UC Blue Ash College

Dental Hygiene Technology Program

At UC Blue Ash College, we are proud to offer the largest and one of the most-established Dental Hygiene programs in the state. The program was created with the founding of our college in 1967 and it continues to be the only Dental Hygiene program offered in the Greater Cincinnati area.

Dental hygiene is an accredited associate of applied science degree program that is designed to prepare students to work as an integral part of a dental team. As licensed professionals, dental hygienists provide a variety of educational and health care services to the public, including cleaning and polishing teeth; applying preventive agents such as fluorides and sealants; exposing and processing radiographs; educating patients in the prevention of oral diseases; instructing patients in home care procedures; removing hard and soft deposits from teeth; providing nutritional counseling; administering nitrous oxide sedation and local anesthesia; and performing other preventive patient services.

Students have direct patient contact in the UC Blue Ash Dental Hygiene Clinic, which is open to the public and provides dental hygiene services, charging only a nominal fee to cover equipment and supplies.

Our growth and success are the result of our ongoing commitment to excellence. We provide our dental hygiene graduates with the knowledge and skills that meet the roles of the profession as a clinician, change agent, administrator/manager, researcher, educator or patient advocate.

Information Sessions

Don't miss our upcoming information sessions to learn more about the Dental Hygiene Program at UC Blue Ash College.

The sessions usually last one to one-and-a-half hours with a tour of the clinic at the end. Sessions are in the Spring and Fall every year. In addition, there is one virtual session in the Fall. Register for a session.

Program Goals

  • The student will exhibit professionalism.
  • The student will effectively communicate in a professional manner.
  • The student will demonstrate clinical competence.
  • The student will demonstrate critical thinking skills based on professional standards.

Where It Will Take You

The UC Blue Ash dental hygiene program is structured in accordance with requirements stipulated by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association.

Upon successful completion of the two academic years, graduates are eligible to take national, regional and state written and clinical licensure examinations.

Career-Oriented Program

A variety of employment opportunities exists for dental hygienists: treating patients in private offices; educating future dental hygiene professionals; administrating and planning in health departments; providing patient care in institutional settings, such as long-term care facilities; and providing oral hygiene instruction and care in public school systems. Some of these career options will require a higher degree. Learn about career-oriented programs.


Federal regulations require the University of Cincinnati to publicly disclose whether completion of certain programs that lead or may lead to professional licensure or certification would meet a given state’s educational requirements for a specific professional license or certification required for employment in an occupation (regardless of whether the program is on-ground, online, or hybrid).   To learn whether a University program meets a given state’s educational requirements, please visit the University of Cincinnati State Authorization webpage.

Selective Program Admissions

Due to high demand, program difficulty and other specialized needs, the Dental Hygiene Technology program uses a selective program admission process. The following pages offer detailed information on the program requirements and a path to the application.

Dental Hygiene Program Requirements

Review the minimum criteria and additional requirements that must be met in order to be considered for program admission to the next cohort for the Dental Hygiene Program.

Selective Program Admissions Application

Before you are able to apply through the Dental Hygiene Selective Admission process, you first need to be a confirmed University of Cincinnati student.  The Dental Hygiene Program only has one cohort each year which starts each Fall semester.

The application to join the Dental Hygiene cohort opens the first business day of March and will close the last business day in April, for our Fall admissions. If you are interested in enrolling, and have reviewed all the requirements, apply today.

Non-UC institutional transfer transcripts for the current spring semester cannot be received and processed in time to be considered for selective admission programs.

Estimated Costs of Dental Hygiene Program
Disclaimer: This is an estimate of additional expenses (not including tuition) and is
subject to change. Other costs may be necessary and will be communicated to the Dental Hygiene student in a timely manner.
Items Semester Approximate Costs
CPR Two Year Certification Fall 1st Year $90.00
FBI Background Check Fall 1st Year $75.00
Immunizations, Eye Exam and Dental Exam Fall 1st Year Varies
Standard Uniforms, name tags & Blood Pressure Kit Fall 1st Year $150.00
Uniform Shoes Fall 1st Year $100.00
Instrument Kit Fall 1st Year $870.00
Periodontal Instrumentation Streaming Video Fall 1st Year $260.00
Fundamentals of the Oral Exam DVD Fall 1st Year $30.00
Project Materials Fall 1st Year $150.00
Additional Uniforms Spring 1st Year $100.00
2nd Instrumental Kit Fall 2nd Year $350.00
TB Test Fall 2nd Year Varies
Optional National Board Exam Review Spring 2nd Year $500.00
Dental Hygiene National Board Exam Spring 2nd Year $565.00
CDCA WREB CITA Written and Clinical Board Exams Spring 2nd Year $1150.00
CDCA WREB CITA Local Anesthesia Exam Spring 2nd Year no fee
Diploma Spring 2nd Year $60.00
Applying for a state license (application, fingerprint, background check, pictures) Spring 2nd Year $250.00
Magnification Loupes (NOTE: Loupes are required and can run anywhere from $500 - $1200+ for a good pair that will last well into your dental hygiene
Fall 1st Year $1,000.00
New Textbooks (NOTE: when available, buying used
books, eBooks and book rentals may significantly lower the cost of textbooks.)
Non-Tuition Cost Estimate $8,000.00

Furthering your Dental Hygiene Career

UC Blue Ash College is now accepting students for the new Expanded Function Dental Auxiliary (EFDA) Certificate Program. This is the only program of its kind offered in Greater Cincinnati! Get the Details on the EFDA Program.

The Dental Hygiene Technology program also periodically offers continuing education courses to further the education and qualifications of existing Dental Hygienists. Check out the details on our current CE courses.


The Dental Hygiene program at UC Blue Ash is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education.

Third party comments can be submitted to the Commission on Dental Accreditation. Signed or unsigned comments will be accepted, names and/or signatures will be removed from comments prior to forwarding them to the program, and comments must pertain only to the standards for the particular program or policies and procedures used in the Commission's accreditation process. A copy of the appropriate accreditation standards and/or the Commission's policy on third-party comments may be obtained by contacting the Commission by phone or email. All comments submitted must pertain only to the standards relative to the particular program being reviewed or policies and procedures used in the accreditation process. Comments will be screened by Commission staff for relevancy. Signed or unsigned comments will be considered. For comments not relevant to these issues, the individual will be notified that the comment is not related to accreditation and, where appropriate, referred to the appropriate agency.

Mailing address:

Commission on Dental Accreditation

211 E. Chicago Ave.
Suite 1900
Chicago, IL 60611
Telephone: U.S. 312-440-4653
Website: www.coda.ada.org

The Dental Hygiene program will be having its accreditation site visit on November 16 and 17, 2022. Any comments regarding the program should be submitted to the Commission on Dental Accreditation at least 60 days prior to the site visit.


Contact Information

Dental Hygiene Program
Phone: 513-558-9478
Email: dentalhygiene@ucblueash.edu

Dental Hygiene Clinic
Phone: 513-558-9589

Admissions Office
Phone: 513-558-9998
Email: admissions@uc.edu