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					Dental Hygiene
Dental Hygiene
The Dental Hygiene program is designed to prepare       Course
students as professionals in the discipline of dental   Code            Course Title              Credits        Admission Requirements
hygiene. The roles of the dental hygienist can vary     DHYG 101        Pre-Clinic                      1        High school preparation should
depending on the state board regulations. Some of the   DHYG 101L       Pre-Clinic Lab                  3        include biology and chemistry. The
patient care services performed by a dental hygienist   DHYG 102        Clinic I                        1        following prerequisites must be
may include:                                                                                                     complete by Feb. 1 prior to the year
                                                        DHYG 102L       Clinic I Lab                    4
• patient screening procedures such as reviewing of                                                              of entry into the dental hygiene
                                                        DHYG 103        Clinic II                       1        program:
   the health history, dental charting, oral
                                                        DHYG 103L       Clinic II Lab                   3
   inspections, taking and recording blood pressure;
                                                        DHYG 110        Oral Anatomy                    2        • High school diploma or G.E.D.;
• exposing and developing radiographs (X-rays);
• removing calculus and plaque (hard and soft           DHYG 112        Oral Embryology and Histology 1          • ACT or SAT;
   deposits) from the teeth;                            DHYG 114        Dental Radiology                3        • A minimum of a 2.75 college
• teaching patients appropriate oral hygiene            DHYG 145        Periodontics I                  1          GPA;
   measures to maintain healthy teeth and gums;         DHYG 201        Clinic III Lecture              1        • College courses: Introductory
• counseling patients concerning nutrition, tobacco     DHYG 201L       Clinic III Lab                  4          Chemistry (CHEM 115/115L),
   cessation and other risk factors of disease;         DHYG 202        Clinic IV                       1          Anatomy and Physiology I (BIOL
• applying cavity-preventive agents such as fluoride    DHYG 202L       Clinic IV Lab                   4          220/220L) and College
   and sealants; and                                    DHYG 209        Head and Neck Anatomy           1          Composition I (ENGL 110).
• taking impressions of patients teeth for study        DHYG 210        Local Anesthesia.               1        • Anatomy and Physiology II (BIOL
   models and dental whitening procedures.              DHYG 212        Oral Pathology                  1          221/221L) must be completed by
                                                        DHYG 220        Community Dental Health         2          May 15 prior to entry into the
Career opportunities                                    DHYG 242        Dental Materials                3          program. In addition, College
Dental hygienists are usually employed in general                                                                  Algebra (MATH 103) or equivalent
                                                        DHYG 243        Dental Jurisprudence            1
dental practices or specialty practices such as                                                                    is highly recommended. Science of
                                                        DHYG 245        Periodontics II                 1
pediatric dentistry (treatment of children) and                                                                    Success (FYE 101) must be
periodontics (treatment of diseases of the gum and                                                                 completed within the first year of
                                                        Related/General Education Courses                          acceptance in the program.
supporting bone of the teeth). Dental hygienists also
                                                        BIOL 213      General Pathology                 3
can apply their skills and knowledge in other career
activities including office management and dental       CHEM 116      Intro to Organic and Biochemistry 3        The Dental Hygiene program is a
hygiene education depending on the level of             CHEM 116L Intro to Organic and Biochemistry              limited-enrollment program. It is
education, and experience they have achieved.                         Lab                               1        important to contact the Enrollment
Although career placement is excellent, students        CIS 101       Computer Literacy                 2        Services office and Allied Dental
interested in pursuing an advanced degree in dental     COMM 110      Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3          Education Department for
hygiene or related fields have a number of transfer     ENGL 120      College Composition II            3        information regarding selection
options to four-year colleges and universities.         MICR 202      Introductory Microbiology         3        criteria for program acceptance at
                                                        MICR 202L     Introductory Microbiology Lab 1            (telephone: 1-800-342-4325, ext. 3-
Dental Hygiene competencies                             NUTR 240      Principles of Nutrition (and Diet          2333) or email:
At completion of the North Dakota State College                       Therapy)                          3        alliedhealthcareers@ndscs.edu
of Science Dental Hygiene program, the graduate         PHRM 201      Dental Pharmacology               2        The program website also contains
will be competent to:                                   PSYC 111      Introduction to Psychology        3        selection criteria and program goals.
1. Collect, organize, record and analyze patient        SOC 110       Introduction to Sociology         3
   data for a diverse population of patients.                                                                    The program is fully accredited by
2. Discuss and plan dental hygiene services in an                                                                the Commission on Dental
                                                        TOTAL REQUIRED CREDITS                             70    Accreditation of the American
   effective and efficient manner.
3. Demonstrate adequate preventive and                                                                           Dental Association.
                                                        Prerequisite Courses: See admission requirements.        American Dental Association
   therapeutic procedures for the promotion of oral
   health.                                              A current CPR credential (Health Care Provider or        211 East Chicago Ave.
4. Integrate critical thinking in the evaluation of     Professional Rescuer) is required prior to entering      Chicago, IL 60611-2678
   care provided and use evaluation results to          the program.
   modify treatment as necessary.                                                                                Award
5. Promote optimum oral health through                  Dental Hygiene curriculum                                Upon program completion of the
   individualized education.                            The Dental Hygiene program is two years in length        required courses (“C” or higher),
6. Promote optimum oral health through                  with an eight-week summer session between the            students will be awarded an
   community involvement activities.                    first and second year. Students are provided with        Associate in Applied Science degree
7. Apply self-assessment principles.                    classroom, laboratory and clinical experience            in Dental Hygiene.
8. Evaluate scientific information to enhance their     emphasizing skill development, self-assessment and
   knowledge and skills in the promotion of oral        professionalism. The majority of the clinical            Licensure requirements for dental
   health.                                              experience is in the NDSCS dental clinic. Students       hygienists include successful
9. Manage the ethical and professional                                                                           completion of Dental Hygiene
                                                        are also assigned to off-campus affiliation sites to
   responsibilities of the dental hygiene profession                                                             National Board and regional clinical
                                                        enhance their dental hygiene education. Students
   and comply with state and federal regulations                                                                 examinations. Individual states have
                                                        must provide their own transportation to off-campus      additional licensure requirements.
   governing the practice of dentistry and dental
                                                        affiliation sites.
   hygiene.
                                                                                                                — www.ndscs.edu —


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