Dental Hygiene

81 credit Associate of Applied Science program

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Career Resources: American Dental Association
American Dental Hygienists' Association
Minnesota Board of Dentistry
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LSC Jobs Board

Program Description:
The dental hygiene program provides academic and clinical educational opportunities for capable individuals to acquire the knowledge, skills, and attitude for the professional practice of dental hygiene. The curriculum focuses on basic sciences, as well as essential technical and clinical skills in preparation for providing preventive dental hygiene services to the public. Dental hygienists are preventive oral health professionals, licensed in dental hygiene, who provide educational, clinical, and therapeutic services supporting total health through the promotion of optimal oral health.

Due to the nature of the clinical experiences in the dental hygiene program, students will be participating in a work environment that has the potential of exposure to bloodborne pathogens. All students accepted into the dental hygiene program are provided with written policy and instruction on infection control protocol to reduce the risk of disease transmission. Policies and procedures on the dental hygiene program's infection control protocol are available to all applicants upon request. Other work-related disorders associated with the practice of dental hygiene could result from repetitive activities and exposure to high decibel sounds. Advancements in design and technology in the profession are continually evolving to minimize the effects. The program complies with all institutional, local, state, and federal policies.

Program Accreditation:
The program for dental hygiene is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (and has been granted the accreditation status of "approval without reporting requirements"). The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation may be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611.

Program outcomes include:
• Prepare graduates with the knowledge and clinical competence required to provide current comprehensive dental hygiene services.
• Interact effectively with patients, peers, and dental health care members utilizing professional, written, and oral communication.
• Develop an identity of self, supportive of continuous learning and professional endeavor.
• Exhibit ethical behavior consistent with professional conduct.
• Initiate and assume responsibility for health promotion and disease prevention activities.
• Acquire and synthesize information in a critical, scientific, and effective manner.

