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Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation
Dental Hygiene
Major: 3831
First Term: 2010 Fall    Final Term: Current
Award: AAS
Total Credits: 98-102.5
CIPS Code: 51.0602
Initiating College: Phoenix College
Program Availability: Shared by: MC, PC, RS
Occupational Area: Health Science / Dental
Instructional Council: Allied Health (51)
GPA: 2.00

Detailed Program Information


Description: The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree in Dental Hygiene prepares students to practice entry-level dental hygiene. Dental hygiene students will provide preventive and therapeutic services, and will develop a commitment to the community through extramural opportunities serving diverse populations. The program is a blend of academic and clinical coursework that requires attention to detail and motivation to complete tasks on a timeline. Graduates are employed in private dental offices, hospitals, schools, and clinics within their community.
The Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association (211 E. Chicago Ave., Chicago, Ill. 60611-2678 (312) 440-4653) grants accreditation to the Phoenix College, Rio Salado, and Mesa programs. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. Graduates are eligible for board examinations and licensure in all fifty states.
Applicants who are accepted and enroll in a MCCCD Dental Hygiene program will be exposed to blood-borne and infectious diseases. The program strictly adheres to established policies and procedures regarding infection control as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American Dental Association, The Organization for Safety and Asepsis Procedures, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Program Notes:
Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses that will be applied toward the degree.
All General Education requirements are met by program prerequisites as indicated.
Students should consult with an advisor in selecting courses to meet the General Education areas.
+ indicates course has prerequisites and/or corequisites.

Admission Criteria:
A high school diploma or GED equivalency is required.
Ability to fully participate in classroom, laboratory, or clinical setting program activities.
Submit current CPR card for Health Care Provider and maintain current status throughout the program.
Complete and submit the required proof of immunity and health declaration form signed by a licensed health care provider.
Submit to a drug screening and demonstrate negative results.
Submit current Level One Fingerprint Clearance Card.
Completion of program prerequisites.
Formal application and admission to the program is required.

Program Prerequisites
 Credits: 40-44.5
The credit hour ranges are subject to change depending on the students' educational experiences. Students must select one of the following two options.
Option 1:Credits: 40
 Biology courses (BIO156 and BIO181) and HCC course (HCC109) may be waived by the Program Director for the student who has one year of high school biology and the current CPR certification at the health care provider or professional rescuer level.
+BIO156Introductory Biology for Allied Health (4) OR 
+BIO181General Biology (Majors) (4) OR 
  One year of high school biology4
+BIO202Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
+BIO205Microbiology4
+CHM138Chemistry for Allied Health3
+CHM138LLChemistry for Allied Health Laboratory1
 EMT/HCC/RES109CPR for Health Care Provider OR 
  Current CPR certification at the health care provider Professional rescuer level0.5
General Education RequirementsCredits: 28
CORE:Credits: 15
First Year Composition
+Any approved general education courses in the First Year Composition area.6
Oral Communication
 Any approved General Education course in the Oral Communication area.3
Critical Reading
+CRE101College Critical Reading (3) OR 
  Equivalent as indicated by assessment3
Mathematics
+MAT102Mathematical Concepts/Applications OR 
  Equivalent course OR 
  Satisfactory completion of a higher-level mathematics course3
DISTRIBUTION:Credits: 13
Humanities and Fine Arts
 Any approved General Education course in the Humanities and Fine Arts area.3
Natural Sciences
+BIO201Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
Social and Behavioral Sciences
 PSY101Introduction to Psychology (3) AND 
 SOC101Introduction to Sociology (3)6
 OR
 
Option 2:Credits: 44.5
+BIO156Introductory Biology for Allied Health (4) OR 
+BIO181General Biology (Majors) (4) OR 
  One year of high school biology4
+BIO202Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
+BIO205Microbiology4
+CHM138Chemistry for Allied Health3
+CHM138LLChemistry for Allied Health Laboratory1
 EMT/HCC/RES109CPR for Health Care Provider OR 
  Current CPR certification at the health care provider Professional rescuer level0.5
General Education RequirementsCredits: 28
CORE:Credits: 15
First Year Composition
+Any approved general education courses in the First Year Composition area.6
Oral Communication
 Any approved General Education course in the Oral Communication area.3
Critical Reading
+CRE101College Critical Reading (3) OR 
  Equivalent as indicated by assessment3
Mathematics
+MAT102Mathematical Concepts/Applications OR 
  Equivalent course OR 
  Satisfactory completion of a higher level mathematics course3
DISTRIBUTIONCredits: 13
Humanities and Fine Arts
 Any approved General Education course in the Humanities and Fine Arts area.3
Natural Sciences
 BIO201Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
Social and Behavioral Sciences
 PSY101Introduction to Psychology (3) AND 
 SOC101Introduction to Sociology (3)6
 
