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Dental Hygiene Degree

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Mission

To provide students with a comprehensive technical education that will prepare them to graduate with the knowledge, skills, and values needed to begin the practice of dental hygiene.

Description

Dental Hygienists perform a variety of duties including those relating to prevention of oral and dental diseases and direct patient care. Dental Hygienists must be reliable, have good manual dexterity, and be able to communicate and work effectively with patients and other members of the dental office staff. Dental Hygienists are employed primarily in private dental offices, although some employment opportunities are available in public and government facilities. The annual income for Dental Hygienists is approximately $30,000 plus available benefits. As the population grows and as emphasis on prevention of oral diseases continues to be a priority, job prospects for Dental Hygienists are expected to continue to grow.

Accreditations, Approvals, and Certifications

This program has been accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation (American Dental Association  211 East Chicago Avenue  Chicago,  IL  60611  312.440.2500 ) .
This program has also been accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation (American Dental Association  211 East Chicago Avenue  Chicago,  IL  60611  312.440.2500 ) .

Program Entrance Requirements

Course Level Required Courses
High School

Algebra I, Biology, Chemistry

College BIO 210, ENG 101, PSY 201, MAT 165

NOTE:  A grade of "C" or better is required for each prerequisite course.

Other Required

Diploma or GED

Yes

Approval/Permission Needed -- Application Process

Departmental Approval

Yes

Prior Experience/Observation

Minimum fifteen hours of observation in a dental office preferably with a RDH, or experience working in a dental office

Yes

Minimum Cumulative GPA  of 2.5

Yes

Current CPR Certification

by American Heart Association or American Red Cross

Yes

First Aid Certification No

Hepatitis B Immunization

or Signed Informed Refusal or Titer

Yes

MMR Immunization or Titer

Yes

Chicken Pox Vaccination or Titer

Yes

Two-step PPD / Chest X-Ray

Yes

Medical Examination

Forms are provided by the college and should be current (within one year) and complete.

Yes

Dental Examination

Forms are provided by the college and should be current (within one year) and complete.

Dental health must meet departmental standards.

Yes

Technical Standards

Forms are provided by the college and should be current (within one year) and complete.

Yes

Negative Drug Screen

Yes

Satisfactory Background Check

Yes

Other Diplomas, Licensures, etc.

No

Recent Photograph

Photograph will not be returned.

No

Academic Standards

Standard Criteria Required

Courses requiring a grade of "C" or better

Any course with one of the following prefixes: AHS, BIO, CHM, DAT, DHG, ENG, Humanities, MAT, PSY, SOC, SPC

Yes

Courses that may not be attempted more than twice

Any course with one of the following prefixes: BIO, CHM, DAT, DHG, ENG, MAT, PSY, SOC

Yes

Complete or Maintain CPR Certification

by American Heart Association or American Red Cross

Yes

Curriculum Completion Requirement

36 months

Yes

Drug Calculation Competency

Students must demonstrate drug calculation competency each semester in order to progress in curriculum courses.

No

Dismissal Policy

A student must maintain a 2.0 GPA or better each semester. Failure to comply with this standard will result in the student being placed on academic probation. Two consecutive semesters in which the GPA is less than 2.0 will result in the student being withdrawn from curriculum courses. If a student fails to earn a "C" or better in DHG prefix courses or AHS 113, they are withdrawn from the AAS.DHG curriculum. If a student fails to earn the minimum required grade in the following courses in two attempts by the end of the accompanying listed semester, they are withdrawn from the AAS.DHG curriculum: BIO 211 (1st semester), CHM 105 (2ND semester), BIO 115 (3rd semester), SOC 101 (5th semester), Humanities/Fine Arts Elective (5th semester).

