Dental Hygiene Degree (DHY) (selective—day only)

The registered dental hygienist is the member of the dental health care team who provides preventive oral health care services including oral prophylaxis, dental health education, dental x-rays, nutritional counseling, dental sealants, preliminary examinations, and other preventive measures in dentistry. Students will take the National Dental Hygiene Board Examination and the Northeast Regional Board Exam at the successful completion of the Dental Hygiene program. The program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation, which is a specialized accreditation body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at 312-440-4653 or 211 East Chicago Ave., Chicago, Illinois.

Number                  Suggested Course Order                                         Cr                       Semester         Grade    Prerequisites/Notes
Year 1
ENG101 English Composition I

3

    ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement
BIO199 Anatomy and Physiology I

4

    BiO099, ENG098, FYE101, MAT096, RDG098, or placement
BIO204 Anatomy and  Physiology II

4

    BIO099, ENG098, FYE101, MAT096, RDG098,

or placement

BIO205 Microbiology

4

    ENG098, FYE101, MAT096, RDG098, or placement; BIO099 (or placement), BIO109, BIO199 (formerly BIO203), or BIO115 with grade of C or better

Note: Recommended completion prior to program application

DHY101 Anatomic Science for the Dental

Hygienist I

3

     

Admission into the Dental Hygiene Program; current CPR certification;  BIO101, 199, 204; MAT126; ENG101

Note: BIO205; DHY101, 102, 103 must be taken concurrently

DHY102 Dental Hygiene Process of Care I

5

   
DHY103 Dental Radiology

3

   
DHY105 Anatomic Science for the Dental Hygienist II

3

     

BIO205, DHY101, 102, 103

Notes: DHY105,106,107,108 must be taken concurrently

DHY106 Dental Materials

3

   
DHY107 Periodontology

3

   
DHY108 Dental Hygiene Process of Care II

6

   
Summer
BIO101 Introduction to Nutrition

3

    ENG098, FYE101, MAT092, RDG098, or placement
DHY205 Pain Control

3

    DHY106, DHY107, DHY108

Co-requisite: ENG102

ENG102 English Composition II

 

3

    Prerequisite: ENG101

Note: Recommended completion prior to program application

Year 2
PSY105 Introduction to Psychology

3

    ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement

Note: Recommended completion prior to program application

DHY201 Oral Pathology

2

    DHY105, DHY106, DHY107, DHY108, DHY205, ENG102

Note:  DHY201, 202, 203, PSY105 must be taken concurrently

DHY202 Pharmacology for the Dental Hygienist

3

   
DHY203 Dental Hygiene Process of Care III

5

   
  Business Elective

3

    ACC, BUS, CIS, ECO, FIN, MAS, MGT, MKT, PLS

Note: Recommended completion prior to program application

DHY209 Community Oral Health

4

    DHY201, 202, 203, 205;

Note: DHY206, 207, 208; SOC103  must be taken concurrently

DHY207 Dental Hygiene Process of Care IV

5

   
DHY208 Dental Ethics and Professional Issues

2

   
SOC103 Introduction to Sociology

3

    ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement

Note: Recommended completion prior to program application

Humanities Elective

3

    ART, ASL, DAN, ENG, FRE, HUM, MUS, PHL, SPA, SPC, THE

Note: Recommended completion prior to program application

                                                                                           Total: credits 83

Campus/format: A majority of this program is selective and can be completed during the day at the Fitchburg Campus; however, many non-dental hygiene courses can be completed at other campuses during both days and evenings.

Application deadline: The application deadline is February 1. This selective enrollment program requires additional application components. The selection process is competitive and space is limited.

Requirements for consideration: Applicants must meet certain academic standards. See page 17 of the college catalog for specific details or refer to the program application available on the MWCC website or through the admissions office. Prior to admission, prerequisite courses needed are: MAT126 or higher (not MAT140); ENG101, BIO101, BIO199, and BIO204.

Helpful hints: Because of an extensive classroom/clinical commitment, students are encouraged to complete some of the general education requirements prior to beginning dental hygiene courses.

Transfer options: Transfer agreements are currently being developed for a bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene.  For a complete list of transfer agreement options visit MWCC’s transfer services website: http://transfer.mwcc.edu and www.mwcc.edu/3plusone.

Special requirements: Applicants must meet all requirements for consideration before entering the program. Students must meet technical standards and additional requirements including immunizations, CPR certification, liability insurance, and a Criminal/Sexual Offender Records Information (CORI/SORI) check (see page 18 of the college catalog). All BIO, MAT (prerequisite) and DHY courses require a minimum grade of C+ or better to be eligible for promotion to the next level. Also, BIO101, 199, 204, and 205 credits cannot be more than five years old.

Career options: Registered dental hygienists can work in private practice, hospitals, clinics, health departments, schools, sales, or research. They can also pursue careers as educators employed at dental hygiene and dental schools.

Earning potential: $65,000-$70,000 per year based on full time employment.

Program Competencies for DHY

Upon graduation from this program students shall have demonstrated the ability to:

  • Communicate effectively and accurately through oral, written and electronic means.
  • Demonstrate the application of theory to practice in achieving optimal patient care.
  • Use methods of scientific investigation in developing a comprehensive plan of care.
  • Implement comprehensive education plans that promote health and identify risk behaviors in individuals and groups of patients for both community and clinic settings.
  • Practice within the legal, ethical and regulatory framework of dental hygiene in accordance with the standards set by the State Practice Act and Code of Ethics for Dental Hygienists.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to the dental hygiene profession through assuming responsibility for lifelong learning and professional growth.

Technical Standards for DHY and DAC

* For general information about technical standards and accommodation, see page 68.

Students entering these programs must be able to have/demonstrate the ability to:

  • Comprehend textbook material at the 11th grade level.
  • Communicate and assimilate information in either printed, signed or computer voice format.
  • Gather, analyze, and draw conclusions from data.
  • Have the visual acuity with corrective lenses to identify changes in oral tissues.
  • Discern changes in color, texture and shape of tissues. Ability to differentiate among subtle shades of gray as seen on radiographs.
  • Have sufficient physical ability to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation in the handling of a medical emergency.
  • Have sufficient communication (oral and/or written) ability to question the patient about his/her medical condition and to relay information about the patient to others in English.
  • Have sufficient manual dexterity with two hands to manipulate instruments with precision and control in the oral cavity without causing damage to tissues. This skill may not be fully evaluated until the preclinical portion of the curriculum.
  • Have a sense of touch that allows for assessment and palpation of oral tissues.
  • Sit for prolonged (up to four hours) periods of time.
  • Operate and manipulate mechanical equipment, e.g.: dials, switches, push buttons, syringes, and blood pressure measurement devices.
  • Pick up items of very small (2mm in width, 21 mm in length minimum) and varying diameters.
  • Use upper body movements (up to five feet) to grasp, push/pull, reach overhead equipment, and to rotate and reach laterally.
  • Lift, carry, and move equipment and supplies up to 10 pounds.
  • Wear protective equipment such as gloves, face masks, face shields, and protective eye wear.