The dental hygienist is a key member of the professional dental team, providing educational and clinical services to community groups and individuals throughout the life span. Students learn to analyze health information, educate, and provide clinical services to improve oral and overall health. Established in 1970, this program graduates effective dental hygienists who enjoy rewarding, successful careers serving a variety of patients and populations in N.H. and beyond. NHTI offers the only dental hygiene program in N.H., providing excellence in dental hygiene education. Graduates are well prepared with the skills and knowledge required of professional dental hygienists. NHTI Dental Hygiene students experience:
- High success rates on national written and clinical board exams
- Positive interactions with community health agencies
- Excellent preparation for licensure and clinical practice
The NHTI Dental Hygiene curricula provides:
- Close clinical supervision with individual and small-group instruction
- Transferability of general education courses
- Integration of current technology into education and clinical practice
The NHTI Dental Hygiene program:
- Provides a curriculum that integrates general education, biomedical sciences, dental sciences, and current dental hygiene theory, practice, and provision of dental hygiene care
- Prepares students to think critically and implement the dental hygiene process of care to promote and maintain oral and systemic health for diverse populations
- Prepares students to exercise principles of professional, regulatory, and ethical behavior in implementing oral healthcare
- Prepares students to commit to professional growth and learning to maintain compliance and competence through self assessment and evidence-based decision-making in an evolving healthcare system
- 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
|ADED 100C||Dental Hygiene I1||2||0||2|
|ADED 113C||Clinical Dental Hygiene I1,2||1||8||3|
|ADED 134C||Oral Anatomy I1||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|
|ADED 103C||Dental Hygiene II1||2||0||2|
|ADED 114C||Clinical Dental Hygiene II1,2||1||8||3|
|ADED 136C||Oral Anatomy II1||2||0||2|
|ADED 140C||Dental Radiology for Dental Hygiene1||2||3||3|
|BIOL 196C||Anatomy and Physiology II||3||2||4|
|MATH 120C||Quantitative Reasoning or|
|MATH xxxC||Higher-level Mathematics elective*||4||0||4|
|ADED 162C||Dental Materials for Dental Hygiene1||2||3||3|
|ADED 201C||Dental Hygiene III1||2||1||2|
|ADED 244C||Pain Management for the Dental Hygienist I1||1||3||2|
|ADED 212C||Clinical Dental Hygiene III1,2||1||12||4|
|ADED 242C||Community Dental Health I1||2||0||2|
|ADED 247C||Dental Hygiene Science – Pharmacology1||2||0||2|
|ADED 248C||Dental Hygiene Science – Oral Pathology1||2||0||2|
|PSYC 105C||Introduction to Psychology||3||0||3|
|ADED 221C||Clinical Dental Hygiene IV1,2||1||12||4|
|ADED 225C||Dental Hygiene Community Clinic1||0||4||1|
|ADED 227C||Dental Ethics and Jurisprudence1||1||0||1|
|ADED 243C||Community Dental Health II1||1||0||1|
|ADED 246C||Pain Management for the Dental Hygienist II1||0||4||1|
|SOCI 105C||Introduction to Sociology||3||0||3|
|XX xxxC||Humanities/Fine Arts/Language elective||3||0||3|
The deadline for Fall 2021 admission is Jan. 22, 2021. The deadline for Fall 2022 admission is Jan. 21, 2022.
- College preparatory level courses in biology and chemistry, with labs, with a C or higher
- Algebra I with a C or higher, or NHTI’s MATH 092C with a C or higher
- Informational group interview with the Dental Admissions Committee; qualified candidates will be contacted to schedule this interview.
- Observation of professional practices in a dental office for a period of not less than 20 hours; students must submit the completedDental Hygiene Observation Form to the Admissions Office by the application deadline. The completed observation is valid for 2 years only. Current dental office employees are not required to complete the hours of observation but are required to complete and submit the observation form.
- Applicants unable to complete the observation may instead complete an essay about the field; instructions on how to complete this requirement can be downloaded at this link: Dental Hygiene Essay 2021and are available from the Admissions Office at NHTIadmissions@ccsnh.edu.
Only courses completed (with final grades) by the application deadline will be considered for points in the application review process. Double points are awarded for college science course grades (Anatomy & Physiology I and II, Microbiology, and Introduction to General, Organic, and Biochemistry). These science courses must be completed with a C or higher and no more than 5 years prior to the start term of the program to be applicable. Courses with virtual/online labs are not accepted, except for labs completed online in 2020-21 due to COVID-19.
Successful applicants for the Dental Hygiene program complete most of their college liberal arts courses in advance of applying to the program to obtain a sufficient number of points to be competitive.
Already enrolled at NHTI?
Students currently who wish to enter the Dental Hygiene program must complete and submit the Change of Program form prior to the application deadline and submit it to the Admissions Office at NHTIadmissions@ccsnh.edu.
The new dental hygiene graduate must be able to:
- Discern and manage the ethical issues facing dental hygiene practice in a rapidly changing environment.
- Acquire and synthesize information in a critical, scientific, and effective manner.
- Contribute to improving the knowledge, skills, and values of the profession.
- Provide planned educational services using appropriate interpersonal communication skills and educational strategies to promote optimal health.
- Initiate and assume responsibility for health promotion and disease prevention activities for diverse populations in a variety of settings.
- Systematically collect, correlate, critically analyze, and document data on the general, oral, and psychosocial health status for diverse patients using methods consistent with medico-legal-ethical principles.
- Formulate a comprehensive dental hygiene care plan that is evidence-based and patient-centered.