Yes

Re-entry Policy

No

Agency Requirements

Students in health majors must meet the published clinical agency requirements when participating in assigned labs. Requirements include immunizations, background checks, and drug testing. To be in compliance with Article, 23, Section 44-7-2920 of the S.C. Code of Law, all students enrolled in AHS 141, DAT 154, DHG 154, HIM 102, MED 102, MLT 110, NUR 160, NUR 201, PNR 110, RAD 101, RES 101, and SUR 101 must complete the requirements listed above prior to being assigned to any direct care entity. Results of the background check/drug screening could affect the student's ability to complete required clinical rotations and/or become credentialed. For example, a felony conviction could make a student ineligible to take the licensing exam(s) required by the profession or prevent the student from participating in the clinical training component.

Incomplete "I" Grade Policy

An Incomplete "I" is assigned for academic work which, for unforeseeable, emergency and justifiable reasons beyond student's control, has not been finished at the end of the term. Having a non-passing grade does not constitute justifiable reason or an unforeseeable emergency. Incomplete grades are contingent upon instructor approval. However, it is the primary responsibility of the student to request an incomplete grade from his/her instructor. An instructor, who agrees to award an incomplete grade, must file an incomplete grade form.
Incomplete grades may be given only in the following circumstances:
  • The student's work completed to date is passing;
  • Attendance has been satisfactory through at least 60% of the term; Incomplete grade will be assigned after the 60% date, but before the end of the term;
  • An illness or other extenuating circumstance legitimately prevents completion of required work by the due date; ( Instructors at their discretion may require Doctor's note, etc.)
  • Required work may reasonably be completed in an agreed-upon time frame;
  • The incomplete is not given as a substitute for a failing grade;
  • The incomplete is not based solely on a student's failure to complete work or as a means of raising his or her grade by doing additional work after the grade report time;
  • The student initiates the request for an incomplete grade before the end of the academic term;
  • The instructor and student complete the "Application for Incomplete Grade" form before the end of the academic term.
Appropriate grades must be assigned in other circumstances. A failing grade and last date of attendance should be recorded for students who cease attending class without authorization. Students who are unable to complete a course and who do not meet these circumstances should consider dropping the course.
The following provisions for incomplete grades apply:
  • The "Application for Incomplete Grade" form may be obtained on the web at www.fdtc.edu/registrar or in the Office of the Registrar.
  • The form must indicate exactly what is required in order to finish the course and what percentage of the grade will be based on the remaining work.
  • It should also indicate which letter grade the instructor will assign to the student in the event that the student fails to complete the remaining work within the prescribed time.
  • A copy of this form is given to the Department Head, the Registrar and the student.
  • The incomplete may be made up no later than one semester after the end of the term in which it was assigned, at which time, the instructor's alternate grade shall be entered on the record. For example: (Fall incomplete must be completed at the end of Spring) , (Spring incomplete at the end of Fall).
  • A student may petition for an extension of one semester of time due to unusual circumstances.
  • Such a petition will be reviewed by the instructor whose decision shall be reviewed and approved by the Department Head and the Divisional Associate Vice President and subsequently forwarded to the Registrar's Office.

Graduation Requirements

  • Complete all required courses specified in the curriculum.
  • Fulfill all financial obligations to the College.
  • Achieve a cumulative final GPA of 2.0.
  • Earn at least 25 percent of the total credit hours of his/her curriculum at FDTC.  Exceptions can be made only by the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Program Specific Notes

AAS.DHG students are defined as those students who are actively enrolled in the Dental Hygiene required Major Core Curriculum courses (DHG prefix courses and AHS 113). Only AAS.DHG students may enroll in DHG prefix courses and AHS 113. AS.AS.DHG students are defined as those students who meet entrance requirements and are taking required, related courses prior to enrollment into the AAS.DHG curriculum. AS.AS.DHG students may enroll in BIO, CHM, ENG, SPC, PSY, SOC, MAT, and elective course in the curriculum. All AAS.DHG standards apply to AS.AS.DHG students. Failure to meet these standards will result in the withdrawal from the AS.AS.DHG program. Once withdrawn, a student must petition in writing to the Dental Department Head for reinstatement/enrollment into the AS.AS.DHG curriculum. At the end of DHG 165 an exit exam is given and the students are required to pass at a score of 75 or above (in 2 attempts) in order to proceed into DHG 175.<br><br> Application available on www.fdtc.edu March 1st for Fall Admission.

