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Dental Hygiene

Associate Applied Science - Transfer

If you are interested in pursuing a career in the health care industry as a dental hygienist, then look into BTC’s Dental Hygiene program. You’ll learn the clinical skills and core professional values needed to launch a rewarding career in private and public settings, such as dental offices and public health clinics. Dental hygiene students learn under the supervision of licensed dentists and dental hygienists on state-of-the-art equipment in BTC’s on-campus dental clinic. Program graduates are well-positioned for employment, with the hands-on clinical experience employers need today.

Program Facts

Average annual income $91,424

Wage potential $103,085 annually

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Jobs & Employment

Dental hygienists are in high demand and the outlook is that the demand for hygienists is expected to grow. The average annual wage in this field is $91,424, with an earning potential of about $103,085 per year.*

Criminal convictions may restrict or prevent student participation with internships and employment in this industry.

Potential Positions

Dental hygienists in dental offices and clinics.

Courses

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  • Quarter 1
  • DHYG 112Dental Hygiene Clinical Practice I5 credits

    First of six (6) sequential courses designed to provide clinical skills essential for the practice of dental hygiene. Skill development of patient appraisal, basic instrumentation, infection control and individualized preventive care is emphasized.

  • DHYG 113Dental Materials4 credits

    A study of materials used in dentistry including practical applications and chairside assisting. Study includes general properties, composition, and manipulation of common dental materials. Ethical situations pertaining to treatment planning and the use of dental materials by dental hygienists.

  • DHYG 114Principles of Dental Hygiene I3 credits

    First of seven (7) sequential courses providing theoretical background and skill development for the clinical practice of dental hygiene. Problem solving and critical thinking related to patient assessment and management. Communication skills and professionalism emphasized.

  • DHYG 115Oral & Dental Anatomy2 credits

    Integrated anatomy, histology, and physiology of the head and neck region. Crown anatomy, root morphology and tooth development as applied to clinical situations.

  • DHYG 116Oral Radiology I4 credits

    Theoretical background and practical application of dental radiography. Exposure techniques, processing, mounting, and evaluation of dental radiographs; principles of production, use of X-radiation, radiation safety procedures and patient education.

  • DHYG 118HISTOLOGY & EMBRYOLOGY2 credits

    The study of oral histology including developmental origins and microscopic organization of selected oral and facial structures. The embryonic development of the face and palate will be described and correlated with more common craniofacial malformations. The formation, eruption and histological organization of the teeth and their supporting tissues will be examined in considerable detail, as well as the oral mucosa and salivary glands.

    Prerequisite:
    Program Admission
  • Quarter 2
  • DHYG 122Dental Hygiene Clinical Practice II5 credits

    Theoretical background and practical application of dental radiography. Exposure techniques, processing, mounting, and evaluation of dental radiographs; principles of production, use of X-radiation, radiation safety procedure and patient education.


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  • DHYG 124Principles of Dental Hygiene II3 credits

    Sequential course providing theoretical background for the practice of dental hygiene. Problem solving and critical thinking related to patient assessment and management.

  • DHYG 125Medical Emergencies3 credits

    Equipment, drugs, signs and symptoms of medical emergencies that may occur in dental offices. Individual and team practice in carrying out emergency procedures in timed simulations: pulse, respiration, blood pressure, emergency drug setup, oxygen, rescue CPR and AED.

  • DHYG 126Oral Radiology II3 credits

    Oral radiographic techniques for patients with special needs; extraoral and occlusal projections. Interpretation of potential pathology and recognition of common dental restorative materials. Refinement of exposure techniques and evaluation. Coordinates with DHYG 122.

  • DHYG 128General Pathology4 credits

    Reaction of the human body to injury from physical, chemical, and biological agents. Inflammation, necrosis, cellular degeneration, disturbances of growth, circulation, and neoplasia. Selected diseases manifesting typical symptomology.

  • Quarter 3
  • DHYG 131RESTORATIVE DENTISTRY I2 credits

    Principles of direct restorative techniques including cavity preparation terminology, outline form, cavosurface margin, and advanced dental anatomy of the tooth crown. Laboratory experience with direct restorative dental materials. Placement, carving, finishing, and polishing of amalgam and composite restorations on dentoforms. Alginate impressions and model trimming for working and study models. Rubber dam, matrix and wedge application. Case studies for clinic preparation.

