What will I learn?

The Dental Hygiene program prepares students to become qualified Dental Hygiene practitioners. A Dental Hygienist's primary responsibility is to promote optimal oral health through preventive and educational services. Graduates of this program are granted an Associate's in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree, and are eligible to take the National Board Exam in Dental Hygiene and the Regional or State Licensing Exams.

The fully-accredited dental hygiene program is an entry-level degree program that prepares graduates to take licensure exams to become a licensed dental hygienist. Dental hygienists perform risk assessments, collect data, plan, implement, and evaluate dental hygiene care to promote the oral health of both individuals as well as groups of people. One year of high school chemistry with a grade of "C" or higher in both semesters meets the requirement for CHM 100 for this program.

Program Goals

  • To provide a broad-based education for dental hygiene students that will enable them to practice effectively in a variety of settings and /or extend their education.
  • To provide theoretical course work and practical experience in the dental hygiene process of care.
  • To provide dental hygiene students with the theory and practice of patient education, technologies, modalities, and strategies that will enable them to motivate clients to obtain, maintain, and enhance their oral health.
  • To continually evaluate and procure updated modalities for the dental hygiene clinic to ensure the availability of state of the art equipment and technologies for practicum experiences.
  • To provide professional development for the dental hygiene faculty to improve their quality of instruction and for oral health care professionals to improve job performance and career advancement.
  • To provide dental hygiene students with theory and practical experiences with and for a diverse client population.

Careers

Careers in this pathway are related to the promotion of health and treatment of disease. These include research, prevention, treatment, and health related technologies. If you like caring for people or animals and helping restore or maintain health, this might be the right career path for you. If you’re interested in diseases and how the body works, and you enjoy reading about science and medicine, consider a career in the health sciences.

Job Outlook

Employment in healthcare occupations is projected to grow 19 percent by 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations, adding about 2.3 million new jobs.

Which department am I in?

Department of Health Careers

Study options

Full Time (Minimum total credits: 71)

Tuition fees
USD $287 per contact hour

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected January, September 2020

Venue

Department of Health Careers

Texas Township Campus 6767 West O Avenue,

KALAMAZOO,

Michigan,

49003, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must provide an original and official secondary school and/or college transcripts or diplomas with English translations. Other English Language Requirements: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 500 (paper test), 173 (computer-based test); Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) score of 72 or better United States post-secondary English composition course with a grade of “C” or better; A diploma from a secondary school program in which the language of instruction was English.

For international students

Students must have a diploma from a secondary school program in which the language of instruction was English.

English language requirements

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 500 (paper test), 173 (computer-based test), 61 (Internet-based) or better
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.0 or better
  • Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) score of 72 or better
  • United States post secondary English composition course with a grade of “C” or better
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About this uni

Students can earn credits that are fully transferable to a four-year college or university for a fraction of the standard cost.

  • Associate degrees, occupational/career programs and more
  • Transfer opportunities to high quality U.S. universities
  • Beautiful, secure and welcoming campuses in Michigan
  • Lower cost than traditional four-year degree programs