If you’ve been to the dentist’s office lately, you’ve probably spent some time with a dental hygienist. These health care professionals play an important role in helping people develop good habits in caring for their teeth, gums, and oral health.
After this program, you will work under the supervision of a dentist. You’ll clean people’s teeth, expose x-rays to be interpreted by the dentist, and apply cavity-preventing materials such as fluoride treatments and sealants. You will also teach patients how to care for their teeth!
Because you work directly with patients and as a member of the dental health care team, you should enjoy working with people. You’ll need to have good manual dexterity because your job will require you to use dental instruments within the patient’s mouth. Good communication skills and a sound understanding of biology, chemistry, and math are needed.
You’ll have options of working full time or part time. Some work very flexible hours, often filling in for other hygienists as needed.
Recent graduates of the program earn, on average, $22 per hour.
Notice to patients and potential dental hygiene applicants: Dental clinic students, faculty clinicians and patients are exposed to bloodborne pathogens. These include (but are not limited to) pathogenic microorganisms present in human blood and have the potential to cause disease such as Hepatitis HBV, Herpes, Tuberculosis and HIV. The Bloodborne Pathogen policy is available by contacting the Dental Hygiene Program.
In the interest of fairness to various groups of applicants seeking admission to our health career programs, we maintain several categories for admission.
For Dental Hygiene, 24 total students can be admitted into the program. This is broken down as: 4 high school – in district; 14 post high school – in district; and 6 post high school – out of district.
Associate in Applied Science (Career Program)
Total Credit Hours: 81.5
Select a course number below to see a course description.
|ENGL 110||COMPOSITION I ||3|
|COMM 110||INTRODUCTION TO COMMUNICATION: PRESENTATION AND THEORY ||3|
|PSY 110||INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY ||3|
|BIOL 140||HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY ||4|
|CHEM 115||FOUNDATIONS OF CHEMISTRY ||4|
|BIOL 210||MICROBIOLOGY ||4|
|DHYGN 110||DENTAL SCIENCE I ||3|
|DHYGN 111||DENTAL SCIENCE II ||3|
|DHYGN 113||FUNDAMENTALS OF DENTAL HYGIENE AND INFECTION CONTROL ||1.5|
|DHYGN 115||INTRODUCTION TO DENTAL HYGIENE ||1|
|DHYGN 117||DENTAL SPECIALTIES ||1|
|DHYGN 131||INTRODUCTION TO DENTAL HYGIENE CLINICAL APPLICATIONS ||2|
|DHYGN 133||PRECLINICAL DENTAL HYGIENE ||2|
|DHYGN 135||DENTAL RADIOLOGY ||3|
|DHYGN 137||MEDICAL EMERGENCIES ||1|
|DHYGN 139||SPECIAL POPULATIONS ||1|
|DHYGN 210||COMMUNITY DENTAL HEALTH ||3|
|DHYGN 212||DENTAL MATERIALS ||2|
|DHYGN 220||NITROUS OXIDE ANALGESIA ||0.5|
|DHYGN 222||PREVENTIVE MODALITIES ||3|
|DHYGN 226||LOCAL ANESTHETICS FOR THE DENTAL HYGIENIST ||1|
|DHYGN 228||NEW DIMENSIONS IN DENTAL HYGIENE ||2|
|DHYGN 230||DENTAL HYGIENE CLINIC I ||2|
|DHYGN 231||DENTAL HYGIENE CLINIC II ||5|
|DHYGN 232||DENTAL HYGIENE CLINIC III ||4|
|DHYGN 243||ORAL PATHOLOGY I ||1|
|DHYGN 244||PERIODONTOLOGY ||2|
|DHYGN 245||ORAL PATHOLOGY II ||2|
|DHYGN 246||TRANSITIONS FOR THE DENTAL HYGIENIST ||3|
|DHYGN 247||OFFICE PRACTICES IN DENTISTRY ||1.5|
|DHYGN 248||PHARMACOLOGY I FOR DENTAL HYGIENISTS ||1|
|DHYGN 249||PHARMACOLOGY II FOR DENTAL HYGIENISTS ||1|
|FCS 110||BASIC NUTRITION ||2|
|SOC 110||AN INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY ||3|
* See specific requirements for Associate in Applied Science degree.
Graduates are eligible to take the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination and a regional/state examination for registration as a Dental Hygienist in Illinois, and other states. The dental hygienist works under the supervision of the dentist in dental offices and other health agencies by performing duties delegated by the dentist in accordance with the Illinois Dental Practice Act or other applicable state practice acts. Duties include cleaning teeth, exposing x-rays, providing oral healthcare instructions to patients, maintaining patient records, etc. Students receive extensive clinical experiences in the Illinois Central College Dental Hygiene Clinic and selected agencies.
All required general education courses may be taken prior to admission into the program.
|Summer Semester||BIOL 140; CHEM 115|
|Fall Semester 1||ENGL 110; BIOL 210; DHYGN 110; DHYGN 113; DHYGN 115; DHYGN 117; Humanities|
|Spring Semester 1||COMM 110; FCS 110; DHYGN 111; DHYGN 131; DHYGN 133; DHYGN 135; DHYGN 137; DHYGN 139|
|Summer Semester||DHYGN 212; DHYGN 220; DHYGN 222; DHYGN 230; DHYGN 243|
|Fall Semester 2||DHYGN 210; DHYGN 226; DHYGN 228; DHYGN 231; DHYGN 244; DHYGN 245; DHYGN 248|
|Spring Semester 2||SOC 110; PSY 110; DHYGN 232; DHYGN 246; DHYGN 247; DHYGN 249|
Health Careers Department
The program is approved by the Commission on Dental Accreditation.
National and Regional Clinical Board Results
|Class||Class Size/ Graduates||Employment Data||NBDHE Pass/Fail||CDCA Pass/Fail||CSCE Pass/Fail||CRDTS Pass/Fail||WREB Pass/Fail|
Employment Data includes sub. positions
NBDHE: National Boards; CDCA: Commission on Dental Competency Assessments; CSCE: Computerized Exam for CDCA; CRDTS: Central Regional Board; WREB: Western Regional Board
* Student(s) passed after additional attempt(s)
An applicant must have the ability and skills necessary to provide competent patient care. Skills and abilities typically performed by a dental hygienist include:
Technological compensation can be made for some handicaps in certain areas, but an applicant should be able to perform in a reasonably independent manner. The use of a trained intermediary is not acceptable, in that an applicant’s judgment must not require mediation by someone else’s power of observation and selection.
In order to perform these skills, the applicant must have the ability to or possess: