Associate of Applied Science (Restricted Entry)
Dental hygienists work with dentists to provide well-rounded oral health care to patients. They are dedicated to helping people improve their health by teaching preventive oral-health measures and by treating existing conditions.
Their duties may include taking X-rays, applying cavity-preventing agents such as fluoride and sealants, administering local anesthetics, removing hard and soft deposits from teeth and providing instructions and information for better at-home dental care.
Visible improvements in oral health often can be seen in a very short time and dental hygienists receive considerable satisfaction in knowing they have helped people toward a healthier life.
Is this for me?
Some personal attributes necessary for success include an aptitude for the biological sciences, a desire to serve the public, good hand and finger dexterity, professional appearance, time management skills, belief in good oral hygiene and an ability to work with people.
What does the program offer?
The Dental Hygiene program offers in-depth instruction in basic and dental sciences integrated with instruction in dental hygiene therapy and dental procedures. The highly qualified instructors have years of experience in the dental hygiene field. In addition, students will gain practical experience under instructor supervision at MHCC's fully-equipped dental hygiene clinic.
The Dental Hygiene program is a restricted-entry program. You must apply for admission and meet the program criteria before being considered for acceptance.
What are my options?
A TWO-YEAR ASSOCIATE OF APPLIED SCIENCE DEGREE in the Dental Hygiene Program provides you with the necessary knowledge and skills needed for an entry-level position as a clinical practitioner. Upon graduation you will be eligible to take the national and state/regional board examinations required for licensure to practice as a dental hygienist in the United States and Canada.
IF YOU PLAN TO EARN A BACHELOR'S DEGREE, many courses in the Dental Hygiene two-year associate of applied science degree curriculum are transferable to four-year colleges and can be used toward a bachelor's degree. Please check with the program adviser for more information.
The Commission on Dental Accreditation Complaints Review
The Commission on Dental Accreditation will review complaints that relate to a program's compliance with the accreditation standards. The Commission is interested in the sustained quality and continued improvement of dental and dental-related education programs but does not intervene on behalf of individuals or act as a court of appeal for treatment received by patients or individuals in matters of admission, appointment, promotion or dismissal of faculty, staff or students.
A copy of the appropriate accreditation standards and/or the Commission's policy and procedure for submission of complaints may be obtained by contacting the Commission at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611-2678 or by calling 1-800-621-8099 extension 4653.