Dental Hygiene, A.A.S.

Dental hygienists examine patients for signs of oral diseases, such as gingivitis, and provide preventive care, including oral hygiene. Working in a private dental office continues to be the primary place of employment for dental hygienists. For today’s dental hygiene professional, there are many other career pathways to explore as well. Employment of dental hygienists is projected to grow 6 percent from 2019 to 2029, faster than the average for all occupations. The demand for dental services will increase as the population ages and as research continues to link oral health to overall health.

Matriculation Requirements:

1. ENGL 1010 Introduction to Academic Writing CC or ENGH 1005 Literacies and Composition Across Contexts CC, CHEM 1110 Elementary Chemistry for the Health Sciences PPBIOL 1610 College Biology I BB, , ZOOL 2320 Human Anatomy/ZOOL 2325 Human Anatomy Laboratory and ZOOL 2420 Human Physiology/ZOOL 2425 Human Physiology Laboratory with a minimum of a "C" grade or higher.

2. Complete the HSRT - Health Science Reasoning Test.

3. Complete 20 hours of clinical/dental office observation.

4. Submit two letters of reference by either a current supervisor/employer or academic instructor.

5. Submit a 2 page essay on topic provided by department.

6. Submit the Dental Hygiene Application Fee by February 1.

7. Complete interview process and be formally accepted into program.