- Provide specialized care that includes educational, preventive, and therapeutic services designed to assist the patient in achieving and maintaining oral health goals.
- Critically evaluate the effectiveness of implemented educational, preventive, and therapeutic services.
National Board Dental Hygiene Exam (first attempt)
ADEX Patient Treatment Clinical Exam (first attempt)
Dental hygienists work in clinical, corporate, public health, research, and educational settings. They can serve as program administrators, and some have become successful entrepreneurs, starting their own businesses.
The Roles of the Dental Hygienist
Dental hygienists provide a range of preventive and therapeutic dental services, including dental hygiene assessment and care planning. Services include oral dental and periodontal examination, scaling and debridement, pain management, radiography, dental sealants, in-office whitening, and oral hygiene instruction. Dental hygienists are professionals, licensed by the state in which they practice, who complete extensive educational and clinical preparation in oral disease prevention.
The salary of a dental hygienist depends on the responsibilities associated with the specific position, the practice setting, and the geographic location of employment. Full- or part-time employment and benefits are factors.
Dental hygienists earn salaries equal to healthcare personnel with similar training and experience such as nurses.
NHTI encourages students to research the dental hygiene career and connect with local association members. Students may join an association at a reduced rate as a student member. The student chapter of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association is an active service organization at NHTI.
- American Dental Hygienists’ Association
- American Dental Hygienists’ Association-New Hampshire Chapter
- Dental Assisting National Board
- American Dental Association
NHTI encourages dental hygiene graduates to pursue a bachelor’s degree. Our graduates successfully transfer to colleges and universities around the country. Because of the extensive knowledge and skills of dental hygienists, professional organizations are discussing the bachelor’s degree as the entry-level degree for dental hygiene.
The NHTI Dental Hygiene program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and has been granted accreditation status of “approval without reporting requirements.” The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education and can be contacted at 312-440-4653 or 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611.
Dental Hygiene students apply their skills in the NHTI Dental Clinic, serving more than 7,000 patients. They learn the importance of access to oral healthcare and experience the role of the dental hygienist in community health. The Community Clinic course places students in public health settings where they shadow dental hygienists.
Dental Hygiene students must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and behaviors deemed essential for the practice of dental hygiene. The program adheres to the NHTI Statement of Nondiscrimination. Reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities are made to the extent that there’s no fundamental alteration to curriculum, course objectives, or health, character, and technical standards of the program. Students need:
- Intellectual abilities requiring reason, analysis, problem solving, critical thinking, self-evaluation, and
lifelong learning skills. They must be able to learn, integrate, analyze, and synthesize data. Comprehension of 3D and spatial relationships is necessary. Consistent, accurate, and quick integration of information is required, especially in emergency situations.
- Somatic sensation and functional use of all senses both exteroceptive (i.e. touch) and proprioceptive (i.e. position, pressure, movement). They must be able to observe demonstration; performance of procedures in the classroom, lab, and clinic is required. Students must be able to see fine detail, focus at several
- distances, and discern variations in color, shape, and texture. They must be able to use 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 to develop reasonable skills of percussion and auscultation.
- Sufficient fine and gross motor function to perform a variety of clinical procedures. Examples of essential motor skills include manipulation of small objects and materials, palpation, percussion, and auscultation. Fine motor ability is a necessary skill to perform functions such as basic life support and the transfer and position of patients. Students must be able to operate foot and hand controls.
- Effective communication with patients, peers, faculty, and guests. Individuals must have sufficient command of the English language to retrieve information from textbooks, lectures, exams, etc. Students must be able to communicate in verbal, nonverbal, and written form.
- Emotional health for full utilization of their intellectual abilities, good judgment, and responsibilities in patient care. The development of mature, sensitive, professional relationships with patients is essential, as are professionalism, compassion, integrity, empathy, and respect. Students must be able to endure physically taxing workloads and function effectively under stress. They must be able to accept constructive criticism and respond appropriately by modifying behavior.
NHTI’s practicum opportunities foster hands-on learning in community dental health. Students develop awareness of the dental hygienist’s role in improving oral health while applying knowledge and skills in the NHTI Dental Clinic and various public health settings. Students must demonstrate sufficient emotional stability to withstand the stresses that characterize the dental professionals’ responsibilities with patients and/or agency clients. Students must exercise sound judgment, accept direction and guidance from a supervisor or faculty member, establish effective rapport, and maintain sensitive interpersonal relationships and confidentiality on all levels.
As a pre-clinical requirement, students will complete a criminal background check and drug and alcohol screening through agencies chosen by the program. Students are subject to random screenings throughout the program without exception. Students learn procedural and cost information during the admissions process and are responsible for associated testing costs.
Dental Hygiene students may be exposed to blood-borne pathogens and infectious diseases. Faculty provide students with theory and instruction on infectious diseases, mechanisms of disease transmission, and infection control procedures to reduce the risk of disease transmission. Current instruction includes protocols published by national public health agencies, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Students who have withdrawn from the program or have been suspended from the program because of a failure in a non-clinical course may be considered for readmission only one time. Readmission is not guaranteed. Students who have been dismissed from the program because of a failure in a clinical course will not be considered but may apply to other NHTI programs. Contact the Allied Dental Education Department for details.
Once admitted, students must provide documents for clinical clearance to the Health Services Office by the deadline. Failure to do so will prohibit them from entering the program. Students must maintain clinical clearance throughout the program to remain enrolled and progress in the program. For a complete list of immunizations and clinical clearance requirements, refer to the Allied Health Students tab on the NHTI Health Services webpage. NHTI arranges professional liability insurance for students, applying fees to student accounts.