    Prerequisite:
    DHYG 113
  • DHYG 132Dental Hygiene Clinical Practice III6 credits

    Sequential course providing practice of dental hygiene skills. Problem solving and critical thinking related to patient assessment and management. Demonstration of professional growth and self assessment.

  • DHYG 134Principles of Dental Hygiene III3 credits

    Sequential course providing theoretical background for the clinical practice of dental hygiene. Emphasis on patient education and treatment planning related to patients’ age and stage. Nutrition and relationship to oral diseases.

  • DHYG 137Pharmacology3 credits

    The action of selected pharmaceutical agents. Emphasis on drug interactions, routes of administration, and effects on body systems. Recognition of potential impact on dental hygiene practice.

  • DHYG 138Periodontology3 credits

    Study of the periodontium emphasizing periodontal diseases, their classifications, and the etiological factors involved. Preventive measures within the scope and responsibility of the dental hygienist are correlated with basic sciences and clinical aspects of periodontal diseases.

  • Quarter 4
  • DHYG 141RESTORATIVE DENTISTRY I2 credits

    Laboratory experience with direct restorative dental materials. Placement, carving, finishing, and polishing of amalgam, glass ionomer and composite restorations on dentoforms.

    Prerequisite:
    DHYG 131
  • DHYG 142Hygiene Clinical Practice IV6 credits

    Sequential course providing practice of dental hygiene skills. Problem solving and critical thinking related to patient assessment and management. Demonstration of professional growth and self assessment.

  • DHYG 144Principles of Dental Hygiene IV3 credits

    Sequential course providing theoretical background of dental hygiene skills. Literature review and research reports, oral cancer and tobacco cessation emphasized.

  • DHYG 149Pain Management4 credits

    Exploration of pain control methods including local anesthesia and nitrous oxygen analgesia. Health history evaluation, local and systemic complications, anesthetic solutions, vasoconstrictors and drug interactions. Techniques of local anesthesia, including block and infiltration techniques are practiced. Administration of nitrous oxide is also practiced.

  • Quarter 5
  • DHYG 213Restorative Dentistry V1 credits

    Properties of restorative dental materials and case studies for student clinic preparation. Practical experience using restorative dental materials. Placement and finishing of amalgam and composite restoration on typodonts and clinic patients.

  • DHYG 214Principles of Dental Hygiene V3 credits

    Sequential course providing theoretical background of dental hygiene skills. Quality assurance, advanced instrumentation theory, periodontal files, planning dental hygiene treatment for special needs patients. Research paper, case studies.

  • DHYG 216Community Oral Health I4 credits

    A systematic approach to developing community oral health programs. Surveillance systems, epidemiology charts, Healthy People 2010. Teamwork activities. Water fluoridation, sealants, fluoride rinse programs, varnish, mouth guards. Lesson plans. Steps in program planning. Health Education theories.

  • DHYG 219Oral Pathology3 credits

    A study of oral diseases and manifestations of systemic diseases. Utilizes independent learning and internet resources.

  • Quarter 6
  • DHYG 222Dental Hygiene Clinical Practice VI8 credits

    Sequential course providing practice of dental hygiene skills. Problem solving and critical thinking related to patient assessment and management. Demonstration of professional growth and self assessment.

  • DHYG 223Restorative Dentistry VI2 credits

    Properties of restorative dental materials and case studies for student clinic preparation. Practical experience using restorative dental materials. Placement and finishing of amalgam and composite restoration on typodonts and clinic patients.

  • DHYG 224Principles of Dental Hygiene VI3 credits

    Sequential course providing theoretical background of dental hygiene skills. Ethics and jurisprudence, current therapeutic trends, insurance coding, scheduling and patient recall, hygiene assisting and record keeping.

  • DHYG 226Community Oral Health II4 credits

    Assessment indices, dental hygiene diagnosis. Program planning, funding and budgets; legislation. Cultural issues in public health.Implementation of a team community oral health project. Epidemiology and biostatistics related to community oral health.

    Prerequisite:
    DHYG 216
  • DHYG 228Oral Therapy3 credits

    Philosophy and theoretical background of advanced periodontal therapy. Soft tissue management planning. Periodontal surgery techniques. Management of other oral conditions: implants, supportive perio therapy.

