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Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

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The Dental Hygiene AAS degree program educates students to provide preventive oral health care services to patients. Major responsibilities include assessing a patient’s health history, examining the teeth and oral structures, removing plaque biofilm, calculus and stain from the teeth, taking intraoral radiographs and educating patients in oral self-care practices. Graduates are prepared to pass national, regional and state board licensing exams required for dental hygiene licensure. Employment opportunities include working in private dental offices, managed-care facilities, public health clinics, education, business and/or research.

Minimum Admission requirements for the Dental Hygiene Program include: being 18 years of age, proof of high school graduation or GED, a minimum GPA of 2.8 in all college level coursework, 2 letters of recommendation, response to 2 writing prompts, 20 documented hours of observing a dental hygienist, and completion of the following college-level pre-requisites with a grade of C or better in:
       
Speech (095) 
Speech 101 - Fundamentals of Speech Communication (3) 
Biology (023)      
**Biology 121 - General Biology I (5)      
**Biology 226 - Human Structure and Function I (4)      
**Biology 227 - Human Structure and Function II (4)      
Microbiology (024) 
**Microbiology 233 - General Microbiology (4) 
**All of the above science prerequisite courses must be taken within 5 years of applying to the program. 
       
Admitted students must complete a comprehensive physical examination, including required immunizations, prior to the beginning of classes. Students are responsible for buying all required books, instruments, uniforms, and paying all licensure examination fees. Program curriculum, admission requirements, and cost estimates are subject to change. Please contact the department office for current guidelines.
 
The Dental Hygiene Program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and by the United States Department of Education.
 
The Dental Hygiene core professional courses listed below must be taken in sequence and passed with a grade of C or better in order for a student to continue in the program.
 
This program requires students to submit a separate dental hygiene application and/or take additional action before  applying. You can learn more about the program and the application process here​.
 

Details: Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

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Prerequisites

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The following science pre-requisite courses (Biology 121; 226; 227 and Microbiology 233) must be taken within 5 years of applying ot the Dental Hygiene Program.
Biology
BIOLOGY 121
Biology I 5
Cellular and Molecular Biology. Introduction to biochemistry, molecular genetics, cell structure, function and processes. Laboratory required. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Eligibility for English 101 based on prior coursework or CCCRTW, ACT, or SAT test scores, or Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright
BIOLOGY 226
Human Structure and Function I 4
Human anatomy and physiology. This laboratory course is recommended for those contemplating a career in the health professions and emphasizes the structure and function of the human body. Microscopic and gross anatomy are correlated with physiology. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in Biology 121.
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright
BIOLOGY 227
Human Structure and Function II 4
Continuation of Biology 226. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in Biology 226, or Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright
Microbiology
MCROBIO 233
General Microbiology 4
Morphology, physiology, classification and culture of bacteria and related organisms. The role of bacteria related to human welfare and to plants and animals. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course. Allowed Repeatable Course: Not more than an accumulated eight credit hours will be counted towards graduation.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in Biology 121.
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright
Speech
SPEECH 101-1
Fundamentals of Speech Communication 3
Theory and practice of oral communication; development of poise and confidence, delivery, and speech organization; public speaking practice; small group discussion, and development of standards of criticism. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Eligibility for English 101 based on prior coursework or CCCRTW, ACT, or SAT test scores, or Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright

Program General Requirements

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​Students should refer to the General Education Requirements for AAS degrees and speak to an advisor. The AAS model includes the State of Illinois Human Diversity requirement.   

Students should select Math 118 (3) or higher. 

Students should select Chemistry 121 (4) or higher.

Chemistry
CHEM 121
Basic Chemistry I 4
Principles of general inorganic chemistry, including properties of matter, dimensional analysis, fundamentals of stoichiometry, interpretation of the periodic table, nomenclature and introduction to solution chemistry and commonly used concentration units. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Eligibility for English 101 and eligibility for Math 118 or higher or Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright
English
ENGLISH 101
Composition 3
Development of critical and analytical skills in writing and reading of expository prose. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Eligibility for English 101 based on prior coursework or RTW, ACT, or SAT test scores, or Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright
Mathematics
MATH 118
General Education Math 4
This course is designed to fulfill general education requirements. It is not designed as a prerequisite for any other college mathematics course. This course focuses on mathematical reasoning and solving of real-life problems. Three or four topics are to be studied in depth, with at least three chosen from the following list: counting techniques and probability, game theory, geometry, graph theory, linear programming, logic and set theory, mathematical modeling, mathematics of finance, and statistics. Applications involving problem-solving skills are emphasized throughout the course. Technology is an integral part of this course. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:A minimum grade of ‘C’ in one of the following courses: Math 90 or Math 99 or Math 100; or a minimum grade of C in Math 98 AND concurrent or successful completion of Math 018; or appropriate score on Placement Test; or Consent of Department Chair.
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright
Psychology
PSYCH 201
General Psychology 3
Historical survey of psychology and a study of the sensory and perceptual processes: learning, thinking, remembering, emotional behavior, motivation, mechanism of adjustment, and the total personality. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Eligibility for English 101 based on prior coursework or CCCRTW, ACT, or SAT test scores, or Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright
Sociology
SOC 201
Intro To the Study Of Society 3
Characteristics of group life, the effect of the group on human conduct, and the interrelationships between society, culture, and the individual. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Eligibility for English 101 based on prior coursework or CCCRTW, ACT, or SAT test scores, or Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright

Program Core Requirements

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Dental Hygiene
DENTHYG 112
Concepts of Preventive Therapy I 2
Orientation to the profession of dental hygiene and the role of the dental hygienist as a clinician. Emphasis on communication skills, introduction to the foundation of dental hygiene terms, concepts, and practice. Writing assignments as appropriate to the discipline are a part of the course.
Prerequisites:Admission to the Dental Hygiene Program/Plan 222.
Offered at: Malcolm X
DENTHYG 119
Introduction to Dental Radiography 1.5
The course provides an introduction to the fundamental principles of radiology in the study of the orofacial region. The course will cover pre-clinical laboratory experience in the exposure of, and basic interpretation of, dental images. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Concurrent enrollment in Dental Hygiene 131 and Dental Hygiene 133.
Offered at: Malcolm X
DENTHYG 121
Principles of Dental Hygiene I Lecture 2
Introduction to concepts, and pre-clinical skills used during the assessment and implementation phases of the dental hygiene process of care. Concepts and procedures will be systematically presented during the lecture component of the class and applied in the pre-clinical laboratory setting. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Admissions into the Dental Hygiene Program and Successful completion of DENTHYG 112
Offered at: Malcolm X
DENTHYG 122
Principles of Dental Hygiene II Lecture 2
A lecture course which discusses additional concepts used during the assessment, planning, implementation, evaluation, and documentation phases of dental hygiene process of care. Management of medical emergencies will also be covered. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are a part of the course.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in DENTHYG 121 and DENTHYG 123
Offered at: Malcolm X
DENTHYG 123
Principles of Dental Hygiene I Lab 2
A laboratory companion course to DH 121 designed to apply the concepts presented in lecture to the pre-clinical setting. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in DENTHYG 112 and concurrent enrollment in DENTHYG 121
Offered at: Malcolm X
DENTHYG 124
Principles of Dental Hygiene II Lab 3
A clinical companion course to DH 122. Emphasis on the assessment, planning implementation, evaluation, and documentation phases of the dental hygiene process of care. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in DENTHYG 121 and DENTHYG 123 and concurrent enrollment in DENTHYG 122
Offered at: Malcolm X
DENTHYG 125
Nutrition And Biochemistry 2
An introductory study to provide an integrated background of the fundamental principles of general biochemistry, metabolism, oral biochemistry and nutrition. Particular reference is made to the molecular components of cells, their chemical processes, the biological basis of dental disease, and the clinical application of nutritional theory on the counseling of dental patients. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Admissions into the Dental Hygiene Program
Offered at: Malcolm X
DENTHYG 126
Dental Radiology 1.5
This course is a continuation of DENTHYG 119-Introduction to Dental Radiography and covers the application of the fundamental principles of radiography in the study of the orofacial region in a clinical setting. The course will cover the application of the exposure of dental images in a clinical setting. The course will also cover advanced interpretation of clinical dental images. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in Dental Hygiene 119 and concurrent enrollment in Dental Hygiene 124.
Offered at: Malcolm X
DENTHYG 130
Dental Materials 3
Introduces the student to the basic concepts of material science and physical properties while gaining practical experience in the manipulation of restorative materials used in dental hygiene practice. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Admissions into the Dental Hygiene Program
Offered at: Malcolm X
DENTHYG 131
Oral Structures & Function 3
A study in oral histology and dental anatomy to include an understanding of the developmental, anatomical, functional and morphological aspects of adult and deciduous dentition and related structures.
Prerequisites:Admission to the Dental Hygiene program/plan 222 and Grade of C or better in Biology 226, and Biology 227, and Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Malcolm X
DENTHYG 132
General/Oral Pathology and Diagnosis 3
A survey of general and oral pathology with emphasis on diseases and their manifestations in the oral cavity. Recognition and detection of such deviations from normal are based on the clinical signs and symptoms, and an introduction to the art of differential diagnosis of lesions occurring in and out the oral cavity. Attention is directed to the discussion of pathology, history, radiographic and clinical appearance, prognosis and treatment. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in DENTHYG 131 and 133.
Offered at: Malcolm X
DENTHYG 133
Head And Neck Anatomy 2
