Associate in Applied Science (Career Program) - 81.5 Credit Hours
The mission of the Dental Hygiene program is to prepare professional, ethical and competent entry level dental hygienists, by facilitating development of knowledge, attainment of skills, enhancement of professional behaviors, and increasing awareness of roles and responsibilities to serve diverse needs of patients within the community.
The Dental Hygiene program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation, a specialized accrediting body of the American Dental Association. Contact information for ADA/CODA 211 East Chicago Ave. Chicago, IL 60611-2678 312-440-2500
Admission to the Program:
Admission criteria includes: 1) graduation from high school, or equivalent; 2) academic placement test scores into READ 115 and ENGL 110; 3) 2 years high school science including chemistry; 1 year high school algebra and 1 year high school geometry with grade averages of "C" or better in each of these high school courses; 4) an ACT composite score of 18 or above (tested prior to October 28, 1989) or 20 or above (tested after October 28, 1989); 5) in the case of students not initially admissible to the program: a) completion of algebra and geometry at Illinois Central College or equivalent courses taken at other colleges, or placement test scores into MAT 098 and out of MAT 095; b) completion of chemistry at Illinois Central College or equivalent course taken at another college; c) completion of 18 or more semester hours of approved courses taken at Illinois Central College or equivalent courses at other colleges including BIOL 140, 210, CHEM 115 with at least a "C" in each of these three courses (courses numbered below 110 will not apply toward the 18-hour requirement) 6) upon program acceptance, student will be required to complete drug screen, fingerprint background check, physical examination, and immunizations. 6) proof of current CPR certification is required prior to clinical experiences through the American Heart Association (AHA) Healthcare Provider (HLTH 041 at ICC or equivalent) or American Red Cross (ARC) Professional Rescuer; proof of certification must be in form of an original card or photocopy of course completion card issued by either the AHA or ARC; student is required to maintain current CPR certification throughout the program.
High school recommendations include 2 years laboratory science, including chemistry; 3 years English; 1 year algebra; 1 year geometry; and keyboarding.
To Remain In and Graduate From the Program:
"C" or better in all DHYGN courses, BIOL 140, BIOL 210, CHEM 115, and FCS 110.
|Recommended Course Sequence:|
|Summer Semester 0:|
BIOL 140; CHEM 115
Fall Semester 1:
Spring Semester 1:
Summer Semester 1:
Fall Semester 2:
Spring Semester 2:
|Required General Education Courses|
|ENGL 110||COMPOSITION I||3|
|COMM 110||COMMUNICATION: PROCESS AND PRACTICE||3|
|PSY 110||INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY||3|
|BIOL 140||HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY **||4|
|CHEM 115||FOUNDATIONS OF CHEMISTRY **||4|
|Required Program Courses|
|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 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.
** These courses must be completed withing five (5) years of admission to the program.
All Required General Education Courses may be taken prior to admission into the program.
For Program Information Contact:
Health Careers Department