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The dental hygienist works under the supervision of a dentist in dental offices and other health agencies. The dental hygienist's duties include cleaning teeth, exposing x-rays for interpretation by a dentist, giving dental-care instructions to patients, apply in a cavity-preventing materials, administer in a local anesthetic, maintaining patient records and dental histories, and preparing clinical and laboratory dental tests. Additional duties may be delegated to the dental hygienist by the dentist in accordance with the state Dental Practice Act.
Students receive their clinical experiences in the ICC Dental Hygiene Clinic and selected community agencies.
Graduates are eligible to take the regional and/or state examinations and the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination.
Recent graduates average $22 per hour.
The program is approved by the Commission on Dental Accreditation.
Notice to patients and potential dental hygiene applicants: Enrolled students and patients are exposed to Bloodborne pathogens. These include (but are not limited to) pathogenic microorganisms present in human blood and have the potential to cause disease such as Hepatitis HBV, Herpes, Tuberculosis and HIV. The Bloodborne Pathogen policy is available by contacting the Dental Hygiene Program.