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Dental Hygiene
Restricted Entry
Associate of Applied Science Degree Program Dental Hygiene Roadmap

Catalog Year 2015-2016

*Information regarding the requirements for this Restricted Entry program is available by accessing the Admission Requirements page.

MHCC Faculty Adviser
Raye Ann Yapp: 503-491-7128 - Room AC2724
Rayeann.yapp@mhcc.edu  

The Dental Hygiene program at Mt. Hood Community College is six quarters in length, leading to an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree. Academic instruction in basic and dental sciences is integrated with coursework in dental hygiene therapy, expanded functions, restorative dental procedures and practicums in clinical settings to provide a total learning experience for the dental hygiene student. Having completed the program and passed National and Regional Clinical Board examinations for dental hygienists, the graduate can be licensed to practice in many states. Some institutions and agencies require a baccalaureate degree for employment. To this end, many courses in the Mt. Hood Community College dental hygiene curriculum are transferable to four year colleges and can be applied toward a bachelor’s degree; the program currently articulates with Oregon Institute of Technology for a dental hygiene bachelor’s degree completion.

Program Outcomes

At the completion of this program, the student should be able to:

  • Develop appropriate decision making skills and utilize professional judgment, conduct and ethics to provide optimum patient care
  • Effectively assess, plan, implement and evaluate current dental hygiene services
  • Promote innovative approaches to problem solving and critical thinking that stimulate independence and responsibility
  • Work effectively with diverse populations as members of the healthcare team
  • Actively participate and lead in community activities and professional associations

Prospective students must satisfactorily meet admission program criteria and the application deadline to be considered for admission. Application packets are available on our website at mhcc.edu/LRadmissions. Information sessions are also offered on a regular basis. The information sessions are listed in the application packets and on the website. Once you have read the application materials and attended an information session, you may call 503-491-7341 if you have questions about the admission process.

Employment Opportunities/Personal Aptitude

Areas of employment open to dental hygienists include private dental offices or clinics, industrial dental programs, public health, etc. Salaries vary and are commensurate with experience and scope of responsibilities. Opportunities for dental hygienists are excellent. The personal requirements necessary to succeed as a dental hygienist begin with a strong belief in the importance of good oral health and include an aptitude for the biological sciences. Of prime importance are manual dexterity, high ethical standards, a genuine interest in science and an ability to work with people.

Note: Prior to entry into the Dental Hygiene program, students must satisfactorily complete CH104, CH105 and CH106; BI121, BI122 and BI234; and WR121 or the equivalent. CH104 and BI121 must be completed prior to the application deadline. During the program, students must maintain a “C” grade or better in all courses to progress toward graduation and professional licensure.

Although BI121 and BI122 is the anatomy and physiology sequence currently required, students are encouraged to enroll in BI231, BI232 and BI233. This more advanced series fulfills the anatomy and physiology requirement and may transfer more readily for advanced degrees. (The next application period is for 2016-17 entry and program application prerequisites and requirements may change; please check the application website at mhcc.edu/LRAdmissions for the most current information.)

All classes outside the core curriculum (those not preceded by DH) may be taken prior to admission to the Dental Hygiene program.

Four credits of a mathematics course with a grade of "C" or higher (MTH065 or higher) must be transcripted before graduation. Please see page 22 of the printed catalog for more details about the general education requirements of the Associate of Applied Science degree. To receive additional points on your application, a 100-level or higher mathematics course must be completed (excluding MTH211).

Please check the MHCC website for any curricular changes that have occurred since the catalog was published. Some courses may be offered via distance learning.

First Quarter (Fall)
Course Number  
Course Title  
Credits
DH111   Introduction to Dental Hygiene
2
DH112   Principles of Clinical Dental Hygiene
3
DH113   Dental/Oral Anatomy
2
DH114   Oral Microbiology
2
DH115   Professionalism and Cultural Competency
1
SP111   Fundamentals of Public Speaking 1  
4
WR227   Technical Report Writing or
WR122 English Composition: Critical Thinking2  
4
18  
Second Quarter (Winter)
Course Number  
Course Title  
Credits
DH121   Dental Hygiene Clinical Theory I
2
DH122   Dental Hygiene Clinic I3  
3
DH123   Oral Histology/Embryology
2
DH124   Oral Radiology I
3
DH125   General Pathology4  
3
FN225   Nutrition
4
17  
Third Quarter (Spring)
Course Number  
Course Title  
Credits  
DH131   Dental Hygiene Clinical Theory II
1
DH132   Dental Hygiene Clinic II
3
DH134   Oral Radiology II
2
DH135   Oral Pathology
2
DH136   Pharmacology
3
DH137   Head and Neck Anatomy
4
  Health and Physical Education requirement‡
1
16  
Fourth Quarter (Fall)
Course Number  
Course Title  
Credits  
DH211   Dental Hygiene Clinical Theory III
1
DH212   Dental Hygiene Clinic III
5
DH213   Expanded Functions
1
DH214   Periodontology for Dental Hygienists I
2
DH215   Dental Materials
3
DH216   Community Dental Health
2
DH217   Local Anesthesia
2
  Health and Physical Education Requirement‡
1
17  
Fifth Quarter (Winter)
Course Number  
Course Title  
Credits  
DH221   Dental Hygiene Clinical Theory IV
1
DH222   Dental Hygiene Clinic IV
5
DH223   Public Health and Dental Research
2
DH224   Periodontology for Dental Hygienists II
2
DH225   Restorative Dentistry Lab 5  
1
PSY201   General Psychology6  
4
  Health and Physical Education requirement‡
1
16  
Sixth Quarter (Spring)
Course Number  
Course Title  
Credits  
DH231   Dental Hygiene Clinical Theory V
1
DH232   Dental Hygiene Clinic V
5
DH233   Ethics and Jurisprudence
1
DH234   Practice Management and Dental Hygiene Issues
2
DH235   Restorative Dentistry Clinic 5  
3
SOC204   General Sociology: Principles of Sociology7  
3
15  
Total Credits 1078  

1Other choices include SP100, SP115 or SP218.
2 WR122 is recommended only if students register for the APA section. APA focuses on professional and technical reports and articles.
3 All students are required to participate in a background check and drug testing prior to attending clinical rotations.
4 The program offers DH125 via distance learning, and reserves the right to offer other courses via distance learning.
5 Students may not opt out of DH225 and DH235.
6 Other choices include PSY101, PSY202, PSY214 or PSY216. Students who select PSY214 or PSY216 must take SOC204.
7 Other choices include SOC205 or SOC206. Students who select SOC205 or SOC206 must take PSY101, PSY201 or PSY202.
8 Total credits include the AAS degree writing and mathematics requirement.

‡See Associate of Applied Science degree, page 20 of the printed catalog.

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