Dental Hygiene

Dental Hygiene

The Dental Hygiene program provides a stimulating and rigorous classroom and clinical experience in Hawkeye’s Dental Clinic. Students are educated in oral and dental hygiene sciences, natural sciences, clinical sciences, community health, and professional development.

Students train in Hawkeye's state-of-the-art Dental Clinic featuring 18 patient chairs, computerized patient record software, and a complete digital X-ray system. The clinic is open to the public.

Dental hygienists provide educational, clinical, and therapeutic services to the public, focusing on disease prevention and health promotion. They also help patients develop and maintain good oral health.

Registered dental hygienist (RDH) is the designation for the licensed professional. The state license and the RDH credential assure the public and other professionals that you have successfully completed a nationally accredited dental hygiene program, a national written examination, and a state or regional clinical examination.

Graduates of the Dental Hygiene program are eligible to take the national and state/regional examinations for licensure, which is required to practice in any state. A social security number is required in order to take exams and apply for licensure.


The Dental Hygiene program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. Allied Dental Professions graduates are eligible to take necessary Examinations of their choice. Successful completion of board examinations is required to receive a license to practice in the State of Iowa.

Commission on Dental Accreditation
American Dental Association
211 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611

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Program Contacts

Dental Administrative Chair

Emily Boge
Grundy Hall 138
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Pre-Health Advisor

Heidi Hudson
Student Services
Hawkeye Center 208
319-296-2329 ext.1079
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Student Success Specialist: Health Science

Vic Palmer
Grundy Hall 140
319-296-2329 ext.1481
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Student Success Specialist: Pre-Health

Kay Wenzel
Grundy Hall 285
319-296-2329 ext.1063
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Program Advisors

Katie Gisleson
Grundy Hall 158
319-296-2329 ext.1359
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Jessica Suedbeck
Grundy Hall 158
319-296-2329 ext.1748
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Department Secretary

Linda Butler
Grundy Hall 135
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Dr. Gene Leutzinger
Grundy Hall 135
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