Dental Hygienist

Dental CleaningA career as a dental hygienist offers a wide range of challenges. In the dental office, the dentist and the dental hygienist work together to meet the oral health needs of patients and working with people is one of the most enjoyable aspects of this career.  Dental hygienists perform a variety of services including patient screening, taking x-rays, removing plaque from teeth, applying sealants and fluorides, and educating/counseling patients about good oral hygiene and nutrition.

Delegated Duties for Dental Hygienists

Dental Hygiene Programs in Minnesota

Argosy University

Department of Dental Hygiene
1515 Central Parkway
Eagan, MN 55121
Phone: 651-846-3416

Century College

Department of Dental Hygiene
3300 Century Avenue North
White Bear Lake, MN 55110
Phone: 651-779-3200

Herzing University

Department of Dental Hygiene
435 Ford Road
St. Louis Park, Minnesota 55426
Phone: 763-535-3000

Lake Superior College

Dental Hygiene Program
2101 Trinity Road
Duluth, MN 55811
Phone: 218-733-5988

Minnesota State University, Mankato

Department of Dental Hygiene
3 Morris Hall
PO Box 8400
Mankato, MN 56002-8400

Metropolitan State University

700 East Seventh Street
St. Paul, MN 55106-5000
Phone: 651-793-1373
*This program is a BSDH dental hygiene degree completion program, partnered with Normandale Community College.

Minnesota State Community and Technical College

Department of Dental Hygiene
Dr. Thomas Boe, Director
1900 28th Avenue South
Moorhead, MN 56560
Phone: 218-299-6500

Normandale Community College

Department of Dental Hygiene
9700 France Avenue S.
Bloomington, MN 55431
Phone: 952-358-8636

Rochester Community and Technical College

Department of Dental Hygiene
851 30th Avenue South East
Rochester, MN 55904
Phone: 507-280-3114

St. Cloud Technical College

Department of Dental Hygiene
1540 Northway Drive
St. Cloud, MN 56301
Phone: 320-308-5906

University of Minnesota

Division of Dental Hygiene
9-426 Moos Tower
515 Delaware Street South East
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Phone: 612-625-9121

Collaborative Practice Dental Hygienists

Extending preventive dental care to people in need may be accomplished through the use of appropriately qualified dental hygienists who have entered a legal “collaborative agreement” with a licensed dentist. While this type of practice cannot meet the comprehensive dental needs of a community, it does offer a cost-effective and efficient way to prevent dental problems in the first place.

To learn what is required of dentists and dental hygienists who wish to enter this kind of practice, the following presentation is helpful: Collaborative Dental Hygiene Practice in Minnesota or visit Normandale College Collaborative Dental Hygiene. This site describes how to establish a collaborative practice arrangement, including a Collaborative Agreement Template. (The Board of Dentistry has reviewed the template, which is meant to provide guidance, for accuracy. The content of the collaborative agreement must align with applicable laws and rules and be based on the agreement between practitioners.) You can also find information about legal liability, use of mobile/portable dental equipment, billing for dental hygiene services, and much more.

The Minnesota law governing this type of practice is found HERE, under Subd.1a. Limited authorization for dental hygienists.