Dental Hygiene

Goals of the Dental Hygiene Program

The mission of the Amarillo College Dental Hygiene Program is to provide quality technical education leading students toward the profession of Dental Hygiene and to enhance the quality of life in our community through the direct provision of dental hygiene services including patient education, disease prevention and therapeutic intervention to patients of all walks of life.  This mission is accomplished by partnering with students to achieve academic excellence, participate in community service, and offer comprehensive client care, utilizing critical thinking and evidence-based decision-making skills.

The mission and goals of the Dental Hygiene Program are closely related to Amarillo College's mission and goals of education and community involvement to enhance the quality of life for the diverse population in the service area.  The educational goals of the Amarillo College Dental Hygiene Program are based on creating a partnership with students in order to assist them in achieving academic excellence.  The following goals are measured and evaluated to help assure the program is achieving its mission:

Goal 1  Comprehensively prepare a qualified and competent entry-level dental hygienist through appropriate academic and clinical education.

Goal 2  Provide the valuable resource of appropriately supervised, quality, comprehensive, patient-centered dental hygiene treatment to the community.

Goal 3  Provide the entry-level skills required for the student to secure employment as a dental hygienist in a variety of settings.

To present yourself as the strongest candidate possible, please carefully read all the information provided. Give close attention to details and deadline dates. It is the student’s responsibility to make application each year to the Dental Hygiene Program.

If you should have any questions regarding the application process, please contact Donna Cleere, RDH, M.Ed./Professor/Program Director at (806)354-6064 or by e-mail at

Students may also contact Javier Herrera, Health Sciences Advisor at (806)354-6007 or by e-mail at