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Dental Hygiene 

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Job Description


A career as a dental hygienist offers a wide range of job opportunities and variety. Some of the services provided by dental hygienists may include:
  • patient screening procedures; such as assessment of oral health conditions, review of the health history, oral cancer screening, head and neck inspection, dental charting and taking blood pressure and pulse
  • taking and developing dental radiographs (x-rays)
  • removing calculus and plaque (hard and soft deposits) from all surfaces of the teeth
  • applying preventive materials to the teeth (e.g., sealants and fluorides)
  • teaching patients appropriate oral hygiene strategies to maintain oral health (e.g., toothbrushing, flossing and nutritional counseling)
  • counseling patients about good nutrition and its impact on oral health
  • making impressions of patients' teeth for study casts (models of teeth used by dentists to evaluate patient treatment needs)
  • performing documentation and office management activities
The dental profession requires its members to behave ethically in the practice of dentistry or Dental Hygiene at all times.  This obligation begins at the time of application to a dental hygiene education program and continues through the education process, the licensure process, and the entirety of professional practice.

Priority Enrollment

Dental Hygiene is a high-demand program.  Students are encouraged  to complete General Education courses in order to be prepared for the rigorous Dental Hygiene core (occupational specific) courses.  Please view Wait Times for Core Courses

A priority enrollment appointment has been created for DH students enrolling in the first semester core course.  A priority enrollment appointment will allow students that meet the below criteria to enroll into the first core class on a specific one-day-only day. This date will be prior to the start of the enrollment appointments for all remaining program students
  • Admitted to the Dental Hygiene program plan
  • Successfully met required Accuplacer Test scores
  • Completed with a grade of C or better the prerequisite courses for Oral Anatomy, Histology and Embryology:
    • 10-806-177 General Anatomy and Physiology
    • 10-806-186 Intro to Biochemistry
    • 10-806-197 Microbiology 
    • 10-508-149 Success Strategies for Dental Hygienists
  • A grade of C or above is required
  • It is recommended that you take Success Strategies prior to Oral Anatomy
  • Success Strategies is offered in Fall and Spring terms
Once all required courses listed above are completed the student is eligible for a Priority Enrollment Appointment:
  • A priority enrollment appointment will allow students that meet the above criteria to enroll into the first core class on a specific day.  This date will be prior to the start of the enrollment appointments for all remaining program students.
  • The calculation of Priority Enrollment appointments will be based on:                                            
    • Admit term (the term when you were admitted to Dental Hygiene).  The earlier the admit term the earlier the Enrollment Appointment
    • All credits earned (including historical credits and transfer credits) as well as in-progress credits
If a student who is assigned a priority enrollment appointment does not use it to enroll in core classes if they are open, the student will be dropped from the Dental Hygiene Program. 

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Graduate Placement Information

Click here to access our Dental Hygiene Graduate Placement Information & Reports

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