Dental Hygiene

 

The Dental Hygiene curriculum prepares individuals with the knowledge and skills to access, plan, implement, and evaluate dental hygiene care for the individual and the community.

Students learn to prepare the operatory, take patient histories, note abnormalities, plan care, teach oral hygiene techniques, provide periodontal therapy, expose radiographs, apply preventive agents, complete necessary chart entries, and perform other procedures related to dental hygiene care.

Graduates of this program may be eligible to take national and state/regional examinations for licensure which are required to practice dental hygiene.  Employment opportunities include positions in dental offices, hospital clinics, schools, public health agencies, industry, and professional education.

The Associate in Applied Science Degree - Dental Hygiene Degree is awarded by the College upon completion of this program.

The Dental Hygiene program has a 100% pass rate on the dental hygiene national board for the past 6 years.

The Dental Hygiene program has a 90% graduation rate for the past 3 years.

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

Students in the Dental Hygiene Program may be exposed to blood-borne pathogens and infectious diseases through the provision of clinical services.  It is for this reason that students are provided instruction on infectious diseases, mechanisms of disease transmission, and infection control procedures to reduce the risk of disease transmission, including those published by national public health agencies, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

For more information, please refer to our Student OSHA Hazardous Communication Standard and Student Exposure Classification Bloodborne Pathogens documents.