• Dental Hygiene Curriculum


  • *Restricted Entry
    Associate of Applied Science Degree Program

    Catalog Year 2017-2018

    *Information regarding the requirements for this Restricted Entry program is available by accessing the Dental Hygiene page.

    The Dental Hygiene program at Mt. Hood Community College is seven quarters in length, leading to an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree. Academic instruction in basic and dental sciences is integrated with coursework in dental hygiene therapy, expanded functions, restorative dental procedures and practicums in clinical settings to provide a total learning experience for the dental hygiene student. Having completed the program and passed National and Regional Clinical Board examinations for dental hygienists, the graduate can be licensed to practice in many states. Some institutions and agencies require a baccalaureate degree for employment. To this end, many courses in the Mt. Hood Community College dental hygiene curriculum are transferable to four year colleges and can be applied toward a bachelor’s degree; the program currently articulates with Oregon Institute of Technology for a dental hygiene bachelor’s degree completion.

    Program Outcomes

    At the completion of this program, the student should be able to:

    • Develop appropriate decision making skills and utilize professional judgment, conduct and ethics to provide optimum patient care
    • Effectively assess, plan, implement and evaluate current dental hygiene services
    • Promote innovative approaches to problem solving and critical thinking that stimulate independence and responsibility
    • Work effectively with diverse populations as members of the healthcare team
    • Actively participate and lead in community activities and professional associations

    Prospective students must satisfactorily meet admission program criteria and the application deadline to be considered for admission. Application packets are available on our website at mhcc.edu/DentalHygiene. Information sessions are also offered on a regular basis. The information sessions are listed in the application packets and on the website. Once you have read the application materials and attended an information session, you may e-mail lradmissions@mhcc.edu if you have questions about the admission process..

    It is highly recommended students attend an information session and meet with a Health Professions application advisor when selecting Health Professions Limited and Restricted Program prerequisites.

    Information sessions and contact information for Dental Hygiene advisors can be found on the website at mhcc.edu/DentalHygieneContact/ or mhcc.edu/DentalHygieneCurriculum.

    Employment Opportunities/Personal Aptitude

    Areas of employment open to dental hygienists include private dental offices or clinics, industrial dental programs, public health, etc. Salaries vary and are commensurate with experience and scope of responsibilities. Opportunities for dental hygienists are excellent. The personal requirements necessary to succeed as a dental hygienist begin with a strong belief in the importance of good oral health and include an aptitude for the biological sciences. Of prime importance are manual dexterity, high ethical standards, a genuine interest in science and an ability to work with people.

    For a list of prerequisite courses prior to applying for and entering the Dental Hygiene program, please see mhcc.edu/DentalHygieneProgramDetails/ for the most current information. This information can be subject to change; it is the student's responsibility to verify completion of appropriate prerequisite courses.

    All classes outside the core curriculum (those not preceded by DH) may be taken prior to admission to the Dental Hygiene program.

    Four credits of a mathematics course with a grade of "C" or higher (MTH065 or higher) must be transcripted before graduation. Please see page 22 of the printed catalog for more details about the general education requirements of the Associate of Applied Science degree. To receive additional points on your application, a 100-level or higher mathematics course must be completed (excluding MTH211).

    Please check the MHCC website for any curricular changes that have occurred since the catalog was published. Some courses may be offered via distance learning.

    First Quarter (Fall)
    Course Number
    Course Title
    Credits
    COMM111 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 1
    4
    DH111 Introduction to Dental Hygiene
    2
    DH112 Principles of Clinical Dental Hygiene
    3
    DH113 Dental/Oral Anatomy
    2
    DH114 Oral Microbiology
    2
    DH115 Professionalism and Cultural Competency
    1
    WR227 Technical Report Writing or
    WR122 English Composition: Critical Thinking2
    4
    18
    Second Quarter (Winter)
    Course Number
    Course Title
    Credits
    DH121 Dental Hygiene Clinical Theory I
    2
    DH122 Dental Hygiene Clinic I3
    3
    DH123 Oral Histology and Embryology
    2
    DH124 Oral Radiology I
    3
    DH125 General Pathology4
    3
    FN225 Nutrition
    4
    17
    Third Quarter (Spring)
    Course Number
    Course Title
    Credits
    DH131 Dental Hygiene Clinical Theory II
    1
    DH132 Dental Hygiene Clinic II
    3
    DH134 Oral Radiology II
    2
    DH135 Oral Pathology
    2
    DH136 Pharmacology
    3
    DH137 Head and Neck Anatomy
    4
    Health and Physical Education requirement‡
    1
    16
    Fourth Quarter (Summer)
    Course Number
    Course Title
    Credits
    DH213 Expanded Functions
    1
    DH215 Dental Materials
    3
    4
    Fifth Quarter (Fall)
    Course Number
    Course Title
    Credits
    DH211 Dental Hygiene Clinical Theory III
    1
    DH212 Dental Hygiene Clinic III
    5
    DH214 Periodontology for Dental Hygienists I
    2
    DH216 Community Dental Health
    2
    DH217 Local Anesthesia
    2
    DH218 Introduction to Restorative Dentistry Lab
    1
    Health and Physical Education Requirement‡
    1
    14
    Sixth Quarter (Winter)
    Course Number
    Course Title
    Credits
    DH221 Dental Hygiene Clinical Theory IV
    1
    DH222 Dental Hygiene Clinic IV
    5
    DH223 Public Health and Dental Research
    2
    DH224 Periodontology for Dental Hygienists II
    2
    DH225 Restorative Dentistry Lab 5
    1
    PSY201 General Psychology6
    4
    Health and Physical Education requirement‡
    1
    16
    Seventh Quarter (Spring)
    Course Number
    Course Title
    Credits
    DH231 Dental Hygiene Clinical Theory V
    1
    DH232 Dental Hygiene Clinic V
    5
    DH233 Ethics and Jurisprudence
    1
    DH234 Practice Management and Dental Hygiene Issues
    2
    DH235 Restorative Dentistry Clinic 5
    3
    SOC204 General Sociology: Principles of Sociology7
    3
    15
    Total Credits 1078

    1Other choices include COMM100, COMM115 or COMM218. Students intending to transfer must take COMM111.
    2 WR122 is recommended only if students register for the APA section. APA focuses on professional and technical reports and articles.
    3 All students are required to participate in a background check and drug testing prior to attending clinical rotations.
    4 The program offers DH125 via distance learning, and reserves the right to offer other courses via distance learning.
    5 Students may not opt out of DH225 and DH235.
    6 Other choices include PSY101, PSY202, PSY214 or PSY216. Students who select PSY214 or PSY216 must take SOC204.
    7 Other choices include SOC205 or SOC206. Students who select SOC205 or SOC206 must take PSY101, PSY201 or PSY202.
    8 Total credits include the AAS degree writing and mathematics requirement.

    ‡ See Associate of Applied Science degree requirements.