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Dental Hygienist Associate Degree

Program Code: 105081

As a graduate of the Dental Hygienist program, you can choose to practice as a registered dental hygienist in any of the following settings: private practice, long-term care facility, public school system, or public health department – on a full-time or part-time basis. Dental hygienists perform oral prophylaxis, apply preventative agents, expose radiographs, perform local anesthesia and teach patients oral care. The Dental Hygienist program is accredited by the American Dental Association-Commission on Dental Accreditation.

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Employment Potential

A registered Dental Hygienist may practice dental hygiene in a health department, private practice, long term care facility, or school. Graduates may find employment on a part-time or full-time basis.

With additional education and/or work experience, graduates may find other opportunities for employment.

• Dental Hygiene Instructor
• Public Health Dental Hygienist
• Dental Laboratory Technician
• Dental Sales
• Dental Insurance Review Analyst

Industry Credentials

Prior to licensure as a Registered Dental Hygienist, a student is required to pass the Dental Hygiene National Board Examination and a Regional Practical Exam.

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Requirements for Program Entry

• REQUIREMENTS FOR PROGRAM APPLICATION
• Completed application.
• High school transcript or equivalent. (For a list of equivalents, go to www.nwtc.edu/gettingstarted.)
• REQUIREMENTS FOR PROGRAM ENTRY
• To be admitted to this program, learners must achieve a prior cumulative high school or college grade point average of 3.0 or higher OR a satisfactory academic skills assessment score. College grade point average must be based on 15 credits or more. To learn more about starting this program, please contact an academic advisor at (920) 498-5444 or (888) 385-6982.
• Completion of both Gen A & P AND Microbiology with a "B" or better OR the student will take the Health Educations Systems Inc. (HESI) A2 Exam. The HESI can only be taken after students have met the required program benchmarks. Test topics include Math, Chemistry, Anatomy & Physiology, and Reading. A comprehensive score of 75 is required on the HESI exam in order to be admitted to the program. To learn more about these assessment scores, please contact an admissions specialist at (920) 498-7159 or (888) 385-6982.
• Attend mandatory spring Program Orientation and Welcome Week.
• Complete a dental examination within three months before entering the program.
• Complete an American Heart Association BLS Provider course prior to program entry. Students are required to maintain a current CPR card to comply with affiliating agency requirements.
• Complete caregiver background check. A fee is charged for this service. Additional information will be provided upon acceptance into the program.
• Successful completion of General Anatomy & Physiology and Microbiology with a "B" or higher prior to entering first semester courses.

Program Availability

FULL TIME Spring 2019 Summer 2019 Fall 2019
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Application Checklist

