Tuesday – November 21, 2017

Dental Hygiene (2017-2018)

Associate in Applied Science Degree
School of Health Sciences / Health Sciences Career Cluster

Downtown Milwaukee Campus
Program Code: 10-508-1

 

For Information: 414-297-6263
Downtown Milwaukee Campus, 414-297-MATC
 

Overview  — This program blends academic and clinical courses, with clinical experience acquired in MATC's on-site dental hygiene clinic and at several external sites.

Program graduates are eligible to complete 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.

The program in dental hygiene is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation, which is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL   60611. The Commission’s web address is: http://www.ada.org/en/coda.

The American Dental Hygienists' Association website provides additional professional information at www.ADHA.org.

Career Pathway — This program features exploratory courses that count toward a credential. Work continues to develop the program into a fully embedded Career Pathway.


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 preventive treatments, fluoride and local anesthetic; exposing and processing dental x-ray films; non-surgical roles in peridontal surgery; 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


HP-A2 HESI Pre-admission exam required.

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 higher in each course.
 

Related Programs
Dental Assistant
Dental Technician

 

Start Dates: August/January
Sixteen-week terms.
This program will transfer to one or more four-year institutions.
 

Curriculum effective 2017-18. 

Current MATC students should consult their Academic Program Plan for specific curriculum requirements. 

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-118

Dental Anxiety and Pain Management

2

 

(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-207‡  and  NATSCI-208‡    
 

 
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: One Credit Needed 1  
    DENHYG-130 Transitions to Dental Practice ‡    
    PHYED-210 An Active Approach to Wellness and Fitness    
    HEALTH-101 Medical Terminology    
    HEALTH-104 Culture of Healthcare    
    HEALTH-107 Digital Literacy for Computing    


TOTAL CREDITS: 70

 


* Candidates accepted in each petition window should expect to take Dental Health Safety (DENHYG-101) during the next semester. DENHYG-101 is the only program course taken during the next semester after acceptance through the petition process. Upon successful completion of DENHYG-101, students will be permitted to begin designated core technical courses the following semester.

 ‡ Prerequisite required.

Program curriculum requirements are subject to change. 

 

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

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.

Current MATC students should consult their Academic Program Plan for specific curriculum requirements.

 

Page updated September 2017.