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Dental Hygienist

10-508-1 Associate Degree (AAS) Full Time 70 Credits Financial Aid Eligible Time of Day: Day Location*: Appleton

*If general education courses are required, they may be available at multiple locations.

Be the one who helps people achieve and maintain a healthy smile. Dental hygienists are licensed oral health professionals who focus on the prevention and treatment of oral diseases. As a dental hygienist, you’ll work as a member of a dental health team, focusing on prevention, assessment, diagnosis, treatment planning, implementation, evaluation and documentation of oral disease. In this program, your training will include assessing patients for signs, symptoms and risk factors of oral disease. You’ll get the skills needed to expose x-rays for diagnoses of oral disease and will learn how to administer local anesthesia and nitrous oxide/oxygen sedation. You’ll also get training in counseling patients about nutrition, oral hygiene and dental care, and will gain skills in maintaining patient records. Upon completion, you’ll be eligible to take the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination and the Central Regional Dental Testing Service Practical exam to become a licensed registered dental hygienist.

COURSE LIST

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Course list for reference only. Current students please refer to your individualized program plan or see your advisor.
**Outside effort hours are an estimate based on state standards, and may vary from person to person.

    Technical Studies (43 Credits)

    Course Title
    Course Number
    Credits
    Instructional Hours
    Outside Effort Hours**
    Prior Learning Credit Eligibility
  • Oral Anatomy, Embry, Histology
    10-508-102
    4Credit
    72
    144
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 72
    • Outside Effort Hours: 144
    • Course Number: 10508102
    • Credits: 4.00

    Prepares Dental Hygienist students to apply detailed knowledge about oral anatomy to planning, implementation, assessment and evaluation of patient care. Students identify distinguishing characteristics of normal and abnormal dental, head and neck anatomy and its relationship to tooth development, eruption and health.

    Prereq: ACPL Read 88+/Sent 92+/Arith 85+, Next Gen Read 276+/Sent 263+/Arith 276+, ACT Read 21+/Sent 20+/Arith 21+ OR Read Prep 10838105/Sent Prep 10831103/Arith Prep 10834109; Gen A & P 10806177; Intro to Biochemistry 10806186; Microbiology 10806197
  • Dental Health Safety
    10-508-101
    1Credit
    36
    18

    • Instructional Hours: 36
    • Outside Effort Hours: 18
    • Course Number: 10508101
    • Credits: 1.00

    Prepares dental auxiliary students to respond proactively to dental emergencies, control infection, prevent disease, adhere to OSHA Standards, and safely manage hazardous materials. Students also take patient vital signs and collect patient medical/dental histories. CPR certification is a prerequisite; students will be required to show proof of certification before beginning the course. This course is aligned to serve students in the Dental Hygienist and Dental Assistant programs.

    Prereq: Admission to Dental Assistant with coreq of Dental & General Anatomy, Dental Chairside, Dental Radiography, Dental Materials, DA Clinical and DA Professionalism OR Admission to Dental Hygienist and Oral Anatomy, Embryology and Histology
  • Nutrition and Dental Health
    10-508-110
    2Credit
    36
    72
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 36
    • Outside Effort Hours: 72
    • Course Number: 10508110
    • Credits: 2.00

    Prepares student dental hygienists to counsel patients about diet and its impact on oral health. Students learn to distinguish between balanced and unbalanced diets and to construct diets that meet the needs of patients with compromised dental/oral health. Students also learn to counsel patients about the effect of eating disorders on dental health.

    Prereq: Intro to Biochemistry (10806186); Oral Anatomy, Embryology, and Histology (10508102)
  • Dental Radiography
    10-508-103
    2Credit
    72
    36

    • Instructional Hours: 72
    • Outside Effort Hours: 36
    • Course Number: 10508103
    • Credits: 2.00

    Prepares students to operate x-ray units and expose bitewing, periapical, extra oral, and occlusal radiographs. Emphasis is placed on protection against x-ray hazards. Students process, mount, and evaluate radiographs for diagnostic value. In this course students demonstrate competency on a manikin. In addition, students expose bitewing radiographs on a peer, role-play patient. This course is aligned to serve students in the Dental Hygienist and Dental Assistant programs.

