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Allied Health: Dental Hygiene

Bachelor of Applied Science Degree (BAS)

The Dental Hygiene program prepares students for a rewarding, high-demand career as a dental hygienist. Develop the applied knowledge and technical expertise needed to excel in the healthcare industry, and gain hands-on experience with professional equipment as you care for patients in the Dental Education Clinic under instructor supervision. Students will complete 195 credits of coursework, earning a Bachelor of Applied Science in Allied Health: Dental Hygiene track. Completing this program prepares graduates for quick job placement in a competitive field and qualifies them for Washington state Registered Dental Hygienist licensure examinations.

Estimated Length of Completion

Degree Quarters Credits
Bachelor of Applied Science Degree (BAS) Full Time: 8
Part Time: Part Time Option Not Available
195.0

Program lengths are estimates, not guarantees. For the most current program information, please check with the program contact.

These are prerequisite courses

Course Course ID Credits Availability

Course Substitute : BIOL& 211 - Cell Biology (5 credits)

This course is a one quarter intro to biology. Basic biological concepts will be introduced, with an emphasis on biological molecules, cell structures and processes, genetics, evolution, and a survey of biodiversity. Includes lab.

BIOL& 160 5.0

Covers fundamental principles and establishes a basis for advanced study of anatomy and physiology and clinically related subjects in the paramedical fields. Includes lab.

BIOL& 241 5.0

Fundamentals of human anatomy and physiology presented in lecture and laboratory. Designed to establish a basis for studying clinically related subjects in the paramedical fields. Includes lab.

BIOL& 242 5.0

Fundamentals of microbiology. Topics include bacterial cell biology, growth and growth control, metabolism, genetics, identification, viruses, human innate and adaptive immune systems, host-bacteria interactions, immunization, infectious disease epidemiology, and antibacterial drugs. Includes lab.

BIOL& 260 5.0

Introduction to Chemistry (CHEM&121) is intended for non-science and allied health majors. Completion of CHEM&121 along with either CHEM&131 or CHEM&122 fulfills the chemistry requirement for many health science majors (e.g. nursing, dental hygiene, etc). This lab science course covers the fundamentals of chemistry, including the following topics: measurements, atomic structure, types of reactions, thermodynamics, stoichiometry, equilibrium, kinetics, and acid-base chemistry.

CHEM& 121 5.0

Course Substitute : CHEM&131 - BioChemistry ( 5 credits )

Continuation of organic chemistry and intro to biochemistry. Lab included.

CHEM& 122 5.0

English 101 is a college-level writing course that emphasizes academic writing and major strategies of reading and writing analytically. Writing assignments focus on engaging with and responding to a variety of texts. Instruction encourages students to develop, through revision and reflection, as readers, writers, and critical thinkers.

ENGL& 101 5.0

Continuation of the composition sequence with further instruction and practice in the writing process, concentrating on critical reading and writing techniques needed for the preparation and completion of documented essays.

ENGL& 102 5.0

Examines the skills in communication and empathy required for intercultural communication. Includes an interdisciplinary study of diverse cultures and perspectives in the United States in the context of economic, political, and cultural globalization.

HUM 105 5.0

(Formerly MATH 109) Covers descriptive methods, probability and probability distributions, samples, decisions, hypothesis testing and statistical inferences. Fulfills QSR requirement for A.A. degree.

MATH& 146 5.0

Introduction to human nutrition with an emphasis on the relationship of nutrition to growth, development, health, and physical and mental functioning across the lifespan. Sources, functions, interrelationships, and human requirements of proteins, carbohydrates, fat, minerals, vitamins and water will be examined. Topics also include analysis of personal dietary habits, public health issues such as obesity and access to food and food security, and the role of nutrition in chronic disease.

NUTR& 101 5.0

Introduction to the scientific study of human behavior including research methods, brain and behavior, learning, cognitive psychology, development, personality, abnormal psychology, and social thinking and behavior. Additional topics may include: emotions, perception, motivation, intelligence, genes and evolution, and health.

PSYC& 100 5.0

No Description available

Z999_016 5.0

Students are strongly encouraged to meet with an advisor to discuss specific career goals and recommended coursework.


Job tests this program will prepare you for:

  • Take the Dental Hygiene National Board
  • All Western Regional Examining Board (WREB) components
  • Apply for a license as a registered dental hygienist (RDH).

