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Dental Hygienist

Associate in Applied Science (Career Program) - 81.5 Credit Hours

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Program Information/Mission:

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. 

Program Accreditation:

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.

Program Note:

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:
ENGL 110; BIOL 210; DHYGN 110; DHYGN 113; DHYGN 115; DHYGN 117; Humanities

Spring Semester 1:
COMM 110; FCS 110; DHYGN 111; DHYGN 131; DHYGN 133; DHYGN 135; DHYGN 137; DHYGN 139

Summer Semester 1:
DHYGN 212; DHYGN 220; DHYGN 222; DHYGN 230; DHYGN 243

Fall Semester 2:
DHYGN 210; DHYGN 226; DHYGN 228; DHYGN 231; DHYGN 244; DHYGN 245; DHYGN 248

Spring Semester 2:
SOC 110; PSY 110; DHYGN 232; DHYGN 246; DHYGN 247, DHYGN 249


Course Information:
Required General Education Courses
CourseNameCredit
ENGL 110COMPOSITION I 3
COMM 110COMMUNICATION: PROCESS AND PRACTICE 3
PSY 110INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY 3
BIOL 140HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY **4
CHEM 115FOUNDATIONS OF CHEMISTRY **4
HUMANITIES *3
Required Program Courses
CourseNameCredit
BIOL 210MICROBIOLOGY **4
DHYGN 110DENTAL SCIENCE I 3
DHYGN 111DENTAL SCIENCE II 3
DHYGN 113FUNDAMENTALS OF DENTAL HYGIENE AND INFECTION CONTROL 1.5
DHYGN 115INTRODUCTION TO DENTAL HYGIENE 1
DHYGN 117DENTAL SPECIALTIES 1
DHYGN 131INTRODUCTION TO DENTAL HYGIENE CLINICAL APPLICATIONS 2
DHYGN 133PRECLINICAL DENTAL HYGIENE 2
DHYGN 135DENTAL RADIOLOGY 3
DHYGN 137MEDICAL EMERGENCIES 1
DHYGN 139SPECIAL POPULATIONS 1
DHYGN 210COMMUNITY DENTAL HEALTH 3
DHYGN 212DENTAL MATERIALS 2
DHYGN 220NITROUS OXIDE ANALGESIA 0.5
DHYGN 222PREVENTIVE MODALITIES 3
DHYGN 226LOCAL ANESTHETICS FOR THE DENTAL HYGIENIST 1
DHYGN 228NEW DIMENSIONS IN DENTAL HYGIENE 2
DHYGN 230DENTAL HYGIENE CLINIC I 2
DHYGN 231DENTAL HYGIENE CLINIC II 5
DHYGN 232DENTAL HYGIENE CLINIC III 4
DHYGN 243ORAL PATHOLOGY I 1
DHYGN 244PERIODONTOLOGY 2
DHYGN 245ORAL PATHOLOGY II 2
DHYGN 246TRANSITIONS FOR THE DENTAL HYGIENIST 3
DHYGN 247OFFICE PRACTICES IN DENTISTRY 1.5
DHYGN 248PHARMACOLOGY I FOR DENTAL HYGIENISTS 1
DHYGN 249PHARMACOLOGY II FOR DENTAL HYGIENISTS 1
FCS 110BASIC NUTRITION **2
SOC 110AN 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
Thomas Building

(309)999-4600