Mission

To provide students with a comprehensive technical education that will prepare them to graduate with the knowledge, skills, and values needed to begin the practice of dental hygiene.

Description

Dental Hygienists perform a variety of duties including those relating to prevention of oral and dental diseases and direct patient care. Dental Hygienists must be reliable, have good manual dexterity, and be able to communicate and work effectively with patients and other members of the dental office staff. Dental Hygienists are employed primarily in private dental offices, although some employment opportunities are available in public and government facilities. The annual income for Dental Hygienists is approximately $30,000 plus available benefits. As the population grows and as emphasis on prevention of oral diseases continues to be a priority, job prospects for Dental Hygienists are expected to continue to grow.

Accreditations, Approvals, and Certifications

This program has been accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation (American Dental Association  211 East Chicago Avenue  Chicago,  IL  60611  312.440.2500 ) .
This program has also been accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation (American Dental Association  211 East Chicago Avenue  Chicago,  IL  60611  312.440.2500 ) .

Program Entrance Requirements

Course Level Required Courses
High School

Algebra I, Biology, Chemistry

College BIO 210, ENG 101, PSY 201, MAT 165

NOTE:  A grade of "C" or better is required for each prerequisite course.

Other Required

Diploma or GED

Yes

Approval/Permission Needed -- Application Process

Departmental Approval

Yes

Prior Experience/Observation

Minimum fifteen hours of observation in a dental office preferably with a RDH, or experience working in a dental office

Yes

Minimum Cumulative GPA  of 2.5

Yes

Current CPR Certification

by American Heart Association or American Red Cross

Yes

First Aid Certification No

Hepatitis B Immunization

or Signed Informed Refusal or Titer

Yes

MMR Immunization or Titer

Yes

Chicken Pox Vaccination or Titer

Yes

Two-step PPD / Chest X-Ray

Yes

Medical Examination

Forms are provided by the college and should be current (within one year) and complete.

Yes

Dental Examination

Forms are provided by the college and should be current (within one year) and complete.

Dental health must meet departmental standards.

Yes

Technical Standards

Forms are provided by the college and should be current (within one year) and complete.

Yes

Negative Drug Screen

Yes

Satisfactory Background Check

Yes

Other Diplomas, Licensures, etc.

No

Recent Photograph

Photograph will not be returned.

No

Academic Standards

Standard Criteria Required

Courses requiring a grade of "C" or better

Any course with one of the following prefixes: AHS, BIO, CHM, DAT, DHG, ENG, Humanities, MAT, PSY, SOC, SPC

Yes

Courses that may not be attempted more than twice

Any course with one of the following prefixes: BIO, CHM, DAT, DHG, ENG, MAT, PSY, SOC

Yes

Complete or Maintain CPR Certification

by American Heart Association or American Red Cross

Yes

Curriculum Completion Requirement

36 months

Yes

Drug Calculation Competency

Students must demonstrate drug calculation competency each semester in order to progress in curriculum courses.

No

Dismissal Policy

A student must maintain a 2.0 GPA or better each semester. Failure to comply with this standard will result in the student being placed on academic probation. Two consecutive semesters in which the GPA is less than 2.0 will result in the student being withdrawn from curriculum courses. If a student fails to earn a "C" or better in DHG prefix courses or AHS 113, they are withdrawn from the AAS.DHG curriculum. If a student fails to earn the minimum required grade in the following courses in two attempts by the end of the accompanying listed semester, they are withdrawn from the AAS.DHG curriculum: BIO 211 (1st semester), CHM 105 (2ND semester), BIO 115 (3rd semester), SOC 101 (5th semester), Humanities/Fine Arts Elective (5th semester).

