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Dental Hygiene Degree

A career in Dental Hygiene is challenging and personally rewarding. Dental professionals in the truest sense are licensed to provide educational, clinical, and therapeutic services to the public.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Dental hygiene offers a dynamic and exciting career. As a licensed health care professional, the dental hygienist becomes an integral part of the dental team to provide patient care. A dental hygienist works with individuals and community groups to achieve optimum oral health. Registered dental hygienists work in a variety of professional settings. Employment opportunities are varied and numerous. Clinical dental hygienists may work in a variety of health care settings such as private dental offices, schools, public health clinics, hospitals, managed care organizations, correctional institutions, research, administration, nursing homes or in a corporate environment.

The Dental Hygiene associate degree curriculum maximizes the integration of and promotes the interrelationship between general education, biomedical science, dental science, dental hygiene science, and clinical practice assignments of preventive dental hygiene services.

The range of services performed by hygienists varies from state to state and may include cleaning and polishing teeth, examining the head, neck, and oral areas for signs of disease, educating patients about oral hygiene, expose and process radiographs, applying fluoride and sealants. Upon completion of the program, students will be eligible to take the National Dental Hygiene Board Exam and the clinical board examination-CRDTS (Central Regional Dental Testing Services) for Dental Hygiene Students.

The Dental Hygiene program has a competitive admission process due to limited space and a high demand for the program. Students will be selected at the end of each spring semester to begin the fall semester.

PROGRAM ACCREDITATION

The American Dental Association's Commission on Dental Accreditation serves the public by establishing, maintaining, and applying standards that ensure the quality and continuous improvement of dental and dental-related education and reflect the evolving practice of dentistry. The Commission formally evaluates programs at regular intervals. The Commission is a specialized body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611. The dental hygiene program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation.

BLOODBORNE/AIR-BORNE PATHOGEN EXPOSURE

The practice of dental hygiene puts the student at risk for exposure to bloodborne and infectious diseases. Columbus Technical College's Exposure Control Plan is designed to provide the faculty and students with recognition of tasks, procedures, and activities which present the potential for occupational exposure to blood and air-borne pathogens and a means of eliminating or minimizing exposures in the performance of their instructional duties or activities. The dental hygiene program complies with all local, state and federal infection control policies including the application of Standard Precautions as stipulated by current CDC Guidelines. Written policies and instruction

on infection control protocol to minimize the risk of disease transmission are provided in courses throughout the curriculum, at yearly required bloodborne pathogen training sessions and through documents such as the Dental Hygiene Program Manual. Compliance of safety practices is evaluated throughout the students' clinical experience to ensure a safe educational and work environment.

PROGRAM ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS FOR

DENTAL HYGIENE

(Competitive Admission)

  1. Must have presented official documentation of an earned high school diploma or official GED scores to the Admissions Office.
  2. Be at least 18 years old.
  3. No provisional and/or special admission students considered for the program.
  4. Must have a minimum Reading and Writing COMPASS scores and these scores cannot be more than five (5) years old in the semester you compete.
  5. Complete prerequisite courses for your intended program as listed on web site by the end of Spring semester.
  6. Must have a minimum overall GPA of 2.5 at the end of Spring semester.
  7. Submit packet containing the following:
  1. Letter of Intent
  2. Personal Data Form
  3. Documentation of volunteer hours for dental programs (minimum 20 hours)

Packets should be turned in to HSC-3323 by May 1, for fall semester admission no sooner than two weeks prior to due date. All packets must be complete prior to due date.

8. Current CRP, physical exams and immunizations record are required and

submitted after acceptance into the program.

9. Hepatitis B immunization series must be started upon acceptance

10. Once admitted, students will be required to attend a mandatory,scheduled dental hygiene program orientation presented by the Dental Hygiene faculty.

Dental Hygiene Transfer of Credit/Advanced Standing Policy

For regularly admitted students who have earned credit from an accredited college or other educational institution that meets Columbus Technical College criteria for the institution, College staff will consider the coursework and the grade for advanced placement. The policy of this college is to grant credit for previous coursework from other institutions, as well as extra-institutional learning, that meets the quality of established standards of Columbus Technical College. Students receive credit in only areas that fall within the regular-curricular offerings of Columbus Technical College and that are related to the current educational goals of students.

Please refer to Columbus Technical College Student Handbook on Advanced Placement/Transfer of Credit.

Due to the nature of dental hygiene lockstep program, the Columbus Technical College does not admit students with advanced standing in dental hygiene coursework. They are not permitted to transfer any clinical courses from accredited dental hygiene programs, due to the uniqueness of each program. Prior coursework for prerequisites and general education courses will be reviewed for admission s to the dental hygiene program.

Curriculum Outline

All pre-requisite courses and occupational courses must be successfully completed with a grade of C or better.

