Kirkwood Community College

Kirkwood Community College Credit Catalog 2011-2012

Dental Hygiene

Allied Health

221 Linn Hall

319-398-5566

www.kirkwood.edu/alliedhealth

Entry time

Fall

Award

Associate of Applied Science degree

2 years (5 semesters)

Dental hygienists help prevent, detect and treat diseases of the mouth, playing a key role in the pursuit of optimal patient health via education and treatment planning. Hygienists work independently with patients.

Dental hygienists remove calculus deposits and stains from teeth, polish teeth, apply sealants and fluoride, take X-rays, record medical and dental histories, and educate patients on how proper brushing, flossing and eating habits can help maintain a healthy mouth.

Career opportunities: dental offices/clinics/hospitals, government agencies, insurance claims processing, specialty dental practices, sales, teaching.

Degree Requirements

Course Number

Course Title

Credit Hours

Prerequisite courses

BCA-189

Microcomputer Literacy

1

BIO-168

Human Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab

4

CHM-110

Introduction to Chemistry

3

CHM-111

Introduction to Chemistry Lab

1

MAT-731

Introduction to Math

2

 

 

11

First Semester

DEN-100

Fundamentals of Dentistry

3.5

DEN-120

Dental Anatomy

3

DEN-130

Head and Neck Anatomy

1.5

DEN-200

Preventive Dentistry

2

DHY-173

Dental Hygiene I

4

HSC-107

Professionals in Health

2

HSC-210

Health Skills I

1

 

 

17

Second Semester

BIO-173

Human Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab

4

CHM-132

Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry

4

DEN-300

Dental Radiography

3

DHY-186

Dental Hygiene II

4

DHY-220

Dental Materials

1.5

 

 

16.5

Third Semester

BIO-186

Microbiology

4

DEN-220

Dental Nutrition

1

DHY-140

General and Oral Pathology

2

DHY-270

Local Anesthesia for the Dental Hygienist

1

DHY-285

Dental Hygiene III

3

 

 

11

Fourth Semester

DHY-134

Therapeutics and Pain Control

2

DHY-211

Periodontology

2

DHY-250

Community Dental Health

1.5

DHY-296

Dental Hygiene IV

5

SPC-101

Fundamentals of Oral Communication or

3

COM-222

Communication for Health Care Professionals

 

 

 

13.5

Fifth Semester

DHY-306

Dental Hygiene V

5

ENG-105

Composition I

3

PSY-111

Introduction to Psychology

3

SOC-110

Introduction to Sociology

3

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Humanities elective

3

 

 

17

Total program credit hours

86

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