Dental Hygiene

Associate of Applied Science

Advising Code: D 45 24 0


Detail

Limited Enrollment Program: Contact the Enrollment Services Office for Program
admission requirements and Program application deadlines.

The Dental Hygiene curriculum prepares individuals with the knowledge and skills to assess, plan, implement, and evaluate dental hygiene care for the individual and the community.

Students will learn to prepare the operatory, take patient histories, note abnormalities, plan care, teach oral hygiene, clean teeth, take x-rays, apply preventive agents, complete necessary chart entries, and perform other procedures related to dental hygiene care.

Graduates of this program may be eligible to take national and state/ regional examinations for licensure which are required to practice dental hygiene. Employment opportunities include dental offices, clinics, schools, public health agencies, industry, and professional education.

Awards

Associate of Applied Science

 

Program Outcomes

In accordance with the North Carolina Dental Practice Act, including rules and regulations, upon successful completion of the Dental Hygiene program, the graduate should be able to:

  • Apply the dental hygiene process of care using evidence-based practices for the child, adolescent, geriatric, medically-complex and periodontally-involved patient
  • Complete radiographic images according to diagnostic and technical standards
  • Prepare for assessment and treatment of medical emergencies
  • Apply a professional code of ethics in the provision and/or support of oral health care services
  • Prepare oral health strategies for diverse groups
  • Apply legal and regulatory concepts to the provision of oral health care services
  • Apply self-assessment skills to prepare for life-long learning
  • Complete successfully the National Dental Hygiene Examination and a state/regional clinical examination

Fall Semester I

Course

Hrs

DEN

110

Orofacial Anatomy

3

DEN

111

Infection/Hazard Control

2

DEN

120

Dental Hygiene Preclinic Lecture

2

DEN

121

Dental Hygiene Preclinic Lab

2

BIO

165

Anatomy and Physiology I

4

CHM

131

Introduction to Chemistry

3



Total
16

Spring Semester I

DEN

112

Dental Radiography

3

BIO

175

General Microbiology

3

DEN

130

Dental Hygiene Theory I

2

DEN

131

Dental Hygiene Clinic I

3

DEN

125

Dental Office Emergencies

1

BIO

166

Anatomy and Physiology II

4

 

 

Total

16

Summer Semester I

DEN

124

Periodontology

2

DEN

140

Dental Hygiene Theory II

1

DEN

141

Dental Hygiene Clinic II

2

DEN

222

General and Oral Pathology

2

ENG

111

Writing and Inquiry

3

 

 

Total

10

Fall Semester II

DEN

123

Nutrition/Dental Health

2

DEN

220

Dental Hygiene Theory III

2

DEN

221

Dental Hygiene Clinic III

4

DEN

224

Materials and Procedures

2

DEN

223

Dental Pharmacology

2

ENG

112

Writing/Research in the Disciplines

3

COM

231

Public Speaking

3

 

 

Total

18

Spring Semester II

DEN

230

Dental Hygiene Theory IV

1

DEN

231

Dental Hygiene Clinic IV

4

DEN

232

Community Dental Health

3

DEN

233

Professional Development

2

SOC

240

Social Psychology

3

-

-

Humanities / Fine Arts Elective

3

Total 16

Total credit hours required for degree: 76
This curriculum is subject to change.

 

Last updated 10/03/2014