Health Professions AAS – Dental Hygiene Degree

Code: AAS.HP.DENTL

Program Length: 24 months; Preadmission Test: Dental Hygiene Admissions Exam; GPA for admissions eligibility: 2.50

High school applicants must attain the age of 18 by the first day of the first semester of the program.

High School prerequisite courses: Chemistry, with lab; Biology, with lab; Algebra. College substitutions: BIO-109, CHM-112, and MAT-040 (if indicated by Placement Testing). Application Deadline: February 1; Program Admits: Fall semester

Eligible candidates are invited to sit for the Dental Hygiene Admissions Examination.

A college student must successfully complete CHM 112 before the application deadline, Feb 1. 
If a high school student is going to apply to the DH program, they must completed CHM 112, College Chemistry, before the application deadline, Feb 1. A junior or senior high school student, 16 years of age or older, may apply for dual enrollment, with their guidance counselors or principals permission/endorsement. Then they can register for CHM 112 during the fall 2017 semester and successfully complete prior to the application deadline.

The Dental Hygiene Program prepares graduates to perform competently in providing preventive oral care. The program incorporates didactic, clinical, technological, and laboratory teaching approaches throughout the curriculum. The dental hygiene curriculum is a challenging one that provides a “hands-on” approach and incorporates a variety of educational experiences and environments from the traditional classroom to the laboratory and the on-campus clinic. The dental hygiene clinic is open to anyone seeking preventative oral health care.

The Dental Hygiene Program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. 

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Apply a professional code of ethics in all endeavors
  • Adhere to state and federal laws, recommendations, and regulations in the provision of dental hygiene care.
  • Use critical thinking skills and comprehensive problem-solving to identify oral health care strategies that promote patient health and wellness.
  • Use evidence based decision making to evaluate emerging technology and treatment modalities into patient care plans to achieve high-quality, cost-effective care.
  • Assume responsibility for dental hygiene actions and care based on accepted scientific theories and research as well as the accepted standard of care.
  • Continuously perform self-assessment for lifelong learning and professional growth.
  • Integrate accepted scientific theories and research into educational, preventive, and therapeutic oral health services.
  • Promote the values of the dental hygiene profession through service-based activities and community affiliations.
  • Apply quality assurance mechanisms to ensure continuous commitment to accepted standards of care.
  • Communicate effectively with diverse individuals and groups, serving all persons without

    discrimination.

  • Record accurate, consistent, and complete documentation of oral health services provided.
  • Initiate a collaborative approach with all patients when developing individualized care plans that are specialized, comprehensive, culturally sensitive, and acceptable to all parties involved in care planning.
  • Initiate consultations and collaborations with all relevant health care providers to facilitate optimal treatments.
  • Manage medical emergencies by using professional judgment, providing life support, and utilizing required CPR and any specialized training and knowledge.

Career Pathways

 Clinical Practitioner Community Health Hygienist  Educator 
 Administrator Sales Representative  Researcher

Recommended Semester Sequence

First Semester

BIO-104Microbiology

4

BIO-109Anatomy and Physiology I

4

DHY-101Oral Hygiene I

3

DHY-108Dental and Oral Anatomy and Physiology

2

DHY-109Oral Embryology and Histology

2

Total Credit Hours:15

Second Semester

  Humanities Elective 3

BIO-209Anatomy and Physiology II

4

DHY-201Oral Hygiene II

3

DHY-205Dental Radiology

3

DHY-209Periodontology I

1

WRT-101English Composition I

3

Total Credit Hours:17

Summer Session

DHY-200Pharmacology for Dental Hygiene

2

DHY-220Local Anesthesia for Dental Hygienists

1

WRT-201English Composition II

3

Total Credit Hours:6

Third Semester

DHY-202Oral Hygiene III

4

DHY-204Dental Materials

2

DHY-206Community Oral Health I

2

DHY-207General and Oral Pathology

3

DHY-219Periodontology II

1

COM-100Speech Communication

3

Total Credit Hours:15

Fourth Semester

DHY-203Oral Hygiene IV

4

DHY-214Nutrition Dental Health

2

DHY-216Community Oral Health II

1

PSY-101General Psychology

3

SOC-101Sociology

3

Total Credit Hours:13

General Education Requirements

Communication

WRT-101English Composition I

3

WRT-201English Composition II

3

Total Credit Hours:6

Humanities* and Social Sciences

One general education course selected from the Following fields: Arts (Art [ART], Music [MUS], Theatre Arts [THR], Cinema Studies [CIN]), History (HIS), Literature (LIT); Philosophy and Religion (PHR), World Languages and Cultures (LAN), Economics (ECO), . Geography (GEO), Political Science (POL), Sociology (SOC), Anthropology (ANT) 3

PSY-101General Psychology

3

Total Credit Hours:6

Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Technology

BIO-109Anatomy and Physiology I

4

BIO-209Anatomy and Physiology II

4

Total Credit Hours:8

Total Credit Hours: 20

Program Requirements

DHY-101Oral Hygiene I

3

DHY-201Oral Hygiene II

3

DHY-202Oral Hygiene III

4

DHY-203Oral Hygiene IV

4

DHY-108Dental and Oral Anatomy and Physiology

2

DHY-109Oral Embryology and Histology

2

DHY-200Pharmacology for Dental Hygiene

2

DHY-204Dental Materials

2

DHY-205Dental Radiology

3

DHY-206Community Oral Health I

2

DHY-216Community Oral Health II

1

DHY-207General and Oral Pathology

3

DHY-209Periodontology I

1

DHY-219Periodontology II

1

DHY-214Nutrition Dental Health

2

DHY-220Local Anesthesia for Dental Hygienists

1

Total Credit Hours: 36

Program Support Requirements

BIO-104Microbiology

4

SOC-101Sociology

3

COM-100Speech Communication

3

Total Credit Hours: 10

Total Credit Hours: 66

Specific Program Notes

*General Education Course List.

The Basic Skills test must be taken and all Basic Skills English and Remedial Math courses must be completed PRIOR to the application deadline, February 1.