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Dental Hygiene, A.A.S.

A key member of the professional dental team, the licensed dental hygienist is on the "front line" of patient care, responsible for providing educational, clinical and therapeutic services that promote total health through good oral health. The growing public awareness of the benefits of oral health, combined with the growth of corporate dental plans, has significantly increased the demand for dental care and has made dental hygiene one of the country's fastest-growing careers. The demand for dental hygienists is expected to grow 46 percent by 2010. Competitive salaries and flexible work schedules are added benefits. Students in JCCC's dental hygiene program prepare for careers as preventive dental professionals who have a choice of working in a variety of settings. Upon successful completion of licensure requirements and board examinations, graduates get jobs in school systems, nursing homes and dental supply firms, as well as private dental offices.

Fully accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation, this 83-credit-hour program requires four semesters and one summer session of full-time study. Successful completion leads to an associate of applied science degree. All dental hygiene students gain important practical experience working in JCCC's state-of-the-art clinical facility under the supervision of licensed dental hygienists and dentists.

Enrollment is limited. The deadline for fall semester applications is December 1st. Fall course transcripts are due January 15th. For an application, call the dental hygiene program at 913-469-3808 or download a copy by visiting Dental Hygiene Application Process.

This program requires a professional liability insurance fee. Students will be notified via their JCCC student e-mail account if they are required to pay a $16 fee. The dollar amount for fees is subject to change.

(Major Code 223A; State CIP Code 51.0602)

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Before Beginning Clinical Courses

CHEM 122Principles of Chemistry*5
ENGL 121Composition I*3
BIOL 140Human Anatomy4
PSYC 130Introduction to Psychology3
BIOL 230Microbiology*3
BIOL 231Microbiology Lab*2

Note: CHEM 122 or BIOL 140 or BIOL 230/BIOL 231 and one of the other prerequisites must be completed by the end of the fall semester.

Note: Transcripts from the fall semester are due January 15. The application deadline is December 1.

First Semester

DHYG 121Clinical Dental Hygiene I: Pre-Clinic*5
DHYG 125Developmental Dentistry*2
DHYG 135Dental Materials*2
DHYG 138Head and Neck Anatomy*2
SOC 122Introduction to Sociology3
Total Hours14

Second Semester

DHYG 140Clinical Dental Hygiene II*4
DHYG 142Dental Radiology*2
DHYG 146Periodontics*3
DHYG 148Dental Health Education*2
BIOL 225Human Physiology* ( )4
Total Hours15


BIOL 235General Nutrition*3
Humanities Elective ^3
Mathematics Elective ^^3
Total Hours9

Humanities Elective


Mathematics Elective

Third Semester

DHYG 221Clinical Dental Hygiene III*6
DHYG 225Pathology*3
DHYG 230Dental Therapeutics*3
DHYG 240Community Dental Health*2
Total Hours14

Fourth Semester

DHYG 245Nitrous Oxide Analgesia*1
DHYG 250Clinical Dental Hygiene IV*6
SPD 120Interpersonal Communication3
or SPD 121 Public Speaking
or SPD 125 Personal Communication
Health and/or Physical Education Elective ^1
Total Hours11

Health and/or Physical Education Elective

Total Program Hours: 83