. 

Employment of Dental Hygienists is expected to grow 20% from 2016 to 2026, much faster than average for all occupations. 

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At Fox College, our dental hygiene faculty has real-world experience, so they can teach in the classroom what it takes to succeed.

Our class sizes are usually smaller, making it easier to get to know your teachers and get personal, one-on-one attention. You’ll be learning in a simulated dental lab which is equipped with the industry standard equipment you will find in dental practices.

Ready to get started? Call us at 708.444.4500 or fill out our information request form.


During the 20-month Dental Hygiene Program, you can learn how to:

  • Clean and polish teeth
  • Take x-rays
  • Create molds of teeth
  • Teach proper oral health care techniques to patients


According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, dental hygienists rank among the fastest growing occupations and is expected to grow 20% through 2026.1

As a Fox College graduate, our career placement department will help you start your career by finding the right job! 

We’ll also be there to prepare you by helping with resume writing, interviewing practice, and job searching. And most importantly, we’ll be there for you throughout your career whenever you need help.

Ready to get started? Call us at 708.444.4500 or fill out our information request form.

Dental Hygienists work for:

  • Private dental practices
  • Community clinics
  • Hospitals
  • University dental clinics
  • Nursing homes
  • Schools


Fox College offers a 20-month Associate of Applied Science degree in Dental Hygiene. Most of your classes are specific to preparing you for a successful dental hygienist career. You can graduate quickly and start working!

To read course descriptions, download our school catalog.

Ready to get started? Call us at 708.444.4500 or fill out our information request form.





  • Anatomy & Physiology for Hygienists      
  • Head & Neck Anatomy  
  • Oral & Embryonic Histology         
  • Introduction to Dental Hygiene
  • Preventive Dental Practices        
  • Dental Materials               
  • Nutrition & Dental Health
  • Dental Hygiene Pre Clinical Skills I & II     
  • Radiology I & II  
  • Pharmacology   
  • General & Dental Pathology        
  • Anesthesia         
  • Dental Practice: Ethics and Management
  • Community Dental Health            
  • Periodontics I & II            
  • Dental Emergencies & Pathology
  • Dental Hygiene Clinic Operations
  • Dental Hygiene Clinical I-VI
  • Dental Hygiene Seminar I-IV 


As long as you stay enrolled full-time at Fox College, tuition rates will be frozen for you and will never go up from year to year.

Associate Degree Program
TUITION/ADMISSIONS FEES (for students entering January 1, 2018 - December 31, 2018)
Tuition Per Semester $7,610
Application Fee $50
Tuition Deposit** $50
Confirmation Deposit** $50
Estimated Books and Supplies (for completing the program) $3,060
Lab Fees Per Semester (2-5 only) $1,440
*Associate Degree Program is 5 Semesters
**Deposit is credited towards tuition when the student begins classes. It is not refundable after the due date.






The program in Dental Hygiene is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and has been granted the accreditation status of “approval without reporting requirements.” The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611. The Commission’s web address is:


Potential applicants may find the following information at institutional accreditation; contact information for accrediting agencies and state licensing/approval agencies; admissions policies and practices; policies on transfer of credits to and from the institution; policies and processes for withdrawal and for refunds of tuition/fees; and additional consumer information.

Fox College Bloodborne Pathogen Policy

The Fox College Dental Hygiene Department recognizes that bloodborne pathogens such as human immunodeficiency (HIV), Hepatitis B virus (HBV) and Hepatitis C virus (HCV) present a risk to students, faculty, staff and patients. 

Preventing the transmission of bloodborne pathogens, including HBV, from patients to healthcare workers and from healthcare workers to patients requires a comprehensive approach that includes administering Hepatitis B vaccine to all susceptible healthcare workers at risk, viewing all blood as potentially infectious, using measures to reduce blood exposures, and having a staff committed to safe work practices. Critical elements to this approach include adherence to universal precautions, appropriate cleaning and disinfection procedures, safe injection practices, and reducing the risks for injuries. 

The department’s infection control procedures including disinfection and sterilization procedures are outlined in the Dental Hygiene Clinic Manual. Methods for reducing risk exposure to bloodborne pathogens and post-exposure management are outlined in the Exposure Control Plan. 

The purpose of the Program’s Bloodborne Pathogens Policy (BPP) and Exposure Control Plan (ECP) is to minimize the risk of transmission of bloodborne pathogens. Policies will be reviewed annually and changes recommended as appropriate. This policy is provided to faculty, staff, and students upon entry to the program and is included in the Patient Information Form.  