    Prereq: Oral Anatomy, Embry & Histology, Dental Hlth Safety; Corequisite: DH Process 1 if Dental Hygiene student. If Dental Asst student, Dental Hlth Safety, Dental & Gen Anatomy, Dental Chairside, Materials, DA Clinical and DA Professionalism.
  • Dental Hygiene Process 1
    10-508-105
    4Credit
    144
    72
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 144
    • Outside Effort Hours: 72
    • Course Number: 10508105
    • Credits: 4.00

    Introduces students to the basic technical/clinical skills required of practicing dental hygienists including use of basic dental equipment, examination of patients and procedures within the dental unit. Under direct supervision of an instructor, students integrate hands-on skills with entry-level critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Reinforces the application of dental safety skills.

    Prereq: Oral Anatomy, Embry, Histology (10508102); Dental Health Safety (10508101); Coreq: Dental Radiography (10508103)
  • Dental Materials
    10-508-113
    2Credit
    54
    54

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 54
    • Course Number: 10508113
    • Credits: 2.00

    Prepares students to handle and prepare dental materials such as liners, bases, cements, amalgam, resin restorative materials, gypsum products, and impression materials. They also learn to take alginate impressions on manikins and clean removable appliances. This course is aligned to serve students in the Dental Hygienist and Dental Assistant programs.

    Prereq: Oral Anatomy; Dental Hlth Safety; DH Process 1 if Dental Hygiene student. If Dental Asst student, Dental Hlth Safety, Dental & Gen Anatomy, Dental Chairside, Dental Radiography, DA Clinical and DA Professionalism.
  • Dental Pharmacology
    10-508-114
    2Credit
    36
    72
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 36
    • Outside Effort Hours: 72
    • Course Number: 10508114
    • Credits: 2.00

    Prepares student dental hygienists to select safe and effective patient pre-medication, local anesthetic, chemo therapeutic and anti-microbial agents within the scope of dental hygiene practice. Students learn to recognize potential pharmacological contraindications for specific patients and to take measures to avoid negative impact or alert other members of the dental team to possible negative impact.

    Prereq: Intro to Biochemistry (10806186); Microbiology (10806197); Coreq: Dental Hygiene Process 1 (10508105)
  • Dental Hygiene Process 2
    10-508-106
    4Credit
    180
    36
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 180
    • Outside Effort Hours: 36
    • Course Number: 10508106
    • Credits: 4.00

    Builds on and expands the technical/clinical skills student began developing Dental Hygiene Process 1. Introduces the application of fluoride and desensitizing agents, whole mouth assessments, comprehensive periodontal examinations, application of sealants and patient classification. Students begin performing removal of supragingival stain, dental plaque, calcified accretions and deposits.

    Prereq: Dental Hygiene Process 1 (10508105); Coreq: Periodontology (10508108); Cariology (10508109)
  • Periodontology
    10-508-108
    3Credit
    54
    108
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 108
    • Course Number: 10508108
    • Credits: 3.00

    Prepares student to assess the periodontal health of patients, plan prevention and treatment of periodontal disease, and to evaluate the effectiveness of periodontal treatment plans. Emphasis is placed on the recognition of the signs and causes of periodontal disease and on selection of treatments modalities that minimize risk and restore periodontal health.

    Coreq: Dental Hygiene Process 2 (10508106); General and Oral Pathology (10508111); Cariology (10508109)
  • Cariology
    10-508-109
    1Credit
    18
    36
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 18
    • Outside Effort Hours: 36
    • Course Number: 10508109
    • Credits: 1.00

    Focuses on the characteristics and contributing factors of dental decay. Dental Hygiene students help patients minimize caries risk by developing treatment plans, communicating methods to patients, and evaluating treatment results.

    Coreq: Dental Hygiene Process 2 (10508106)
  • General & Oral Pathology
    10-508-111
    3Credit
    54
    108
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 108
    • Course Number: 10508111
    • Credits: 3.00

    Prepares the student to determine when to consult, treat or refer clients with various disease, infection or physiological conditions. Students learn to recognize the signs, causes, and implications of common pathological conditions including inflammatory responses, immune disorders, genetic disorders, developmental disorders of tissues and cysts, oral tissue trauma, and neoplasm of the oral cavity.

    Prereq: Oral Anatomy, Embryology, and Histology (10508102); Dental Radiography (10508103)
  • Dental Hygiene Process 3
    10-508-112
    5Credit
    234
    36
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 234
    • Outside Effort Hours: 36
    • Course Number: 10508112
    • Credits: 5.00

    This clinical course builds on and expands the technical/clinical skills student dental hygienists developed in Dental Hygiene Process 2. In consultation with the instructor, students apply independent problem-solving skills in the course of providing comprehensive care for calculus case type 1, 2 and 3 patients and perio case type 0, I, II and III patients. Dental Hygiene Process 3 also introduces root detoxification using hand and ultra-sonic instruments, manipulation of files, use of oral irrigators, selection of dental implant prophylaxis treatment options and administration of chemotherapeutic agents. Students also adapt care plans in order to accommodate patients with special needs.

