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  Dec 14, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Dental Hygiene, A.A.S.


The Dental Hygiene program is designated as a Health Manpower Shortage Program; therefore, some residents of Maryland enrolled in this program of study on the first day of the term may be eligible for in-county tuition rates for courses required for program completion.

Special Admissions Requirements: Program Application Deadline: April 1st

Career Programs Building, Room 170G

Award: Associate of Applied Science degree, A.A.S.

Total Credit Hours: minimum of 70 credit hours

Dental hygienists are licensed preventive oral health care professionals. They provide educational, clinical and therapeutic services to patients in dental offices, schools, long-­term facilities, and public health settings.  Clinical skills include: taking health histories, blood pressure screenings, oral cancer screenings, dental charting, periodontal assessment, exposing and interpreting dental radiographs, non­surgical periodontal therapy, dental prophylaxis, application of fluoride and sealants, nutritional counseling and tobacco cessation.

Purpose: For students who wish to complete a dental hygiene program with an associate of applied science degree. The dental hygiene program is designed to provide students with the knowledge, skill, and clinical practice to function effectively as an entry-­level registered dental hygienist.

Curriculum: The curriculum is divided into several broad areas of study and consists of lectures, laboratory and clinical experiences. Emphasis is on implementation of the dental hygiene process of care to meet the oral health needs of a variety of patients in multiple practice settings. Courses in general education and biological and behavioral sciences prepare students to interact with patients, other health care professionals and the community. It is the Dental Hygiene program’s philosophy to create ethical, competent professionals who are lifelong learners. Students who are considering transferring to a four-year college should inform their advisors at the earliest opportunity to discuss the options available. 

Program Goals: 

  1. Provide participatory classroom/lab instruction utilizing current oral healthcare theoretical knowledge, clinical skills, and professional behaviors through faculty who are competent in advanced teaching methodology, evidence-based research, and use of modern technology.
  2. Promote success for all dental hygiene students through faculty who promote a strong sense of community, continually strive to improve their teaching, and act as mentors and professional models for students.
  3. Provide students the opportunities to develop the reasoning, judgment, and leadership skills necessary to identify problems, develop solutions to problems, implement these solutions and evaluate effectiveness of these solutions.
  4. Provide instructional methodology and experiences with current technology that prepares students to successfully complete national, regional, and/or state licensure examinations and thrive in an increasingly complex and rapidly changing interdisciplinary health care workforce.
  5. Prepare students who possess the knowledge, clinical competency, information literacy, and life-long learning skills required to provide current, comprehensive dental hygiene services to diverse populations now and in the future.
  6. Prepare graduates who can apply a professional code of ethics and adhere to the legal and regulatory issues related to the scope and practice of dental hygiene.

Program Competencies: Graduates of the Associate of Applied Degree in Dental Hygiene will be competent to: 

  1. Assess, plan, implement and evaluate patients of all age groups, that are medically compromised, have special needs and represent all case types.
  2. Interact effectively with patients, peers and dental hygiene care members utilizing professional written and oral communications.
  3. Develop an identity of self, supportive of continuous learning and professional endeavor.
  4. Apply ethical, legal and regulatory concepts from the ADHA Code of Ethics and the State Dental Practice Act.
  5. Initiate and assume responsibility for health promotion and disease prevention activities.
  6. Acquire and synthesize information in a critical, scientific and effective manner.
  7. Utilize technology effectively as it pertains to the delivery of patient care and practice management.

Admission Requirements: Admission to HCC does not guarantee admission to the Dental Hygiene Program. The requirements below must be completed and submitted to the Office of Admissions and Enrollment Management by the application deadline (April 1st):

  • Submit a completed program application known as the Supplemental Application for the Dental Hygiene Program form.     
  • Official transcripts (all schools attended), Students who have completed classes at HCC do not need to submit an HCC transcript.
  • Completed Dental Hygiene Observation Verification Form (8 hours of observation). Observation forms older than three years will not be accepted.
  • A minimum of 17 credits completed or in progress at the time of application to the program. The courses include ENG 101  , (or   must be completed and   can be in progress), CHM 101 , Mathematics course selected from the approved General Education course list, and PSY 101 . Recommended courses completed prior to application are SPD 108  or SPD 103 , a 3-credit Arts and Humanities course from approved General Education course list , and BIO 205 
  • General Education science courses completed within five years of date of entry into the program. Must obtain a grade of “C” or higher in General Education science courses. 
  • A minimum cumulative grade point average for all college coursework of a 2.0 on a 4.0 scale. In addition, a minimum grade point average of 2.5 for all program courses is required.
  • Foreign educated students’ transcripts evaluated by WES (World Education Services) or AACRAO International Education Services (IES)

