Instructional Programs
Dental Hygiene


A Brief History of the Program

The El Paso County Community College District was established in June 1969. In 1971, the 62nd Texas Legislature appropriated funds and EPCC became a reality, enrolling 901 students in September of that year. EPCC began the process of seeking academic accreditation with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) in 1973. Official accreditation was received in December 1978, following the completion of an institutional self-study and a site visit by a SACS committee.

During 1974, the College purchased a complex of buildings near downtown through a grant written in conjunction with Project Hope. Also, through the assistance of Project Hope, the College developed 12 programs in the fields of medicine and dentistry between 1974 and 1977. The Rio Grande Campus has housed the Allied Health Programs and Arts and Sciences Support Programs since then.

The Dental Hygiene Program opened its doors to the first class in 1975 and you, the Class of 2017, will celebrate our Program’s 40th anniversary! Our program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA), which is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as the sole agency to accredit dental and dental-related education programs and is proud to graduate highly competent entry-level dental hygienists every year.

 CODA and the Importance of Accreditation

CODA's mission is to serve the oral health care needs of the public through the development and administration of standards that foster continuous quality improvement of dental and dental related educational programs.

Graduation from an accredited program is stipulated by Texas and New Mexico state law and is an eligibility requirement for licensure. In short, accreditation of the program ensures students that it has adequate educational value and resources to provide them with a quality education.

Accreditation is renewed every seven years and our next site visit is scheduled for this coming September. The program has been preparing a self-study document that self-assesses our adherence to the Accreditation Standards. The Site Visitors will evaluate the effectiveness of our educational program to meet our stated goals and objectives and the Commission’s standards for dental hygiene education programs. The site visit provides the program the opportunity to enhance areas of strengths and address and find solutions to challenges that will assure the quality of our program now and in the years to come.

 District Wide Coordinator

Elia Mendez

Tel: (915)-831-4094



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 Mission, Goals and Expected Outcomes

To learn about the program's Mission Statement, Goals, and Expected Outcomes click here for additional information.

 Program Cost and Expenses

In order to assist you in budgeting and preparing for the Program expenses, outlined below is an estimated cost for the next two years. The average costs for a two-year program in the US is $36,463.00 (, El Paso Community College Dental Hygiene Program costs range between $16,641.69 - $18,291.69, substantially lower than the national average. Additional student expenses include transportation to off-campus rotation sites, schools, agencies, and/or other class activities.


To see the detailed program's cost and expenses, click here for additional information.

 Program Competency

Dental Hygiene Program Competency Statement

The following set of dental hygiene educational competencies were developed to assure that upon successful completion of the program, you will have the knowledge, skills, and professional and ethical values to safely provide dental hygiene care as an entry-level dental hygienist and will continue to learn in this ever-evolving field you have chosen.


To learn more about the program's competencies, click here for additional information.