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DENTAL HYGIENE

DEGREE: Associate in Applied Science with a major in Dental Hygiene

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.

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.

PREREQUISITES FOR ENTRANCE

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 Requirements

  1. High School Diploma or GED
  2. Departmental Approval
  3. Prior Experience/Observation - Minimum fifteen hours of observation in a dental office preferably with a RDH, or experience working in a dental office
  4. Minimum Cumulative GPA  of 2.0
  5. Current CPR Certification by American Heart Association or American Red Cross
  6. Hepatitis B Immunization, Signed Informed Refusal or Titer
  7. MMR Immunization or Titer
  8. Chicken Pox Vaccination or Titer
  9. Two-step PPD / Chest X-Ray
  10. Medical Examination - Forms are provided by the college and should be current (within one year) and complete.
  11. Dental Examination - Forms are provided by the college and should be current (within one year) and complete. Dental health must meet departmental standards.
  12. Technical Standards - Forms are provided by the college and should be current (within one year) and complete.

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS

  1. Any course with one of the following prefixes requires a grade of "C" or better: AHS, BIO, CHM, DAT, DHG, ENG, Humanities, MAT, PSY, SOC, SPC
  2. Any course with one of the following prefixes may not be attempted more than twice: BIO, CHM, DAT, DHG, ENG, MAT, PSY, SOC
  3. Complete or Maintain CPR Certification by American Heart Association or American Red Cross
  4. Curriculum Completion Requirement - 36 months
  5. 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).

COURSE REQUIREMENTS

Courses that must be completed before entering this program


Course Class Lab Credit
BIO 210 Anatomy And Physiology I 3 3 4
ENG 101 English Composition I 3 0 3
MAT 165 Statistics 3 0 3
PSY 201 General Psychology 3 0 3
12 3 13

General Education Courses


Course Class Lab Credit
BIO 211 Anatomy And Physiology II 3 3 4
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology 3 0 3
SPC 205 Public Speaking 3 0 3
9 3 10

Required Major Core Courses


Course Class Lab Credit
AHS 113 Head And Neck Anatomy 0 3 1
BIO 115 Basic Microbiology 2 3 3
DHG 121 Dental Radiography 2 3 3
DHG 140 General & Oral Pathology 2 0 2
DHG 141 Periodontology 2 0 2
DHG 143 Dental Pharmacology 2 0 2
DHG 154 Preclinical Dental Hygiene 2 6 4
DHG 165 Clinical Dental Hygiene I 2 9 5
DHG 175 Clinical Dental Hygiene II 2 9 5
DHG 230 Public Health Dentistry 3 0 3
DHG 239 Dental Assisting For DHG's 1 3 2
20 36 32

Other Hours Required for Graduation


Course Class Lab Credit
CHM 105 General Organic And Biochemistry 3 3 4
DHG 115 Medical & Dental Emergencies 2 0 2
DHG 125 Tooth Morphology & Histology 1 3 2
DHG 231 Dental Health Education 0 3 1
DHG 241 Integrated Dental Hygiene I 0 3 1
DHG 242 Integrated Dental Hygiene II 0 3 1
DHG 243 Nutrition & Dental Health 2 0 2
DHG 255 Clinical Dental Hygiene III 1 12 5
DHG 265 Clinical Dental Hygiene IV 1 12 5
XXX XXX Elective: Humanities/Fine Arts 3 0 3
13 39 26
Minimum Total Credit Hours:  81

SEMESTER CURRICULUM

To be completed before the final semester of study.


Course Class Lab Credit
BIO 210 Anatomy And Physiology I 3 3 4
ENG 101 English Composition I 3 0 3
MAT 165 Statistics 3 0 3
PSY 201 General Psychology 3 0 3
12 3 13

SEMESTER 1 (Fall)


Course Class Lab Credit
AHS 113 Head And Neck Anatomy 0 3 1
BIO 211 Anatomy And Physiology II 3 3 4
DHG 125 Tooth Morphology & Histology 1 3 2
DHG 154 Preclinical Dental Hygiene 2 6 4
SPC 205 Public Speaking 3 0 3
9 15 14

SEMESTER 2 (Spring)


Course Class Lab Credit
CHM 105 General Organic And Biochemistry 3 3 4
DHG 115 Medical & Dental Emergencies 2 0 2
DHG 121 Dental Radiography 2 3 3
DHG 165 Clinical Dental Hygiene I 2 9 5
9 15 14

SEMESTER 3 (Summer)


Course Class Lab Credit
BIO 115 Basic Microbiology 2 3 3
DHG 141 Periodontology 2 0 2
DHG 143 Dental Pharmacology 2 0 2
DHG 175 Clinical Dental Hygiene II 2 9 5
DHG 241 Integrated Dental Hygiene I 0 3 1
8 15 13

SEMESTER 4 (Fall)


Course Class Lab Credit
DHG 140 General & Oral Pathology 2 0 2
DHG 231 Dental Health Education 0 3 1
DHG 239 Dental Assisting For DHG's 1 3 2
DHG 243 Nutrition & Dental Health 2 0 2
DHG 255 Clinical Dental Hygiene III 1 12 5
6 18 12

SEMESTER 5 (Spring)


Course Class Lab Credit
DHG 230 Public Health Dentistry 3 0 3
DHG 242 Integrated Dental Hygiene II 0 3 1
DHG 265 Clinical Dental Hygiene IV 1 12 5
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology 3 0 3
XXX XXX Elective: Humanities/Fine Arts 3 0 3
10 15 15
Minimum Total Credit Hours:  81

PROGRAM AND EMPLOYMENT TIDBITS

Contact Person: Susan Cochran

Waiting List: No

Local Starting Salary: $17.00

Local Average Salary: $23.00

National Starting Salary: $23.00

National Average Salary: $30.00