Required Courses
 Credits: 58
+DHE110Pharmacology3
+DHE112Oral Pathology3
+DHE115Emergency Medicine2
+DHE117Dental Radiography2
+DHE119Head and Neck Anatomy3
+DHE120Pre-Clinical Dental Hygiene6
+DHE121Dental Anatomy, Embryology and Histology2
+DHE125Dental Radiography Laboratory1
+DHE127Prevention of Dental Disease3
+DHE132Dental Hygiene Theory I3
+DHE133Dental Hygiene Clinic I3
+DHE201Dental Materials2
+DHE202Dental Materials Laboratory1
+DHE212Dental Hygiene Theory I2
+DHE213Dental Hygiene Clinic II5
+DHE219Practice Management2
+DHE225Periodontics3
+DHE227Dental Anesthesia2
+DHE229Community Oral Health3
+DHE232Dental Hygiene Theory III2
+DHE233Dental Hygiene Clinic III5
 
General Education Requirements
 
General Education RequirementCredits:
 
General Education CoreCredits:
 
First-Year CompositionCredits: 0
 Met by Any approved First Year Composition courses in the Program Prerequisites area.0
 
Oral CommunicationCredits: 0
 Met by Any approved general education course in the in the Program Prerequisites area.0
 
Critical ReadingCredits: 0
 Met by CRE101 College Critical Reading (3) OR 
 Equivalent as indicated by assessment in Program Prerequisites area.0
 
MathematicsCredits: 0
 Met by MAT102 Mathematical Concepts/Applications OR 
 Equivalent course OR 
 Satisfactory completion of a higher level mathematics course in Program Prerequisites area.0
 
Humanities and Fine ArtsCredits: 0
 Met by Any approved general education course in the Humanities and Fine Arts area in the Program Prerequisites area.0
 
Social and Behavioral SciencesCredits: 0
 Met by PSY101 Introduction to Psychology (3) AND 
 SOC101 Introduction to Sociology (3) in the Program Prerequisites area.0
 
Natural SciencesCredits: 0
 Met by BIO201 Human Anatomy and Physiology I in the Program Prerequisites area.0
 

Program Competencies
 
1.Apply effective communication skills with clients, families, and health-care team members. (DHE115, DHE120, DHE127, DHE133, DHE212, DHE213, DHE219, DHE233)
2.Practice ethical standards of behavior as accepted by health care professionals. (DHE110, DHE112, DHE120, DHE117, DHE132, DHE133, DHE213, DHE219, DHE227, DHE229, DHE233)
3.Apply highest standards of infection control and safety to protect the client and operator. (DHE120, DHE117, DHE125, DHE133, DHE201, DHE202, DHE213, DHE227, DHE233)
4.Operate and maintain all dental equipment. (DHE120, DHE117, DHE125, DHE132, DHE133, DHE202)
5.Expose and interpret diagnostic radiographs. (DHE117, DHE125, DHE133)
6.Assess the health of the client by integrating data from the medicodental history, vital signs, oral cancer examination, radiographs, and classification, condition and function of the teeth and periodontium. (DHE110, DHE112, DHE115, DHE120, DHE121, DHE125, DHE127, DHE132, DHE133, DHE201, DHE227, DHE229)
7.Plan, present and receive client consent for an individualized dental hygiene treatment plan, based upon the assessment data, including referral to appropriate health care professionals. (DHE115, DHE120, DHE127, DHE132, DHE133, DHE212, DHE213, DHE225, DHE227, DHE229, DHE232, DHE233)
8.Practice comprehensive dental hygiene therapy including periodontal debridement, administration of pain control agents, oral irrigation, curettage, root planing, application of sealants and caries preventive agents to assist the client on achieving optimal health. (DHE119, DHE120, DHE121, DHE127, DHE132, DHE133, DHE201, DHE202, DHE212, DHE213, DHE225, DHE227, DHE229, DHE232, DHE233)
9.Involve the client in treatment to include dietary choices, oral hygiene techniques, tobacco cessation techniques, home-applied fluorides and anti-microbial agents. (DHE120, DHE127, DHE132, DHE133)
10.Evaluate the outcome of dental hygiene therapy during active and maintenance treatment phases and refer to appropriate health care providers to attain and maintain optimal health. (DHE127, DHE132, DHE133, DHE219, DHE225, DHE229, DHE233)
11.Practice as a team member in all professional settings. (DHE115, DHE120, DHE127, DHE133, DHE202, DHE219, DHE229)
12.Apply technology as a learning source and for information management. (DHE110, DHE112, DAE117, DHE127, DHE132, DHE133, DHE212, DHE213, DHE219, DHE225, DHE229, DHE232, DHE233)
13.Provide services addressing the oral health needs of a racially and culturally diverse community. (DHE133, DHE213, DHE229, DHE232, DHE233)
14.Describe the legal and ethical requirements for continued competence in dental hygiene. (DHE120, DHE127, DHE132, DHE219)
 


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