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Curriculum
Students following the study plan below will complete the Dental Hygiene associate degree in the number of semesters shown.
PRE-SEMESTER
10-806-177 GENERAL ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY ...overview of the human anatomy/physiology using a body-systems approach, emphasizing the interrelationships between form/function at the gross and microscopic levels. (Prerequisite: Gen Chemistry w/C or better OR 2 semesters lab-based high school chemistry w/C or better & placement value of 3300; OR Accuplacer Rdg score greater/= to 80; OR ACT Rdg score greater/= to 17; OR prep courses-contact academic advisor at 920-498-5444)
10-806-197 MICROBIOLOGY ...history, morphology, physiology, nutritional growth requirements, metabolism, methods of identification. Focus on disease-causing microorganisms, appropriate prevention, treatment, control mechanisms. Specific/non-specific host defense mechanisms, applications of immunology examined. (Prerequisite: 10-806-177, General Anatomy & Physiology OR 10-806-114, General Biology with a "C" or better. Health programs may require a higher grade; refer to your plan for details)
SEMESTER TOTAL
8
SUMMER SEMESTER
10-890-101 COLLEGE 101 ...Students will utilize digital tools and resources to assess, explore, practice, apply, and evaluate both employability and learning skills. By establishing NWTC cultural values as hallmarks of success in academic, career, and personal settings the course encourages reflective, personalized development of a growth mindset and emphasizes the importance of making wise choices. To maximize the return on investment, students should take this course in their first semester as it identifies key expectations (hidden rules) of higher learning and professional employment.
10-508-101 DENTAL HEALTH SAFETY...prepares dental auxiliary students to respond proactively to dental emergencies, control infection, prevent disease, adhere to OSHA Standards, and safely manage hazardous materials. Students also take patient vital signs and collect patient medical/dental histories. CPR certification is a prerequisite; students will be required to show proof of certification before beginning the course. (Prerequisite: Accepted into the Dental Hygiene or Dental Assistant Programs)
10-806-186 INTRODUCTION TO BIOCHEMISTRY ...covers organic and biological chemistry necessary for application within Nursing and other Allied Health careers. Emphasis is placed on recognizing the structure, physical properties and chemical reactions of organic molecules, body fluids and acids. Discussion of biological functions and their relationship to enzymes, proteins, lipids, carbohydrates and DNA. (Prereq: Gen Chemistry w/C or better OR 2 semesters lab-based high school chemistry w/C or better & placement value of 3300; OR Accuplacer Rdg score greater/equal to 80; OR ACT Rdg score greater/equal to 17; OR prep courses-contact academic advisor at 920-498-5444)
SEMESTER TOTAL
6
FIRST SEMESTER
10-508-102 ORAL ANATOMY, EMBRYOLOGY AND HISTOLOGY...prepares Dental Hygienist students to apply detailed knowledge about oral anatomy to planning, implementation, assessment, and evaluation of patient care. Students identify distinguishing characteristics of normal and abnormal dental, head, and neck anatomy and its relationship to tooth development, eruption and health. (Prerequisites: 10-806-177, General Anatomy & Physiology, 10-508-101, Dental Health Safety)
10-508-105 DENTAL HYGIENE PROCESS 1...introduces Dental Hygiene students to the basic technical/clinical skills required of practicing Dental Hygienists including use of basic dental equipment, examination of patients, and procedures within the dental unit. Under the direct supervision of an instructor, students integrate hands-on skills with entry-level critical thinking and problem-solving skills. The course also reinforces the application of Dental Health Safety skills. (Prerequisites: 10-806-186, Intro to Biochemistry; 10-508-101, Dental Health Safety; Corequisite: 10-508-102, DH-Oral Anatomy, Embry & Histology; 10-508-103, Dental Radiography)
10-801-136 ENGLISH COMPOSITION 1 ...learners develop knowledge/skills in planning, organizing, writing, editing. Students will also analyze audience/purpose, use elements of research, format documents using standard guidelines, and develop critical reading skills. (Prerequisite: Placement value of 1500; OR Accuplacer Rdg score greater/equal to 55 AND Sentence Skills greater/equal to 75; OR ACT Rdg score greater/equal to 16 AND Eng greater/equal to 18; OR preparatory courses-contact academic advisor at 920-498-5444)
10-508-103 DENTAL RADIOGRAPHY APPLICATIONS...prepares dental auxiliary students to operate x-ray units and expose bitewing, periapical, extra oral, and occlusal radiographs. Emphasis is placed on protection against x-ray hazards. Students also process, mount, and evaluate radiographs for diagnostic value. In this course students demonstrate competency on a manikin. In addition, students expose bitewing radiographs on a peer, role-play patient. (Prerequisite: 10-508-101, Dent Health Safety; Corequisite: 10-508-102, Oral Anat & Hist OR 31-508-304, Dental & General Anat)
10-508-107 DENTAL HYGIENE ETHICS & PROFESSIONALISM...helps student dental hygienists develop and apply high professional and ethical standards. Students apply the laws that govern the practice of dental hygiene to their work with patients, other members of a dental team and the community. Emphasis is placed on maintaining confidentiality and obtaining informed consent. Students enhance their ability to present a professional appearance. (Co-requisite: 10-508-105 Dental Hygiene Process 1)
SEMESTER TOTAL
14
SECOND SEMESTER
10-508-109 CARIOLOGY...this course focuses on the characteristics and contributing factors of dental decay. Dental Hygiene students help patients minimize caries risk by developing treatment plans, communicating methods to patients, and evaluating treatment results. (Prerequisites: 10-806-186, Intro to Biochemistry; 10-806-197, Microbiology; Corequisite: 10-508-106, Dental Hygiene Process 2; 10-508-110, Nutrition and Dental Health)
10-508-106 DENTAL HYGIENE PROCESS 2...this clinical course builds on and expands the technical/clinical skills student dental hygienists began developing in Dental Hygiene Process I. Under the direct supervision of an instructor, students apply patient care assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation skills to provide comprehensive care for perio case type 0, I, and II patients. (Prerequisite: 10-508-103, Dental Radiography; 10-508-105, DH-Dental Hygiene Process 1)
10-508-108 PERIODONTOLOGY...this course prepares student dental hygienists to assess the periodontal health of patients, plan prevention and treatment of periodontal disease, and to evaluate the effectiveness of periodontal treatment plans. Emphasis is placed on the recognition of the signs and causes of periodontal disease and on selection of treatments modalities that minimize risk and restore periodontal health. (Prerequisites: 10-806-197, Microbiology; 10-806-186, Intro to Biochemistry; 10-508-102, Oral Anatomy, Embryology & Histology; 10-508-103, Dental Radiography; Corequisites: 10-508-111, General & Oral Pathology; 10-508-106, Dental Hygiene Process 2)
10-508-111 GENERAL & ORAL PATHOLOGY...this course prepares the student dental hygienist to determine when to consult, treat or refer clients with various disease, infection or physiological conditions. Students learn to recognize the signs, causes, and implications of common pathological conditions including inflammatory responses, immune disorders, genetic disorders, developmental disorders of tissues and cysts, oral tissue trauma, and neoplasm of the oral cavity. (Prerequisites: 10-508-102, Oral Anatomy, Embryology & Histology; 10-508-103, Dental Radiography; Corequisites: 10-508-106, Dental Hygiene Process 2; 10-508-108, Periodontology)