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Required Courses:
Course IDCreditsNameDescription
COMM11003Introduction to CommunicationThis course introduces students to the concepts, models, and theories of human communication and their application to interpersonal, small group, and public speaking situations. MTC goal areas: (1) Communication (Prerequisites: College-level reading and writing) (3 hrs lec/0 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
DENH14012Dental AnatomyThis lecture and laboratory course is designed to educate the dental hygiene student in medical and dental terminology; morphological characteristics of the permanent and primary teeth; anatomical and soft tissue landmarks; structure and function of the teeth and associated oral tissues; and includes an introduction to occlusion. (Prerequisites: Completion of all previous semester courses.) (1.5 hrs lec/1 hr lab/0 hrs OJT)
DENH14012Dental AnatomyThis lecture and laboratory course is designed to educate the dental hygiene student in dental terminology; morphological characteristics of the permanent and primary teeth; anatomical and soft tissue landmarks; structure and function of the teeth and associated oral tissues; and includes an introduction to occlusion. (Prerequisites: All pre-technical requirements completed with a "C" or better, an overall G.P.A. of 2.6 or better and admission to the dental hygiene program) (1.5 hrs lec/1 hr lab/0 hrs OJT)
DENH14052Developmental Head & Neck AnatomyThis course blends anatomy, embryology, and histology in a study of the gross and microscopic structures of the head and neck. Practical applications are related to clinical cases in the dental field. (Prerequisites: All pre-technical requirements completed with a "C" or better, an overall G.P.A. of 2.6 or better, and admission to the dental hygiene program) (2 hrs lec/0 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
DENH14206Dental Hygiene Theory and Practice IThis course introduces the student to the dental hygiene process of care with emphasis on professionalism, the theory and practice of preventive dentistry, use of preventive dental aids, infection control, patient assessment and clinical instrumentation skills.(Prerequisites: All pre-technical requirements completed with a "C" or better, an overall G.P.A. of 2.6 or better, and admission to the dental hygiene program) (3 hrs lec/6 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
DENH14701Medical and Dental EmergenciesThis course emphasizes reduction of risk for emergencies and familiarity with critical steps in prevention, preparation, early recognition and appropriate management of common medical emergencies in a dental setting. Medical terminology is also included in this course. (Prerequisites: All pre-technical requirements completed with a "C" or better, an overall G.P.A. of 2.6 or better, and admission to the dental hygiene program.) (1 hr lec/0 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
DENH15052General and Oral PathologyThis course covers the study of general and oral disease processes including inflammatory and immunological responses, and the process of wound healing and repair. Special emphasis is placed on the recognition of abnormalities, neoplasms, and the clinical and radiographic recognition of oral pathology. (Prerequisites: Completion of all previous semester courses) (2 hrs lec/0 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
DENH15114Dental MaterialsThis course introduces students to preventive, diagnostic and restorative materials used in dentistry. Emphasis is on the chemical and physical composition, properties, and appropriate uses of dental materials. Lab activities and projects include the proper manipulation of materials and safe use of equipment. (Prerequisites: Completion of all previous semester courses) (2 hrs lec/4 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
DENH15202Dental Hygiene Theory IIThis course is designed to continue the student's education in dental hygiene patient care to include the management of patients with special needs, patient communication and fluoride treatment modalities. Active learning in evidence-based dental hygiene research is included. (Prerequisites: Completion of all previous semester courses and concurrent registration with DENH1528) (2 hrs lec/0 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
DENH15284Dental Hygiene Practice IIThis supervised clinic course provides students with the opportunity to practice clinical procedures to include patient assessments, planning, implementation and evaluation. Additional focus includes instrumentation, fluoride therapy, radiographs, and expanded functions. (Prerequisites: Completion of all previous semester courses and concurrent registration with DENH1520) (0 hrs lec/8 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
DENH15303Dental RadiologyThis course is designed to prepare the dental hygiene student in the art and science of producing intraoral radiographic surveys utilizing simulated and patient experiences. Course content includes theoretical concepts of radiation physics and biology; characteristics of radiation, dental radiographic equipment; film processing and mounting; patient selection; infection control; and quality assurance programs. (Prerequisites: Completion of all previous semester courses) (2 hrs lec/2 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
DENH15601Periodontology IThis course provides a study of the histology, pathogenesis, dental hygiene diagnosis, risk indicators, epidemiology and treatment of periodontal disease. (Prerequisites: Completion of all precious semester courses) (1 hr lec/0 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
DENH24012Pharmacology for the Dental HygienistThis course is designed to educate the dental hygiene student with applying pharmacology knowledge to dental hygiene clinical practice. (Prerequisites: Completion of all previous semester courses) (2 hrs lec/0 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
DENH24202Dental Hygiene Theory IIIThis course is designed to be a continuation of Dental Hygiene Theory II (DENH1520) with emphasis on scientific principles, advanced dental hygiene skills, utilization of professional judgment and providing optimal comprehensive dental hygiene patient management and oral health assessment. (Prerequisites: Completion of all previous semester courses and concurrent registration with DENH2428) (2 hrs lec/0 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
DENH24202Dental Hygiene Theory IIIThis course is designed to be a continuation of Dental Hygiene Theory II (DENH1520) with emphasis to include advanced dental hygiene skills, utilization of professional judgment and providing optimal comprehensive dental hygiene patient management. (Prerequisites: Completion of all previous semester courses and concurrent registration with DENH2428) (2 hrs lec/0 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
DENH24286Dental Hygiene Practice IIIThis course is a continuation of Dental Hygiene Practice II (DENH1528) with supervised clinical experiences, which incorporates practice management, radiographic interpretation and oral health promotion and disease prevention. Active learning will involve assessing, planning, implementing appropriate treatment and evaluating comprehensive patient care and management to diverse populations. (Prerequisites: Completion of all previous semester courses and concurrent registration with DENH2420) (0 hrs lec/12 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
DENH24312Radiographic InterpretationThis course introduces digital radiography and is an advanced study of the principles of radiographic interpretation which recognized the limitations and benefits of dental radiography in evaluating periodontal disease, dental caries, developmental abnormalities and pathological conditions. Course content also includes: film positioning devices, extraoral radiography, localization techniques, and identification of dental materials and foreign objects. (Prerequisites: Completion of all previous semester courses) (1 hrs lec/2 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
DENH24602Periodontology IIThis course is designed to expand the knowledge of the dental hygiene student in the field of periodontology. Areas of discussion include innovations in nonsurgical and surgical therapy, comprehensive periodontal assessment, clinical decision making outcomes, assessment of periodontal maintenance and incorporating research evidence into clinical practice. (Prerequisites: Completion of all previous semester courses) (2 hrs lec/0 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
DENH25012Pain ManagementThis lecture and clinical course educates students in the use of nitrous oxide/oxygen analgesia and local anesthesia. Course content emphasizes assessment, pharmacology, anatomy, physiology and emergency procedures. Clinical experiences develop skills in safe and effective administration techniques. (Prerequisites: Completion of all previous semester courses) (1.5 hr lec/1 hr lab/0 hrs OJT)
DENH25202Dental Hygiene Theory IVThis course is designed to be a continuation of DENH2420 Dental Hygiene Theory III with emphasis on case based learning, the development and presentation of a case study and completion of a program portfolio. The integration of case studies are utilized throughout the course. Prerequisites: Completion of all previous semester courses and concurrent registration with DENH2528) (2 hrs lec/0 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
DENH25202Dental Hygiene Theory IVThis course is designed to be a continuation of DENH2420 Dental Hygiene Theory III with emphasis on current scientific principles and dental jurisprudence. The integration of case studies are utilized throughout the course. Prerequisites: Completion of all previous semester courses and concurrent registration with DENH2528) (2 hrs lec/0 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
DENH25286Dental Hygiene Practice IVThis course is a continuation of Dental Hygiene Practice III (DENH2428) with supervised clinical experiences. Advanced enhancement in critical thinking decision-making skills are integrated during the provision of patient care and management to diverse populations. Clinical practice becomes more demanding with increased patient experiences. (Prerequisites: Completion of all previous semester courses and concurrent registration with DENH2520) (0 hrs lec/12 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
DENH25502Community Dental HealthThis course introduces students to the disciplines and principles of dental public health, ethical principles governing health care, principles of professional and oral communications, epidemiologic methods, and biostatistical measurement and analysis. Review of preventive dentistry, dental health education, and program development and evaluation are included. Students conduct community-based oral health programs. (Prerequisites: Completion of all previous semester courses) (2 hrs lec/0 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
DENH25502Community Dental HealthThis course introduces students to the disciplines and principles of dental public health, epidemiologic methods, and biostatistical measurement and analysis. Review of preventive dentistry, dental health education, and program development are included. Field experiences provide the students an opportunity to conduct dental health programs in the community. Students conduct community-based oral health programs. (Prerequisites: Completion of all previous semester courses) (1.5 hrs lec/1 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
HPER13022NutritionThis course covers an introduction to the basic principles of nutrition. Course content includes: the role of nutrients in the maintenance of normal health, the effects of nutrition on disease, nutrition in the human life cycle, food behaviors and diet planning. Students complete a self-analysis of their own diets. (Prerequisites: College level reading and writing) (2 hrs lec/0 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
SOC11113Introduction to SociologyThis course involves both an explanation of and active practice in using the sociological perspective to examine the world around us. It introduces Sociology as a discipline and sociological ways of understanding human social interaction and processes such as socialization, deviance, culture/society, and social change. This class teaches the use of Sociology in class via small-group exercises and the use of computers to explore questions about the social world. MTC goal areas: (5) History and the Social and Behavior Sciences, and (7) Human Diversity. (Prerequisites: College-level reading and writing as identified in Placement Test results) (3 hrs lec/0 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)