  • DHYG 229Dental Hygiene Seminar1 credits

    Review and practice for the National Dental Hygiene Board Examination.

  • Quarter 7
  • DHYG 232Dental Hygiene Clinical Practice VII8 credits

    Sequential course providing practice of dental hygiene skills. Problem solving and critical thinking related to patient assessment and management. Demonstration of professional growth and self assessment.

  • DHYG 231RESTORATIVE DENTISTRY V1 credits

    Case studies and special project designed to enhance student understanding of clinical restorative practice. Application of research in dental materials.

    Prerequisite:
    DHYG 221
  • DHYG 234Principles of Dental Hygiene VII3 credits

    Sequential course providing theoretical background of dental hygiene skills. Focus is to meet needs of graduating dental hygiene students: current therapeutic trends, research, career opportunities and job search strategies. Financial planning, guest speakers. Dental practice act and licensure requirements. Application for board examinations. Specialized clinical skills.

  • DHYG 236Community Oral Health III2 credits

    Careers in Public Health, table clinics or poster presentations. Involvement in local projects; community health program completion and evaluation. Leadership for community projects. Research.

TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS126 credits

Program Entry Information

This program will admit students again in the 2014-2015 year. This program has a selective admissions process. The deadline to submit a complete application packet is April 4, 2014. See the Dental Hygiene Application Packet link below for more information.

Students are typically offered enrollment in Dental Hygiene once every other year.

Program Start

  • Admissions Information
  • Financial Aid Notice
  • Prerequisite Course Equivalency Chart

Testing Requirements

These requirements are for the AAS-T degree.

  • Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 85 or B grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 86 or B grade in ENGL 092 or C grade in COM 170.
  • BTC College Level Math score of 32 or a C grade in MATH 099.

Pre-Program Course Requirements

  • Prospective students must complete the following prerequisites prior to applying to the Program:
  • BIOL& 241 Human A & P 1
  • BIOL& 242 Human A & P 2
  • BIOL& 260 Microbiology
  • CHEM& 121 Introduction to Chemistry
  • CHEM& 122 Introduction to Organic Chemistry
  • CMST& 210 Interpersonal Communications or CMST& 220 Public Speaking or CMST& 101 Introduction to Communication
  • ENGL& 101 English Composition I
  • ENGL& 102 English Composition II
  • MATH& 141 PreCalculus I or MATH& 107 Math in Society or MATH& 146 Introduction to Statistics
  • NUTR& 101 Nutrition
  • PSYC& 100 General Psychology
  • SOC& 101 Introduction to Sociology

Program Application/Forms

Physical Requirements

Other Application Forms

Program Outcomes

  • Demonstrate current dental hygiene techniques, the use and application of dental materials, and safety and health standards.
  • Demonstrate cognitive retention of dental terminology, theory, and science.
  • Demonstrate positive work ethics, team skills, and professionalism.
  • Demonstrate a foundation in professionalism through participation in professional activities and education opportunities.
  • Incorporate into dental hygiene practice professional laws, regulations, and policies established by the licensing state and regulatory agencies.
  • Counsel clients/patients to reduce health risks and provide community oral health services in a variety of settings.
  • Review medical and dental histories, take and record vital signs, intra and extra oral exams, hard and soft tissue exams.
  • Analyze all assessment data to formulate a comprehensive dental hygiene care plan in collaboration with the patient and other health professionals.
  • Provide preventive and therapeutic services that promote oral health according to the needs of the patient/client.
  • Following initial therapy, the hygienist will review all data and determine need for additional therapy, referrals or recare intervals.

Christine Harwood - Instructor image

Christine Harwood

Area of Instruction


Dental Hygiene

Degrees and Certifications


M.S., Education, Portland State University

Master's Certificate, Training & Development, Portland State University

B.S., Dental Hygiene, Oregon Institute of Technology

Certificate, Dental Hygiene Certificate, Oregon Health & Science University

A.A.S., Dental Assisting Technology, Oregon Technical Institute

Registered Dental Hygienist, State of Oregon

License, Dental Hygiene Renewable Limited License, State of Washington

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


360 752-8570
charwood@btc.ctc.edu
B Building (B) - Room B7-A