Dental Hygiene Degree

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Course Number Course Title CL LAB CR
FIRST YEAR
Fall Semester
  BI 195 Anatomy and Physiology I 3 2 4
  CH 110 Introduction to Biochemistry 3 2 4
# DN 100 Dental Hygiene I 2 0 2
# DN 113 Clinical Dental Hygiene I 1 8 3
# DN 134 Oral Anatomy I 2 1 2
  EN 101 English Composition 4 0 4
  19
Spring Semester
  BI 196 Anatomy and Physiology II 3 2 4
# DN 103 Dental Hygiene II 2 0 2
# DN 114 Clinical Dental Hygiene II 1 8 3
# DN 136 Oral Anatomy II 2 0 2
# DN 140 Dental Radiology for Dental Hygiene 2 3 3
  MT 129 Math for Allied Health*or
  MT xxx Math Elective 3 0 3
  17
Summer Semester
  BI 202 Microbiology 3 3 4
# DN 162 Dental Materials for Dental Hygiene 2 3 3
# DN 201 Dental Hygiene III 2 1 2
# DN 245 Pain Management for the Dental Hygienist 1 3 2
  11
SECOND YEAR
Fall Semester
# DN 126 Nutrition 2 0 2
# DN 212 Clinical Dental Hygiene III 1 12 4
# DN 242 Community Dental Health I 2 0 2
# DN 247 Dental Hygiene Science - Pharmacology 2 0 2
# DN 248 Dental Hygiene Science - Oral Pathology 2 0 2
  PY 105 Introduction to Psychology 3 0 3
  15
Spring Semester
  EN 120 Communications 3 0 3
# DN 221 Clinical Dental Hygiene IV 1 12 4
# DN 225 Dental Hygiene Community Clinic* 0 4 1
# DN 227 Dental Ethics and Jurisprudence 1 0 1
# DN 243 Community Dental Health II 1 0 1
  SO 105 Introduction to Sociology 3 0 3
  XX xxx Humanities/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Elective 3 0 3
  16
TOTAL CREDITS 78
Program Cost Estimates
Some of the Dental Hygiene Clinics may be held during evening hours.
# Indicates major field courses.
* Students may elect to take a higher level math course; MT 093 - MT 094 do not meet this requirement.
** Dental Hygiene Specialty Clinic will be offered in the fall semester and completed in the Spring semester.

Please Note: All students enrolled in a clinical course will be charged a $350 per semester clinical surcharge. The following courses carry this charge: DN 113, DN 114, DN 212 and DN 221.

A grade of “C” or higher is required in BI 195, BI 196, BI 202 and CH 110 to progress in the Dental Hygiene Program.

CL - Number of lecture/classroom hours per week for the course
LAB - Number of simulation laboratory, laboratory or clinical hours per week for the course
CR - Number of credit hours for the course

Curriculum for students entering program in 2014-15
 
The degree of Associate in Science with a major in Dental Hygiene is awarded upon successful completion of the program.

The Dental Hygiene program provides an extensive educational background for students seeking careers as Dental Hygienists. The program places a major emphasis on clinical work experience in the modern campus clinic as well as a variety of outside agencies and clinics. The clinical work is combined with classroom study in Dental Sciences, English, Biological Science, Nutrition and Social Sciences.

Graduates are able to find employment as hygienists or to continue their education at the baccalaureate level.

Students in the Dental Hygiene Program may be exposed to bloodborne pathogens and infectious diseases while providing clinical services. It is for this reason that students are provided with instruction on infectious diseases, mechanisms of disease transmission, and infection control procedures to reduce the risk of disease transmission, including those published by national public health agencies, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Background and Drug/Alcohol Testing
As a pre-clinical requirement, students will be required to undergo a criminal background check and drug and alcohol screening. No student will be exempt from this process. Students are provided with procedural and cost information subsequent to admission to the dental hygiene program and are responsible for all costs associated with these testing procedures.

Admission to the Dental Hygiene program is very competitive. Selection is determined by a cumulative point system that is based upon high school level prerequisite courses and grades, applicable college courses and grades (only those courses required in the dental hygiene program), and the NLN score.

College level science and technical courses required in the program (e.g., Anatomy and Physiology, Microbiology, etc.) taken more than five (5) years prior to the desired date of entry into the Dental Hygiene program must be either repeated or challenged. Final decisions will rest with the Department Head of Dental Hygiene.

Prior to the start of the clinical dental courses, students are required to have on file in the Health Services Office (603) 230-4043 documentation of: current medical insurance; a complete physical examination; current immunizations; and certification in CPR (Health Care Provider - American Heart Association or Professional Rescuer - Red Cross ON-LINE COURSES NOT ACCEPTED; must be hands-on CPR). Professional liability insurance is arranged by the College and will automatically be charged to the student's account.

Transfer Information

Dental Hygiene Mission, Goals & Competencies (PDF or contact (603) 271-6484 x4141.)

Facts About Our Dental Hygiene Program that Make it so Special

Program Quality

  • Accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association
  • Established in 1970
  • High success rate in national and clinical board exams
  • Excellent reputation in the dental community
  • Low faculty/student ratios in clinics
  • Modern, state of the art equipment

Curriculum Features

  • Hours of clinical experience with individual instruction
  • Varied opportunities in the public health settings
  • Transferability of general education courses
  • Updated information from guest speakers in the profession
  • Integration of computer work into the programs

Specific Admission Requirements

For Fall 2015 Admission
Preference will be given to applicants whose applications are complete and received by the NHTI Admissions Office no later than January 23, 2015 for Fall 2015 admission (with the exception of the interview).

  1. “Composite Percentile All” score of 50 or higher on the National League for Nursing Pre-Admission Examination-RN (NLN) must be presented. Priority consideration will be given to candidates who sit for the NLN exam no later than and January 2013 testing date for Fall 2013 and and January 2014 testing date for Fall 2014 applicants. Applicants are permitted to take the NLN exam only once in any 6-month period; only NLN exams taken in the past three (3) years will be considered; NLN information is available here in PDF or contact the Admissions Office at (603) 230-4011).
  2. College preparatory level courses in biology and chemistry, with labs, with grades of “C” or higher;
  3. Algebra I with a grade of “C” or higher or NHTI's MT 093 and MT 094 with grades of “C” or higher;
  4. An informational group interview with the Dental Admissions Committee; qualified candidates will be contacted after the deadline to arrange an interview;
  5. Observe professional practices in a dental office for a period of not less than twenty (20) hours; please submit the completed Observation Form to the NHTI Admissions Office no later than the application deadline listed above; the form is available in PDF or by contacting the Admissions Office at (603) 230-4011.

Internship Considerations

NHTI has developed excellent practicum opportunities for our students to foster hands-on learning while simultaneously receiving credit. Nonetheless, the college's first priority must be to ensure that patients/clients/children/families are not placed in jeopardy by students during learning experiences. Therefore, students in internship, externship, practicum, service learning, and clinical experiences must demonstrate sufficient emotional stability to withstand the stresses, uncertainties and changing circumstances that characterize patient/client/child/family responsibilities. Furthermore, the student is expected to have the emotional stability required to exercise sound judgment, accept direction and guidance from a supervisor or faculty member, and establish rapport and maintain sensitive interpersonal relationships and confidentiality with employees, customers, and/or patients/clients/children and their families.

Health, Character and Technical Requirements

The Department believes that students must be aware of the abilities and characteristics that are necessary to complete the dental hygiene program requirements and function as a dental hygienist. NHTI complies and respects Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Therefore, the Department will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age or disability.   Reasonable accommodations will be made for students with disabilities so long as they do not compromise the academic and performance standards of the program.

The Associate of Science degree in Dental Hygiene is awarded to those who successfully complete and prove competence in all program requirements. Therefore, the student must demonstrate the knowledge, skills and behaviors deemed essential for the practice of dental hygiene. The following technical standards describe the essential skills a student must possess in the areas of intellect, sensory function, communication, fine and gross motor function and behavior.

In order to assume the responsibilities and perform the duties of a dental hygienist, individuals must be able to satisfactorily possess/accomplish the following:

  1. 1. Intellectual abilities requiring reason, analysis, problem solving, critical thinking, self-evaluation and lifelong learning skills are required. Students must be able to learn, integrate, analyze and synthesize data. Comprehension of three-dimensional and spatial relationships is necessary. Consistent, accurate and quick integration of information is required, especially in emergency situations.
  2. Somatic sensation and functional use of all senses is required. Exteroceptive (i.e. touch) and proprioceptive (i.e. position, pressure, movement) is mandatory. Students must also be able to observe demonstration at a distance and close at hand; performance of procedures in the classroom, lab and clinic is required. The student must be able to see fine detail, focus at several distances and discern variations in color, shape and texture in order to differentiate normal and abnormal structures. Students must be able to utilize tactile sense to perceive and interpret vibrations associated with clinical procedures. Visual and intellectual ability is necessary to acquire information from documents such as charts, radiographs, computer images and other modes of delivery.
        Students must have sufficient hearing in order to develop reasonable skills of percussion and auscultation.
  3. Sufficient fine and gross motor function is required to perform a variety of clinical procedures essential to providing dental hygiene care for clients. Examples of essential motor skills include manipulation of small objects and materials, palpation, percussion, auscultation and other maneuvers. Fine motor ability is a critical necessary skill. Gross motor ability is required in order to perform functions such as basic life support, transfer and position of clients as well as the operator position around the patient and dental chair. Students must be able to operate both foot and hand controls.
  4. Students must be able to communicate effectively with clients, peers, faculty and guests. Individuals must have sufficient command of the English language in order to retrieve information from textbooks, lectures, exams, etc. Students must be able to communicate in verbal, nonverbal and written form.
  5. Students must possess the emotional health required for full utilization of his/her intellectual abilities, exercise of good judgment, and prompt completion of all responsibilities associated with the care of clients. The development of mature, sensitive, professional relationships with clients is essential. Professionalism, compassion, integrity, empathy and respect for clients are all personal qualities that are necessary for the dental hygienist. Students must be able to endure physically taxing workloads and function effectively under stress. A student must be able to accept constructive criticism and respond appropriately by modifying behavior.

Readmission Policy for Dental Hygiene Program
Readmission to the NHTI Dental Hygiene Program is not guaranteed. Students who have withdrawn from the program due to extenuating circumstances or students who have been suspended from the program due to a failure in a non-clinical course may be considered for readmission only one time. Students who have been suspended due to a failure in a clinical course will not be considered. Applicants for readmission for any semester of the first clinical year who have been absent for one semester or longer will be required to repeat DN 113 Clinical Dental Hygiene I and DN 114 Clinical Dental Hygiene II (if previously completed). Applicants for readmission for any semester of the second clinical year who have been absent for one semester or longer will be required to repeat the clinical course schedule in the semester readmission is requested.

Donna Clougherty
Allied Dental Education
Department Head

(603) 271-6484 x4141
dclougherty@ccsnh.edu

Admissions
31 College Drive
Concord, NH 03301
(603) 230-4011
nhtiadm@ccsnh.edu