CURRICULUM GUIDE

Dental Hygienist
Associate in Applied Science Degree

Curriculum Code: 0279  (Effective Fall 2003 - Summer 2005)

Dental hygienists are licensed preventive oral health care professionals. 
They provide educational, clinical, and therapeutic services to patients in
dental offices, schools, hospitals, long-term care facilities, and other
public health programs.  Clinical skills include performing patient
assessments; taking health histories; examining head, neck, and oral tissues
for disease; checking blood pressures; exposing and processing dental x-ray
pictures; applying decay-preventing agents to the teeth; polishing fillings;
scaling and root planing teeth; and polishing teeth.  Upon graduation from
this program which is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of
the American Dental Association (CODA), students are eligible to take the
written and clinical licensing exams.  Not all courses in this program
transfer to all colleges.  Students planning to transfer should see an
academic advisor or counselor before enrolling in any course.

This is a selective admission program.  In order to be considered as a
candidate for this program, students must meet basic admission requirements
beyond those required for admission to the college.  Many of the courses for
this program are open only to students officially admitted to the Dental
Hygienist Program.

Students should see Course Descriptions or Course Offerings for course
prerequisite information.  See the Assessment and Placement Testing section
for skills assessment and advising information.

The admission and/or graduation requirements for this program may change each
academic year.  The program requirements below apply only to those students
who have been admitted to the program for the 2003/2004 academic year. For the
most recent and complete information, interested students should contact the
Admissions Office, Gannon Vocational-Technical Center, Room 2200, telephone
number (517) 483-1254 or the Dental Hygienist Program, Room 007 A&S building,
telephone number (517)483-1457 or (517) 483-1465.

For current information about admission requirements, students must contact
the Admissions Office, Gannon Vocational-Technical Center, Room 2200,
telephone number (517) 483-1254 or the Dental Hygienist Program (517)483-1457
or (517)483-1465.

REQUIREMENTS (See Notes 1 and 2)                             TOTAL: 70 CREDITS
CODE        TITLE                                                 CREDIT HOURS
BIOL 201    Human Anatomy (See Note 3)                                       4
BIOL 202    Human Physiology (See Note 3)                                    4
BIOL 203    Microbiology (See Note 3)                                        3
DENT 140    Oral Histology & Embryology                                      2
DENT 142    PreClinical Dental Hygiene                                       3
DENT 144    PreClinical DH Practice                                          2
DENT 146    Head, Neck & Oral Anatomy                                        4
DENT 148    Dental Radiography                                               3
DENT 152    Dental Hygiene I                                                 2
DENT 154    Clinical Dental Hygiene I                                      2.5
DENT 158    Pharmacology                                                     3
DENT 160    Oral Pathology                                                   3
DENT 174    Clinical Dental Hygiene II                                       1
DENT 176    Dental Materials & Methods                                       3
DENT 240    Anxiety & Pain Control Mgt                                       2
DENT 242    Dental Hygiene III                                               2
DENT 244    Clinical Dental Hygiene III                                    3.5
DENT 246    Principles of Periodontics                                       3
DENT 248    Dental Public Health & Educ                                      3
DENT 252    Dental Hygiene IV                                                2
DENT 254    Clinical Dental Hygiene IV                                       3
DENT 256    Community Oral Health                                            2
PFHW 123    Human Nutrition                                                  3
SOCL 120    Introduction to Sociology                                        4
SPCH 120    Dynamics of Communication                                        3

LIMITED CHOICE REQUIREMENTS                                 TOTAL: 3-8 CREDITS
Complete the indicated number of credits from each CHOICE listed below.

CHOICE 1:   General Education Core Areas                           3-4 Credits
(See General Education Core Requirements for information on how to fulfill
these requirements.  Core area proficiency exams, where appropriate, are
available for each core area.)
            Communication Core Area (See Note 4)                             0
            Global Perspectives and Diversity Core Area (See Note 4)         0
            Mathematics Core Area (See Note 5)                               0
            Science Core Area (See Note 4)                                   0
            Writing Core Area (See Note 6)                                 3-4

CHOICE 2:   Chemistry (See Note 7)                                 0-4 Credits

            MINIMUM TOTAL                                                   73

1.    For students accepted into this program, current Basic Cardiac Life
      Support Certification (Infant, Child, and Adult) is required throughout
      this program.  (EMSB 102 or American Red Cross "Provider C".)
2.    Students accepted into this program must complete a physical examination
      and be current in all immunizations required by the Dental Hygiene
      Program, including Hepatitis B.
3.    Although not required for the associate degree, it is strongly
      recommended that BIOL 121 be taken prior to BIOL 201, 202, and 203.  It
      is also recommended that Choice 2 - Chemistry be completed prior to BIOL
      201, 202, and 203. 
4.    Students completing REQUIREMENTS have fulfilled the requirements for
      this Core area.
5.    Students completing Phase I requirements for admission to the Dental
      Hygienist Program have fulfilled the requirements for this Core area.
6.    WRIT 121 is the minimum writing requirement.  It may be replaced by ENGL
      122, ENGL 132, WRIT 122, WRIT 124, WRIT 127, WRIT 131, or WRIT 132.
7.    By the start of Fall Semester 2004, students must demonstrate successful
      completion of one of the two following options within the past seven
      years to remain in the program: (1) Complete two semesters of high
      school chemistry with a grade of 2.0 or higher, or (2) Complete any of
      the following with a grade of 2.0 or higher:  CHEM 120, CHEM 125, CHEM
      130, CHEM 151, or a higher numbered CHEM course with approval from a
      Dental Hygiene program advisor.  CHEM 120 is recommended.
8.    All courses must be completed with a minimum grade of 2.0 to graduate.

Courses listed in semesters I, II, and III below must be completed prior to
admission to the Dental Hygienist Program as part of the requirements for
admission, with the exception of the Limited Choice 2 Chemistry requirement
(see Note 7). The Mathematics Core Area requirement must also be completed for
admission and may be waived by successfully passing a proficiency exam.  Once
admitted to the program, students begin semester IV courses during fall

I                 II                III
Lim.Ch.1          BIOL 201          BIOL 202
Lim.Ch.2          SOCL 120          BIOL 203
Core Math Course  SPCH 120
 (or proficiency)

IV (Fall)         V (Spring)        VI (Summer)       VII (Fall)
DENT 140          DENT 152          DENT 174          DENT 240
DENT 142          DENT 154          DENT 176          DENT 242
DENT 144          DENT 158                            DENT 244
DENT 146          DENT 160                            DENT 246
DENT 148          PFHW 123                            DENT 248

VIII (Spring)
DENT 252
DENT 254
DENT 256