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Dental Hygiene

Associate in Applied Science Degree
School of Health Sciences
Downtown Milwaukee Campus
Program Code: 10-508-1

 

For Information: 414-297-MATC

Overview  — The program's curriculum blends academic and clinical courses. Clinical experience is acquired in the dental hygiene clinic at MATC and several external sites. 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 American Dental Hygienists' Association website provides additional professional information at www.ADHA.org.

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.

 

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 

• Model dental hygiene professional code of ethics

• 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

 

Preparation for Admission - This program admits students through a petition selection process. 
Learn more about the petition process


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

 

Required Natural Science (NATSCI) courses must be completed with a grade of B- or better in each course.
All Liberal Arts and Sciences and elective courses required for the program must be completed with a grade of C or better. 

 

Related Programs:
Dental Assistant
Dental Technician

 

Start Dates: August/January

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

 

Curriculum effective 2014-15.

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 General Anatomy and Physiology ‡      4  
      (or) NATSCI-201 and NATSCI-202    
           
    NATSCI-186 Introductory Biochemistry ‡      4  
      (or) NATSCI-209 Chemistry for Health Sciences    
           
    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

           
    ELECTIVES Suggested Electives: Two Credits Needed      2  

DENHYG-130

Transitions to Dental Practice

DENHYG-165

Clinical Dental Hygiene Practicum

HRMGT-169

Diversity and Change Management

PHYED-210

An Active Approach to Wellness and Fitness

           

TOTAL CREDITS: 70

 


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

 ‡ Prerequisite required.

Program curriculum requirements are subject to change. 

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.

 

Page updated April 2014.