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Dental Hygiene - Associate in Applied Science

Program Code: AAS.20515

As a graduate of this program, you will have the knowledge and skills to provide preventive and therapeutic treatments and services prescribed by and under the supervision of the dentist. Specific responsibilities vary, depending on the law of the state where you are employed, but generally include: scaling and root debridement; application of topical fluoride and medicines for the prevention of tooth decay; taking impressions and preparing diagnostic models; expose, process and mount dental radiographs; provide instructions for patient self-care and nutritional counseling; and perform laboratory procedures. In Michigan registered dental hygienists are also allowed to provide local anesthesia and nitrous oxide to patients 18 years of age and older. Upon successfully completing this program, you will be eligible to take the National, Regional and State Board Examinations for Dental Hygiene licensure, since Delta College’s program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association, a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education. This is a suggested enrollment sequence for all full-time students. There are various employment opportunities for the registered dental hygienist. The registered hygienist may choose employment in a general or specialty dental practice, schools, clinics, hospitals, HMOs, public health, or governmental agencies. The dental hygienist may also be employed in the area of management, research, sales, consulting or education.

General Education Courses

CourseCreditsCourse TitleCompleted
BIO 140W5Essentials Of Human Anatomy & Physiology ______________
OR ______________
BIO 152W(4)Human Anatomy & Physiology I AND ______________
BIO 153W(4)Human Anatomy & Physiology II ______________
OR ______________
BIO 240(4)Human Anatomy AND ______________
BIO 241(4)Physiology ______________
BIO 203W4General Microbiology ______________
COM 112W3Fundamentals of Oral Communication OR ______________
COM 114W(3)Interpersonal Communication ______________
DH 1001Dental Hygiene Profession ______________
DH 1012Dental Anatomy I ______________
ENG ---3Any Approved College Composition I Course ______________
ENG ---3Any Approved College Composition II Course ______________
POL ---3/4Any Approved American Government Requirement ______________
PSY 101W3Applied Psychology OR ______________
PSY 211W(4)General Psychology ______________
SOC 211W3Principles of Sociology ______________

Prior to attempting to register to begin the clinical sequence, you must complete the "Validation Application" and be officially validated. See Validation Procedures in this catalog for the required procedures.

Clinical Course Sequence

First Semester (Fall)

CourseCreditsCourse TitleCompleted
DH 1102Dental Infection Control ______________
DH 1111Oral Examinations ______________
DH 1122Medical Assessment/Emergencies ______________
DH 1142Oral Health ______________
DH 1155Clinical Techniques ______________
DH 1163Preventive Nutrition ______________
DH 1183Head and Neck Anatomy ______________

Second Semester (Winter)

CourseCreditsCourse TitleCompleted
DH 1203Periodontics I ______________
DH 1212Dental Hygiene Seminar I ______________
DH 1223Oral Histology and Embryology ______________
DH 1232Dental Radiography ______________
DH 123L1Dental Radiography Lab ______________
DH 124A1Pharmacology for Dental Hygiene I ______________
DH 1254Clinical Dental Hygiene I ______________
LW 206A1Occupational Wellness 1 ______________

Third Semester (Spring)

CourseCreditsCourse TitleCompleted
DH 124B1Pharmacology for Dental Hygiene II ______________
DH 1303Management of Dental Pain and Anxiety in the Dental Office ______________
DH 1311Dental Hygiene Seminar II ______________
DH 1353Clinical Dental Hygiene II ______________
LWA 206B.5Occupational Wellness 2 ______________

Fourth Semester (Fall)

CourseCreditsCourse TitleCompleted
DH 2102Periodontics II ______________
DH 2133Oral Pathology ______________
DH 214W4Dental Materials ______________
DH 2156Clinical Dental Hygiene III ______________
DH 216W2Community Dentistry I ______________
DH 219W0.5Case Study Documentation I ______________

Fifth Semester (Winter)

CourseCreditsCourse TitleCompleted
DH 222W1.5Case Study Documentation II ______________
DH 2256Clinical Dental Hygiene IV ______________
DH 227W1Community Dentistry II ______________
DH 2281Dental Hygiene Seminar III ______________
DH 2292Seminar on Practical Exam ______________
LWA 206C0.5Occupational Wellness 3 ______________

103/108Total Credits Required For Associate Degree


1 - It is highly recommended that you make an appointment with the Health and Wellness Counselor to go over the prerequisites and discuss your career choice prior to starting your prerequisites.
2 - A maximum of 20 students will be accepted each fall semester for the Dental Hygiene courses.
3 - Prerequisite qualifications are: a) high school graduate or GED equivalent; b) be admitted to Delta College; c) submit to Delta College complete transcripts from high school and other colleges attended; d) successfully complete prerequisite courses; e) follow the validation procedures as outlined in Health Program procedures of this catalog once the prerequisites are completed.
4 - Dental Hygiene courses are offered mostly during day hours with some evening and Saturday hours, and must be taken together in the sequence shown. You must achieve a minimum “C” (2.0) grade in each Dental Hygiene course to be eligible to continue in the program.
5 - After enrolling in the clinical, you must have a complete physical examination, including TB and Hepatitis carrier tests. It is highly recommended that you talk to your family physician about receiving the hepatitis vaccine before you start the professional course sequence of Dental Hygiene.
6 - You must maintain a current Professional Rescuer CPR certification throughout your enrollment in the Dental Hygiene courses, plus you must maintain your certification to be a licensed Dental Hygienist in the State of Michigan.
7 - In addition to tuition, fees, and textbook costs, you must purchase laboratory coats, clinic shoes, uniform pants, safety glasses, and the Dental Hygiene Instrument Kits (additional costs approximately $2,600).
8 - Student re-entry procedures are printed in the handbook given to all clinical students.
9 - Dental Hygiene students should be taking DH 101 for Dental Anatomy. DA 113 Oral Anatomy & Physiology may be substituted for DH 101 if a "B" (3.0) or higher was achieved in the course.
10 - According to State rules and regulations, licensure may be delayed or denied depending on the history of convictions involving felonies, misdemeanors, and/or involving controlled substances (including traffic violations). Questions dealing with this issue should be directed to the Michigan State Office of Health Services at (517) 335-0918.
11 - Also see "Dual Degrees."
12 - Successful completion of LW 206A, LWA 206B, and LWA 206C meets the Lifelong Wellness graduation requirement.
13 - A grade of "C" (2.0) or better is required in all prerequisite courses.
14 - A minimum grade of "B" (3.0) is required in BIO 140.

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