Dental Hygiene

The Dental Hygiene curriculum prepares individuals with the knowledge and skills to assess, plan, implement, and evaluate dental hygiene care for the individual and the community.

Students will learn to prepare the operatory, take patient histories, note abnormalities, plan care, teach oral hygiene, clean teeth, take x-rays, apply preventive agents, complete necessary chart entries, and perform other procedures related to dental hygiene care.

Graduates of this program may be eligible to take national and state/regional examinations for licensure which are required to practice dental hygiene. Employment opportunities include dental offices, clinics, schools, public health agencies, industry, and professional education.

Coastal Carolina Community College offers an Associate in Applied Science Degree. This has been identified as a limited enrollment program and may involve certain deadlines. See an academic counselor for additional information.

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View the Annual Admissions Bulletin for more information about the program.

Award Available – See Course Requirements below.

  • Associate in Applied Science Dental Hygiene Degree (A45260)
Course Requirements for A.A.S. Dental Hygiene

Curriculum Code: A45260

For course descriptions, please refer to the current catalog.

FALL SEMESTER (1st Year)
Hours Per Week
Course ID Course Title Class Lab Clinic Credit
BIO 163 Basic Anatomy and Physiology 4 2 0 5
CHM 130 General, Organic and Biochemistry 3 0 0 3
CHM 130A General, Organic and Biochem Lab 0 2 0 1
CIS 110 Introduction to Computers 2 2 0 3
DEN 110 Orofacial Anatomy 2 2 0 3
DEN 111 Infection/Hazard Control 2 0 0 2
DEN 120 Dental Hygiene Preclinic Lecture 2 0 0 2
DEN 121 Dental Hygiene Preclinic Lab 0 6 0 2
14 14 0 21
SPRING SEMESTER (1st Year)
BIO 175 General Microbiology 2 2 0 3
DEN 112 Dental Radiography 2 3 0 3
DEN 130 Dental Hygiene Theory I 2 0 0 2
DEN 131 Dental Hygiene Clinic I 0 0 9 3
DEN 222 General and Oral Pathology 2 0 0 2
DEN 223 Dental Pharmacology 2 0 0 2
10 5 9 15
SUMMER SEMESTER (1st Session)
DEN 123 Nutrition/Dental Health 2 0 0 2
DEN 140 Dental Hygiene Theory II 1 0 0 1
DEN 141 Dental Hygiene Clinic II 0 0 6 2
3 0 6 5
FALL SEMESTER (2nd Year)
DEN 124 Periodontology 2 0 0 2
DEN 220 Dental Hygiene Theory III 2 0 0 2
DEN 221 Dental Hygiene Clinic III 0 0 12 4
DEN 224 Materials and Procedures 1 3 0 2
DEN 232 Community Dental Health 2 0 3 3
ENG 111 Expository Writing 3 0 0 3
10 3 15 16
SPRING SEMESTER (2nd Year)
COM 120 Interpersonal Communication 3 0 0 3
DEN 230 Dental Hygiene Theory IV 1 0 0 1
DEN 231 Dental Hygiene Clinic IV 0 0 12 4
DEN 233 Professional Development 2 0 0 2
SOC 240 Social Psychology 3 0 0 3
Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3 0 0 3
12 0 12 16
Total Semester Hours: 73

Approved Humanities/Fine Arts Electives

Course ID Course Title Course ID Course Title
ART 111 Art Appreciation HUM 160 Introduction to Film
ART 114 Art History Survey I HUM 211 Humanities I
ART 115 Art History Survey II HUM 212 Humanities II
DRA 111 Theatre Appreciation MUS 110 Music Appreciation
DRA 112 Literature of the Theatre MUS 112 Introduction to Jazz
DRA 211 Theatre History I MUS 210 History of Rock Music
DRA 212 Theatre History II MUS 213 Opera and Music Theatre
ENG 231 American Literature I PHI 215 Philosophical Issues
ENG 232 American Literature II PHI 240 Introduction to Ethics
ENG 241 British Literature I REL 112 Western Religions
ENG 242 British Literature II REL 211 Intro to Old Testament
ENG 261 World Literature I REL 212 Intro to New Testament
ENG 262 World Literature II REL 221 Religion in America
HUM 130 Myth in Human Culture

Programs in dental assisting and dental hygiene are accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation will review complaints that relate to a program’s compliance with accreditation standards. The Commission is interested in the sustained quality and continued improvement of dental and dental-related education programs but does not intervene on behalf of individuals or act as a court of appeal for individuals in matters of admission, appointment, promotion or dismissal of faculty, staff, or students.

A copy of the appropriate accreditation standards and/or the Commission’s policy and procedure for submission of complaints may be obtained by contacting the Commission at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago IL 60611 or by calling 1-800-621-8099 extension 2719.

 


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