For current employment and wage estimates, please visit the following online resources and search for the relevant occupational term:

All costs are estimates and are not guarantees. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling (206) 934-4068. There are additional costs for books and supplies. Each student is responsible for the purchase of certain supplies and required tools before the instruction begins.

Full Time Cost

Quarter Credits Resident BAS Non-Resident BAS International BAS
1 12 $2,425.66 $2,600.90 $6,773.50
2 18 $2,499.64 $2,680.40 $6,853.00
3 19 $2,727.03 $2,907.79 $7,514.99
4 18 $2,499.64 $2,680.40 $6,853.00
5 14 $2,450.32 $2,627.40 $6,800.00
6 19 $2,727.03 $2,907.79 $7,514.99
7 18 $2,499.64 $2,680.40 $6,853.00
8 14 $2,450.32 $2,627.40 $6,800.00

The following fee is associated with the program:

  • See page 16 of the <a href="http://www.seattlecentral.edu/bachelors/allied-health/dental/DHY-application-procedure-2016.pdf">DHY application procedure</a>

Equipment Fee associated with this program:

Hours may vary based on specific program requirements.

Worker Friendly

This program is offered at times and in formats that meet the needs of working adults. This includes:

  • Daytime
  • Courses offered between 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM

Coursework

Upon completion of the courses listed below and prerequisites courses (95 credits total), Allied Health Associate of Applied Science - T Degree (A.A.S.-T) can be awarded

Course Course ID Credits Availability

Covers elements of professionalism, ethical principles and basic assessment techniques for allied health practitioners in Washington state. Includes role of the healthcare practitioner, health history taking, vital signs assessment, patient management and infection control.

AHE 128 4.0

Covers professionalism, ethical principles and basic assessment techniques, including patient health history, vital signs assessment, patient management, Infection control, and the role of the healthcare auxiliary.

AHE 129 1.0

Study of oral histology including developmental origins and microscopic organization of selected oral and facial structures. Includes embryonic development of the face and palate, and common craniofacial malformations. Examines the formation, eruption and histological organization of the teeth and their supporting tissues as well as the oral mucosa and salivary glands.

DHY 250 2.0

Study of human pathophysiology includes the etiology, predisposing factors, mechanisms of disease, and characteristics of the disease process in each body system. Emphasizes specific disease entities most commonly seen in the clinical dental hygiene setting or that may influence an individual's dental care.

DHY 251 3.0

Examines the theory and scientific principles underlying the clinical practice of dental hygiene. Emphasis on oral screening, infection control, and professionalism.

DHY 252 3.0

Apply the theory and scientific principles underlying dental hygiene practice. Covers professionalism, clinical preparation of the examining area, safety, patient privacy, documentation, and screening techniques.

DHY 253 3.0

Intro to dental health education, patient education, health promotion, and the process of health-related behavioral change. Emphasizes assessment of educational needs, client-provider interaction, communication skills, cultural competence in healthcare delivery, and motivation to change.

DHY 254 2.0

Principles of oral radiology imaging stressing the physics of x-ray production and biologic effects of ionizing radiation. Includes radiation safety and protection, dental radiographic examination, and radiographic interpretation of anatomical structures of the head and oral cavity.

DHY 255 2.0

Intro to dental x-ray equipment, processes and techniques. Emphasizes patient and operator safety, evaluation of technique and imaging quality, darkroom and digital operations, beginning level proficiency in exposing and analyzing intra-oral dental radiographs.

DHY 256 2.0

Didactic sessions teaching anatomy and function of the head and neck. Course draws on concepts taught in general anatomy and physiology classes. Students are introduced to the location, characteristics and function of all anatomical structures, including all hard and soft tissues and all components of the circulatory system and cranial nerves.

DHY 257 2.0

Intro to nomenclature, anatomy, morphology and functions of the primary and permanent dentition. Focuses on healthy, normal end of the health/disease continuum and provides foundation for further dental science, clinical and restorative dental hygiene practice.

DHY 258 2.0

Apply the theory and scientific principles of specific anatomical characteristics to lab drawings and wax carving. Intro to fine hand-skills and basic instrumentation used for hygiene and restorative procedures.

DHY 259 1.0

Introduced to the role of the dental team in the identification and treatment of medical emergencies, including prevention, patient assessment, stress reduction protocol, safe use of emergency drugs and equipment. Participate in class simulations of emergency treatment for common medical emergencies in the dental office.