Yes

Re-entry Policy

No

Agency Requirements

Students in health majors must meet the published clinical agency requirements when participating in assigned labs. Requirements include immunizations, background checks, and drug testing. To be in compliance with Article, 23, Section 44-7-2920 of the S.C. Code of Law, all students enrolled in AHS 141, DAT 154, DHG 154, HIM 102, MED 102, MLT 110, NUR 160, NUR 201, PNR 110, RAD 101, RES 101, and SUR 101 must complete the requirements listed above prior to being assigned to any direct care entity. Results of the background check/drug screening could affect the student's ability to complete required clinical rotations and/or become credentialed. For example, a felony conviction could make a student ineligible to take the licensing exam(s) required by the profession or prevent the student from participating in the clinical training component.

Incomplete "I" Grade Policy

An Incomplete "I" is assigned for academic work which, for unforeseeable, emergency and justifiable reasons beyond student's control, has not been finished at the end of the term. Having a non-passing grade does not constitute justifiable reason or an unforeseeable emergency. Incomplete grades are contingent upon instructor approval. However, it is the primary responsibility of the student to request an incomplete grade from his/her instructor. An instructor, who agrees to award an incomplete grade, must file an incomplete grade form.
Incomplete grades may be given only in the following circumstances:
  • The student's work completed to date is passing;
  • Attendance has been satisfactory through at least 60% of the term; Incomplete grade will be assigned after the 60% date, but before the end of the term;
  • An illness or other extenuating circumstance legitimately prevents completion of required work by the due date; ( Instructors at their discretion may require Doctor's note, etc.)
  • Required work may reasonably be completed in an agreed-upon time frame;
  • The incomplete is not given as a substitute for a failing grade;
  • The incomplete is not based solely on a student's failure to complete work or as a means of raising his or her grade by doing additional work after the grade report time;
  • The student initiates the request for an incomplete grade before the end of the academic term;
  • The instructor and student complete the "Application for Incomplete Grade" form before the end of the academic term.
Appropriate grades must be assigned in other circumstances. A failing grade and last date of attendance should be recorded for students who cease attending class without authorization. Students who are unable to complete a course and who do not meet these circumstances should consider dropping the course.
The following provisions for incomplete grades apply:
  • The "Application for Incomplete Grade" form may be obtained on the web at www.fdtc.edu/registrar or in the Office of the Registrar.
  • The form must indicate exactly what is required in order to finish the course and what percentage of the grade will be based on the remaining work.
  • It should also indicate which letter grade the instructor will assign to the student in the event that the student fails to complete the remaining work within the prescribed time.
  • A copy of this form is given to the Department Head, the Registrar and the student.
  • The incomplete may be made up no later than one semester after the end of the term in which it was assigned, at which time, the instructor's alternate grade shall be entered on the record. For example: (Fall incomplete must be completed at the end of Spring) , (Spring incomplete at the end of Fall).
  • A student may petition for an extension of one semester of time due to unusual circumstances.
  • Such a petition will be reviewed by the instructor whose decision shall be reviewed and approved by the Department Head and the Divisional Associate Vice President and subsequently forwarded to the Registrar's Office.

Graduation Requirements

  • Complete all required courses specified in the curriculum.
  • Fulfill all financial obligations to the College.
  • Achieve a cumulative final GPA of 2.0.
  • Earn at least 25 percent of the total credit hours of his/her curriculum at FDTC.  Exceptions can be made only by the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Program Specific Notes

AAS.DHG students are defined as those students who are actively enrolled in the Dental Hygiene required Major Core Curriculum courses (DHG prefix courses and AHS 113). Only AAS.DHG students may enroll in DHG prefix courses and AHS 113.

AS.AS.DHG students are defined as those students who meet entrance requirements and are taking required, related courses prior to enrollment into the AAS.DHG curriculum. AS.AS.DHG students may enroll in BIO, CHM, ENG, SPC, PSY, SOC, MAT, and elective course in the curriculum. All AAS.DHG standards apply to AS.AS.DHG students. Failure to meet these standards will result in the withdrawal from the AS.AS.DHG program. Once withdrawn, a student must petition in writing to the Dental Department Head for reinstatement/enrollment into the AS.AS.DHG curriculum. At the end of DHG 165 an exit exam is given and the students are required to pass at a score of 75 or above (in 2 attempts) in order to proceed into DHG 175.

Application available on www.fdtc.edu March 1st for Fall Admission.