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Dental Hygiene Program

Overview

The professional track program is two years in length with a limited number of openings available each year. Prior to acceptance into the professional track, required prerequisite college courses must be completed. The program begins each fall semester with a cohort of students and upon successful completion of the 79 credit hour program, an Associate of Applied Science Dental Hygiene degree is granted from the college. The curriculum is taught using small group instruction with experienced and dedicated faculty providing hands-on training with state of the art equipment, including dental hygiene clinical experience in our on-campus patient care clinic.

Commission on Dental Accreditation, American Dental Association

The Dental Hygiene program 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 can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611.

Originally accredited on: December 11, 1970; Last site visit: July 27-28, 2017. An  accreditation status of approval without reporting requirements means: an accreditation classification granted to an educational program indicating that the program achieves or exceeds the basic requirements for accreditation.

National and Regional Board Examinations
Graduates from this program are eligible to take the National Dental Hygiene Board (NDHBE) examination and the Commission on Dental Competency Assessments (CDCA) examination.  These exams are required by states for licensing to practice as a dental hygienist.  Additionally, students may sit for two optional regional exams on local anesthesia and nitrous oxide sedation.

Curriculum

Dental Hygiene Program Curriculum Information

To view degree and certificate requirements click on the curriculum code below.

Associate Degree

Code

Dental Hygienist, AAS

0279

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Course Offerings

Visit the Course Offerings page for information pertaining to courses available during a particular semester and to view course descriptions.

DENT 140 Oral Histology & Embryology
DENT 142 PreClinical Dental Hygiene
DENT 144 Preclinical Dental Hygiene Practice
DENT 146 Head/Neck & Oral Anatomy
DENT 148 Dental Radiography
DENT 152 Dental Hygiene I
DENT 154 Clinical Dental Hygiene I
DENT 156 Nutrition
DENT 158 Dental Pharmacology
DENT 161 Principles of Periodontics
DENT 174 Clinical Dental Hygiene II
DENT 176 Dental Materials & Methods
DENT 240 Anxiety & Pain Control Management
DENT 242 Dental Hygiene III
DENT 244 Clinical Dental Hygiene III
DENT 247 Oral Pathology
DENT 248 Dental Public Health & Education
DENT 252 Dental Hygiene IV
DENT 254 Clinical Dental Hygiene IV
DENT 256 Community Oral Health
DENT 270 Dental Hygiene Board Review (optional)

Career Facts

Dental Hygiene Program Career Facts

Nature of Work

In the dental office, the dentist and the dental hygienist work together to meet the oral health needs of patients. Since each state has its own specific regulations regarding their responsibilities, the range of services performed by hygienists varies from state to state. Some of the services provided by dental hygienists may include:

  • taking and developing dental radiographs (x-rays)
  • removing calculus, plaque and stains (hard and soft deposits) from all surfaces of teeth
  • applying preventative materials to the teeth (e.g., sealants and fluorides)
  • applying antimicrobial therapies to assist in prevention of oral disease progression
  • teaching patients appropriate oral hygiene strategies to maintain oral health
  • teaching patients about the relationship between oral health and systemic diseases
  • counseling patients about good nutrition and its impact on oral health
  • making impressions of patient’s teeth for study casts
  • performing oral cancer screenings and counsel patients about smoking cessation options
  • performing anxiety and pain management techniques through the use of nitrous oxide sedation and local anesthetic procedures

Employment Prospects

Dental hygienists are projected to be one of the 30 fastest growing occupations. Populations growth and greater retention of natural teeth will stimulate demand for dental hygienists. Additionally, ongoing research linking oral health and general health will continue to spur the demand for preventative services by hygienists. Opportunities for part-time work and flexible schedules are common. The majority of hygienists work in private practice dental offices. However, opportunities exist in sales, education and public health clinics, correctional institutions and managed care organizations.

Skills You Need

Dental hygienists should work well with others and must have good manual dexterity to work in patients' mouths. High school students interested in becoming a dental hygienist should take courses in biology chemistry, and mathematics.

