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Health and Wellness

Dental Hygiene Program

See Dental Hygiene - Associate In Applied Science

As a graduate of this program, you will have the knowledge and skills to provide preventive and therapeutic treatments and services prescribed by and under the supervision of the dentist. Specific responsibilities vary, depending on the law of the state where you are employed, but generally include: scaling and root debridement; application of topical fluoride and medicines for the prevention of tooth decay; taking impressions and preparing diagnostic models; expose, process and mount dental radiographs; provide instructions for patient self-care and nutritional counseling; and perform laboratory procedures. In Michigan registered dental hygienists are also allowed to provide local anesthesia and nitrous oxide to patients 18 years of age and older. Upon successfully completing this program, you will be eligible to take the National, Regional and State Board Examinations for Dental Hygiene licensure, since Delta College’s program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association, a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education.

There are various employment opportunities for the registered dental hygienist. The registered hygienist may choose employment in a general or specialty dental practice, schools, clinics, hospitals, HMOs, public health, or governmental agencies. The dental hygienist may also be employed in the area of management, research, sales, consulting or education. 

Program Guiding Philosophy

The Dental Hygiene Program is an education unit within Delta College’s Health and Wellness Division. It is a highly competent professional program adhering to comprehensive outcomes/competencies and objectives. The commitment of the faculty is to create an educational environment that facilitates growth in knowledge and skills, develops responsible self-directed and lifelong learners as health professionals. The faculty members are committed to providing learning climates that will develop the full potential of the individual. To meet the obligations to our students, to ourselves and to the communities, the focus is continuous quality improvement through teaching and learning.

The following statements describe what will be gained as outcomes/competencies when successfully completing the Delta College Dental Hygiene Program. Each course will state in the course syllabus which general education and dental hygiene program course competencies and objectives must be met to be successful in that course.

Dental Hygiene Program Goal

The program will provide career education to prepare entry-level dental hygienists.

Dental Hygiene Program Competencies

A. Collect and assess data to determine a dental hygiene diagnosis and create an effective treatment plan.
B. Incorporate evidence-based decision making in the management of patients/clients.
C. Implement and evaluate dental hygiene services, treatment, and dental office procedures.
D. Manage infection and hazard control.
E. Manage medical emergencies.
F. Model professional behaviors including ethical, legal, interpersonal skills, and professional appearance.
G. Solve problems individually and in a team environment.
H. Provide dental hygiene services to the community and individuals (child, adolescent, adult, and geriatric populations) through screening, referral, and education.
I. Participate in professional events in the community.
J. Access, analyze, and use information for lifelong learning.


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