10-508-110 NUTRITION AND DENTAL HEALTH...prepares student dental hygienists to counsel patients about diet and its impact on oral health. Students learn to distinguish between balanced and unbalanced diets and to construct diets that meet the needs of patients with compromised dental/oral health. Students also learn to counsel patients about the effect of eating disorders on dental health. (Prerequisite: 10-806-186, Intro to Biochemistry; Corequisite: 10-508-109, Cariology)
SEMESTER TOTAL
13
THIRD SEMESTER
10-508-112 DENTAL HYGIENE PROCESS 3...this clinical course builds on and expands the technical/clinical skills student dental hygienists developed in Dental Hygiene Process 2. In consultation with the instructor, students apply independent problem-solving skills in the course of providing comprehensive care case type 0, I, II, and III patients. This course also introduces root detoxification using hand and ultra-sonic instruments, laser bacterial reduction, selection of dental implant prophylaxis treatment options, and administration of chemotherapeutic agents. Students also create care plans in order to accommodate patients with special needs. (Prerequisites: 10-508-106, Dental Hygiene Process 2; 10-508-108, Periodontology; 10-508-109, Cariology; 10-508-110, Nutrition & Dental Health)
10-508-113 DENTAL MATERIALS...prepares dental auxiliary students to handle and prepare dental materials such as liners, bases, cements, amalgam, resin restorative materials, gypsum products, and impression materials. They also learn to take alginate impressions on manikins and clean removable appliances. (Prerequisites: 10-508-101, Dental Health Safety; 31-508-304, Dental & General Anatomy OR 10-508-102, Oral Anatomy, Embry, Histology)
10-508-114 DENTAL PHARMACOLOGY...prepares student dental hygienists to select safe and effective patient premedication, local anesthetic, chemo therapeutic and anti-microbial agents within the scope of dental hygiene practice. Students will also learn to recognize potential pharmacological contraindications for specific patients and to take measures to avoid negative impact or alert other members of the dental team to possible negative impact. (Prerequisites:10-806-186, Intro to Biochemistry; 10-806-197, Microbiology; Corequiste: 10-508-112, Dental Hygiene Process 3)
10-508-115 COMMUNITY DENTAL HEALTH...this course prepares the Dental Hygienist student to play a proactive role in improving the dental health of community members of all ages. Students perform and interpret dental health research to determine community dental health needs, they also participate in the development, implementation and evaluation of a community dental health program. (Corequisite: 10-508-112, Dental Hygiene Process 3)
10-801-196 ORAL/INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION ...the communication process, perception and self-concept, language, listening, nonverbal communication, interpersonal relationships, communication in groups and public communication; prepare and deliver an oral presentation. (Prerequisite: A placement value of 1400; OR Accuplacer Rdg score greater/equal to 55 AND Sentence Skills score greater/equal to 60; OR ACT Rdg score greater/equal to 16 AND English score greater/equal to 16; OR preparatory course-contact an academic advisor at 920-498-5444)
10-809-198 INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY ...survey of theoretical foundations of human behavior such as sensation and perception, motivation, emotions, learning, personality, psychological disorders, therapy, stress, and human diversity in personal, social and vocational settings. (Prerequisite: Cumulative GPA of 2.6 or greater OR satisfactory reading and writing assessment scores OR 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR Corequisite: 10-831-102, English Comp Prep)
SEMESTER TOTAL
17
FOURTH SEMESTER
10-508-118 DENTAL PAIN MANAGEMENT...this course prepares the student dental hygienist to work within the scope of dental hygiene practice to manage pain for dental patients. Students learn to prevent and manage common emergencies related to administration of local anesthesia, prepare the armamentarium, and administer local anesthesia. The course also addresses the recommendation of alternative pain control measures. (Prerequisites: 10-508-102, Oral Anatomy, Embryology & Histology; 10-508-114, Dental Pharmacology; 10-508-112, Dental Hygiene Process 3)
10-508-117 DENTAL HYGIENE PROCESS 4...this clinical course builds on and expands the technical/clinical skills student dental hygienists developed in Dental Hygiene Process III. With feedback from the instructor, students manage all aspects of cases in the course of providing comprehensive care for perio case type 0 I, II, and III patients. Emphasizes maximization of clinical efficiency and effectiveness. Prepares student dental hygienists to demonstrate their clinical skills in a formal examination situation. (Prerequisite: 10-508-112, Dental Hygiene Process 3; Corequisite: 10-508-116, Dental Pain Management)
10-809-172 INTRO TO DIVERSITY STUDIES...basic American values of justice and equality by teaching vocabulary, history of immigration/conquest, transcultural communication, legal liability, multicultural majority/minority relations, ageism, sexism, gender, sexual orientation, the disabled/ADA. (Prerequisite: A placement value of 6200; OR Accuplacer Rdg score greater/equal to 55 AND Sentence Skills greater/equal to 60; OR ACT Rdg score greater/equal to 16 AND English greater/equal to 15; OR prep courses-contact academic advisor at 920-498-5444)
10-809-196 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY ...the nature and variety of groups; inequality, race and ethnicity; family, population, social integration, and change; collective behavior; politics, economics, religion, education, and the effects of technology. (Prerequisite: A placement value of 6200; OR Accuplacer Rdg score greater/equal to 55 AND Sentence Skills greater/equal to 60; OR ACT Rdg score greater/equal to 16 AND English greater/equal to 15; OR prep courses-contact academic advisor at 920-498-5444)
0-508-135 DH-DENTAL CAREER TRANSITION ...this course focuses on Dental Hygiene students' transition into the work world. Emphasis will be placed on preparing resumes, job interviewing and exploring alternative career pathways. In addition, students will be taught the role hygienists play in various dental specialties.
SEMESTER TOTAL
13
TOTAL CREDITS
71
Curriculum Note
. Students must earn a "C" or higher in all 10-508-XXX courses. A student who withdraws or receives a grade lower than a "C" in a program course may apply for re-entry into the program. Consideration for re-entry will be at the discretion of the re-entry team.
. Students must earn a "B" or higher in General Anatomy & Physiology, Intro to Biochemistry, and Microbiology. A student who withdraws or receives a grade lower than a "B" in these courses may apply for re-entry into the program. Consideration for re-entry will be at the discretion of the re-entry team.
. The credit for 10-890-101, College 101, is an institutional requirement for graduation. Consequently, it is not part of the program credit requirements.
Although not required, it is recommended all dental hygiene students take Dental Hygiene Summer Clinic, 10508185 between their first and second year in the program.

Program Outcomes

• Model dental hygiene professional code of ethics.
• Counsel clients/patients to reduce health risks.
• Provide community oral health services in a variety of settings.
• Manage infection and hazard control.
• Assess data on all aspects of patient/client health using methods consistent with dental hygienist scope of practice and legal principles.
• Formulate a comprehensive dental hygiene care plan in collaboration with the client and other health professionals.
• Provide preventive and therapeutic services that promote oral health according to the needs of the patient/client.
• Evaluate the effectiveness of the implemented client/patient dental hygiene care plan.

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Accreditation

The Dental Hygienist program is accredited by the American Dental Association - Commission on Dental Accreditation
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Clinical Experience

• Students will be required to purchase a uniform, instruments, and cover any other expenses (including travel) related to clinical experiences.
• Students will be required to submit immunization documentation. A fee is charged for this service. Additional information will be provided upon acceptance into the program.

Industry Credentials

Prior to licensure as a Registered Dental Hygienist, a student is required to pass the Dental Hygiene National Board Examination and a Regional Practical Exam.

Study Abroad Opportunities

The International Programs staff continually seeks opportunities for students to travel abroad for educational experiences that may be offered in association with program courses. To find out more about which of your program courses may offer an opportunity during this academic year, contact your academic advisor or visit nwtc.edu/studyabroad.

Wisconsin Caregiver Law

NWTC is required to comply with the Wisconsin Caregiver Law (1997 WISCONSIN ACT 27). The completion of a caregiver background check includes the review of criminal records for convictions of serious crimes or a history of improper behavior. Students accepted into this program must complete a background check through www.castlebranch.com AND complete a Background Information Disclosure (BID) form disclosing any acts, crimes, or convictions prior to program entry. The information provided in the BID form must be truthful and match any findings on the criminal record check. Information regarding this process is provided to students immediately upon acceptance into the program. Students with a criminal history may be denied access to placement at the discretion of the clinical or practicum site. Consequently, should a student have a history of convictions of serious crimes or a history of improper behaviors, NWTC cannot guarantee clinical/practicum placement or guarantee graduation within typical program timing.

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Due to high demand, this program is not currently accepting applications. For more information, call 920-498-5444 to talk to an Admissions representative.  

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