Other Course Requirements:
COMM1105 or COMM1110 may be substituted for COMM1100

*Note: All DENH courses must be completed with a "C" or better to continue in the program.


Pre-Program Requirements:
Successful entry into this program requires a specific level of skill in the areas of English, mathematics, and reading. Program entry will depend, in part, on meeting the prerequisites listed below:

English:
• A score of 86 or higher on the Sentence Skills portion of the CPT, OR
• Completion of ENGL0460 or its equivalent transfer course or higher with a grade of “C” or better.
• If required, ENGL0460 may not be taken concurrently with Semester I coursework.

Mathematics:
• A score of 71 or higher on the Elementary Algebra Skills portion of the CPT, OR
• Completion of MATH0460 or its equivalent transfer course or higher with a grade of “C” or better.
• If required, MATH0460 may not be taken concurrently with Semester I coursework.

Reading:
• A score of 78 or higher on the Reading Comprehension portion of the CPT, OR
• Completion of READ0465 or its equivalent transfer course or higher with a grade of “C” or better.
• If required, READ0465 may not be taken concurrently with Semester I coursework.

Required Pre-technical Courses:
BIOL1140 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4.00
BIOL1141 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4.00
BIOL1170 Microbiology 3.00
CHEM1110 Aspects of Chemistry I 3.00
ENGL1106 Composition I may be substituted for ENGL1109 College Composition II 3.00
PSYC1120 General Psychology may be substituted for PSYC1135 Lifespan Developmental Psychology 3.00

NOTE: Prior to taking any DENH courses, all courses listed above must be completed with a grade of C or better, with a pre-technical overall GPA of 2.6 or better. Students must complete 20 hours of a shadowing experience prior to taking any DENH courses.

Qualified applicants should be aware that program class sizes are limited, which may delay acceptance into the program.

You will need a recent physical examination including current immunizations and current Mantoux. Current certification in American Heart Association: BLS Healthcare Provider or American Red Cross: CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer is required for all clinical courses. ALTH1430 will satisfy this requirement. Background study approval is required from the State of Minnesota.

Electives:
DENH2592 Career Readiness for the Dental Hygienist 1.00
DENH2600 Clinical Remediation 1.00
DENH2999 Special Topics in Dental Hygiene 1.00-3.00