Application deadline for KCC Dental Hygiene Program is March 1

A Dental Hygiene student cleans a patient's teeth.

The deadline to apply for Kellogg Community College’s Dental Hygiene Program beginning the Fall 2022 semester is Tuesday, March 1.

KCC’s two-year Dental Hygiene Program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and prepares graduates for licensure as Registered Dental Hygienists, licensed to clean teeth and perform dental exams under the direction of a dentist. Students spend a significant amount of time gaining hands-on experience by working in the College’s Dental Hygiene Clinic on campus in Battle Creek, which was newly renovated in 2021.

Completion of KCC’s Dental Hygiene Program results in an Associate of Applied Science degree in Dental Hygiene and makes graduates eligible to take the National Dental Hygiene Board Examination and the regional American Board of Dental Examiners (ADEX) Dental Hygiene Examination, through which they can earn industry recognized professional credentials.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics lists the median pay for dental hygienists as $77,090 per year as of 2020 – the latest year data is available – projecting an 11% growth in the industry through 2030, which is much faster than average.

Admission to KCC’s Dental Hygiene Program is competitive, and the College admits up to 20 students to the program each year. For more information about the program, visit Additional information also is available by contacting KCC’s Selective Admissions office at or 269-565-2625.

A comprehensive video information session about the Dental Hygiene Program, facilitated by KCC Dental Hygiene Education and Clinic Director Dr. David Smith, can be viewed on the College’s YouTube channel at

Additional health programs at KCC

The application periods for KCC’s 2022-23 Physical Therapist Assistant, Radiography and Nursing programs are also open, but for a limited time with deadlines approaching.

Application deadlines for each program, listed in chronological order, are as follows:

  • Physical Therapist Assistant: April 4
  • Radiography: May 20
  • Nursing (Full-Time Program): June 1
  • Nursing (Part-Time Program): Aug. 15

Admission to the KCC health programs listed above is selective, and each program has its own admission process and application period each year. Applicants seeking admission into KCC’s health programs must first fill out a general KCC application and complete the required courses for each program before submitting a program-specific application.

More information, including links to applications, can be found at and, respectively.

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