Last updated on November 28, 2023.

Coastal Bend College

Program Size
Program Length
24 months
Application Deadline
March 31, 2024
Program Start
August 20, 2024

Program Contact

Esther Anzaldua Administrative Support Specialist

3800 Charco Road, Beeville, Texas  78102

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The Coastal Bend College Dental Hygiene Program is a competitive-entry program accepting 30 students each Fall semester. The program is based at the Beeville
campus only. Upon completing the two-year program, students receive an Associate in Applied Science degree and are eligible to apply to take the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination and a regional clinical board examination. The program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

The Dental Hygiene program prepares students to be primary oral health care professionals who promote oral health through education, preventive and therapeutic services. The program helps students reach their full potential by developing academic and clinical competencies, critical thinking skills, communication proficiency and civic responsibility.

As part of a dental team in a private dental office, dental hygienists perform numerous services designed to detect and prevent diseases of the mouth. These include performing a prophylaxis (cleaning teeth); examining head, neck, and oral areas for signs of disease, obtaining a thorough dental and medical history; educating patients and the community on oral hygiene and nutrition; exposing and developing radiographs; and applying fluoride and sealants. In addition to private
dental practices, dental hygienists may seek employment in public health settings, correctional facilities, mental health facilities and as sales representatives. The Registered Dental Hygienist may also provide educational, clinical, and therapeutic services. The U.S. Department of Labor predicts a 20% growth in jobs available in the field through 2026, and the median wage in Coastal Bend is $74,070*.

Program Information

Program Type Entry Level
Teaching Method In-Person
Degree Awarded Associate
Program Size 30
Program Length 24 months
Application Deadline March 31, 2024
Program Start Date August 20, 2024
Credit Hours Required to Graduate 68
Supplemental Application No
Supplemental Fee No
Accepts International Students Yes
Supports Student Visa Yes
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Application Requirements

Required Standardized Tests

Prerequisite Instructions

Prerequisites (Must be completed before deadline)

BIOL 2301 A & P I (Lec)

BIOL 2101 A & P I (Lab)

BIOL 2302 A & P 2 (Lec)

BIOL 2102 A & P 2 (Lab)

CHEM 1306 Intro. Chemistry I (Lec, Allied Health Emphasis)

CHEM 1106 Intro. Chemistry I (Lab, Allied Health Emphasis)


Corequisites (Strongly recommend to complete before starting the program)

ENGL 1301 Comp I

PSYC 2301 General Psychology OR PSYC 2314 Lifespan Growth & Development

SPCH 1311 Intro. to Speech Comm.

BIOL 2320 Micro. for Non-Science Majors (Lec)

BIOL 2120 Micro. for Non-Science Majors (Lab)

Humanities/Fine Arts Core Course

SOCI 1301 Intro to Sociology

Other Requirement Instructions


Copy of immunization records from a health care provider or government agency; MMR, Varicella, Tdap, Hep B series, HBsAb Titer and TB skin test must be submitted with the application packet. Also, CBC requires evidence of meningitis vaccination or booster during the five-year period prior to enrollment for all students aged 21 and under.


Students must be in compliance with the Texas Success Initiative (TSI, Texas Education Code §51.3062) to enroll in Texas public institutions of higher education. The DH Program requires completion of, or exemption from, all three parts of the TSI (math, reading and writing).