Dental Hygiene A.A.S. Degree

Dental Hygiene Program Overview

The Dental Hygiene program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Education of the American Dental Association.

Contemporary Dental Hygiene practice requires that Dental Hygienists possess a breadth of knowledge and skills in a variety of areas. Changes in healthcare knowledge and practice have expanded the Dental Hygienist's role to include five interrelated components: clinician, educator/oral health promoter, administrator/manager, consumer advocate, and researcher. These areas hold the common denominator of improved oral health for society.

The duties of the Dental Hygienist include oral prophylaxis (cleaning); exposing, processing, and mounting radiographs; collecting and evaluating medical history information; performing head and neck examinations; periodontal assessment and therapy; applying agents for the prevention of decay; applying desensitizing and antimicrobial agents; and administering local anesthesia and nitrous oxide analgesia.

Dental Hygiene employment opportunities include general practice and specialty dental offices; federal, state, county, and city health clinics; hospitals; long-term care facilities; industrial clinics; the armed services; research institutions; and educational settings.

Students may take the "Program Specifi c Courses" only after they have been admitted into the program. A separate application process is required for acceptance into this program. A new class begins each fall semester. The application deadline for the program is May 30. Contact the Allied Health Offi ce for an application packet.