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Dental Hygiene

Mission Statement

The dental hygiene faculty value an environment of respect that encourages critical thinking. We strive to make a difference in students' lives by empowering them to be lifelong learners and prepared to be primary oral health care providers.

Upon graduation students are prepared for entry into the dental hygiene profession and are eligible for state and national exams leading to licensure as a registered dental hygienist or expanded practice dental hygienist.

Degrees Offered

We offer our programs at three locations. Are you looking to start your career as a professional dental hygienist? Then choose from one of these three program sites: 

Bachelor Degree in Klamath Falls 
Since 1970, our original program has been located on the Klamath Falls campus of Oregon Tech. The program is known for its community outreach and small student-to-faculty ratio.

Bachelor Degree in Salem
Located in the heart of the Willamette Valley, the professional dental hygiene program in Salem is the result of a unique partnership between Oregon Tech and Chemeketa Community College.

Associate Degree in La Grande
Oregon Tech, in partnership with Eastern Oregon University and MODA Health offer an 18-month associate degree program with clinics and classes held at the MODA Health/ODS College of Dental Sciences in La Grande.


Are you ​already a professional dental hygienist​ with an associate's degree and a desire to continue your education toward a higher degree? Then choose the ​bachelor degree completion program​. This program is offered entirely online. 

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Student Profile

Aimee Axtell

Aimee Axtell

Alumna, Class of 2011

I knew that I wanted a double major...

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