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Program Type: Certificate of Achievement

Division: Health Sciences

Program Description:
The curriculum prepares a student to provide educational, clinical and therapeutic services supporting oral health. Studies include the biological basis of the health of the teeth and oral cavity, as well as procedures used to prevent decay and to maintain dental health. Employment opportunities include working as a licensed dental hygienist in dental offices, public clinics, schools, industry, research and community health. Students must provide their own transportation to some off-campus clinical sites.

The program is approved by the California Board of Dental Examiners and is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association. Upon successful completion of the curriculum, a student is eligible to take the National Board Dental Hygiene written examination and the California State Board practical examination to obtain licensure as a Dental Hygienist. Applicants for Dental Hygiene licensure are required to submit official fingerprints. The law provides for denial of licensure for crimes or acts which are related to dental hygiene, qualifications and/or duties.

A Certificate of Achievement is awarded upon completion of all required courses with a C or better.

Requirements for selection and acceptance into the Dental Hygiene program are:

1. Minimum grade of C in:
Engl 1A
Psych 1
Speech 1
Socio 1

2. Minimum grade of C in these science courses (It is recommended that they be taken within the last 5 years):
Micro 2
Nutri 11
Anat 25 and Physo 1 or
Physo 2A, 2B
Chem 1A and B or Chem 2A and Chem 2B

3. Current CPR/Basic Life Support (BLS) card, that must be maintained while in the program.

4. Completed application for selection and acceptance into the program.

5. After acceptance into the program, submit a completed health data form evidencing physical and emotional health including required immunizations/chest x-ray or Mantoux test.

6. Graduation from high school or the equivalent.

7. Overall GPA of 2.0 for all college work (or a grade of C or better in all college work). Students who complete the program usually enter with at least a 2.8 GPA.

8. Dental Hygiene students must have the ability to communicate effectively.

Recommended preparation:

High school courses in biology or physiology, algebra and chemistry with a laboratory. It is strongly recommended that general education requirements for the Associate in Science Degree be satisfied prior to enrolling in the program. Degree requirements must be met to be eligible to sit for licensure exams.

Acceptance to the program is competitive. Selection is based upon a combination of academic work completed, and grades earned. Other criteria such as work experience may also be considered.

Effective academic year: 2006-2007

Required Units in the Major:    58

Required Courses
  Semester I (13 units)
ANAT 115 - HEAD AND NECK ANATOMY, HISTOLOGY AND EMBRYOLOGY (3.0 units)
  DH 101A - FUNDAMENTALS OF DENTAL HYGIENE (4.0 units)
  DH 109 - DENTAL HEALTH EDUCATION AND COMMUNICATION (2.0 units)
  DH 117 - DENTAL MORPHOLOGY AND OCCLUSION (2.0 units)
  DH 122 - MEDICAL EVALUATION OF DENTAL HYGIENE PATIENTS (2.0 units)
  &
  Winter Intersession I (1 units)
DH 200A - DIRECTED STUDIES IN CLINICAL DENTAL HYGIENE (1.0 units)
  &
  Semester II (13.5 units)
DH 105 - PATHOLOGY (3.0 units)
  DH 116 - DENTAL MATERIALS (2.5 units)
  DH 101B - FUNDAMENTALS OF DENTAL HYGIENE THEORY AND PRACTICE (5.0 units)
  DH 141 - ORAL RADIOLOGY (3.0 units)
  &
  Summer Intersession I (4 units)
DH 104A - CLINICAL DENTAL HYGIENE THEORY AND PRACTICE (2.0 units)
  DH 107 - INTRODUCTION TO ORAL HEALTH RESEARCH (2.0 units)
  &
  Semester III (12 units)
DH 104B - CLINICAL DENTAL HYGIENE THEORY AND PRACTICE (6.0 units)
  DH 108 - PHARMACOLOGY (2.0 units)
  DH 113A - PERIODONTICS (2.0 units)
  DH 119A - COMMUNITY DENTAL HEALTH (2.0 units)
  &
  Winter Intersession II (1 units)
DH 200A - DIRECTED STUDIES IN CLINICAL DENTAL HYGIENE (1.0 units)
  &
  Semester IV (12.5 units)
DH 104C - CLINICAL DENTAL HYGIENE THEORY AND PRACTICE (7.0 units)
  DH 111 - CURRENT ISSUES IN DENTAL HYGIENE (3.0 units)
  DH 113B - PERIODONTICS (1.0 units)
  DH 119B - COMMUNITY DENTAL HEALTH LAB (.50 units)
  DH 121 - CLINICAL PRACTICE IN ALTERNATIVE SETTINGS (1.0 units)
  &
  Summer Intersession II (Optional) (1 units)
DH 200A - DIRECTED STUDIES IN CLINICAL DENTAL HYGIENE (1.0 units)

Required Electives (0 Units)

None

Recommended Electives
  ART 011A - FOUNDATION DRAWING (3.0 units)
  &
  BIT 100 - WORD PROCESSING BASICS (1.0 units)
  &
  ENGL 110 - SKILLS FOR COLLEGE SUCCESS (2.0 units)
  &
  SPAN 001 - ELEMENTARY SPANISH (5.0 units)