Expected Earnings

National median annual wages of dental hygienists were $74,070 in 2017. Dental hygienists earn salaries that compare to other health care professionals. However, earnings vary by geographic location, employment setting, and years of experience. Dental hygienists may be paid on an hourly, daily, salary, or commission basis.

Visit the US Bureau of Labor Statistics: Dental Hygienists page for additional & recent information.

Benefits vary substantially by practice setting and may be contingent upon full-time employment. According to a 2009 survey conducted by the American Dental Hygienist Association, about half of all hygienists reported receiving some form of employment benefits. Of those receiving benefits, paid vacation, sick leave, and retirement plans were the most common.

Selective Admission Information – May 1st Application Deadline

The Dental Hygiene Program is a selective admission program. Students meeting prerequisite requirements will be considered for admission to the program. In order to be considered as a candidate for this program, students must meet basic admission requirements beyond those required for admission to the College. Students meeting basic admission requirements will be ranked for admittance into the program using a point value system. Points will only be awarded to students who meet the basic admission requirements at the time selection for students for admission is made. Additional points will be awarded for admission based on such categories as prerequisite and general education courses taken, GPA average in science courses, dental assisting experience and college degrees. Specific dental hygiene courses are open only to students officially admitted to the Dental Hygiene Program.

All admission procedures are coordinated through the Selective Admissions Office located in HHS 108 on the 1st floor of the Health and Human Services Building. Therefore, any student desiring admission into this program should visit the Health and Human Services Advising Guide webpage to find the Selective Admission Application.

Selective Admission Applications must be submitted to Student Finance at the payment counter in the Star Zone on the 2nd floor of the Gannon Building. There is a $50 application fee due at the time of submission. Students should attach all documentation of work experience and other required student information regarding the Dental Hygiene Program. Selective Admission Applications can also be found on the Health and Human Admissions Programs web page.

For more information, the applicant is encouraged to contact the Selective Admissions office at selective_admissions@lcc.edu or (517) 483-1182. Health Careers Academic advisors are also available through the Center for Academic & Career Pathways. Call (517) 483-1957 option 4 to schedule an appointment.

The student applicant is responsible for providing verification of other information not contained in the current Lansing Community College official transcript.

The student applicant is REQUIRED to:

  • Submit an application for selective admission to the Enrollment Services Office. Applications are held for two years. Applications must be resubmitted if the application is over one-year old. (May 1st deadline)
  • Submit college transcripts to the Registrar's Office. (May 15th deadline).  To start the transfer process, you will need to send your official transcripts, from the school you are coming from straight to Lansing Community College.  The address you will need to send the transcripts to is:
  Registrar's Office
Lansing Community College
411 N Grand Ave
Lansing, MI  48933-1215
 
  • Attend an applicant advising orientation. Orientations are scheduled periodically throughout the year. Pre-registration is required by calling (517) 483-1410.
  • Complete all prerequisite courses (www.lcc.edu/enrollment) with a minimum grade of 2.5 for each course and complete all other general education prerequisite courses with a minimum grade of 2.0 or better for each course.  Each general education course (except prerequisite courses) must be completed with a minimum 2.0 grade or better.

Applicant Advising Orientation:

Those interested in the Dental Hygiene program are REQUIRED to attend an applicant advising orientation.  The dates for the 2019-2020 Academic year are:

Thursday, September 12, 2019,  4:00 - 5:30 pm or
Tuesday, October 22, 2019,  5:00 - 6:30 pm or
Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 5:00 - 6:30 pm or
Thursday, February 6, 2020, 4:00 - 5:30 pm  or
Wednesday, March 18, 2020, 5:00-6:30 pm

Location - HHS Building Room 116. Enrollment is limited so please register to attend.  *Note that students only need to attend one of these advising orientation dates.