(86 Semester Hours)

PRE- REQUISITES

Hrs

SEMN1000 - First Semester Seminar

1

*ENGL 1101 Composition and Rhetoric

3

*COMP 1000 Introduction to Computers

3

*MATH 1111 College Algebra

 

3

*BIOL 2113 Anatomy and Physiology I

3

*BIOL 2113L Anatomy and Physiology Lab I

1

*BIOL 2114 Anatomy and Physiology II

3

*BIOL 2114L Anatomy and Physiology Lab II

1

*CHEM 1211 Chemistry I

3

*CHEM 1211L Chemistry Lab I

1

*BIOL 2117 Introductory Microbiology

3

*BIOL 2117L Introductory Microbiology Lab

1

GENERAL CORE COURSES (can be taken before or during the program)

Hrs

PSYC 1101 Introductory Psychology

3

SOCI 1101 Introduction to Sociology

3

SPCH 1101 Public Speaking

3

HUMN 1101 Introduction to Humanities

3

FIRST SEMESTER - FALL

Hrs

DHYG 1000 Tooth Anatomy and Root Morphology

2

DHYG 1010 Oral Embryology and Histology

1

DHYG 1020 Head and Neck Anatomy

2

DHYG 1040 Preclinical Dental Hygiene Lecture

2

DHYG 1050 Preclinical Dental Hygiene Lab

2

SECOND SEMESTER - SPRING

Hrs

DHYG 1030 Dental Materials

2

DHYG 1070 Radiology Lecture

2

DHYG 1090 Radiology Lab

1

DHYG 1110 Clinical Dental Hygiene I Lecture

1

DHYG 1111 Clinical Dental Hygiene I Lab

3

THIRD SEMESTER - SUMMER

Hrs

DHYG 1206 Pharmacology and Pain Control

3

DHYG 2010 Clinical Dental Hygiene II Lecture

2

DHYG 2020 Clinical Dental Hygiene II Lab

2

DHYG 2110 Biochemistry and Nutrition

3

DHYG 2200 Periodontology

3

FOURTH SEMESTER - FALL

Hrs

DHYG 2050 Oral Pathology

3

DHYG 2070 Community Dental Health

3

DHYG 2080 Clinical Dental Hygiene III Lecture

2

DHYG 2090 Clinical Dental Hygiene III Lab

4

FIFTH SEMESTER -SPRING

Hrs

DHYG 2130 Clinical Dental Hygiene IV Lecture

2

DHYG 2140 Clinical Dental Hygiene IV Lab

 

 

4

*denotes courses that are considered in the competitive admission process

#denotes all courses must be completed prior to program admission

Estimated Cost:

SUPPLIES /TOOLS for DENTAL HYGIENE 2013-2014

1st Semester – Fall (First year student)

 

3 Uniforms (school blue)

$155.00

2 Lab jacket (both monogrammed)

White uniform shoes

$ 50.00

$ 60.00

School patches  (5)

$ 25.00

SADHA Dues 

$ 70.00

Digital BP Monitor 

$ 65.00

Clinic Student Lab Supplies

$175.00

Dental Typodonts with OCC (P15DP.TR.5)

$250.00

Starter Instrument kit (mirror, probe, explorer)

$ 40.00

Rinn  XCP Kit- Radiology  (ordered last few weeks of Fall

for the Spring DHYG 1090 class)

Radiology supplies

  $110.00

 

$ 50.00

Instrument kits with 2 cassettes

$545.00

  2nd Semester –Spring ( First year student)

 

Clinical Student Lab Supplies

$175.00

Hand piece

$400.00

Sharpening Stone  - PDT    

$100.00

Cavitron Inserts (order at end of semester)

#90224 – Cavitron Focused Spray 30K Insert Patient

Care Kit

$285.00

3rd Semester – Summer (Second year student)

 

Clinic Student Lab Supplies     

$175.00

Table Clinic Preparation Cost

$ 75.00

 

 

 

4th Semester – Fall (Second year student)

 

Oral Care products for Community DHYG 2070

  $ 75.00

Oraqix - applicator + 20 carpules

$ 70.00

Clinic Student Lab Supplies     

$175.00

SADHA Dues 

$ 70.00

After Five PDT Instruments 

$ 81.00

5th Semester – Spring (Second year student)

 

Atlanta Board Review & Expenses-2nd week of January

(approx.)

$700.00

Clinic Student Lab Supplies

$175.00

Dental Hygiene Pins 

$ 15.00

National Board Exam

$390.00

CRDST State Board Exam

$915.00

CRDST Board Site Exam Cost

Ultrasonic Scaler Rental for CRDST Exam

$150.00

$100.00

Extra Expense- Lodging- Patient Payment

$350.00

Malpractice Insurance for Board (Must submit proof) 

$ 25.00

Georgia Board of Dentistry License fee 

$ 50.00

Jurisprudence Test-Georgia

$ 25.00

Estimated costs are subject to change without notice.

  • Please do not order until the instructor discusses necessary supplies to be purchased for the semester.
  • Tuition, fees and books are not included.
  • Computer access is mandatory in order to view assignments/ power points on ANGEL and receive updated emails by each instructor.
  • Students may use computers in the library.

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