Dental Hygiene, Associate of Applied Science

Curriculum Code #2409

Effective May 2017

Division: Allied Health, Nursing, Health, Physical Education and Recreation

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
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
CMMC 151 ORAL COMMUNICATION 3
MTHM 158 QUANTITATIVE REASONING 3
 Hours15
Second Year
Fall Semester
PHLY 165 BIOETHICS 3
DNHY 221 DENTAL PHARMACOLOGY 1,2 2
DNHY 224 DENTAL HYGIENE TECHNIQUES IV 1,2 4
ENGL 161 COLLEGE COMPOSITION I 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
1

Indicates that this course has a prerequisite.

2

Indicates that a grade of C (2.0) or better must be earned in order to continue in the sequence.

3

A student must register for the orientation course when enrolling for more than six credit hours per semester or any course that would result in an accumulation of 13 or more credit hours.

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

Program Contact(s):

Susan Leiken
440-366-7168
sleiken@lorainccc.edu

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

Admission Requirements for Dental Hygiene

  1. Official high school or GED and college/program transcripts (if applicable)
  2. High school algebra, biology and chemistry or equivalent with a grade of C or better
  3. Minimum GPA of 2.5 on all college-level coursework (includes transfer/transient work)
  4. Official high school (or GED) and college/program transcripts by February 1 each year to be considered for fall program admission
  5. Students entering directly from high school who have not completed any college level courses are required to have a high school GPA of 3.5 or higher
  6. Completed program application forms must be on file by February 1 each year to be considered for fall program admission
  7. 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:
  8. Completion of six hours of observation in a dental setting which employs a Registered Dental Hygienist. An observation of a dental hygienist for six 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.)
  9. 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 and score minimally, 21 in Reading and Listening, 23 in Writing, and 25 in Speaking. Arrangements and costs incurred for the TOEFL is the responsibility of the student.

Please note: Selection for program entry is competitive and based on a combination of factors including grade point average, interview, completion of observation hours, a self-narrative 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.

Learn more about Allied Health program requirements