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2011-12 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Dental Hygiene Program, AAS (Owens Code: DHYP)

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Career Program

Degrees Offered:

Associate of Applied Science

Campus Offered:


Credits Required: 80

Program Accreditation:

Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association, 211 E. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60611 Phone: (800) 621-8099

Transfer Options:

Graduates may pursue a bachelor’s degree at area colleges or through on-line options. Meet with an Enrollment Services representative or the Program Chair for more information.

Licensure Exams:

All graduates are eligible to take the Dental Hygiene National Board and regional/ state licensure exams in Dental Hygiene. The Board exams include the course material studied in Nutrition, Biology, and Chemistry as well as the Dental Hygiene course material. Students who elect to take the restorative option and successfully complete it will be eligible to take the Ohio Commission on Dental Testing Examination for Expanded Functions Dental Auxiliary.


The Ohio State Dental Board (OSDB) has restrictions on granting licensure to individuals who have prior felony convictions or mental incompetence. Check the OSDB Website ( for further information.

Background Checks:

Background checks are required for clinical rotations and community projects.

The American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA):

Students are required to maintain student membership in the ADHA (the professional organization for dental hygienists) as part of program requirements.

This program is designed to prepare graduates for positions in private dental offices; hospitals; managed care organizations; federal, state, and municipal health departments; primary and secondary school systems; private businesses; industry; correctional institutions; and private and public centers for pediatric, geriatric, and other groups with special needs. Emphasis is placed on the relation between prevention, education, the clinical phases of dental hygiene practice and the basic and social sciences. Students also receive instruction and hands-on experience in clinical dental hygiene and expanded functions of dentistry.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Demonstrates ethical conduct in dental hygiene care.
  • Demonstrates professional identity and personal and professional conduct.
  • Provides a safe, healthy and compliant work environment.
  • Demonstrates the Dental Hygiene Model of Care (Assessment, Dental Hygiene Risk Assessment, Planning, Implementation, Evaluation).
  • Demonstrates critical thinking skills.
  • Demonstrates effective written and oral communication.
  • Demonstrates the ability to work with a culturally diverse population.
  • Demonstrates effective oral health education in the community.


Summer Semester (8 weeks)

10 credits

1st Semester

15 credits

2nd Semester

16 credits

Summer Semester

10 credits

3rd Semester

12 credits

4th Semester

17 credits

Apply for Graduation

Students registering for their final semester of course work must petition for graduation through their Ozone account.  The Petition for Graduation can be found under Student Quick Links.  Deadlines and fees apply; please visit for petition deadline dates.  For additional information, refer to Petition for Degree Completion and Graduation Requirements Policy under Academic Policies and Procedures  


Dental Hygiene Program Information

 Admission Requirements

  • Entrance requirements include high school graduation or its equivalent, ACT scores, and algebra and chemistry with a “C” grade or better. This is a selective admissions program and there are a limited number of students admitted each summer semester.
  • Students entering the program must have current certification in Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers and meet health requirements. Contact the Selective Health Admissions Coordinator for specific admissions criteria, procedures and final date for receipt of application.
  • Students who do not qualify for admissions can reapply in following years. Students may take Arts and Sciences courses as specified by the Dental Hygiene Program. Upon successful completion of these courses, the students may apply for entrance into the Dental Hygiene Program. Contact the office of Enrollment Services for more information.
  • The program accepts 25 students once each year.

Progression/Completion Requirements

  • All students entering or enrolled in the Dental Hygiene Program must achieve a grade of “C” or better in FNH 121 , BIO 211 , BIO 212 , BIO 231  and CHM 115  and a grade of “C” or better in each dental hygiene course. Students who fail to achieve these grades in the dental hygiene courses must see the Department Chair. One 100 level dental hygiene course may be repeated one time and one 200 level dental hygiene course may be repeated one time. If a student earns a failing grade (“D” or “F”) in two 100 level dental hygiene courses or two 200 level dental hygiene courses, or earns a failing grade in one dental hygiene course twice, the student is permanently dismissed from the Dental Hygiene Program and is ineligible for readmission. Science and Dental Hygiene  courses must be taken in the order listed in the program of study.

Non-Academic Readmission Policy

Students who leave the Dental Hygiene program for other than academic reasons may request readmission and be readmitted providing there is an opening in the program.

Academic Readmission

A student requesting readmission due to academic reasons (“D” or “F” in any dental hygiene course) must complete the following before being considered:

  1. The student must complete an academic readmission form available in the Dental Hygiene Office.
  2. Contact the Office of Academic Enhancement and Counseling for assistance in the development of a written academic plan (Form number ID-A#1, 1/84) to resolve the academic problems.
  3. The following requirements must be included in the academic plan before readmission:
    1. A 2.60 GPA must be achieved in the science component that includes BIO 211 , BIO 212  and BIO 231 .
    2. A 2.60 GPA must be achieved in the general education component that includes ENG 111 , ENG 112  and PSY 101 .
  4. The plan then is submitted to the Department Chair and Dean for approval. This plan must be completed and approved to continue enrollment in the College.
  5. Students are readmitted on a space available basis.
  6. No second readmission will be considered. All Dental Hygiene courses must be completed within five years from initial entrance into the program.

Dental Hygienist Work Environment

The dental hygiene health care worker provides services in an environment that includes blood and saliva. Diseases may be encountered in this type of environment. However, research shows that risks are negligible when appropriate infection control procedure/barrier techniques are used. Upon entering the program, there is in-depth training to meet the protocol for a hazard-free, safe learning environment.

Recruitment of Clients

Dental Hygiene Students learn and practice skills in the on-campus Dental Hygiene Clinic. Ongoing recruitment of clients for the clinic is necessary for each student to meet his/her program requirements. Students will be expected to recruit clients in addition to the client that seeks routine care in the clinic.


All students should check for prerequisites for a class before registering.

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