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Dental Hygiene

Dental Hygiene Program Description

NOTICE: The application deadline for Autumn 2019 will be June 21, 2019.

Students who complete the two academic years of full-time instruction in the Dental Hygiene Program will receive an Associate of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene. Graduates of the program will be eligible to take the National and Regional board exams and state laws exam to become a Registered Dental Hygienist.

The curriculum content includes courses and material in the following four areas: General Education, Biomedical Sciences, Dental Sciences, and Dental Hygiene Sciences. Courses provide a thorough background in oral structure development and disease prevention, progression, and treatment.

The program emphasizes professional and ethical interactions with patients and other health professionals. Effective communication skills are gained through patient interaction and instructional methods within courses.

Students interested in the Dental Hygiene Program are encouraged to enroll at Hocking College in the Associate of Science degree. Upon completion of program application requirements, students will be eligible to become Dental Hygiene majors. Application to the Dental Hygiene program will be an additional process.

The Hocking College Dental Hygiene Clinic is located at the Perry Campus in New Lexington, Ohio.

Hocking College offers all-inclusive pricing and works with students to assure they have complete college funding, including financial aid, before they start classes. Please reference the course curriculum tab for program costs.

All-inclusive pricing includes the following:

PER SEMESTER

$300......Learning Fee

$20........Health Center Services

$75........Career Center Services

OPTIONAL

$53......Parking

$275....Smart Start*

Pricing for housing and meal plans can be found here.

*Recommended for all first-year college students.

A Career in Dental Hygiene Provides a Sparkling Opportunity

The demand for dental services will increase as the population ages and as research continues to link oral health to overall health.

Employment of dental hygienists is projected to grow 20% from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations.

Students interested in the dental hygiene program should be able to meet the following performance requirements:

  • Professional Attitude
  • Ability to visually identify color changes in oral tissues
  • Ability to hear & understand a normal speaking voice without seeing the speaker’s face
  • Physical ability to sit for prolonged periods of time
  • Perform repetitive wrist motions
  • Manual dexterity
  • Maneuver in limited spaces
  • Written and verbal communication skills
  • Computer skills

Additional costs for the program will include scrubs and fees for board exams. Total costs for the NBDHE and CSCE boards is approximately $1,600.00, subject to change by the testing organizations.

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The following outcomes are skills, behaviors and attitudes cultivated in students seeking the Associate of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene. Upon successful completion of the Dental Hygiene Program, the graduate will be able to:

  • Apply theoretical principles and perform procedures relevant to the dental hygiene practice, routinely self-assessing performance abilities to ensure a high standard of care.
  • Determine the need and extent of patient-centered treatment utilizing critical thinking skills, including radiographic exposure, routine preventative procedures, periodontal therapy procedures, referral for additional assessment and/or treatment, response to medical/dental emergencies, and all other treatment needs.
  • Utilize the dental hygiene process of care in the prevention and/or treatment of oral diseases: assessment, dental hygiene diagnosis, planning, implementation, evaluation, and documentation.
  • Apply oral health literacy utilizing analysis of current research literature to provide oral and overall health promotion to individual patients and the community using evidence-based information.
  • Utilize standard precautions for infection control during all phases of appointment planning, patient interaction, and treatment.
  • Discern and manage ethical issues (using Dental Hygiene Code of Ethics and federal and state laws), exercise sound clinical judgment, and collaborate with diverse populations of professionals and patients.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) are statements of what a student will be able to do when they have completed a program. They represent the knowledge and skills a program has determined are most important for students to gain from that program and include both the Success Skills (institutional outcomes) and Program Outcomes. SLOs are specific and measurable so the program can accurately assess the degree to which students have achieved each outcome, and they align with college and institution mission and values. Data on the achievement of SLOs is used to make improvements in the program and increase student success. 

Success Skills

  • CE - Communicates Effectively
  • PA - Maintains Professional Skills and Attitudes
  • CT - Demonstrates Learning Critical Thinking, and Problem Solving Skills
  • ET - Maintains a Code of Ethics
  • HR - Practices Human Relations Skills
  • MS - Demonstrates Math Skills
  • GA - Demonstrates Community, Cultural and Global Awareness
  • IT - Implements Career-Appropriate Technology

To learn more about each of these, click here.

Program Outcomes

The following outcomes are skills, behaviors and attitudes cultivated in students seeking the Associate of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene. Upon successful completion of the Dental Hygiene Program, the graduate will be able to:

  • Apply theoretical principles and perform procedures relevant to the dental hygiene practice, routinely self-assessing performance abilities to ensure a high standard of care.
  • Determine the need and extent of patient-centered treatment utilizing critical thinking skills, including radiographic exposure, routine preventative procedures, periodontal therapy procedures, referral for additional assessment and/or treatment, response to medical/dental emergencies, and all other treatment needs.
  • Utilize the dental hygiene process of care in the prevention and/or treatment of oral diseases: assessment, dental hygiene diagnosis, planning, implementation, evaluation, and documentation.
  • Apply oral health literacy utilizing analysis of current research literature to provide oral and overall health promotion to individual patients and the community using evidence-based information.
  • Utilize standard precautions for infection control during all phases of appointment planning, patient interaction, and treatment.
  • Discern and manage ethical issues (using Dental Hygiene Code of Ethics and federal and state laws), exercise sound clinical judgment, and collaborate with diverse populations of professionals and patients.

UPCOMING TESTING DATES:

  • May 13 (PM)  May 15 (AM) • May 17 (PM) • May 21 (AM) • May 23 (PM) • May 28 (AM) • May 31 (AM)

  • June 3 (AM & PM) • June 4 (AM & PM) • June 5 (AM & PM) • June 6 (AM & PM) • June 7 (AM & PM)

    The last date to take the TEAS entrance exam for Autumn 2019 dental hygiene application is June 7, 2019. The morning testing sessions are from 8AM - 12PM and the afternoon sessions are from 12PM - 4PM. Only 8 seats are available per session.

TEAS Entrance Exam

The ATI TEAS has four content areas (Reading, Mathematics, Science, and English and Language Usage) each of which is comprised of several sub-content areas (e.g., Key Ideas and Details, Craft and Structure). Adjusted percent correct scores that range from 0.0% to 100% are provided for each of the content areas. These scores are equated scores, meaning they are adjusted to account for possible differences in difficulty across questions. The percentage of questions answered correctly in each sub-content area is also provided. A total score is also provided and indicates one’s overall preparedness for early success in a health sciences program. The total score is an adjusted percent correct score which ranges from 0.0% to 100%. It is an equated score generated by the information from the entire set of 150 scored questions.

Registration for the TEAS Exam is done at www.atitesting.com/teas

A total of three (3) attempts are allowed on the TEAS entrance exam as part of the dental hygiene application. The student will register and pay for each attempt.

The TEAS Exam must be taken at the Hocking College testing center on the main campus in Nelsonville, OH. The testing center is located on the first floor of Davidson Hall. Make sure to select ‘Hocking College AH’ as your institution when setting up an account. The testing schedule allows for four (4) hours to complete the exam. 

How to Register for the TEAS Assessment

Create a New Account

If you are not a current user on www.atitesting.com, you must create a new account to access the student portal or to make a purchase from ATI's online store. 

When prompted to select an institution, HOCKING COLLEGE AH must be selected. TEAS exams taken at other locations are not transferred or accepted as part of this requirement for application to the dental hygiene program.

Sign Into Your Account

From the atitesting.com home page enter your Username and Password and click GO to launch the Student Home page.

Register for a TEAS Session

From the Student Home page, click Online Store in the upper right corner. The ATI Store page displays. In the Register for column, click TEAS®. The Registration page displays.

Go to STEP 2: Register for a TEAS Session to continue.

Select a Program Type, based on your anticipated area of study:

  • TEAS for Nursing Students
  • TEAS for Allied Health

From the Country, State and City lists, select the location where you want to sit for the assessment and then click Next. The Browse Sessions page displays.

Click the Register button associated with the session for which you are registering.

After you click Register, this window displays: Click Yes to continue. Your Shopping Cart displays.

Review the information on the screen. If all the information is correct and you do not want to purchase additional items, click Check Out.

Check Out and Pay

Enter/confirm your mailing address and provide any additional information and then click Proceed to Payment Details. The Secure Checkout: Payment Details screen displays.

After you click Submit Order, your Customer Receipt displays. Your receipt includes any additional instructions for your assessment. Your receipt will also be emailed to you to the email address listed in your profile.

Download the Step-By-Step Guide on How to Register for Your TEAS Assessment

NOTICE: The application deadline for Autumn 2019 will be June 21, 2019.


Dental Hygiene Program Application

Thank you for your interest in the Hocking College Dental Hygiene Program. The dental hygiene education curriculum is scientifically oriented, rigorous, and intensive. Total enrollment is based on facility capacity and specific program admissions criteria. These procedures are necessary to ensure that the students selected have the potential for successfully completing the program. 

PLEASE BE SURE TO READ ALL INFORMATION IN THIS PACKET TO ENSURE YOU SUBMIT A COMPLETE APPLICATION. THE DENTAL HYGIENE PROGRAM WILL NOT CONSIDER AN INCOMPLETE APPLICATION. IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE APPLICANT TO ENSURE THE APPLICATION IS COMPLETE. 

Admission to the dental hygiene program is selective and competitive. Selection is based on a formula of specific criteria. The twenty (20) highest ranking candidates will be offered program admission. 

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

In order to accomplish the objectives of the dental hygiene program, students must be able to meet the following performance requirements:

  • Professional Attitude: It is important for a dental hygienist to interact professionally with patients, coworkers, employers, and other health care professionals. Therefore, if at any time during the application process it is determined that your attitude or actions are unprofessional, your application may not be considered for acceptance.
  • Ability to visually identify oral tissue changes and evaluate treatment effectiveness is essential to the dental hygiene professional.
  • Ability to hear in order to understand the normal speaking voice without viewing the speaker’s face and take/hear blood pressure with a stethoscope.
  • Physical ability to sit for prolonged periods of time, perform repetitive wrist motion for instrumentation, and move from room to room or maneuver in limited spaces.
  • Written and verbal communication skills to succinctly describe patient conditions, document findings in a patient record, and implement oral health teachings. 
  • Manual dexterity to use a variety of instruments in the small, confined space of the oral cavity.
  • Function safely under stressful conditions with the ability to adapt to an ever-changing environment inherent in clinic situations involving patient care. 
  • Computer skills to use a variety of software programs and the internet for research and course projects. PowerPoint is used for presentations. 
  • Hepatitis B Vaccination will be required prior to beginning patient treatment clinical portions of the program. This is a three series vaccination. CPR certification will be required after acceptance to the program.

Dental patients and dental health care workers may be exposed to a variety of microorganisms via blood or oral and respiratory secretions. These microorganisms may include the Hepatitis B virus (HBV), Hepatitis C virus (HBC), herpes simplex virus type 1 and 2, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), Mycobacterium tuberculosis, staphylococci, streptococci, and other viruses and bacteria-specifically, those that infect the upper respiratory tract. Infections may be transmitted in the dental operatory through contact with contaminated instruments, operatory equipment, or environmental surfaces: contact with airborne contaminants present in either droplet spatter or aerosols of oral and respiratory fluids. Effective infection control strategies are intended to prevent infection.

Contact Information

Leanna Grey
Allied Health & Nursing Office Manager
Davidson Hall - DVD 217
greyl32771@hocking.edu
740.753.6376
 

Statement Regarding Infectious Diseases:

Students will perform clinical work on real patients. There is the potential to be exposed to many types of communicable diseases. Precautions, known as infection control procedures, will be taught and strictly enforced to minimize risk and exposure. Hepatitis B vaccination will be required prior to patient treatment portions of the program. CPR certification will also be required.

 

Accreditation Affiliation 

The Dental Hygiene Program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA)Accreditation can only be granted by CODA.

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Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) | 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60611
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