Selection Criteria:

  • Students must complete BIOL 145 (or BIOL 201 & BIOL 202), BIOL 203, and CHEM 120 with a 2.5 or higher in each course to be eligible for admission.
  • Students who are considering transferring for a four-year degree are encouraged to take BIOL 201 and BIOL 202, rather than BIOL 145 for increased transferability.
  • Students who are considering transferring for a four-year degree are encouraged to take ENGL 121 or ENGL 122 for increased transferability.
  • All other courses (MATH, ENGL, SOCL, PSYC) must be completed with a 2.0 or higher.  Please see advising guide of Dental Hygiene map for specific MATH, ENGL, SOCL and PSYC courses that are required to take for admittance with the Dental Hygiene Program.
  • Students who complete the courses listed (General Education and Other) with the highest grades will receive the most points for admission.
  • Points will be assigned in the Dental Assisting Experience and Post Secondary Degree Category based on the level of achievement in each category.

If admitted:

  • Students must complete a Criminal Background Check.
  • Current Cardiac Life Support Certification (Infant, Child, and Adult) is required throughout this program. (Must be the American Heart Association CPR for Health Care Providers with AED Training).  Certification must be valid for the entire 21-months of the Dental Hygiene Program (taken no earlier than June preceding the August start date of the program).
  • Students must complete a physical exam and have all required immunizations current to include a yearly TB test, yearly flu vaccination and the Hepatitis series.

For further information and advising, contact the Dental Hygiene Program, Health and Human Services Building (HHS), Room 107, or call (517) 483-1457, or email us at Cullp@lcc.edu

Dental Hygiene Program Related Links

American Dental Association
211 East Chicago
Chicago IL 60611-2678

Michigan Dental Hygienist's Association

American Dental Hygienist's Association

Commission on Dental Accreditation, American Dental Association

Skills Essential for the Field

Environmental Conditions-Standard Precautions

Upon acceptance into the Dental Hygiene Program students will be notified regarding a mandatory online OSHA Blood-Borne Pathogen and Standard Precautions training session.

The charter of OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) is to prevent work-related injuries, illnesses, and deaths. Since OSHA was created in 1971, work-related deaths have decreased by approximately 62% and work-related injuries have decreased by 42%.

As a Dental Hygiene student you can expect exposure to blood, body tissues, and fluids. There is the potential of exposure to electrical hazards, hazardous waste materials, radiation, poisonous substances, chemicals, loud or unpleasant noises and high stress emergency situations. Students enrolled in the Dental Hygiene Program are at a slight risk for exposure to blood and body fluids and the potential does exist for transmission of blood-borne and other infectious diseases during patient care activities. The risk of HIV disease transmission from dental patients to members of the dental team are extremely low. Nevertheless, there is some small potential for this to occur. The Americans with Disabilities Act forbids discrimination against patients with HIV; therefore, students are required to treat all patients assigned, regardless of the disease state of the patient.

Applicants/students who are HIV/AIDS or HBV (Hepatitis) positive will not be barred from working, teaching, attending classes or participating in college sponsored activities, unless the applicant/student is unable to follow *Standard Precautions. All decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis. (*Standard Precautions are defined as: Consideration of all patients as being infected with pathogens and therefore applying infection control procedures to the care of all patients.)

Criminal Background Check

Admission to the Dental Hygiene Program will be denied if an individual is precluded from proving clinical privileges due to a criminal record pursuant to MCL 333.20173a.

Students may be denied admission to or continuation in the Dental Hygiene program for any of the following reasons:

  • Physical or emotional health, which indicates impairment in ability to provide safe care to the public.
  • Conduct not in accordance with the standards of a registered dental hygienist:
    • has given false information or has withheld material information;
    • has been convicted of or pleaded guilty or nolo contendere to any crime which indicated the individual as unfit or incompetent to practice, or that the individual has deceived or defrauded the public;
    • has used any drug to a degree that interferes with his or her fitness to practice dental hygiene;
    • has engaged in conduct which endangers the public health.

LCC Scholarships

See the LCC Scholarship Application process for more information.

For information available to Health and Human Services Division Students, please see the LCC Foundation Occupational Program Award Information page.

For further questions regarding LCC Scholarships, please contact the Foundation Office at 517-483-1989.

Dental Hygiene Program at Lansing Community College

Dental Hygiene Program
Health and Human Services Bldg, Room 107
Phone: (517) 483-1457
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