    Prereq: Nutrition and Dental Health (10508110); Dental Hygiene Process 2 (10508106); Periodontology (10508108); Cariology (10508109)
  • Community Dental Health
    10-508-115
    2Credit
    36
    72
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 36
    • Outside Effort Hours: 72
    • Course Number: 10508115
    • Credits: 2.00

    Prepares the Dental Hygienist student to play a proactive role in improving the dental health of community members of all ages. Students perform and interpret dental health research to determine community dental health needs. They also participate in the development, implementation and evaluation of a community dental health program.

    Prereq: Dental Pharmacology (10508114) or Pharmacology for Health Occupations (10501103); Coreq: Dental Hygiene Process 3 (10508112)
  • Dental Anxiety and Pain Management
    10-508-118
    2Credit
    36
    72
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 36
    • Outside Effort Hours: 72
    • Course Number: 10508118
    • Credits: 2.00

    This course prepares the student dental hygienist to work within the scope of dental hygiene practice to manage anxiety and pain for dental patients. Students learn to prepare and administer local anesthesia and nitrous oxide safely. The course also addresses the recommendation of alternative pain control measures.

    Prereq: Oral Anatomy, Embryology and Histology (10508102); Dental Pharmacology (10508114) OR Pharmacology for Health Occupations (10501103); Coreq: Dental Hygiene Process 3 (10508112)
  • Dental Hygiene Ethics & Professionalism
    10-508-107
    1Credit
    18
    36
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 18
    • Outside Effort Hours: 36
    • Course Number: 10508107
    • Credits: 1.00

    Helps student dental hygienists develop and apply high professional and ethical standards. Students apply the laws that govern the practice of dental hygiene to their work with patients, other members of a dental team and the community. Emphasis is placed on maintaining confidentiality and obtaining informed consent. Students enhance their ability to present a professional appearance.

    Coreq: Dental Hygiene Process 4 (10508117)
  • Dental Hygiene Process 4
    10-508-117
    4Credit
    216
    0
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 216
    • Outside Effort Hours: 0
    • Course Number: 10508117
    • Credits: 4.00

    Builds on and expands the technical/clinical skills developed in Dental Hygiene Process 3. With feedback from the instructor, students manage all aspects of cases in the course of providing comprehensive care for calculus case type 0, 1, 2 and 3 patients and for perio case type 0, I, II and III patients.

    Prereq: Dental Hygiene Process 3 (10508112); Community Dental Health (10508115); Dental Pain Management (10508116); Corequisite: DH Ethics & Professionalism (10508107)
  • Dental Hygiene, Transition into Practice
    10-508-130
    1Credit
    18
    36
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 18
    • Outside Effort Hours: 36
    • Course Number: 10508130
    • Credits: 1.00

    Prepares students for the written licensing and clinical practice examinations. It includes simulated, written and practical exams; an individualized study plan; stress/test anxiety management strategies; and dental hygiene licensing.

    Coreq: Dental Hygiene Process 4 (10508117)

    General Studies (27 Credits)

    Course Title
    Course Number
    Credits
    Instructional Hours
    Outside Effort Hours**
    Prior Learning Credit Eligibility
  • Gen Anatomy & Physiology
    10-806-177
    4Credit
    90
    126

    • Instructional Hours: 90
    • Outside Effort Hours: 126
    • Course Number: 10806177
    • Credits: 4.00

    Examines basic concepts of human anatomy and physiology as they relate to health sciences. Using a body systems approach, the course emphasizes the interrelationships between structure and function at the gross and microscopic levels of organization of the entire human body. It is intended to prepare health care professionals who need to apply basic concepts of whole body anatomy and physiology to informed decision-making and professional communication with colleagues and patients. (This course also provides the foundation, and is prerequisite to, Advanced Anatomy and Physiology.)

