Dental Hygiene Degree

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Course Number Course Title CL LAB CR
Fall Semester
# ADED 100C Dental Hygiene I 2 0 2
# ADED 113C Clinical Dental Hygiene I+ 1 8 3
# ADED 134C Oral Anatomy I 2 1 2
  BIOL 195C Anatomy and Physiology I 3 2 4
  CHEM 125C Introduction to General, Organic, and Biochemistry 3 2 4
  ENGL 101C English Composition 4 0 4
Spring Semester
# ADED 103C Dental Hygiene II 2 0 2
# ADED 114C Clinical Dental Hygiene II+ 1 8 3
# ADED 136C Oral Anatomy II 2 0 2
# ADED 140C Dental Radiology for Dental Hygiene 2 3 3
  BIOL 196C Anatomy and Physiology II 3 2 4
  MATH 120C Topics in Applied College Mathematics or      
  MATH xxxC higher level Mathematics Elective* 4 0 4
Summer Semester
# ADED 162C Dental Materials for Dental Hygiene 2 3 3
# ADED 201C Dental Hygiene III 2 1 2
# ADED 245C Pain Management for the Dental Hygienist 1 3 2
  BIOL 202C Microbiology 3 3 4
Fall Semester
# ADED 126C Nutrition 2 0 2
# ADED 212C Clinical Dental Hygiene III+ 1 12 4
# ADED 242C Community Dental Health I 2 0 2
# ADED 247C Dental Hygiene Science - Pharmacology 2 0 2
# ADED 248C Dental Hygiene Science - Oral Pathology 2 0 2
  PSYC 105C Introduction to Psychology 3 0 3
Spring Semester
# ADED 221C Clinical Dental Hygiene IV+ 1 12 4
# ADED 225C Dental Hygiene Community Clinic** 0 4 1
# ADED 227C Dental Ethics and Jurisprudence 1 0 1
# ADED 243C Community Dental Health II 1 0 1
  ENGL 120C Communications 3 0 3
  SOCI 105C Introduction to Sociology 3 0 3
  XX xxxC Humanities/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Elective 3 0 3
Summary of Estimated Additional Expenses
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; MATH 120C or MATH 124C meet this requirement.
** ADED 225C Dental Hygiene Community Clinic will be offered in the fall semester and completed in the Spring semester.
+ All students enrolled in a clinical course will be charged a $350 per semester clinical surcharge. The following courses carry this charge: ADED 113C, ADED 114C, ADED 212C  and ADED 221C.
A grade of “C” or higher is required in BIOL 195C, BIOL 196C, BIOL 202C and CHEM 125C 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 2017-18.
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 Registered Dental 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, and applicable college courses and grades (only those courses required in the dental hygiene program). All Specific Admission Requirements must be met for consideration.

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.

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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 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 2018 Admission
Preference will be given to applicants whose applications are complete and received by the NHTI Admissions Office no later than January 26, 2018 for Fall 2018 admission (with the exception of the interview). Note: Applicants who successfully complete several of the required general science and liberal arts courses by the application deadline will add strength to their applications.  For more information, contact the Admissions Office.

  1. College preparatory level courses in biology and chemistry, with labs, with grades of “C” or higher;
  2. Algebra I with a grade of “C” or higher or NHTI's MATH 092C with a grade of “C” or higher;
  3. An informational group interview with the Dental Admissions Committee; qualified candidates will be contacted after the deadline to arrange an interview;
  4. 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 at or in Word format at or by contacting the Admissions Office at (603) 230-4011. Please note: the observation is only valid for 2 years.

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.

For a complete listing of immunizations and clinical clearance requirements, please see the health requirements for Allied Health students.

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. 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 patients. 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 patients 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 patients, 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 patients. The development of mature, sensitive, professional relationships with patients is essential. Professionalism, compassion, integrity, empathy and respect for patients 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 dismissed from the program due to failure in a clinical course will not be considered. Applicants for readmission for any semester of the first clinical year (semester 1 and 2) who have been absent for one semester or longer will be required to repeat ADED 113C, Clinical Dental Hygiene I, and ADED 114C, Clinical Dental Hygiene II ( if completed previously). Acceptances for readmission for the first year dental hygiene program are based on a careful review of the student’s academic record, a study of the reasons for readmission, and an assessment of the student’s potential for academic progress in the future.

Applicants for readmission for any semester of the second clinical year (semester 3-5), who have been absent one semester or longer, will be required to repeat the clinical course scheduled in the semester readmission is requested. The process of reconsideration will include:

  1. Careful review of the student’s academic record.
  2. Study of the reasons for readmission.
  3. Assessment of the student’s potential for academic progress in the future
  4. Successful passing of a comprehensive test on the basic skills required up to the point of withdrawal from the program to assure clinical competency for patient care.

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Debra Albrecht
Allied Dental Education
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(603) 271-6484 x4141

31 College Drive
Concord, NH 03301
(603) 230-4011

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