This course is approved by the Kansas Board of Regents for guaranteed transfer among all Kansas Regents public postsecondary institutions. Additional courses may also be eligible for transfer. Please visit a JCCC counselor or the JCCC Registrar's office, and the Transfer Kansas portal to learn more.
DHYG 140 Clinical Dental Hygiene II* (4 Hours)
Prerequisites : Admission to the Dental Hygiene Program and DHYG 121 with a grade of "C" or higher and DHYG 125 with a grade of "C" or higher and DHYG 138 with a grade of "C" or higher and DHYG 142 with a grade of "C" or higher and SOC 122.
The course will include clinical application of dental hygiene techniques and instrumentation, oral health products, patient motivation and educational techniques, preventive strategies including use of an intraoral clinic camera, and an introduction to selected dental specialties. Students will be prepared for medical and dental emergencies that may be encountered in various practice settings. An introduction to the dental hygiene process of care (ADPIED) and working with special needs patient populations will be provided.
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 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics suggests the dental hygiene profession is expected to grow 20 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than that for all occupations. 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 find jobs in school systems, nursing homes and dental supply firms, as well as private dental offices.