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Dental Hygiene

Dental Hygiene Program Description

Dental Hygiene Student Working | Dental Hygiene Program | 2-Year Community College | Hocking CollegeNOTICE: The next Dental Hygiene class will begin in Autumn 2021. Application to the program is a two-step process that begins with an application to Hocking College. The Dental Hygiene Program has an additional, separate application that will be available Feb. 8, 2021, and is due by June 1, 2021. Application to the program is competitive.

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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 in the following four areas: General Education, Biomedical Sciences, Dental Sciences and Dental Hygiene Sciences. Courses provide a thorough background in oral structure, development, pathology, disease prevention and progression and treatment.

The program emphasizes professional and ethical interactions with patients and other health professionals. Effective communication skills are gained through patient interaction in Hocking’s on-site dental clinic.

Upon completion of program application requirements, students will be eligible to apply to the Dental Hygiene Program.

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

$140......Anesthesia Board

$455......NDHBE

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

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Public Disclosure of Licensure

Hocking College offers courses, associate degree and certificate programs that may lead to professional licensure and/or certification. Successful completion of the programs listed on this page may potentially lead to professional licensure, registration or certification. Licensure, registration or certification may be global, national, or state-specific. This meets the requirements for the State of Ohio. Requirements for other states may vary. If you currently live in a state other than Ohio or intend to move to a state other than Ohio and use the education completed at Hocking College to sit for such an exam, be aware there may be additional requirements. Please contact the appropriate administering body and/or the college contact for the program to discuss your intentions.

Dental Hygiene Licensure Disclosure

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.

TEAS testing begins in February.

For more information on signing up, check out the Testing Center section of the Academic Success Center page.

Dates are listed below.

Feb. 1: noon - 4 p.m.
Feb. 3: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Feb. 5: noon - 4 p.m.
Feb. 9: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Feb. 11: noon - 4 p.m.
Feb. 15: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Feb. 17: noon - 4 p.m.
Feb. 19: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Feb. 23: noon - 4 p.m.
Feb. 25: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

March 1: noon - 4 p.m.
March 5: noon - 4 p.m.
March 9: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
March 11: noon - 4 p.m.
March 15: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
March 17: noon - 4 p.m.
March 19: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
March 23: noon - 4 p.m.
March 25: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
March 31: noon - 4 p.m.

April 6: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
April 8: noon - 4 p.m.
April 12: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
April 14: noon - 4 p.m.
April 16: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
April 20: noon - 4 p.m.
April 22: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
April 26: noon - 4 p.m.
April 28: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
April 30: noon - 4 p.m.

May 4: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
May 6: noon - 4 p.m.

NOTICE: The application deadline for Spring 2021 will be June 1, 2021.


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

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 and 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.
- 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. 

Students entering the program must understand:

Dental health care workers may be exposed to a variety of microorganisms via blood, oral and respiratory secretions, and aerosols created during dental patient treatment procedures. These microorganisms may include the Hepatitis B virus (HBV), Hepatitis C virus (HBC), Herpes Simplex type 1 and 2, Human Immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and the COVID19 virus. Health care workers may also be exposed to pathogenic bacteria that may include Mycobacterium tuberculosis, staphylococci, streptococci, methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus, 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 taught, monitored by faculty and practiced to prevent infection. 

Students are required to provide proof of immunization to or be required to receive vaccinations prior to entering the dental hygiene program.

- Hepatitis B Vaccination 
- Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis (T-DAP)
- Varicella (Chickenpox)
- Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR)
- Influenza

Students will also be required to have:

- Tuberculin Skin Test (Mantoux Method)
- Titar Test for Hepatitis B
- CPR Certification 

Contact Information

Misti Malfe
Dental Hygiene program Manager
Hocking College - Perry Campus
malfem@hocking.edu
(740)753-6326
 

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 initially accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA)Accreditation can only be granted by CODA.

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