SLCC General Catalog 2013-2014

Dental Hygiene AAS

Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
89 credits minimum
including prerequisites

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Program Description

The SLCC Dental Hygiene Program offers an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree which prepares graduates to practice entry level dental hygiene. Dental hygienists provide preventive and therapeutic health care services including oral health assessment & education, pit & fissure sealants, fluoride treatments, oral prophylaxis and advanced periodontal therapy; in addition to public dental health services.

Upon administrative approval, second-year SLCC dental hygiene students are eligible to take examinations required for licensure in all fifty states, including the written National Board Dental Hygiene Examination (NBDHE) and state or regional clinical examinations, such as the Western Regional Examination Board (WREB).

Career Opportunities

Dental hygienists may secure employment in a variety of settings, including private dental offices and clinics, schools, nursing homes, hospitals, public health facilities and other government agencies. Due to the unique nature of the profession, dental hygienists enjoy a flexible work schedule ideal for balancing career and lifestyle needs. 

Program Entry Requirements

Admissions Criteria

NOTE: See the Dental Hygiene webpage for essential information regarding completion of admission criteria 

Admissions Process

  1. Be admitted to SLCC as a matriculated student. See www.slcc.edu/students-future/admissions
  2. High School Graduate or equivalent.
  3. For transfer credit, submit OFFICIAL, SEALED transcripts for ALL colleges and universities where prerequisite course work has been completed.   Send to:

SLCC Incoming Transcripts

4600 South Redwood Road
P.O Box 30808
Salt Lake City, UT  84130-0808

  1. Also, a request to have an OFFICIAL evaluation of student’s transcript must be submitted to the SLCC Incoming Transcript Office.  The form is located at www.slcc.edu/transcriptevaluation/transferring-to-slcc.  This process may take 4-6 weeks and must be completed before a student’s application will be considered.
  2. Required Prerequisite coursework are listed below. These courses must be completed prior to submitting an application with the noted grade requirements/conditions:
  • All BIOL and CHEM courses must be completed with a minimum of 75% or a letter grade of C+ or higher
  • All other prerequisite courses listed below must be completed with a minimum of 70% or a letter grade of C or higher, AND
  • All science prerequisites must have been completed within the last five years
Prerequisite Courses: (36 credits)

Course

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisite

BIOL 2060

Microbiology

4

A

BIOL 1610 w/C grade or better.  Coreq: BIOL 2065

BIOL 2065

Microbiology Lab

0

A

Coreq: BIOL 2060

BIOL 2320

Human Anatomy

4

A

BIOL 1610 w/C grade or better. Coreq: BIOL 2325

BIOL 2325

Human Anatomy Lab

0

A

Coreq: BIOL 2320

BIOL 2420

Human Physiology

4

A

BIOL 1610 w/C grade or better; CHEM 1110 or CHEM 1210 w/C grade or better. Coreq: BIOL 2425

BIOL 2425

Human Physiology Lab

0

A

Coreq: BIOL 2420

CHEM 1110

Elementary Chemistry

4

A

MATH 1010 or appropriate Accuplacer score.

Recommended coreq: CHEM 1115

CHEM 1115

Elementary Chemistry Lab

1

A

MATH 1010 or appropriate Accuplacer score.

Recommended coreq: CHEM 1110

ENGL 1010

Intro to Writing (EN)

3

A

WRTG 0990 w/C or better OR appropriate Accuplacer score

MATH 1010

Intermediate Algebra (QS)

4

A

RDG 0990; w/I the last year, MATH 0990 w/C or better OR appropriate Accuplacer score

COMM 1010

Elem Effect Comm (CM)

3

A

 

HLTH 1020

Foundations of Nutrition

3

A

 

SOC 1010

Intro to Sociology (SS)

3

A

 

PSY 1010

Intro to Psychology (SS)

3

A

Note: 

It is the student’s responsibility to examine each course description for details of other prerequisite classes. Those prerequisites must be satisfied before the designated program prerequisite course may be taken.

Application Requirements

See the Dental Hygiene webpage for essential information regarding completion of application requirements http://www.slcc.edu/dentalhygiene/index.aspx

The clinical placement agencies make the final determination about accepting students for placement in their facility, and may decline to have students placed at their facility, based on the criminal background record of the student. The latter may cause the student not to be able to complete all of the program requirements.

In addition, it will be the responsibility of the student to contact the licensing agency and seek advice regarding eligibility for licensure and requirements needed to progress in this profession, if the criminal background check discloses issues of concern.

Program Stipulations

Safety

Applicants who are enrolled in the SLCC dental hygiene program will be exposed to blood-borne pathogens and infectious diseases. The program strictly adheres to established policies and procedures regarding infection control as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the American Dental Association (ADA), the Organization for Safety and Asepsis Procedures (OSAP) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Licensure

Admission to or graduation from the SLCC Dental Hygiene Program does NOT guarantee the ability to obtain a license to practice dental hygiene. Licensure is the exclusive right and responsibility of the board of dentistry in each state. In order to practice dental hygiene, students must satisfy the requirements of individual state dental practice acts independently of any college or program requirements. Many states, including Utah, require background information prior to licensing candidates to practice dental hygiene, therefore, it is highly recommended that applicants consult in advance with the Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing (DOPL), or similar agencies in other states, regarding eligibility for licensure.  DOPL can be reached at 801-530-6628 or http://www.dopl.utah.gov/licensing/dentistry.html.

Clinical Placement

Students accepted into the dental hygiene program must meet the same health and safety requirements that its clinical rotation facility providers require of their own employees. These facilities make the final determination regarding student acceptance for placement and may decline it based on the criminal background record, which may then preclude completion of program requirements. It is the responsibility of the applicant to seek advice regarding the status of their eligibility for clinical placement if their criminal background check discloses any areas of concern.

