PCC's Dental Hygiene Program is one of only three programs in the state of Colorado's Community College system.
Program Start Term: Fall Semester
Average Class Size: 16
Program Length: 5 Semesters
Part-Time or Full-Time: Full-Time Only
Course Availability: Day Classes
Program Locations: Pueblo
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Career InformationSalary ranges from $62,873.00 to $85,218.00.
What Will I Learn?This AAS degree prepares students to provide services to patients and educate them in all aspects of preventive dentistry. In the PCC on-campus clinic, students will provide preventive and therapeutic services for patients under the direct supervision of highly qualified 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. The program is firmly committed to fostering intellectual growth and to developing well-qualified dental hygienists with high professional standards and ethics. Our Experienced FacultyThe PCC Dental Hygiene faculty have over 100 years combined experience working in the profession of Dental Hygiene. Each member has extensive experience working with a diverse patient population. The faculty are active members in their professional association and believe in continually serving the public through numerous community service projects.
Our Cutting Edge FacilitiesThe Dental Hygiene Program operates a modern 16-chair community clinic. This unique facility offers excellent preventative dental care to the general public at substantially reduced rates.
AccreditationThe Program in Dental Hygiene is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and has been granted the accreditation status of "Approval without reporting requirements". The Commission 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 60611-2678. The Commission's web address is: http://www.ada.org/100.aspx. The Program is currently accredited until 2015.
THC (marijuana) is part of the required 10-panel drug screen prior to admittance into any Health Professions or Public Safety program at PCC. The passage of Amendment 64 in the State of Colorado, does not overrule Federal law, which states this is still an illegal substance. Students testing positive for THC (marijuana) will not be allowed entrance or re-entrance into a Health or Public Safety program.
Students at Pueblo Community College have extremely high success rates on their licensing exams and are highly sought after in the profession after graduation.