Dental Hygiene Program


​​​The Dental Hygiene curriculum is designed to prepare graduates for positions in general and specialty dental offices, hospitals, schools, public health agencies and industrial agencies.

Students are trained in educational methods and preventive clinical services which qualify them as dental health educators and competent clinicians. Emphasis is placed on the correlation between prevention, education, and the clinical phases of dental hygiene practice as well as basic and social sciences.

The Dental Hygiene Program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. This commission invites your comments concerning this program. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611.

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Dental Hygiene in The News

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Maurice Student Travels to Japan as Part of Dental Hygiene Exchange

Dental Hygiene student pose behind Hello Kitty statue in Japan 


Student Testimonial

Emina Ivankovic

Emina Ivankovic

Dental Hygiene
It’s a great place to start my college education. It’s affordable and the teachers are very helpful.
Lori Brown, RDH, MSEd, CDA

Lori Brown, RDH, MSEd, CDA

Program Chairperson
Ankeny Campus
Building 9, Room 4

Lori  began her teaching career at DMACC in August 1997 as Adjunct faculty in Dental Hygiene.  She became a full time instructor in August of 2005, and currently serves as the Chairperson for the Dental Hygiene and Dental Assisting programs.  She also teaches a variety classes, including Dental Hygiene Seminar and Practicums, Radiography, Periodontology,  and Ethics and Jurisprudence.

Education: B.S. in Dental Hygiene from the University of Iowa; M.S.E in Adult Learning and Organizational Performance from Drake University.

Marilyn Hibbs, RDH, MA

Marilyn Hibbs, RDH, MA

Ankeny Campus
Building 9, room 2C
Jackie Kollasch, RDH, MS

Jackie Kollasch, RDH, MS

Ankeny Campus
Building 9, Room 2B

Jackie graduated from the DMACC Dental Hygiene program in 2006. She began teaching at DMACC in the Dental Hygiene program as an Adjunct Faculty Instructor in 2010. She received her BA degree in Organizational Studies in 2011 and her MS degree in Innovative Leadership in 2013 both from Grandview University.

Jackie teaches a variety of classes including Dental Anatomical Sciences, Dental Embryology and Histology, Oral Health Nutrition, and various dental radiography labs and dental hygiene practicums.