Dental Hygiene (DEH.S.AAS)

73.0 Credit Hours

Working as part of a dental team, dental hygienists treat patients needing non-surgical periodontal therapy and radiographs; apply preventive agents, provide intra- and extra-oral exams and oral hygiene instructions. Registered dental hygienists work in private dental offices, public health settings, and in higher education.

The Dental Hygiene program is designed to be completed in five (5) semesters on a full-time basis when the student begins the technical portion of the program. The degree program consists of open enrollment courses (general education and division specific) and program specific courses with limited enrollment. The open enrollment courses may be taken prior to entry into the limited enrollment courses. To qualify for entry to limited enrollment courses, please see the Applicant Information packet located on the webpage. A cumulative GPA of 2.5 is required and a grade of C or higher is required in all program courses.

Prerequisites: ENG 1101 and ALH 1101 and BIO 1141 and BIO 1242 and DEH 1102 and Approval of Department to begin limited enrollment DEH courses.

Prerequisites: ALH 1101 and BIO 1141 and BIO 1242 and DEH 1102 and ENG 1101 or Approval of Department

Program Outcomes

  • Demonstrate competence in the provision of contemporary dental hygiene services including preventive, therapeutic and maintenance care based on individual patient needs.
  • Demonstrate professionalism in all aspects of dental hygiene care, including the ability to make ethical decisions and apply critical thinking skills.
  • Display a professional commitment to continuing education and life-long learning.
  • Demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate with patients, healthcare providers and the public regarding the significance of dental hygiene care and overall health.
  • Develop an understanding and appreciation for a diverse society in the design, development and delivery of services to address the oral health needs of local and global communities.

Curriculum

ALH 1101: Introduction to Healthcare Delivery View Master Syllabus View Current Schedule 2 credit hours
BIO 1141: Principles of Anatomy & Physiology I View Master Syllabus View Current Schedule 4 credit hours
BIO 1242: Principles of Anatomy & Physiology II View Master Syllabus View Current Schedule 4 credit hours
BIO 2205: Microbiology View Master Syllabus View Current Schedule 4 credit hours
DEH 1102: Introduction to Dental Hygiene View Master Syllabus View Current Schedule 1 credit hour
DEH 1202: Head, Neck & Dental Anatomy View Master Syllabus View Current Schedule 3 credit hours
DEH 1203: Lab for Head, Neck & Dental Anatomy View Master Syllabus View Current Schedule 0 credit hours
DEH 1204: Dental Hygiene Instrumentation I View Master Syllabus View Current Schedule 4 credit hours
DEH 1205: Lab for Dental Hygiene Instrumentation I View Master Syllabus View Current Schedule 0 credit hours
DEH 1206: Nutrition & Oral Health View Master Syllabus View Current Schedule 2 credit hours
DEH 1302: Dental Hygiene Instrumentation II View Master Syllabus View Current Schedule 4 credit hours
DEH 1303: Lab for Dental Hygiene Instrumentation II View Master Syllabus View Current Schedule 0 credit hours
DEH 1304: Oral Histology & Embryology View Master Syllabus View Current Schedule 1 credit hour
DEH 1306: General & Oral Pathology View Master Syllabus View Current Schedule 4 credit hours
DEH 1308: Dental Radiology View Master Syllabus View Current Schedule 3 credit hours
DEH 1309: Lab for Dental Radiology View Master Syllabus View Current Schedule 0 credit hours
DEH 2402: Clinical Dental Hygiene I View Master Syllabus View Current Schedule 1 credit hour
DEH 2403: Dental Hygiene Clinic I View Master Syllabus View Current Schedule 1 credit hour
DEH 2405: Computer Applications in Dentistry View Master Syllabus View Current Schedule 1 credit hour
DEH 2502: Pharmacology in the Dental Practice View Master Syllabus View Current Schedule 2 credit hours
DEH 2503: Pain Control in the Dental Practice View Master Syllabus View Current Schedule 1 credit hour
DEH 2504: Dental Hygiene Research View Master Syllabus View Current Schedule 2 credit hours
DEH 2506: Dental Materials View Master Syllabus View Current Schedule 2 credit hours
DEH 2507: Lab for Dental Materials View Master Syllabus View Current Schedule 0 credit hours
DEH 2509: Dental Hygiene Clinic II View Master Syllabus View Current Schedule 3 credit hours
DEH 2602: Clinical Dental Hygiene III View Master Syllabus View Current Schedule 1 credit hour
DEH 2603: Dental Hygiene Clinic III View Master Syllabus View Current Schedule 3 credit hours
DEH 1305: Medical Emergencies in Dental Practice View Master Syllabus View Current Schedule 1 credit hour
DEH 2508: Clinical Dental Hygiene II View Master Syllabus View Current Schedule 2 credit hours
DEH 2601: Community Dental Health View Master Syllabus View Current Schedule 1 credit hour
DEH 2604: Dental Hygiene Practice View Master Syllabus View Current Schedule 1 credit hour
ENG 1101: English Composition I View Master Syllabus View Current Schedule 3 credit hours
PSY 1100: General Psychology View Master Syllabus View Current Schedule 3 credit hours
SOC 1101: Introduction to Sociology View Master Syllabus View Current Schedule 3 credit hours
Course Option: {COM 2211 OR COM 2206} 3 credit hours
Course Option: {MAT 1130 OR MAT 1270} 3 credit hours
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