Dental Hygiene (BAS)

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Preliminary Coursework Required for Acceptance 1
Communication Skills
ENGL&101ENGLISH COMPOSITION I 25
ENGL&102ENGLISH COMPOSITION II5
Humanities
Select 10 credits/units from the following:10
INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION (5 credits/units)
PUBLIC SPEAKING
SMALL GROUP COMMUNICATION
Course Options
Social Sciences
PSYC&100GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY5
SOC& 101INTRO TO SOCIOLOGY5
College-level Math
MATH&146INTRODUCTION TO STATISTICS (recommended)5
Natural Sciences 3
Select one from the following:10-15
HUMAN A & P I
and HUMAN A & P II
and HUMAN A & P III (15 credits/units)
HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I
and HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II (10 credits/units)
BIOL&260MICROBIOLOGY5
CHEM&121INTRO TO CHEMISTRY: PRE-HEALTH5
CHEM&131INTRO TO ORGANIC/BIOCHEM5
NUTR&101NUTRITION3
Physical Education
Select one fitness/activity course1
Junior Year
Fall Term
DH   282PHARMACOLOGY I1
DH   283CLINICAL DENTAL HYGIENE TECHNIQUES I6
DH   284ORAL MEDICINE2
DH   285PERIODONTICS I3
DH   286DENTAL ANATOMY3
DH   292INTRODUCTION TO DIGITAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS1
Winter Term
DH   303HEAD AND NECK ANATOMY3
DH   313CLINICAL DENTAL HYGIENE TECHNIQUES II6
DH   323ORAL RADIOLOGY I3
DH   353ETHICS AND THE PROFESSION1
DH   373CARIOLOGY2
DH   383PHARMACOLOGY II1
Spring Term
DH   304EDUCATIONAL THEORY AND APPLICATION2
DH   314CLINICAL DENTAL HYGIENE TECHNIQUES III6
DH   324ORAL RADIOLOGY II1
DH   344GENERAL AND ORAL PATHOLOGY3
DH   364LOCAL ANESTHESIA & PAIN CONTROL4
DH   384PHARMACOLOGY III1
Senior Year
Summer Term
DH   301INTRODUCTION TO DENTAL MATERIALS/ASSISTING3
DH   321CLINICAL DENTAL HYGIENE TECHNIQUES IV4
DH   331ORAL RADIOLOGY III2
DH   431RESTORATIVE DENTISTRY I2
DH   451SPECIAL NEEDS POPULATIONS I1
DH   471NITROUS OXIDE SEDATION1
Fall Term
DH   402DENTAL PUBLIC HEALTH - RESEARCH METHODS I2
DH   412CLINICAL DENTAL HYGIENE TECHNIQUES V9
DH   432RESTORATIVE DENTISTRY II5
DH   452SPECIAL NEEDS POPULATIONS II1
DH   472PERIODONTICS II2
Winter Term
DH   403DENTAL PUBLIC HEALTH - RESEARCH METHODS II2
DH   413CLINICAL DENTAL HYGIENE TECHNIQUES VI9
DH   433RESTORATIVE DENTISTRY III4
DH   453SPECIAL NEEDS POPULATIONS III1
DH   473PERIODONTICS III2
Spring Term
DH   404DENTAL PUBLIC HEALTH - RESEARCH METHODS III1
DH   414CLINICAL DENTAL HYGIENE TECHNIQUES VII9
DH   434RESTORATIVE DENTISTRY IV3
DH   484CAPSTONE3
Total Credits/Units181-184

Program Outcomes

Program outcomes are overarching skills that are emphasized and reinforced throughout several courses in a specific program; they are measurable statements that define what students should know or be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College. After successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Integrate the roles of clinician, educator, advocate, manager, and researcher to prevent oral diseases and promote health.
  • Communicate effectively and professionally, using verbal, non-verbal, and written language with patients, colleagues, the public, diverse populations, and other healthcare providers.
  • Analyze professional behaviors and make appropriate decisions guided by ADHA ethical principles and core values.
  • Assess, diagnose, plan, implement, and evaluate the provision of optimal, evidence-based, and patient-centered dental hygiene care.
  • Successfully complete all licensing exams.
  • Demonstrate the skills necessary to stay current in the profession with a rigorous and robust emphasis on the study of current research.