Program Description

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Dental Hygienist
Dental Hygiene AAS Degree (80 Credits)

Program Description
The Dental Hygiene Program provides the students with academic and clinical opportunities to acquire the knowledge, skills and attitude necessary to become a dental hygiene professional. A dental hygienist is a member of the dental team who provides direct care to patients under the supervision of a licensed dentist. The duties of a dental hygienist include patient assessments, taking radiographs, teeth cleaning and polishing, applying preventive agents, nonsurgical periodontal therapies (scaling & root planing), and administering local anesthesia and nitrous oxide.

The program is demanding and quite rigorous in the scope and depth of study. Individuals who are strong in the biological sciences and human anatomy, have good dexterity, attention to detail and possess critical thinking skills are excellent candidates for a career in Dental Hygiene. Upon graduation, students must successfully complete the National Dental Hygiene Board Exam, the Central Regional Board Exam and then obtain a license in the state they wish to practice. The Dental Hygiene program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association.

Dental Hygiene is a very competitive program. Fulfilling the prerequisites is not a guarantee to admission into the program. Students are ranked according to GPA in the prerequisite courses in consideration for admission to the program. A background check, including fingerprinting, will be completed as a requirement of this program. At the time of the background check submission, students must provide documentation as required by the MN Department of Human Services. If you have been arrested, charged or convicted of any criminal offense, you should investigate the impact that the arrest, charge or conviction may have on your chances of employment in the field you intend to study or on your chances to obtain federal, state, and other higher education financial aid.

Career Opportunities
There is a strong demand for clinical dental hygienists throughout the nation, especially in the western United States. Licensed dental hygienists can work in many different settings: clinical dental offices, nursing homes, public health agencies, dental and pharmaceutical companies, teaching in dental hygiene education programs and doing dental research.

Technical Studies Prerequisites



» BLGY -MICROBIOLOGY (w/have lab)...................3.0 CR

» CHEM -GENERAL CHEMISTRY (w/lab) ................3.0 CR

» MNTC Goal Area 1 Communications-Oral...........3.0 CR

» MNTC Goal Area 1 Communications-Written......3.0 CR

» MNTC Goal Area 5 Psychology............................3.0 CR

» MNTC Goal Area 5 Sociology..............................3.0 CR

» PHIL1320 Ethics.................................................3.0 CR

» Applicant may apply only after successful completion of 3 of the 4 science courses listed above. Priority will be given to those students who have completed all 4 of the science courses listed above at an accredited college or university and to those students who have completed the largest portion of the general education component.

» Dental Hygiene applicants: Students being considered for admission into the SCTCC Dental Hygiene program will be limited to retaking classes: a maximum of 1 retake for a science prerequisite course and a maximum of 1 retake for a required general education course.

Suggested Technical Studies Semester I
DEHY1400 Dental Hygiene Seminar I 2 Credits
DEHY1414 Nutrition and Dental Hygiene 2 Credits
DEHY1418 Introduction to Radiology 2 Credits
DEHY1424 Head, Neck and Dental Anatomy 3 Credits
DEHY1428 General and Oral Pathology 3 Credits
DEHY1480 Pre-Clinical Dental Hygiene I 3 Credits

Suggested Technical Studies Semester II
DEHY1402 Dental Hygiene Seminar II 2 Credits
DEHY1410 Introduction to Dental Materials and Methods 2 Credits
DEHY1422 Dental Pharmacology 2 Credits
DEHY1448 Dental Hygiene Radiology II 2 Credits
DEHY1460 Periodontics I 2 Credits
DEHY1485 Clinical Dental Hygiene II 4 Credits

Suggested Technical Studies Semester III
DEHY1404 Clinical Seminar III 2 Credits
DEHY1421 Dental Hygiene Materials and Methods 1 Credit  
DEHY1440 Community Dental Health I 2 Credits
DEHY1468 Pain Management 2 Credits
DEHY1486 Clinical Dental Hygiene III 6 Credits

Suggested Technical Studies Semester IV
DEHY1406 Clinical Seminar IV 2 Credits
DEHY1445 Community Dental Health II 1 Credit  
DEHY1464 Periodontics II 1 Credit  
DEHY1488 Clinical Dental Hygiene IV 6 Credits
DEHY1490 Dental Hygiene Licensure and Jurisprudence 1 Credit  

Estimated cost for books and supplies: $7,580

PLEASE NOTE: All program plans are preliminary and curriculum may change without notice. Your catalog of record may have different requirements.


Contact Info

320.308.5000 or 1.800.222.1009

1540 Northway Drive
St. Cloud, MN 56303