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 Technology (DHT) program are:
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:
All DHT 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 DHT program is required prior to enrolling in any DHT courses. All DHT 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.
This first group of classes may be taken prior to being accepted into the program.
|BIOL||2010, 2020||Anatomy and Physiology I1 & II2||4, 4|
|CHEM||1010||Intro to Chemistry1||4|
|MATH||1130 or higher||College Algebra3||3|
|DHT||101||Preclinical Dental Hygiene||5|
|DHT||111, 112||Dental Science I, II||3, 3|
|DHT||121||Clinical Dental Hygiene I||1|
|DHT||133||General & Oral Pathology||4|
|DHT||141||Principles of Dental Hygiene I||3|
|DHT||161||Biochemistry & Nutrition||3|
|First Year Total||28|
|DHT||201||Pharmacology & Pain Control||3|
|DHT||211||Dental Hygiene Seminar: Ethics and Jurisprudence||2|
|DHT||212||Community Dental Health||3|
|DHT||221, 222||Clinical Dental Hygiene II, III||2,2|
|DHT||240, 242||Principles of Dental Hygiene II, III||2, 2|
|Second Year Total||19|
1BIOL 2010 and CHEM 1010 must be taken by fall semester of the first year.
2BIOL 2020 must be taken by spring of the first year.
3Higher level math course may be substituted.
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 field 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.