The AAS Degree prepares you to provide dental hygiene services to patients and educate them in aspects of preventive dentistry. In our on-campus clinic, you will provide preventive and therapeutic services for patients under the supervision of Dental Hygiene faculty.
In the traditional role of dental hygienist, training includes prophylaxis, patient data gathering for dental hygiene diagnosis and treatment planning, fluoride treatment, sealant application, radiographic examination, and nutritional counseling. In the expanded role of the dental hygienist, training includes treatment of periodontally-involved patients and treatment of handicapped, institutionalized, and other medically-compromised patients. You also learn to perform local anesthesia and administer nitrous oxide. Because of the high level of personal and professional responsibility required of a dental hygienist, you must have integrity, maturity, individual motivation, good interpersonal skills, excellent manual dexterity, and a solid science and general studies academic background to be successful in this program. We are firmly committed to fostering your intellectual growth and to developing well-qualified dental hygienists with high professional standards and ethics.
The program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association, a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council on Post-Secondary Accreditation and the United States Department of Education. Graduates are eligible for the National Board of Dental Hygiene Examination and state and regional examining and licensing boards. Dental hygienists must be licensed to practice within the U.S. and its protectorates.