Dental Hygiene AAS Degree Courses

Award: Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
Required number of credits: 86
Program Start: Fall

As a student in a health program at Hawkeye Community College, and to participate in clinicals, you will be required to complete the following screenings: Criminal background check, sex offender registry, child abuse registry, and dependent adult registry. The outcome could possibly affect your opportunities to participate in the clinical setting.

Bloodborne Pathogens, Infectious Disease, and Ionizing Radiation

As a student of the Allied Dental Programs at Hawkeye Community College, individuals may be exposed to bloodborne pathogens, infectious disease, and ionizing radiation. The Dental Assisting and Dental Hygiene Programs both educate students in policies which are outlined in the school catalog, student and faculty handbooks, and program policies and procedures manuals, which are effective in ensuring a safe environment. These items are clearly stated verbally and in written form and given to students, faculty, and staff of Hawkeye Community College through set exposure control guidelines.

Safety regarding ionizing radiation is effective and remains a primary focus, including the design of the radiology facilities, the monitoring of potential radiation through the use of the quarterly TLD badge system, and the registration and monitoring of all equipment in compliance with the State of Iowa regulations for safety. The units used for patient exposure allow for the least amount of radiation exposure when used on the film speed E or the phosphor plate sensors.

The Allied Dental Programs accept responsibility for assuring compliance with federal and state regulations regarding bloodborne pathogens standards and hazardous materials/communications. The Programs recognize the potential for bloodborne infectious disease in patients presenting for care in clinic, sterilization, radiology, and in the dental laboratory. Protocols in all clinic and support areas have been established to integrate the ethical, legal, and regulatory considerations.

2021–2022 Suggested Sequence of Study

The following suggested sequence of study is for new full-time students starting the program Fall 2021. Part-time students should visit with a program advisor for a modified sequence of study.

When registering for classes refer to your Academic Evaluation to see your specific program requirements and ensure proper registration.

Courses are subject to change.

Students must achieve a minimum "C" grade in all courses that are required to complete the program.

Prerequisites *
BIO-168 Human Anatomy and Physiology I E 4
BIO-173 Human Anatomy and Physiology II E 4
BIO-186 Microbiology E 4
CHM-122 Introduction to General Chemistry E 4
HSC-113 Medical Terminology 2
Total Credits 18

* All prerequisites must be completed with a minimum grade of "C" and a minimum cumulative prerequisite GPA of 2.75. Students are not eligible for the Iowa Vocational Technical Tuition Grant while taking prerequisite courses.

** CHM-132 will not be a prerequisite course beginning Fall 2020.

Semester 1
DHY-111 Head and Neck Anatomy for Dental Hygiene 2
DHY-116 Tooth Morphology 1
DHY-121 Oral Histology and Embryology 2
DHY-160 Oral Radiology 3
DHY-175 Fundamentals of Clinical Dental Hygiene 6
Total Credits 14

Semester 2
CHM-132 Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry 4
DHY-141 General and Oral Pathology 3
DHY-187 Clinical Dental Hygiene II 3
DHY-188 Clinical Dental Hygiene II Seminar 1
DHY-210 Introduction To Periodontology 1
DHY-222 Biomaterials for the Dental Hygienist 3
DHY-240 Ethics and Jurisprudence 1
DHY-262 Special Needs Patient Education 1
Total Credits 17

Semester 3 — Summer
PSY-111 Introduction to Psychology O E 3
SOC-110 Introduction to Sociology O E 3
Total Credits 6

Semester 4
BIO-151 Nutrition O E 3
DHY-131 Pharmacology 2
DHY-211 Periodontology 2
DHY-254 Community Oral Health I 2
DHY-271 Pain Control 2
DHY-297 Clinical Dental Hygiene III 4
DHY-298 Clinical Dental Hygiene III Seminar 2
Total Credits 17

Semester 5
DHY-259 Community Oral Health Service Learning Experience 1
DHY-272 Interdisciplinary Health Care 2
DHY-307 Clinical Dental Hygiene IV 4
DHY-308 Clinical Dental Hygiene Seminar IV 1
DHY-901 Independent Study Clinical Dental Hygiene (optional) 1
ENG-105 Composition I O E 3
SPC-101 Fundamentals of Oral Communication O E 3
Total Credits 14

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