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.