Total Program/Course Fees

Estimated $16,750

Estimated Time to Completion

Core Program requires two academic years.  Additional time is required to complete prerequisites and AAS Gen Ed requirements.

Specialized Accreditation

The Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) of the American Dental Association (a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education) provides accreditation for the degree of Associate of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene at SLCC.

General Education Requirements

Composition (EN) 3 Credits

Course

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisite

ENGL 1010

Intro to Writing

3

A

WRTG 0990 w/C grade or better or appropriate Accuplacer score

Quantitative Studies (QS) 4 Credits

Course

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisite

MATH 1010

Intermediate Algebra

4

A

RDG 0900; within the last year, MATH 0990 w/C grade or better or appropriate Accuplacer score

Communication (CM) 3 Credits

Course

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisite

COMM 1010

Elem Effective Comm

3

A

 

NOTE: Students must complete COMM 1010 for the Dental Hygiene program, no course substitutions will be allowed.

Human Relations (HR) 2-3 Credits

Course

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisite

The HR requirement is met through program requirements.

Required Courses: (53 Credits)

Course

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisite

DH 1050

Dental Radiology

2

F

Admission into program. Coreq: DH 1060

DH 1060

Dental Radiology Lab

1

F

Admission into program. Coreq: DH 1050

DH 1100

Dental Hygiene Theory I

3

F

Admission into program. Coreq: DH 1110

DH 1110

Clinical Dental Hygiene I

2

F

Admission into program. Coreq: DH 1100

DH 1140

Dental Materials

1

Sp

DH 1050, 1060, 1100, 1110, 1330, 1340, 1350.  Coreq: DH 1150

DH 1150

Dental Materials Lab

1

Sp

DH 1100, 1110, 1050, 1060, 1330, 1340.  Coreq: DH 1140

DH 1330

Head and Neck Anatomy

2

F

Admission into program

DH 1340

Dental Anatomy

1

F

Admission into program

DH 1350

Dnt Embryology/Histology

1

F

Admission into program

DH 1400

Dent Hygiene Theory II

3

Sp

DH 1100 and 1110. Coreq: DH 1410

DH 1410

Clinical Dent Hygiene II

3

Sp

DH 1100 and 1110. Coreq: DH 1400

DH 1540

Pharmacology

3

Sp

DH 1100

DH 1640

Comp Patient/Spcl Needs

2

Sp

DH 1100

DH 2050

Gen & Oral Pathology

3

F

DH 1400

DH 2200

Dental Hygiene Theory III

3

F

DH 1400. Coreq: DH 2210

DH 2210

Clinical Dent Hygiene III

4

F

DH 1410. Coreq: DH 2200

DH 2220

Community Health

3

Sp

Admission into program

DH 2340

Local Anesthesia

2

F

DH 1540. Coreq: DH 2341

DH 2341

Local Anesthesia Lab

1

F

DH 1540. Coreq: DH 2340

DH 2450

Periodontology

2

F

DH 1400

DH 2600

Dent Hygiene Theory IV

3

Sp

DH 2200. Coreq: DH 2610

DH 2610

Clinical Dental Hygiene IV

5

Sp

DH 2210. Coreq: DH 2600

DH 2800

Practice Management

2

Sp

DH 2200

Sample Schedule

Prerequisites

 

  ENGL 1010

3

 

 

  MATH 1010

4

 

 

  COMM 1010

3

 

 

  BIOL 2060

4

 

 

  BIOL 2065

0

 

 

  BIOL 2320

4

 

 

  BIOL 2325

0

 

 

  BIOL 2420

4

 

 

  BIOL 2025

0

 

 

  CHEM 1110

4

 

 

  CHEM 1115

1

 

 

  HLTH 1020

3

 

 

  SOC 1010

3

 

 

  PSY 1010

3

 

 

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

  DH 1050

2

  DH 1140

1

  DH 1060

1

  DH 1150

1

  DH 1100

3

  DH 1400

3

  DH 1110

2

  DH 1410

3

  DH 1330

2

  DH 1540

3

  DH 1340

1

  DH 1640

2

  DH  1350

1

 

 

Total

12

Total                                        

13

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

  DH 2050

3

  DH 2220

3

  DH 2200

3

  DH 2600

3

  DH 2210

4

  DH 2610

5

  DH 2340

2

  DH 2800

2

  DH 2341

1

 

 

  DH 2450

2

 

 

Total

15

Total

13

 

 Program Student Learning Outcomes

Related College-Wide Student Learning Outcomes

 

  1. Substantive Knowledge
  2. Communicate Effectively
  3. Develop Quantitative Literacy
  4. Think Critically
  5. Civic Engagement and/or Working Professionally
  6. Work Professionally and Constructively
  7. Develop Computer and Information Literacy
  • Initiate and participate in community oral health programs.

2, 4, 5, 6

  • Successfully complete the National Board Dental Examinations and regional/state dental hygiene licensure board examinations.

1, 2, 3,4, 5

  • Utilize the Dental Hygiene Process of Care (assessment, diagnosis, planning, implementation, and evaluation) to positively affect the oral health status and behavior of individuals and groups. 

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

  • Communicate effectively with patients, peers & faculty in both verbal and written forms.

1, 2, 3, 6, 7

  • Utilize critical thinking skills in problem solving and decision-making.

1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

Department Contact Info

Dental Hygiene Program

Jordan Campus
High Technology Center (HTC) 110
801-957-6074

Academic Advising
Jordan Campus
Jordan Health Sciences Building (JHS) 047
801-957- 6407

Health Science Admissions
Jordan Campus
Jordan Health Science Building (JHS) 047
801-957-6363

Program Faculty

Program Director
Lynne Berman

Instructors
Jeanie Allen
Renee Mendenhall