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
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.
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Total Program Hours: 83