CURRICULAR GUIDE

Dental Hygienist
Associate in Applied Science Degree

Curriculum Code: 0279  (Effective Fall 2002 - Summer 2004)

Dental hygienists are licensed preventive oral health care professionals. 
They provide educational, clinical, and therapeutic services to patients in
dental offices, schools, hospitals, long-term care facilities, and other
public health programs.  Clinical skills include performing patient
assessments, taking health histories; examining head, neck and oral tissues
for disease; checking blood pressures; exposing and processing dental x-ray
pictures; applying decay-preventing agents to the teeth; polishing fillings;
scaling and root planing teeth; and polishing teeth.  Upon graduation from
this accredited program one is eligible to take the written and clinical
licensing exams.  Not all courses in this program transfer to all colleges. 
Students planning to transfer should see an academic advisor or counselor
before enrolling in any course.

This is a selective admission program.  In order to be considered as a
candidate for this program, students must meet basic admission requirements
beyond those required for admission to the college.  Many of the courses for
this program are open only to students officially admitted to the Dental
Hygienist Program.

Students should see Course Descriptions or Course Offerings for course
prerequisite information.  See the Assessment and Placement Testing section
for skills assessment and advising information.

General education is an important part of this program and includes a
mathematics competency requirement. To fulfill the mathematics competency
requirement, students may need to complete specific course work in
mathematics.  See the General Education Core Requirements section for
information on how to fulfill these requirements.

The admission and/or graduation requirements for this program may change each
academic year.  The program requirements below apply only to those students
who have been admitted to the program for the 2002/2003 academic year. For the
most recent and complete information, interested students should contact the
Admissions Office, Gannon Vocational-Technical Center, Room 2200, telephone
number (517) 483-1254.  For Dental Hygienist career advising information,
contact the Dental Advisor at the Dental Hygienist Program office, Arts and
Sciences Building, Room 007F, telephone number (517) 483-1457.

For current information about admission requirements, students must contact
the Admissions Office, Gannon Vocational-Technical Center, Room 2200,
telephone number (517) 483-1254.

REQUIREMENTS                                                 TOTAL: 73 CREDITS
CODE        TITLE                                                 CREDIT HOURS
BIOL 201    Human Anatomy                                                    4
BIOL 202    Human Physiology                                                 4
BIOL 203    Microbiology                                                     3
DADH 128    Dental Radiography                                               4
DHYN 110    Preclinical Dental Hygiene                                       6
DHYN 112    Oral Anatomy                                                     4
DHYN 114    Oral Pathology                                                   2
DHYN 116    Dental Pharmacology                                              2
DHYN 120    Clinical Dental Hygiene I                                        6
DHYN 122    Principles of Periodontics                                       2
DHYN 124    Nutrition and Oral Health                                        2
DHYN 126    Dental Materials and Methods                                     3
DHYN 210    Clinical Dental Hygiene II                                       6
DHYN 212    Advanced Dental Hygiene Proced                                   4
DHYN 214    Clinical Oral Pathology                                          1
DHYN 216    Dental Public Health & Educ                                      2
DHYN 220    Clinical Dental Hygiene III                                      7
DHYN 222    Community Oral Health                                            4
SOCL 120    Introduction to Sociology                                        4
SPCH 120    Dynamics of Communication                                        3

LIMITED CHOICE REQUIREMENTS                                   TOTAL: 3 CREDITS
Complete the indicated number of credits from each CHOICE listed below.

CHOICE 1:   General Education Core Areas                             3 Credits
(See the GENERAL EDUCATION section above)
            Writing Core Area                                                3
            Speech Communication Core Area (See Note 1)                      0
            Science/Technology Core Area (See Note 1)                        0
            Global Perspectives and Diversity Core Area (See Note 1)         0
            Mathematics Competency (See the General Education Core
            Requirement section on how to fulfill this mathematics
            requirement.  Course work may be needed.)

            MINIMUM TOTAL                                                   76

1.    Students completing "REQUIREMENTS" have fulfilled the requirements for
      this Core area.
2.    DHYN 224, Testing Styles and Inventory, 2 credits, is an optional course
      to prepare for Dental Hygiene licensure exams.
3.    Dental Hygienist students desiring eligibility to take the Michigan
      Registered Dental Assistant licensure exam must also successfully
      complete DHYN 230, RDA Prc-DH, 2 credits, offered spring semester.
4.    Current Basic Cardiac Life Support Certification (BCLS) is required
      throughout the program. (EMSB 102 or American Red Cross Provider C.)

Courses listed in semesters I, II, and III below must be completed prior to
admission to the Dental Hygienist Program as part of the requirements for
admission. Once admitted to the program, students begin semester IV courses
during fall semester. DHYN and DADH courses are offered once a year in the
following sequence for a two-year period and are scheduled fall and spring
semesters only.

I                 II                III
BIOL 201          BIOL 202          BIOL 203
SOCL 120          SPCH 120          Lim.Ch.

IV                V                 VI                VII
DHYN 110          DADH 128          DHYN 210          DHYN 220
DHYN 112          DHYN 120          DHYN 212          DHYN 222
DHYN 114          DHYN 122          DHYN 214
DHYN 116          DHYN 124          DHYN 216
                  DHYN 126