Dental Hygiene

Dental Hygiene

Associate in Applied Science Degree

Available at: West Campus

Two Dental students help another fit the students mouth onto the x-ray machine properly.

Program Overview

The Dental Hygiene Program prepares the student for the dental hygiene field. A dental hygienist's primary duties include:

  • providing patients with regular oral prophylaxis
  • advanced periodontal therapy
  • dental x-rays
  • dental sealants
  • dental health care instruction for the control of oral diseases and the promotion of oral health.

Graduates will receive an Associate in Applied Science degree. They are eligible to take written examinations including the national, clinical regional, and state board jurisprudence licensing examinations. After passing these examinations, graduates apply for licensure to practice dental hygiene under the general supervision of a licensed dentist.

Along with classroom lectures, first-year students learn instrument manipulation and x-ray skills by practicing on each other and dental mannequins. Freshmen students begin patient treatment in the second semester of the Dental Hygiene Program. Students continue to treat patients during the remainder of the program.

When patients call to request an appointment, students are assigned to them based upon the patient's qualifications for treatment. Students are required to purchase prescribed uniforms, gowns, instrument kit, dental supplies, protective gloves, mask and safety eye glasses. Additional expenses include but are not limited to, textbooks, national, regional and state license examination fees, license registration fee, student association membership dues, and a National Board Review course registration fee.

The dental hygiene program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association. A Dental Advisory Committee assists College officials in the implementation of the curriculum under the standards established by the Commission.

The Dental Assisting and Dental Hygiene Programs at Del Mar College are schedule for an accreditation on-site visit April 13-15, 2016 by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. These site visits occur every (7) seven years to reaffirm program accreditation by the Commission on Dental Accreditation.

Students, patients, and other interested parties of the Dental Assisting and Dental Hygiene Programs may provide comments to the Commission office. These comments must pertain only to the accreditation standards of the two programs or policies and procedures used in the Commission's accreditation process. A copy of the accreditation standards, the Commission's policy on third-party comments, and/or the Commission's Evaluation Policies and Procedures may be obtained by contacting the Commission at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611, or by calling 1-800-621-8099, extension 4653.


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Page last updated March 5, 2018.