Dental Hygiene, Associate of Applied Science

Curriculum Code #2409

Effective May 2018

Division of Health and Wellness Sciences

The dental hygiene program at LCCC will prepare students to perform dental hygiene services in accordance with the state practice act and reflective of current theory and practice. The student will also be prepared to acknowledge the role of the dental hygienist as a member of the dental health team. Lorain County Community College has articulation agreements with colleges and universities including programs offered by Lorain County Community College’s University Partnership.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterHours
BIOG 121 ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I 1,2 4
CHMY 161 GENERAL, ORGANIC AND BIOCHEMISTRY I 1,2 4
DNHY 111 HEAD AND NECK ANATOMY/TOOTH MORPHOLOGY 1,2 2
DNHY 121 DENTAL HYGIENE TECHNIQUES I 1,2 4
DNHY 124 DENTAL RADIOLOGY 1,2 3
SDEV 101 COLLEGE 101 3 1
 Hours18
Spring Semester
BIOG 122 ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II 1,2 4
BIOG 251 GENERAL MICROBIOLOGY 1,2 4
DNHY 122 DENTAL HYGIENE TECHNIQUES II 1,2 5
DNHY 125 PERIODONTICS 1,2 2
DNHY 131 ORAL PATHOLOGY 1,2 2
DNHY 236 DENTAL HYGIENE PAIN MANAGEMENT I LECTURE 1,2 1
 Hours18
Summer Semester
BIOG 268 CLINICAL NUTRITION 1,2 3
CMMC 151 ORAL COMMUNICATION 3
DNHY 123 DENTAL MATERIALS 1,2 2
DNHY 133 DENTAL HYGIENE TECHNIQUES III 1,2 3
DNHY 237 DENTAL HYGIENE PAIN MANAGEMENT II LAB 1,2 1
MTHM 158 QUANTITATIVE REASONING 3
 Hours15
Second Year
Fall Semester
DNHY 221 DENTAL PHARMACOLOGY 1,2 2
DNHY 224 DENTAL HYGIENE TECHNIQUES IV 1,2 4
ENGL 161 COLLEGE COMPOSITION I 3
PHLY 165 BIOETHICS 3
 Hours12
Spring Semester
DNHY 231 COMMUNITY/DENTAL HYGIENE TRENDS 1,2 2
DNHY 235 DENTAL HYGIENE TECHNIQUES V 1,2 4
PSYH 151 INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY 3
SOCY 151G INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY 3
 Hours12
 Total Hours75

American Heart Association Healthcare Provider certification is required upon entrance into the program.

Program Contact(s):

Ihor Suszko
440-366-7196
isuszko@lorainccc.edu

For information about admissions, enrollment, transfer, graduation and other general questions, please contact your Advising Team.

More program information can be found on our website.

Admission Requirements for Dental Hygiene

All requirements for admission into the Lorain County Community College (LCCC) Dental Hygiene Program must be met before applying to the program. All of the admission requirements must be met and a COMPLETE application must be received before the screening/selection process can be initiated. Incomplete applications may be returned followed by a delay of the screening/selection process.

A COMPLETE application includes the following: 

If you are interested in applying to the Dental Hygiene Program, you must:

  1. Complete the LCCC Application for Admission. The LCCC Dental Hygiene Program is a competitive and limited enrollment program; therefore the interested student must apply to LCCC separately AND apply to the Dental Hygiene Program.
  2. Complete the Placement assessment.
  3. Complete all Allied Health and Nursing Program Pre-Admission Requirements as specified on the program check list. (The checklist provides you with information regarding the application requirements and admissions procedures for a particular Health & Wellness program. It can be obtained from an academic advisor.)
  4. Meet with an academic advisor to verify that all requirements have been fulfilled. Upon verification of requirements, you may then file a Program Application.

Completed program application forms must be on file by February 1 to be considered for fall program admission.