Program Requirements: Students learn and practice dental hygiene skills on each other and provide preventive dental hygiene services to community members and patients in the HCC Dental Education Clinic. It is the student’s responsibility to find their own patients to meet the clinical requirements necessary for program completion. All dental hygiene students must receive:

  1. A final course grade of 75% or higher in all dental hygiene courses.
  2. A final clinical skills component grade of 75% for DHY 102 ; 80% for DHY 111  and DHY 202  and 85% for DHY 221 .
  3. Adherence to all program and college Codes of Student Conduct and dental hygiene professional standards of practice.  

Students who receive a grade of unsatisfactory on the clinical laboratory or clinical skills competency evaluations will be referred for remediation.  Students who receive a final total course grade below a 75% in the clinical courses, despite a passing theory grade, will not be permitted to progress in the dental hygiene program.

Students who violate the college’s Honor Code and Standards of Conduct, the dental hygiene program’s Standard of Conduct, the American Dental Hygiene Association Code of Ethics for Dental Hygienists and the American Dental Association Standard of Care that results in termination from the dental hygiene program are not eligible for readmission.

Program Pathway

First Year Fall   First Year Spring
Course Number Course Name Credits   Course Number Course Name Credits
ENG 101  English Composition 3   SPD 108
or
SPD 103
Introduction to Human Communication
or
Public Speaking 
3
Gen Ed Mathematics 3   Gen Ed Arts/Humanities 3
BIO 116
or
BIO 203 & BIO 204
Human Anatomy and Physiology for Allied Health
or
Anatomy and Physiology I & II
4
or
8
  PSY 101 General Psychology 3
CHM 101 Introduction to College Chemistry 4   BIO 205 Microbiology 4
TOTAL   14   TOTAL   13

 

Second Year Fall   Second Year Spring
Course Number Course Name Credits   Course Number Course Name Credits
DHY 101 Dental Hygiene Theory I                    2   DHY 110 Dental Hygiene Theory II 2
DHY 102 Dental Hygiene Clinical I 2   DHY 111 Dental Hygiene Clinical II 2
DHY 104 Dental Radiology 3   DHY 112 Dental Materials and Procedures 2
DHY 108 Head, Neck, and Oral Anatomy 4   DHY 113 General and Oral Pathology 2
        DHY 116 Dental Pharmacology 2
TOTAL   11   TOTAL   10

 

Third Year Fall   Third Year Spring
Course Number Course Name Credits   Course Number Course Name Credits
DHY 201 Dental Hygiene Theory III 2   DHY 210 Community Dental Health 2
DHY 202 Dental Hygiene Clinical III 3   DHY 211 Dental Hygiene Ethics and Jurisprudence 1
DHY 203 Periodontics and Advanced Procedures 4   DHY 220 Dental Hygiene Theory IV 2
DHY 204 Pain Management in Dental Hygiene 2   DHY 221 Dental Hygiene Clinical IV 4
DHY 205 Nutrition and Biochemistry in Dentistry 2        
TOTAL   13   TOTAL   9

General Education Requirements (27-32 Credits)


Arts/Humanities


Behavioral/Social Sciences


Biological/Physical Science


English


Mathematics


Degree Requirement (70 Credits)


Additional Program Requirements


Selection Criteria


Students will be admitted to the dental hygiene program each August. Students are selected for admission based on a point system. Points are earned by the number of courses completed, cumulative grade point average for all required program courses, residency, and credentialing of a dental assisting certificate or equivalent. Those with the greatest number of points are admitted to the program.

Those students not admitted to the August class will be placed on a standby list until August 1. The standby list is dissolved after August 1, and students who desire admission to the dental hygiene program in the subsequent year, must fill out another Supplemental Application for Selective Admissions Programs form.

Final Acceptance


Final acceptance into the program is contingent upon the following criteria. Students unable to meet these criteria will be withdrawn from the program and the seat filled by a student from the standby list.