DHY 260 1.0

Intro to primary prevention methods within the scope of dental hygiene practice. Emphasizes the relationship between oral disease processes and oral health preventive measures, home-care education of the patient, and methods of preventive care implemented by dental hygienists.

DHY 261 2.0

The following courses required for Bachelor of Applied Science Degree (B.A.S.)

Course Course ID Credits Availability

General principles of research design and methodology with emphasis on applications for allied health practice.

AHE 401 5.0

Apply the theory and scientific principles underlying dental hygiene practice. Intro to assessment of gingival and oral soft tissues, selected instrumentation, and periodontal and dental charting.

DHY 300 4.0

Apply the theory and scientific principles underlying dental hygiene practice. Intro to patient management, treatment planning, and dental hygiene treatment techniques.

DHY 301 4.0

Apply the scientific principles underlying the assessment, planning and implementation of clinical procedures. Emphasizes biochemistry of food, nutritional counseling in dental hygiene practice and personal, professional and community issues related to HIV/AIDS.

DHY 302 8.0

Examines the theory and scientific principles underlying the clinical practice of dental hygiene with emphasis on integration of screening information to formulate goals for planning dental hygiene treatment needs.

DHY 303 3.0

Examines the theory and scientific principles underlying the clinical practice of dental hygiene with emphasis on principles of instrumentation, dental hygiene diagnosis, and professional development activities.

DHY 304 2.0

Focuses on the fundamental scientific principles underlying the assessment, planning and implementation of nutrition in dental hygiene. Emphasizes biochemistry of nutrients, nutritional counseling in dental hygiene practice, and personal, professional, and community issues. Prereq: Permission.

DHY 305 2.0

This is the first of two didactic courses focusing on the physical, chemical, mechanical and biological properties of dental materials used in both direct and indirect restorative procedures.

DHY 306 2.0

Covers clinical restorative dentistry focusing on the chemical, physical, mechanical properties of commonly used dental materials and their uses, manipulation and application. Learn to handle and manipulate different types of restorative filling materials into prepared cavities.

DHY 307 1.0

This is the second and final didactic course focusing on the physical, mechanical, chemical and biological properties of dental materials commonly used in direct and indirect restorative procedures, and basic knowledge in materials used in preventive, periodontics, restorative and other specialty fields in dentistry.

DHY 308 2.0

This is the second lab course focusing on the physical, mechanical, chemical and biological properties of dental materials commonly used in direct and indirect restorative procedures, and basic knowledge in materials used in preventive, periodontics, restorative and other specialty fields in dentistry.

DHY 309 1.0

Covers restorative dental practice and materials, focusing on correct placement of dental restorations on mannequins and in the clinic on patients. Practice and develop manipulative and carving skills in the placement of amalgam and composite restorations as allowed by Washington State law.

DHY 310 2.0

Theory of pain control in dental hygiene and restorative dentistry including nitrous oxide administration, topical anesthesia, and nerve block, field and infiltration local anesthesia applications.

DHY 311 2.0

Practice of pain control in dental hygiene and restorative dentistry including nitrous oxide administration, topical anesthesia, and nerve block, field and infiltration local anesthesia applications.

DHY 312 2.0

Examines periodontal structures of the mouth from health to disease including clinical and histological aspects of periodontal disease. Includes various classifications of periodontal diseases, and disease progression as it relates to microbiology, etiology, and host response. Learn techniques of periodontal therapy using adjunctive chemotherapeutic agents and oral hygiene aids.

DHY 313 3.0

Study of dental radiology including the principles and application of a full range of intra-oral, extra-oral, digital and film radiographic examinations, advanced interpretation for diagnosis of dental anatomy, trauma, lesions, caries and pathology.

DHY 314 2.0

Learn application of basic radiographic examination techniques for dental patients stressing adaptation of techniques, consideration of presenting problems, variations of normal, supplemental radiographic procedures, analysis of outcomes, and advanced interpretation of diagnostic information.

DHY 315 1.0

Study lesions, pathologies, and abnormal conditions of the head, neck and oral cavity of significance in the clinical practice of dental hygiene

DHY 318 2.0

Study the general pharmacological and therapeutic actions of drugs with emphasis on those used in dentistry. Includes nomenclature, dosage, routes of administration, drug interactions, drug effects on the oral cavity, indications, contraindications, factors in patient treatment planning and legal factors involved in dispensing.