Admission Requirements

  1. Official high school or GED and college/program transcripts
    (if applicable)  
  2. Minimum GPA of 2.5 on all college level coursework
    (includes transfer/transient work) 
  3. Official high school (or GED) and college/program transcripts by February 1 each year to be considered for fall program admission 
  4. Official LCCC transcripts indicating completion of Science Support courses and grades awarded and attendance dates by February 1 each year to be considered for fall Dental Hygiene Program admission.  
  5. Recent completion of the following science support courses (with at least a 2.5 in each course) is strongly suggested prior to applying to the Dental Hygiene Program: CHMY 161 (General, Organic, and Biochemistry I), BIOG 121/122 (Anatomy and Physiology I and II), and BIOG 251 (General Microbiology). It is strongly recommended that applicants, who have not completed the science support courses within the last five years, consider auditing them as a refresher.
  6. Official college transcripts from institutions other than Lorain County Community College (LCCC) indicating completion of Science Support  courses and grades awarded and attendance dates by February 1 each year to be considered for fall Dental Hygiene Program admission 
  7. If there are transfer credits from another college or university, the transcripts will be evaluated for course equivalency. To ensure that the processing of non-LCCC transcripts is completed well in advance of the LCCC Dental Hygiene program application deadline, the Records office must receive all transcripts at least 12 weeks prior to the time in which the student intends to complete a program application. Students are encouraged to schedule an appointment with a counselor. It is always the prerogative of the degree granting institution to accept or reject courses taken at an institution other than Lorain County Community College.
  8. Completed program application forms must be on file by February 1 each year to be considered for fall Dental Hygiene Program admission. If there are transfer credits from another college or university, the transcripts will be evaluated for course equivalency. To ensure that the processing of non-LCCC transcripts is completed well in advance of the LCCC dental hygiene program application deadline, the records office must receive all transcripts at least 12 weeks prior to the time in which the student intends to complete a program application. Students are encouraged to schedule an appointment with a counselor. It is always the prerogative of the degree granting institution to accept or reject courses taken at an institution other than Lorain County Community College.
  9. Completion of 6 hours of Observation in a dental setting which employs a Registered Dental Hygienist. An observation of a dental hygienist for 6 hours (three hours in one dental office location and three hours in another dental office location. The dental offices must be different and must not be where the interested student may be employed- Observation Form). The observations must take place within a year that the candidate has applied for fall Dental Hygiene Program admission.
  10. Interview 
  11. A writing sample/essay- Testing Center
  12. Non-native English speaking applicants: The Commission on Dental Accreditation and Lorain County Community College (LCCC) Dental Hygiene Program Competencies mandate that students must be competent in interpersonal and communication skills to effectively interact with diverse population groups. The ability to communicate verbally and in written form is basic to the provision of oral health services in a safe and effective manner. Therefore, applicants whose native language is not English must take the TOEFL, IBT http://www.toefl.organd score minimally, 21 Reading and Listening, 23-Writing, and 25-Speaking. Arrangements and costs incurred for the TOEFL is the responsibility of the student.
  13. (See Information for: Students Who Were Previously Enrolled in Another Dental Hygiene Program. All Dental Hygiene courses are scheduled in a designed sequence and approved by the Commission on Dental Accreditation.)

Please note: Selection for program entry is competitive and based on a combination of factors including grade point average, interview, completion of 6 observation hours, a writing sample/essay and completion of program supporting non-technical courses. Only selected candidates (initially based on support coursework completed and GPA) will be asked to interview and submit a narrative form, along with observation hour documentation.

Important Notes for Students in this Program

  • Students applying to a program in the Health & Wellness Pathway must successfully complete all deficiencies shown during the placement assessment process with a grade of C or better prior to the submission of a program application.
  • Students are REQUIRED to attend lectures, college laboratories, and clinical sections.
  • Transportation to and from community sites is the responsibility of the student. Transportation is not provided.
  • Standardized examinations prepared by state and/or national organizations may be given. The cost of these examinations is the responsibility of the student.
  • To assure compliance with specific state licensure or certification agency examination eligibility, students who have been previously convicted of a felony must schedule an appointment with the appropriate program coordinator (program director) and division dean prior to enrollment (entry or re-entry) into any Allied Health and Nursing program. Certain programs require students to be fingerprinted and/or drug tested prior to program entry.

If you are transferring from another college or university, the Records office should receive all transcripts at least 12 weeks before you complete a program application. This ensures that the processing of non-LCCC transcripts is completed well in advance of specific Allied Health and Nursing program application deadlines.

Learn more about Allied Health program requirements 

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Successfully complete competencies in performing dental hygiene assessment and examination procedures, oral prophylaxis and post-treatment evaluations
  2. Apply the principles of the dental hygiene process to effectively assess, plan, implement and evaluate patient care services 
  3. Effectively interview patients through one-on-one dialogue with appropriate follow-up questions, in order to obtain the most accurate comprehensive medical/dental health information for total treatment planning 
  4. Identify intra-oral areas of concern and document location, size and frequency color and onset
  5. Recognize the importance of the patient’s overall systemic status and its relationship to the patient’s intra-oral conditions
  6. Provide dental hygiene services to LCCC dental hygiene clinic patients
  7. Practice and apply the ALARA principles in exposing intra-oral radiographic procedures
  8. Complete successfully the National Dental Hygiene Board examination online
  9. Complete successfully the CDCA clinical examination
  10. Synthesize health information effectively to enhance critical thinking and clinical dental hygiene judgment and decision-making skills
  11. Demonstrate a professional approach and a mature acknowledgement of diverse populations when meeting the needs of all patients