This course consists of lectures, readings, study of models and pro-section that will introduce the student to the gross anatomical structure and function of the human head and neck including the face, oral cavity, and deep structure of the face. Topics in embryology will be discussed. Implications and correlations will be discussed. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Admissions into the Dental Hygiene Program
Offered at: Malcolm X
DENTHYG 135
Concepts of Preventive Therapy II 1
Continuation of Preventive Therapy I with emphasis on caring for the child, adolescent and medically compromised patient. Concepts of oral disease prevention and management will be discussed. Writing assignments as appropriate to the discipline is part of the course.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in DENTHYG 112
Offered at: Malcolm X
DENTHYG 200
Summer Clinic 3
A combined lecture and clinical course. Concepts presented in lecture will be applied to the clinical setting. Emphasis is placed on the development of critical thinking and instrumentation skills. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in Dental Hygiene 122 and Dental Hygiene124.
Offered at: Malcolm X
DENTHYG 202
Critique of Dental Literature 1
Introduction to the fundamental concepts and skills needed to understand, interpret and critique professional literature. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Admission to the Dental Hygiene Program/Plan and Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Malcolm X
DENTHYG 233
Expanded Functions 3
Special attention is paid to pain management with the use of local anesthesia and conscious sedation agents commonly utilized in the dental treatment setting. This course will describe how local anesthetic agents work and provide complete instruction for the safe and effective administration of local anesthesia. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Admission to the Dental Hygiene program/plan 222 and Grade of C or better in Dental Hygiene 131, and Dental Hygiene 133.
Offered at: Malcolm X
DENTHYG 235
Community Dental Health I 2
An introduction to the current principles and issues in community health and their relationship to the delivery of dental care to the public sector; assessing, developing, planning, implementing and evaluating a community dental health program; utilization of health care services, health care financing and health care delivery will also be discussed. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Admission to the Dental Hygiene Program/Plan and Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Malcolm X
DENTHYG 241
Dental Pharmacology 2
This course introduces a study of principles of pharmacology, characteristics of the major drug groups, and their utilization in medicine and dentistry. Emphasis is placed on drugs which have an impact on dental practice and drugs which are utilized in dental practice.
Prerequisites:Admission to the Dental Hygiene Program and Consent of Department Chairperson
Offered at: Malcolm X
DENTHYG 244
Periodontics for Dental Hygienist 3
A lecture course which includes the etiology, classification symptomatology, diagnosis, treatment and prognosis of periodontal disease. Emphasis will be placed upon the phases of periodontics pertinent to a dental hygienist. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better IN DENTHYG 121.
Offered at: Malcolm X
DENTHYG 251
Clinical Dental Hygiene I 5
A combined lecture and clinical course. Emphasis is placed on the dental hygiene process of care for patients with special needs, and implementation of advanced clinical techniques. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in Dental Hygiene 200.
Offered at: Malcolm X
DENTHYG 252
Clinical Dental Hygiene II 5
A combined lecture and clinical course. Emphasis is placed on preparing students for their clinical licensing examination and private practice. Writing assignments and oral presentations as appropriate to the discipline are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in Dental Hygiene 251.
Offered at: Malcolm X
DENTHYG 256
Community Dental Health II 1
A continuation of Dental Hygiene 235.The role of the dental hygienist in community disease prevention, health promotion activities will be emphasized. Epidemiology of dental disease will also be discussed. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in Dental Hygiene 235.
Offered at: Malcolm X
DENTHYG 258
Ethics And Jurisprudence 2
Introduction to ethical and regulatory principles and Illinois law as it pertains to dental hygiene practice. Emphasis is placed on problem solving through the ethical decision making process. Reinforcement of professional behaviors with patients, colleagues, and the community. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Admission to the Dental Hygiene Program/Plan 222 and Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Malcolm X
DENTHYG 260
Senior Seminar 2
The course is a review of all material found on the national, regional and state dental hygiene board examinations. The course is designed to prepare students for the Dental Hygiene Board examinations, and also includes employment/professional preparation. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Admission to the Dental Hygiene Program/Plan 222 and Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Malcolm X

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