Standard Precautions 

Standard precautions, as defined by CDC, are a set of precautions designed to prevent transmission of organisms spread by: 

• Blood 

• All body fluids, secretions, and excretions except sweat, regardless of whether they contain blood 

• Non-intact skin 

• Mucous membranes 

Standard precautions are similar to universal precautions and are designed to reduce the risk of infection transmission from both recognized and unrecognized sources of infection to patients and clinicians. Standard precautions apply to contact with blood, all body fluids, secretions and excretions except sweat, regardless of whether they contain blood, non-intact skin and mucous membranes.  

Standard precautions involve the use of protective barriers such as gloves, gowns, aprons, masks, or protective eyewear, which can reduce the risk of exposure of the healthcare worker’s skin or mucous membrane to potentially infective materials.  In addition, healthcare workers must take precautiaons to prevent injuries caused by needles, scalpels, and other sharp instruments or devices

Provision of Dental Hygiene Services 

Because adherence to current and accepted infection control procedures provides adequate protection for patients and healthcare providers from bloodborne infectious diseases, students and faculty are expected to provide dental hygiene services to and work with persons who have a bloodborne infectious disease. Faculty or students refusing to work with any patient will be counseled as to current medical information. A continued refusal to provide dental hygiene services to, or work with persons who have a bloodborne infectious disease, could cause an employee or student to be dismissed from the program. 

Bloodborne Pathogen and Infection Control Training 

Training in infection control procedures begins immediately in the Dental Hygiene Pre-Clinical Skills I course and continues throughout the program.  Current CDC guidelines for infection control serve as the foundation for the infection control training program. Infection control procedures are outlined in the Dental Hygiene Clinic Manual and are reviewed annually. 

Licensing Exams

Upon completion of the program, the Fox College Dental Hygiene graduate will be qualified to take the National Board Dental Hygiene Exam and a Dental Hygiene Clinical Exam. The State of Illinois accepts the following clinical exams: ADEX, NERB, CRDTS, SRTA, and WREB. The graduate will be able to apply for a dental hygiene license after successfully completing the program and passing both the National Board Dental Hygiene Exam and a clinical exam. Fox College cannot guarantee that every student will pass both exams nor can it guarantee that every student will obtain a position as a dental hygienist.

Credit Transfer From Another School

Transcripts of work completed at other accredited colleges may be submitted to the Director of Education for review. Transcripts should be submitted during the first term of a student’s program. Other documentation may also be required. Credits considered for transfer are evaluated by the Director of Education to determine if the course work is similar in nature, content, and level to that required at Fox College. If the course work is comparable, transfer students may be given credit for courses completed at other accredited colleges, provided the grades received for the courses were “C” or better. The Director of Education will review transcript(s) from each individual student one time. Courses completed at other Bradford schools will be treated the same as courses taken at Fox College. Because programs at Fox College are specially tailored to career preparation, course credits from other postsecondary schools may not be transferable. A maximum of 25 semester credits will be accepted in transfer for students transferring credit who have less than a bachelor’s degree. 

Students who participated in the Advanced Placement program in their high schools may be granted credit provided they had scores of 3, 4, or 5 on the Advanced Placement tests. Fox College does not grant life experience credit and does not accept transfer credit earned from any of these sources at another institution. One exception is credit for military training that has been evaluated and recommended for credit by the American Council on Education (ACE). Fox College may award credit based on these recommendations when the credit is for courses similar in nature, content, and level to that required at the college. Students seeking credit for military training should provide a transcript from the American Council on Education for evaluation. Credit will be treated as transfer credit and will count toward graduation. 

Fox College is a receiving institution within the Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI). Students who have earned a bachelor’s degree and satisfactorily completed the Transferable General Education Core Curriculum at any participating college or university in Illinois will be granted credit towards fulfilling Fox College’s general education requirements. 

Credit Transfer to Another School

The acceptance of credits is always at the discretion of the institution to which a student is attempting to transfer credits. There may be articulation agreements in place at the time the student enters that may not be in place when the student graduates or desires to attend a particular school. Because programs at Fox College are designed specifically for career preparation, students must assume that credits for courses taken at Fox College are not transferable to other institutions. Neither Fox College nor any of its employees can represent that another institution will accept any courses for credit. 

A student who is interested in attempting to transfer credits to another institution should contact the Director of Education. Fox College will supply the necessary documentation that may aid the student in receiving credits for the completed course work provided the student does not owe the school money, is not delinquent or in default on a student loan, or does not owe a refund on any federal or state student financial aid program. 



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As a Fox College Dental Hygiene student, you will be able to:

  • Graduate and be ready to work in only 20 months
  • Use our proactive career services department
  • Take hands-on classes to gain valuable experience
  • Learn from faculty with experience in your field
  • Apply for financial aid
  • Finish First!