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Dental Hygiene - Associate in Applied Science

Program Code: AAS.20515

As a graduate of the Delta College Dental Hygiene program, the student will have the knowledge and skills to provide preventive and periodontal treatment The responsibilities of a registered dental hygienist generally include: scaling and root debridement, delivery of local anesthesia, nitrous oxide sedation, topical fluoride, antibiotic and antimicrobial medicament placement, impressions, diagnostic models, dental radiographs, dental education, nutritional counseling, and various laboratory procedures. The treatments and services are prescribed under the supervision of the dentist.

The Dental Hygiene program at Delta College is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association (CODA). CODA is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education.

Upon successfully completing the CODA accredited Dental Hygiene program at Delta College, the student will be eligible to take the National, Regional and State Board Examinations for Dental Hygiene licensure.

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 - For students considering the dental hygiene program it is highly recommended to schedule an appointment with a Health and Wellness Counselor/Advisor. This will be an opportunity to review the dental hygiene prerequisites, discuss the student's career choice, and possible transfer opportunities prior to starting the dental hygiene prerequisites.
2 - Every Fall semester a maximum of 20 students will be accepted into the dental hygiene program.
3 - Dental hygiene prerequisite qualifications are: a) high school graduate or GED equivalent; b) admission to Delta College; c) submission of complete transcripts from high school and other colleges attended to Delta College; d) successful completion of prerequisite courses; e) upon succesful completion of the dental hygiene prerequisite courses the student must follow the validation procedures as outlined in Health Program procedures of this catalog.
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 dental hygiene program, the student must have a complete physical examination, including TB and Hepatitis carrier tests. It is highly recommended that the student talk to the family physician about receiving the hepatitis vaccine before the student starts the dental hygiene program.
6 - The student must maintain a current Professional Rescuer CPR certification throughout the dental hygiene program. In the state of Michigan the registered dental hygienist must always have a current CPR Professional Rescuer certification.
7 - In addition to tuition, fees, and textbook costs, the student must purchase laboratory coats, clinic shoes, scrubs, safety glasses, dental hygiene instrument kits, board examination fees, board review fees, and additional miscellaneous purchases. Please see the dental hygiene handbook for detailed information regarding the additional fees per semester.
8 - Student re-entry procedures are printed in the handbook given to all dental hygiene program students.
9 - Dental hygiene students are required to successfully complete DH 101 for Dental Anatomy. However, 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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