    Prereq: Read – ACPL 80+, Next Gen 263+, ACT Rd 20+, TEAS 50+ OR 10836123 OR 10801195/10801136 (C or better); Sent – ACPL 83+, Next Gen 250+, ACT Eng 18+, TEAS 50+, HS GPA 2.75+ OR 10831103; 1cr HS Chem OR 10806134 (C or better); 1 Gen A&P enroll per term
  • Intro to Biochemistry
    10-806-186
    4Credit
    90
    126

    • Instructional Hours: 90
    • Outside Effort Hours: 126
    • Course Number: 10806186
    • Credits: 4.00

    Provides students with skills and knowledge of organic and biological chemistry necessary for application within Nursing and other Allied Health careers. Emphasis is on recognizing the structure, physical properties and chemical reactions of organic molecules, body fluids, and acids. Additional emphasis is placed on biological functions and their relationships to enzymes, proteins, lipids, carbohydrates and DNA.

    Prereq: 1 credit of HS chemistry OR General Chemistry 10806134 with grade of C or better; HS GPA 2.75+ OR ACPL Read 54+/Sent 83+, Next Gen Read 250+/Sent 237+, ACT Read 18+/Engl 15+ OR Read Prep 10838105/Sent Prep 74851745
  • Written Communication
    10-801-195
    3Credit
    54
    108

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 108
    • Course Number: 10801195
    • Credits: 3.00

    Teaches the writing process which includes prewriting, drafting and revising. Through writing assignments, students analyze audience and purpose, research and organize ideas, and format and design documents based on subject matter and content. Class sessions and assignments involve giving oral presentations and using computers.

    Prereq: HS GPA 2.75+ OR ACPL Read 54+/Sent 83+, Next Gen Read 250+/Sent 250+, ACT Read 18+/Engl 18+ OR Read Prep 10838105/Sent Prep 10831103 OR Not pursuing a degree
  • Microbiology
    10-806-197
    4Credit
    108
    108

    • Instructional Hours: 108
    • Outside Effort Hours: 108
    • Course Number: 10806197
    • Credits: 4.00

    Examines microbial structure, metabolism, genetics, growth, and the relationship between humans and microorganisms. Addresses disease production, epidemiology, host defense mechanisms and the medical impact of microbes. Examines the role of microbes in the environment, industry and biotechnology. Students have the following flexible lecture options: in-class, Webcast, podcast or Interactive Television.

    Prereq: General Anatomy and Physiology 10806177 with a C or better AND 1 credit of HS chemistry or General Chemistry 10806134 with a grade of C or better.
  • Oral/Interpersonal Comm
    10-801-196
    3Credit
    54
    108

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 108
    • Course Number: 10801196
    • Credits: 3.00

    Focuses on developing effective listening techniques and verbal and nonverbal communication skills through oral presentation, group activity, and other projects. The study of self, conflict, and cultural contexts will be explored, as well as their impact on communication.

    Prereq: HS GPA 2.75+ OR ACPL Read 54+/Sent 83+, Next Gen Read 250+/Sent 237+, ACT Read 18+/Engl 15+ OR Read Prep 10838105/Sent Prep 74851745 OR not pursuing a degree
  • Intro to Psychology
    10-809-198
    3Credit
    54
    108

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 108
    • Course Number: 10809198
    • Credits: 3.00

    Focuses on the theoretical foundation of human functioning and looks at learning, motivation, emotions, personality, deviance and pathology, physiological factors and social influences. Students consider the complexities of human relationships in personal, social and vocational settings.

    Prereq: HS GPA 2.75+ OR ACPL Read 54+/Sent 83+, Next Gen Read 250+/Sent 237+, ACT Read 18+/Engl 15+ OR Read Prep 10838105/Sent Prep 74851745 OR not pursuing a degree
  • Developmental Psychology
    10-809-188
    3Credit
    54
    108
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 108
    • Course Number: 10809188
    • Credits: 3.00

    Studies human development across the lifespan from conception through old age and death. It focuses on the physical, intellectual, social, emotional and moral development of a person and presents the normal range of responses, reactions and behaviors of age-related development. It also helps students to distinguish what might be considered dysfunctional.

    Prereq: Intro to Psychology (10809198) or enrollment in the Practical Nursing plan or instructor consent
  • Intro to Sociology
    10-809-196
    3Credit
    54
    108
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 108
    • Course Number: 10809196
    • Credits: 3.00

    Focuses on the basic concepts of the intercultural discipline of sociology. Emphasis is placed on culture, socialization and social stratification. The course also looks at five institutions: family, politics, economics, religion and education. Additional topics include demography, deviance, technology, environmental social issues, and social change and organization.

    Prereq: HS GPA 2.75+ OR ACPL Read 54+/Sent 83+, Next Gen Read 250+/Sent 237+, ACT Read 18+/Engl 15+ OR Read Prep 10838105/Sent Prep 74851745 OR not pursuing a degree
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