About Us

Dental Hygiene Instructor


As one of just three dental hygiene programs in the state of Minnesota offering a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene, our students receive the clinical and theoretical foundation necessary for a fulfilling and in-demand career.

  • Since 2013, all students have passed the national, written exam on the first attempt
  • Our program is approved by the Commission on Dental Accreditation

Our graduates go on to be clinicians, change agents, educators, researchers, and consumer advocates as put forth by the American Dental Hygienists' Association.

About us and WHAT TO EXPECT: 

As a student, you'll have the opportunity to work with excellent faculty in a new facility, including a 25-chair public dental clinic. In the dental simulation lab, you'll practice new dental hygiene skills prior to working on patients in a safe, realistic environment. State-of-the-art technology is incorporated in both the clinic and classroom settings.

The dental hygiene curriculum is designed to provide opportunities for you to develop a sound clinical and theoretical foundation for the practice of dental hygiene. You'll also be trained to place fillings, which is not typically offered at 2-year institutions. The Dental Hygiene Program is approved by the Commission on Dental Accreditation.

Since 2012, all students passed the regional practical exam on the first attempt. For the national, written exam, the success rate on national board exam has been above the national average. Since 2013, all students have passed the national exam on the first attempt.

We invite you to launch your career in dental hygiene at Minnesota State, Mankato!

our diversity statement

The Department of Dental Education commits to creating a racially equitable environment that has the capability to transform and dismantle inequities and racism in educational and healthcare settings. Diversity in this Department is a valuable source of ideas, problem solving strategies, and computational creativity. The Department of Dental Education is a place where you will be treated with respect and all individuals are valued and respected, regardless of age, background, beliefs, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, ability, and other visible and nonvisible differences. All members of this department are expected to contribute to a respectful, welcoming, and inclusive environment.

Learn more about our commitment to Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility