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Dental Hygiene*

*Pending accreditation from the Commission on Dental Accreditation.

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Key Program Features: Real-world experience, small class sizes, hands-on learning, professional opportunities, and an engaging faculty.

Students interested in the developing Dental Hygiene Program are encouraged to enroll at Hocking College in the Associate of Science degree. Upon program accreditation through the Commission on Dental Accreditation and completion of program application requirements, students will be eligible to become Dental Hygiene majors.

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

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. Pending accreditation, 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 areas: 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.

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 judgement, and collaborate with diverse populations of professionals and patients.

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Hocking College

2018 - 2019 Associate of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene

Total Credit Hours:

Estimated Course Fees:

Class Hours: 43.0
Lab Hours: 50.0

Total Credit Hours:

Estimated Course Fees:

Class Hours: 43.0
Lab Hours: 50.0


Hocking College Reserves the right to modify curricular requirements, to change course content, and change course fees at any time.
  COURSE NO. FIRST SEMESTER Class Hours Lab Hours Credit Hours Course Fee
  BIOS-1113 Anatomy & Physiology I 3.00 2.00 4.00 $170.00
  GS-1000 HC Cornerstone 1.00 0.00 1.00 $80.00
  ENGL-1510 English Composition I 4.00 0.00 4.00 $50.00
  MATH-2250 Introductory Statistics 4.00 0.00 4.00 $132.00
  PSYC-1101 Psychology 3.00 0.00 3.00 $15.00
    Totals 15.00 2.00 16.00 $447.00

  COURSE NO. SECOND SEMESTER Class Hours Lab Hours Credit Hours Course Fee
  DHYG-1101 DH Theory & Instrumentation 2.00 6.00 5.00 $1,700.00
  DHYG-1102 Orofacial Anatomy, Histology, & Embryology 3.00 0.00 3.00 $150.00
  DHYG-1103 Dental Radiology 2.00 2.00 3.00 $200.00
  *BIOS-1114 Anatomy & Physiology II 3.00 2.00 4.00 $170.00
    Totals 10.00 10.00 15.00 $2,220.00

  COURSE NO. SUMMER SEMESTER Class Hours Lab Hours Credit Hours Course Fee
  DHYG-1111 Clinical Dental Hygienist I 1.00 8.00 5.00 $1,500.00
  DHYG-1112 Dental Hygiene Concepts 1.00 0.00 1.00 $25.00
  DHYG-1113 Community Dentistry  1.00 0.00 1.00 $75.00
  DHYG-1114 Local Anesthesia & Pain Control 1.00 2.00 2.00 $200.00
  DHYG-1115 Dental Materials  1.00 2.00 2.00 $300.00
  DHYG-1116 Periodontology 1.00 0.00 1.00 $25.00
    Totals 6.00 12.00 12.00 $2,125.00

  COURSE NO. THIRD SEMESTER Class Hours Lab Hours Credit Hours Course Fee
  DHYG-2101 Clinical Dental Hygienist II 0.00 12.00 6.00 $700.00
  DHYG-2102 Pharmacology 1.00 0.00 1.00 $15.00
  DHYG-2103 General & Oral Pathology 1.00 0.00 1.00 $15.00
  *MICR-1201 Microbiology 3.00 2.00 4.00 $170.00
    Totals 5.00 14.00 12.00 $730.00

  COURSE NO. FOURTH SEMESTER Class Hours Lab Hours Credit Hours Course Fee
  DHYG-2201 Clinical Dental Hygienist III 0.00 12.00 6.00 $600.00
  DHYG-2202 DH Capstone 1.00 0.00 1.00 $500.00
  *COMM-1130 Speech 3.00 0.00 3.00 $40.00
  *SOCI-1101 Sociology 3.00 0.00 3.00 $15.00
    Totals 7.00 12.00 13.00 $1,155.00
Class Hours: 15.00 Lab Hours: 2.00 Cost: $447.00

Class Hours: 10.00 Lab Hours: 10.00 Cost: $2,220.00

Class Hours: 6.00 Lab Hours: 12.00 Cost: $2,125.00

Class Hours: 5.00 Lab Hours: 14.00 Cost: $730.00

Class Hours: 7.00 Lab Hours: 12.00 Cost: $1,155.00

*General Education courses may be taken at any time during the program, including prior to admission to the Dental Hygiene Program.

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A Career in Dental Hygiene Provides a Sparkling Opportunity

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Hocking College has submitted an accreditation application for the dental hygiene program, thus entering the accreditation process. Accreditation is granted only by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA).

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 $1,530.00, subject to change by the testing organizations.

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.

For additional information regarding the developing Dental Hygiene Program, contact:

Alaina Himes, RDH, MS
Dental Hygiene Program Director
Office: 330 Davidson Hall

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