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The Dental Hygiene Program includes a background of general studies, dental science, and clinical skills with which the student becomes a proficient provider of oral health care while working under the supervision of a dentist.

The goals of the Dental Hygiene program are:

  1. Provide the didactic and clinical instruction that prepares students for the practice of dental hygiene.
  2. Provide students with the skills to effectively interact with dental and other health care providers.
  3. Encourage students to commit to lifelong learning.
  4. Provide necessary skills that prepare students to become effective members of the dental health team.
  5. Encourage students to assume active leadership roles in community and professional organizations.
  6. Provide quality patient centered dental hygiene treatment.

Admission Policies for Allied Health Sciences A.A.S. Degrees

In addition to the special admission policies for Allied Health Sciences programs, the Dental Hygiene Program utilizes the following factors in ranking and acceptance of applicants:

  1. The number of required course hours completed in the Dental Hygiene Degree Plan
  2. The student’s grades for required science courses completed. Science courses must be taken within 5 years of the published application deadline. 
  3. Work experience in the field of Dentistry
  4. Registry/Certification in Dental Assisting
  5. GPA in the Dental Hygiene degree plan
  6. Results of a personal interview and writing sample. Interviews will be granted only to the top twenty selected applicants who have met the minimum requirements for admission to the program.

All DHYG courses must be taken in sequence. All required science courses must be taken in the semester as listed if applicant is admitted to the program OR any of the courses may be completed prior to the beginning of the program in August. Admission to the Dental Hygiene program is required prior to enrolling in any DHYG courses.  All DHYG courses are taught on the Oak Ridge Branch Campus.

The program in dental hygiene is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611.

1st Fall   Hours
ENGL 1010 Composition I 3
PSYC 2130 Lifespan Development Psychology (Recommended) OR
PSYC 2220 or PSYC 1030 
BIOL 2010 Human Anatomy and Physiology I1 4
MATH 1530 Introductory Statistics (Recommended) OR
MATH 1130 or MATH 1630 or a higher content level MATH course
Action Items    
  Oct Meet with Success Coach or Advisor
Complete FAFSA for upcoming fall term
  Nov Register for next term  
  Dec Complete AHS application  
1st Spring   Hours
CHEM 1010 Introductory Chemistry I1 4
BIOL 2020 Human Anatomy and Physiology II2 4
PHIL 1030 Intro to Philosophy (Recommended) OR
Humanities Elective
SOCI 1010 Intro to Sociology (Recommended) OR SOCI 1040-Social Problems 3
Action Items    
  Feb Submit supplemental admission documents by program deadline  
  Mar Meet with Success Coach or Advisor  
  April Register for next term  
1st Summer   Hours
BIOL 2230 Microbiology 4
2nd Fall   Hours
DHYG 101 Pre-clinical Dental Hygiene 5
DHYG 111 Dental Science I 3
DHYG 132 Dental Radiography 3
Action Items    
  Oct Meet with Faculty Advisor
Complete FAFSA for upcoming fall term
  Nov Register for next term  
2nd Spring   Hours
DHYG 112 Dental Science II 3
DHYG 121 Clinical Dental Hygiene I 1
DHYG 141 Principles of Dental Hygiene I 3
DHYG 161 Biochemistry and Nutrition 3
Action Items    
  Mar Meet with Faculty Advisor  
  April Register for next term  
2nd Summer   Hours
DHYG 133 General and Oral Pathology 3
DHYG 171 Dental Materials 3
3rd Fall   Hours
DHYG 201 Pharmacology and Pain Control 4
DHYG 221 Clinical Dental Hygiene II 2
DHYG 240 Principles of Dental Hygiene II 2
DHYG 251 Periodontology 3
Action Items    
  Sept Complete Application for Graduation  
  Oct Meet with Faculty Advisor  
  Nov Register for next term
Register for National and Clinical Boards
3rd Spring   Hours
DHYG 211 Dental Hygiene Seminar 2
DHYG 212 Community Health 3
DHYG 222 Clinical Dental Hygiene III 2
DHYG 242 Principles of Dental Hygiene III 2
Action Items    
  Feb Take Exit Exam (ETS Proficiency Profile)   
  Mar Begin job search with RaiderRecruit   

1BIOL 2010 and CHEM 1010 must be taken by fall semester of the first year.  CHEM 1010 prerequisite is an ACT Math score of 21 or greater OR completion of Math Learning support courses and MATH 1000- Algebra Essentials.
2BIOL 2020 must be taken by spring of the first year.

Students pursuing this option will be advised by the Allied Health Sciences Division.

Program Application Deadline: February 28

This program is designed for students who plan to enter the workforce upon graduation.  Students intending to transfer to a baccalaureate program are advised that they should check with their academic advisor and the four-year institution regarding specific transfer of courses.

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