Dental Hygiene Program

The Dental Hygiene (DH) program prepares the student to provide comprehensive therapeutic oral health care and preventative education directly to diverse population groups in both clinical and community environments. An integral part of the dental team, the dental hygienist provides valuable oral health care services which may include oral assessments, oral cancer screenings, removing deposits from the teeth, exposing and processing dental radiographs, the administration of local anesthesia, nutritional counseling, sealant placement, fluoride treatments and preventative education.

After graduation, Dental Hygiene students will have the opportunity to work in the following areas: private dental offices, hospitals, nursing homes, public health clinics, education, research office management, business administration, and dental company representatives.

Career Options

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  • Hospitals
  • Nursing homes
  • Public health clinics
  • Education
  • Research
  • Office management
  • Business administration
  • Dental company representatives

Program Requirements

Students must earn a grade of a “C” or better in all required dental hygiene courses in order to progress in the dental hygiene program.

Student Responsibilities

Students receive clinical experience at the Iowa Central Dental Hygiene Clinic located at the Fort Dodge Campus. A medical health form and certification in basic cardiac life support must be completed prior to attending clinical sessions and the student must begin the hepatitis immunization series during their first semester. Students are required to purchase dental hygiene instruments and other personal protective materials. Transportation to various community projects is the responsibility of the student.

Dental Hygiene is a licensed profession. Applicants for licensure are asked if they have ever been charged, convicted, found guilty of, or entered a plea of guilty or no contest to a felony or misdemeanor crime. A prior criminal history or record or habitual use of drugs or intoxicants can be grounds for licensure or licensure registration denial.

Course Schedule

Dental Hygiene A.A.S. Degree

Pre-requisites

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
BIO-168 Human Anatomy & Physiology I w/lab
4.0
BIO-173 Human Anatomy & Physiology II w/lab
4.0
CHM-110 Intro to Chemistry
3.0
CHM-111 Intro to Chemistry Lab
1.0
BIO-186 Microbiology with Lab
4.0
 
Total Hours: 16.0

First Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
DHY-174 Principles of Dental Hygiene
5.0
DHY-114 Dental Hygiene Anatomical Sciences
4.0
DHY-163 Radiology
3.0
DHY-121 Oral History & Embryology
2.0
 
Total Hours: 14.0

Second Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
DHY-183 Dental Hygiene I Theory
2.0
DHY-184 Clinical Dental Hygiene I
3.0
DHY-140 General & Oral Pathology
2.0
DHY-209 Periodontology
3.0
DHY-233 Preventative Dentistry/Nutrition
2.0
*PSY-111 Intro to Psychology*
3.0
 
Total Hours: 15.0

Third Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
DHY-278 Dental Hygiene II Theory
2.0
DHY-280 Clinical Dental Hygiene II
3.0
DHY-224 Dental Materials
1.0
*CHM-130 Intro to Organic & Biochemistry
3.0
*CHM-131 Intro to Organic & Biochemistry Lab
1.0
 
Total Hours: 10.0

Fourth Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
DHY-293 Dental Hygiene III Theory
2.0
DHY-292 Clinical Dental Hygiene III
5.0
DHY-256 Community Dentistry
2.0
DHY-132 Dental Pharmacology
3.0
*ENG-105 Composition I*
3.0
 
Total Hours: 15.0

Fifth Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
DHY-303 Dental Hygiene IV Theory
2.0
DHY-302 Clinical Dental Hygiene IV
5.0
DHY-253 Community Oral Health Rotation
1.0
DHY-265 Current Dental Hygiene Practice
2.0
*SPC-112 Public Speaking*
3.0
*SOC-110 Intro to Sociology*
3.0
 
Total Hours: 16.0
 
Dental Hygiene A.A.S. Degree Total Hours: 86.0

*Applicants are strongly encouraged to complete the 16 credits* of Arts & Sciences classes prior to program entry.

Iowa Community colleges have developed the following Core Performance Standards for all applicants to Health Care Career Programs.  These standards are based upon required abilities that are compatible with effective performance in health care careers.  Applicants unable to meet the Core Performance Standards are responsible for discussing the possibility of reasonable accommodations with the designated institutional office.  To view the full Iowa Core Performance Standards, click here.

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Instructors

Renee Piper, RDH, MA Program Coordinator 515-574-1335 piper@iowacentral.edu  
Brenda Anderson Instructor 515-574-1329 anderson_br@iowacentral.edu  
Cindy DeWall Instructor 515-574-1326 dewall@iowacentral.edu