DHY 323 3.0

Introduction to public dental health. Presents strategies to improve oral health outcomes through evidence-based research techniques, planning, and implementation of public health program models. Provides a foundation for a group community oral health project. Emphasis on community needs assessment and choosing a target population.

DHY 391 2.0

Supervised clinical experiences with patient care involving the assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation of clinical procedures in dental hygiene.

DHY 400 8.0

Supervised clinical experiences with patient care involving the assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation of clinical procedures in dental hygiene.

DHY 401 8.0

Supervised clinical experiences with patient care involving the assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation of clinical procedures in dental hygiene.

DHY 402 8.0

This course focuses on the scientific principles underlying the assessment, planning and implementation of clinical procedures in dental hygiene. This course emphasizes higher level concepts needed for successful board certification and national examinations.

DHY 404 3.0

This course focuses on the scientific principles underlying the assessment, planning and implementation of clinical procedures in dental hygiene. This course emphasizes higher level concepts needed for successful board certification and national examinations.

DHY 405 2.0

This course focuses on the scientific principles underlying the assessment, planning and implementation of clinical procedures in dental hygiene. This course emphasizes higher level concepts needed for successful board certification and national examinations. Course pre- and co-requisite: enrollment into the dental hygiene program.

DHY 406 1.0

This course is an introduction to a culminating educational experience whereby students have the opportunity to demonstrate mastery of learning in the field of dental hygiene. The course integrates experiential learning, coursework knowledge, clinical application, self-analysis along with strategies for completion and presentation of a Capstone project.

DHY 407 1.0

This course concludes the culminating educational experience whereby students have the opportunity to demonstrate mastery of learning in the field of dental hygiene. The course integrates experiential learning, program coursework knowledge, clinical application, self-analysis allowing the student to integrate and evaluate their overall educational experience.

DHY 408 1.0

Focuses on the ethical, legal and regulatory issues facing the dental hygienist practicing in a private dental office, in a community agency, or in independent practice. Examines professional traits, theories of moral development, ethical principles, the state dental practice act, the relationship with patients and employers, and risk management.

DHY 409 2.0

Focuses on correct placement of dental restorations on mannequins and in the clinic on patients. Students practice and develop manipulative and carving skills in the placement of amalgam and composite restorations as allowed by Washington State law.

DHY 410 2.0

Focuses on correct placement of dental restorations on mannequins and in the clinic on patients. Students practice and develop manipulative and carving skills in the placement of amalgam and composite restorations as allowed by Washington State law.

DHY 411 2.0

Focuses on correct placement of dental restorations on mannequins and in the clinic on patients. Students practice and develop manipulative and carving skills in the placement of amalgam and composite restorations as allowed by Washington State law.

DHY 412 2.0

Study of advanced periodontal diseases, including cause, recognition, prevention, and treatment planning. In addition, this course covers periodontal surgery and implant care. Reviews periodontal concepts through case studies.

DHY 413 2.0

Introduction to etiologies, signs and symptoms, prognoses, medications, and oral healthcare strategies to optimize oral health outcomes for patients with selective medical conditions.

DHY 414 1.0

This course consists of various laboratory externships through existing community organization affiliate agreements which provide supervised student experiences. Students will adapt the Dental Hygiene Process of Care for medically compromised high-risk patients to optimize oral health outcomes and provide caregiver oral health education as appropriate.

DHY 415 1.0

This course will explore issues encountered in a variety of dental hygiene employment settings including resume preparation, interview success techniques, malpractice insurance, employment contract negotiation, conduct and professional licensure, fundamentals of dental practice business concepts, employment team concepts, personal practice philosophy development, and the creation of a personal professional development plan.

DHY 416 1.0

This course is the study of public and community health methodologies in oral disease prevention and program development. Students will establish contact with populations to develop presentations targeted to a specific demographic as a community health program or project. Students will learn the basics of research including data collection, dental indices application, biostatistics utilization, and program evaluation.

DHY 419 2.0

This course is the advanced study of public and community health methodologies in oral disease prevention and program development. Students will present an oral health program to target populations addressing a specific need and demonstrate research methodologies including data collection, dental indices application, biostatistics utilization, and program evaluation.

DHY 420 1.0