  1. Those students accepted into the program must submit a $50 enrollment deposit when accepting their spot in the program.  This deposit will be applied to your tuition for the semester and is not refundable.
  2. Successful completion of program requirements at the time of application
  3. Students attend the mandatory orientation session
  4. Students must successfully pass a drug screen and criminal background check
  5. Students must be able to meet Dental Hygiene Technical Standards
  6. Satisfactory completion of a health examination record and all required tests and immunizations, including a yearly TB test and Hepatitis series
  7. Current American Heart Association BLS Health Care Provider certification or American Red Cross BLS for Healthcare Providers.

Readmission to the Dental Hygiene Program


Students seeking readmission to the dental hygiene program must submit their request in writing to the Program Coordinator, Dental Hygiene Program, by April 1st, for fall readmission. Readmission to the dental hygiene program must take place within one year of leaving the program.

Readmission cannot be assured and is based on the criteria described in the readmission requirements available in the Dental Hygiene Program Student Handbook. The curriculum under which a student seeks readmission may be different from the one under which the student left. Students who are accepted for readmission must complete the degree requirements in place at the time of readmission. Students who fail or withdraw from a dental hygiene course after readmission are not eligible to be readmitted a second time. Readmission to the dental hygiene program is based on highest grade-­point average and available seats in the class.

Transfer from Other Colleges


Students transferring to HCC from other colleges who seek admission as a first time student into the Dental Hygiene program must be enrolled as an HCC student and complete the Supplemental Application for Selective Admissions Programs form by the established deadline dates. In order to be considered for admission, students must meet the same requirements as other first time students and will be selected according to the established criteria. Official transcripts from other colleges attended must be received by the application deadline. A transfer evaluation will be done on all transcripts by the Office of Admissions and Enrollment Management to determine which courses a student may transfer to HCC for credit. Science courses that are older than five years must be repeated. Online science labs are not accepted in transfer.

Transfer from Other Dental Hygiene Programs/Advanced Placement Requirements


Students transferring to HCC who have been enrolled in another dental hygiene program must be enrolled as an HCC student, complete the Supplemental Application for Selective Admissions Program form, and submit transcripts from other colleges attended. Students may be considered for advanced placement in the dental hygiene program if the previous dental hygiene coursework has been completed within the last year. Students transferring from another CODA-­approved accredited dental hygiene program to Hagerstown Community College must meet the following criteria for advanced placement:

  1. Fulfill all academic criteria for admission to the dental hygiene program, including submission of official transcript(s) from the former institution.
  2. A transfer evaluation will be completed on all transcripts by the Office of Admissions and Enrollment Management to determine which courses a student may transfer to HCC for credit.  Science courses that are older than five years must be repeated.  Online science labs are not accepted in transfer.
  3. Attended a program accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation.
  4. Achieved satisfactory grades (“C” or higher) in non-science academic courses with a 2.0 G.P.A.. A 2.5 G.P.A. in all science and previous dental hygiene courses is required.
  5. Achieved a score of 75% or greater on written and oral comprehensive examinations and 85% or greater in performance competency tests in the clinical area. For courses which include a lab, a practical exam is required. The student has to demonstrate clinical competence in all aspects evaluated in the course and pass a written exam.
  6. Submit a letter of recommendation from the Director of the former program.  In addition, the HCC Program Coordinator will conduct an interview with the dental hygiene program director of the student’s previous institution.
  7. Admission of applicants for advanced placement in the dental hygiene program are considered on an individual basis and restricted by the student capacity of the program. Students should contact the Dental Hygiene Program Coordinator for information. 

Criminal Background Checks


All students who are offered admission to the Dental Hygiene program will be required to submit to fingerprinting and a complete criminal background check. Based on the results of the fingerprinting, complete criminal background check and consultation with dental licensing agencies, student may be ineligible for enrollment in the program. 

Drug Screen


All students who are offered admission to the Dental Hygiene program will be required to submit to a drug screen. Drug screen results are disclosed to clinical facilities as required. A random drug screen may also be requested at any time during the dental hygiene program if a dental hygiene faculty member or a clinical facility representative has reasonable cause to suspect that a student is impaired and poses a safety concern to patients or others. If a student cannot meet program requirements because of the drug screen results, the student will be recommended for dismissal from the dental hygiene program.

Ionizing Radiation and Pregnancy


Reporting of pregnancy to program officials is voluntary on the part of the student. Regulatory Guide 8.13, Instruction Concerning Prenatal Radiation Exposure, (www.nrc.gov) published by the United States Regulatory Commission provides information and guidelines.

Technical Standards


There are technical standards and skill requirements which students are expected to possess and demonstrate in order to be successful in this program. More information on these standards can be found on the Web page for this program.