Dental Hygiene

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Dental Hygiene

Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College offers an A.A.S. in Dental Hygiene. It offers exciting career opportunities and is among the fastest-growing professions for today's career search. The dental field is a very rewarding job that allows you to become a part of the Allied Health Care and serve in an area that helps people with dental health which is a part of your total health.

Overview

Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College offers an A.A.S. in Dental Hygiene. It offers exciting career opportunities and is among the fastest-growing professions for today's career search. The dental field is a very rewarding job that allows you to become a part of the Allied Health Care and serve in an area that helps people with dental health which is a part of your total health.

The A-B Tech Asheville Campus is located in the beautiful WNC Mountains of Asheville, North Carolina. You will not only be able to get the education you need, but you can also enjoy the culture of our area with many restaurants, shopping, outdoor adventures, or just simply settle in quietly while you are here.

It is our hope that you will find the answers needed to help you make good decisions about your education and career.

 

Accreditation

The Dental Hygiene program has been granted the Accreditation Status of Approval Without Reporting Requirements by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation. This status is awarded to an educational program indicating that the program achieves or exceeds the basic requirements for accreditation.

A copy of the Dental Hygiene Standards and CODA Policies and Procedures, including those for complaints, may be obtained online at American Dental Association (ADA); in writing at 211 East Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60611 or by calling (800) 621-8099.

 

NC Dental Board

 

CODA - A-B Tech Admissions Programs Technical Standards

 

CITA Board for Dental Hygiene Candidates

 

Con Ed Dental Radiology Class

Dental Radiology Night Class is offered in May or June each year. Contact the Continuing Education Department for registration, dates, and more information. For More Information call, (828) 398-7878 OR Visit WebAdvisor and click Continuing Education Students

Programs

Title Credential Credit Hours Link to program details
Dental Hygiene A.A.S. Degree 72 ‌‌

Good to Know

Jana Jones, CDA, RDH, BASDH, MEd
Dental Hygiene Chair, Instructor
Phone: (828)398-7276
Email: janaljones@abtech.edu

  • Mrs. Jones holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene and a Master’s in Education from the American College of Education.

Abra Brooks, RDH, BSDH
Instructor, 1st Year Dental Hygiene Coordinator
Phone: (828) 398-7267
Email: abraubrooks@abtech.edu

  • Mrs. Brooks holds an A.A.S. in Dental Hygiene from A-B Tech Community College and Bachelor in Dental Hygiene from East Tennessee State University.

Jeniffer Nicholson, RDH, BS
Instructor
Email: jeniffertnicholson@abtech.edu

  • Ms. Nicholson holds a Diploma in Dental Assisting and an A.A.S. in Dental Hygiene from A-B Tech and a Bachelor of Science from Mars Hill College.

Caroline Amerson, RDH, BSDH, MS
Instructor
Email: carolineramerson@abtech.edu

  • Ms. Amerson holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from UNC-Chapel Hill and a Master's Degree in Forensic Odontology from UT-Knoxville.

Carolyn Derbes, RDH, BSHS - Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences
Instructor
Email: carolinemderbes@abtech.edu

  • Mrs. Derbes holds a Bachelor of Health Studies from Fort Hayes State University.
  • Dr. Callan White, General Dentist (Buncombe), 2015-2021
  • Dr. Keith Black, Orthodontist (Buncombe), 2018-2021
  • Rosalyn Wasserman, CE Planner at MAHEC, Unlimited
  • Susan Riddle, Eblen Charities, Unlimited
  • Shannon Igleheart, Patterson Dental Co., Unlimited
  • Sarah Merrill CDA, Pediatric Dentistry, 2012-2021
  • Megan Stone RDH, General Dentistry, 2015-2021
  • Tracey Barnes RDH, General Dentistry, 2015-2021
  • Chelsea Tolley CDA, Zoe Dental, 2018-2021
  • Brooke Hensley, CDA, 2019-2021

Employment of dental hygienists is projected to grow 6 percent from 2019 to 2029, faster than the average for all occupations. The demand for dental services will increase as the population ages and as research continues to link oral health to overall health.

2020 Median Pay:
$76,220 per year
$37.06 per hour

(Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)