Kirkwood Community College

Kirkwood Community College Credit Catalog 2017-2018

Dental Hygiene

Allied Health

2164 Linn Hall

319-398-5566

www.kirkwood.edu/alliedhealth

Entry time
Fall

Award
Associate of Applied Science degree
2 years (5 terms, including summer)

Accreditation

The Dental Hygiene program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and has been granted the accreditation status of compliance without reporting requirements. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. Dental Hygiene graduates are eligible to take the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination and the regional board examinations of their choice. Successful completion of both board examinations is required to receive a license to practice dental hygiene. Commission on Dental Accreditation: 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611-2678; 312-440-4653.

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

BIO-168

Human Anatomy and Physiology I**

4

BCA-189

Microcomputer Literacy**

1

CHM-110

Introduction to Chemistry**

3

CHM-111

Introduction to Chemistry Lab**

1

MAT-772

Applied Math**+

3

 

 

12

Term 1-Fall

DEN-120

Dental Anatomy*

3

HSC-107

Professionals in Health*

2

DEN-100

Fundamentals of Dentistry

3.5

DHY-173

Dental Hygiene I

4

DEN-200

Preventive Dentistry

2

DEN-130

Head and Neck Anatomy*

1.5

 

 

16

Term 2-Spring

BIO-173

Human Anatomy and Physiology*

4

CHM-132

Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry*

4

DEN-300

Dental Radiography

3

DHY-140

General and Oral Pathology

2

DHY-186

Dental Hygiene II

4

 

 

17

Term 3-Summer

DEN-220

Dental Nutrition*

1

DHY-220

Dental Materials

1

DHY-274

Local Anesthesia for the Dental Hygienist

1.5

DHY-285

Dental Hygiene III

3

SPC-101

Fundamentals of Oral Communication* OR

3

COM-222

Communication for Health Care Professionals*

 

 

 

9.5

Term 4-Fall

DHY-250

Community Dental Health

1.5

DHY-211

Periodontology

2

DHY-134

Therapeutics and Pain Control

2

DHY-296

Dental Hygiene IV

5

BIO-186

Microbiology*

4

 

 

14.5

Term 5-Spring

DHY-306

Dental Hygiene V

5

ENG-105

Composition I*

3

SOC-110

Introduction to Sociology*

3

PSY-111

Introduction to Psychology*

3

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Humanities Elective*

3

 

 

17

Total program credit hours

86

Optional

DHY-910

Dental Hygiene Clinical Enrichment

1

*Courses may be taken before beginning the clinical portion of the program.

**Completion of courses with a minimum grade of C- required before admission to the program.

+or MAT-700 Basic Math, 3 credits, or any college-level math course.

Note: Minimum C is required in all technical Dental Hygiene courses. Dental Hygiene graduates are eligible to take the National Board of Hygiene Examination and the regional board examinations of their choice. Successful completion of both board examinations is required to receive a license to practice dental hygiene.

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