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Dental Hygiene Degree - curriculum
2012-13 Dental Hygiene Associate in Applied Science Degree -
Downtown Milwaukee Campus
Program Code: 10-508-1

This curriculum goes into effect as of summer 2012.

Overview - The Dental Hygiene associate degree program is accredited with reporting by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association, a specialized accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. The program's curriculum blends academic and clinical courses. Clinical experience is acquired in the dental hygiene clinic at Milwaukee Area Technical College and several external sites. The American Dental Hygienists' Association website provides additional professional information at www.ADHA.org

Career Outlook - Employment prospects for licensed dental hygienists are good. Positions may be found in private dental offices, clinics, hospitals, nursing homes, school settings and private enterprise. The clinical practice includes administering oral prophylaxis, fluoride and local anesthetic; exposing and processing dental x-ray films; and dental health counseling.

Program Learning Outcomes - Employers expect that you will have employable skills in:

  • Incorporate into dental hygiene practice professional laws, regulations and policies established by the licensing state and regulatory agencies.
  • Model dental hygiene professional code of ethics in a rapidly changing environment.
  • Pursue lifelong professional growth and development through self-directed learning, participation in professional organizations, and continuing education.
  • Counsel clients/patients to reduce health risks.
  • Provide community oral health services in a variety of settings.
  • Manage infection and hazard control.
  • Assess data on all aspects of patient/client health using methods consistent with dental hygienist scope of practice and legal principles.
  • Formulate a comprehensive dental hygiene care plan in collaboration with the client and other health professionals.
  • Provide preventive and therapeutic services that promote oral health according to the needs of the patient/client.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of the implemented client/patient dental hygiene care plan and modify as needed.
  • Evaluate effectiveness of implemented clinical and educational services. Modify as needed.

Preparation for Admission - This program admits students through a petition selection process.

What is the petitioning process? (PDF)
Am I ready to petition? (PDF)
Petition Packet (PDF)


Required Natural Science courses must be completed with a grade of B- or better in each course. These courses are NATSCI-177 (or NATSCI-201 and NATSCI-202), NATSCI-197, and NATSCI-186 (or NATSCI-209). All Liberal Arts and elective courses required for the program must be completed with a grade of C or better.

The following are also required for admission:

  • A high school diploma or GED
  • One year of high school-level biology and chemistry
  • Demonstration of proficiency in basic skills through a course placement assessment

Future Opportunities - Upon completion of the program, you will be eligible to write the National Board of Dental Hygiene examination, and state or regional practical examinations for states in which you seek licensure. Licensure is required to work as a dental hygienist.

This program will transfer to one or more four-year institutions.

Related Programs:

Dental Assistant
Dental Technician

For more information, call 414-297-MATC.

Curriculum effective 2012-13.

TECHNICAL STUDIES 

Credits

 

( ) = Semester Order for Full-Time Students

 

 

(1*)

 

DENHYG-101

Dental Health Safety ‡

1

 

(1)

DENHYG-102

Oral Anatomy, Embryology and Histology ‡

4

(1)

 

DENHYG-103

Dental Radiography ‡

2

 

(1)

 

DENHYG-105

Dental Hygiene Process 1 ‡

4

 

(2)

 

DENHYG-106

Dental Hygiene Process 2 ‡

4

 

(2)

DENHYG-107

Dental Hygiene Ethics and Professionalism ‡

1

(2)

 

DENHYG-108

Periodontology ‡

3

 

(2)

 

DENHYG-109

Cariology ‡

1

 

(2)

DENHYG-110

Nutrition and Oral Health ‡

2

(2)

 

DENHYG-111

General and Oral Pathology ‡

3

 

(3)

 

DENHYG-112

Dental Hygiene Process 3 ‡

5

 

(3)

 

DENHYG-113

Dental Materials ‡

2

 

(3)

 

DENHYG-114

Dental Pharmacology ‡

2

 

(3)

 

DENHYG-115

Community Dental Health ‡

2

 

(3)

 

DENHYG-116

Dental Pain Management ‡

1

 

(4)

 

DENHYG-117

Dental Hygiene Process 4 ‡

4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GENERAL STUDIES

 

 

 

 

ECON-195

Economics

3

 

 

 

OR

Any 200-series ECON course

 

 

 

 


ENG-151

Communication Skills 1 ‡

3

 

 

 

and ENG-152

Communication Skills 2 ‡

3

 

 

 

OR

ENG-201 and any 200-series ENG or SPEECH course

 

 

 

 

NATSCI-177
OR


General Anatomy and Physiology ‡
NATSCI-201 and NATSCI-202


4


 

 

 

NATSCI-186
OR


Introductory Biochemistry ‡
NATSCI-209

4

 

 

 

NATSCI-197

Microbiology ‡

4

 

 

 

PSYCH-199

Psychology of Human Relations

3

 

OR

Any 200-series PSYCH course

 

 

SOCSCI-197

Contemporary American Society

3

 

OR

Any 200-series HIST or SOCSCI course


Suggested Electives: Two Credits Needed
                                         2

DENHYG-130

Transitions to Dental Practice

DENHYG-165

Clinical Dental Hygiene Practicum

MGTDEV-169

Diversity and Change Management

PHYED-210

An Active Approach to Wellness and Fitness

TOTAL CREDITS: 70

 


Program curriculum requirements are subject to change. 

* Take this course the summer prior to starting the Technical Studies courses.

‡ Prerequisite required.

NOTE: Students who have not been accepted, or have not decided on a program, may begin with GENERAL STUDIES courses, if course prerequisites have been met.

For course descriptions, class times, locations or to register online, visit INFOnline.