Dental Hygiene – Program Detail

Program Mission/Overview

The Dental Hygiene Program provides quality education and opportunities for the Dental Hygiene student to be successful in the program. The program will provide an environment to promote the team concept, encourage professional and ethical behavior, lifelong learning, and the development of the skills and attitudes necessary to achieve the student’s goal of becoming a Registered Dental Hygienist.

Program Goals

The Dental Hygiene goals/outcomes and competencies have been planned with the goals and objectives which are consistent with the goals and objectives of the institution and that are appropriate for dental hygiene education that address teaching, patient care, research and service.

These program goals, competencies, and philosophy are listed in the D.H. Clinic Manual.

  • Graduates of the Dental Hygiene Program will be able to demonstrate a sound grasp of basic skills and knowledge in the basic sciences, dental sciences, general education and dental hygiene science.
    • 85% of the Dental Hygiene Program graduates taking the Dental Hygiene National Board will pass the exam.
  • Graduates of the Dental Hygiene Program will be technically proficient.
    • At the close of their final term, 100% of the graduates will be able to practice dental hygiene with a 78% proficiency as directed by the Dental Hygiene faculty.
    • 85% of the Dental Hygiene Program taking a State Licensure Examination will pass the exam.
  • Graduates of the Dental Hygiene Program will be employed in the field.
    • 50% of the graduates of the Dental Hygiene Program will report employment in the field on the Graduating Student Survey administered at the time of program completion.
    • 75% of the graduates of the Dental Hygiene Program will report employment in the field on the Student Survey distributed one year after graduation.
  • Employers of the Dental Hygiene Program graduates will rate the technical and academic skills of the employees as average or above.
    • 75% of the respondents of the Employers Survey conducted each year will respond that they would employ future graduates of the Dental Hygiene Program.
    • A majority of the respondents of the Employers Survey will respond by rating the graduates as average or above.

Program Outcomes

A Dental Hygiene graduate must be able to:

  • Apply a professional code of ethics in all endeavors.
  • Practice as a member of a team in a professional manner.
  • Acquire and analyze information in a scientific manner.
  • Collect, analyze, and record data on the general, oral and psycho-social health status of clients using methods consistent with medical, legal and ethical principles.
  • Use critical decision making skills to determine the client’s needs related to their oral health and disease, based on available data.
  • Formulate a comprehensive dental hygiene care plan, through consultation with the client and other health professionals. The care plan will identify evidence based dental hygiene interventions.
  • Provide individualized care that includes educational, preventive and therapeutic services designed to assist the client in achieving and maintaining oral health.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of educational, preventive, and therapeutic services and modify as needed.
  • Promote the values of oral and general health to the public and organizations.
  • Assume responsibility for health promotion and disease prevention to the public and organizations within and outside the profession.
  • Demonstrate professional commitment and advancement within the profession.

Job Placement

There are a variety of employment opportunities for graduates of the Dental Hygiene Program. These options include but are not limited to the following:  Private practice – General Dentistry and Specialties; Contract Services for Military Installations; State Institutions – Prison System, public health organizations, Special Needs Organizations; Supply Companies/Sales; Consulting.

Facilities

The program facility is located on the ground floor of Snyder Hall, on Main Campus. There is patient parking at the side of Snyder Hall that is appropriately marked.

Program Costs

Program costs listed are estimates and subject to change. Tuition is based on the in-state rate of $66.50 per credit hour.

  • Tuition $4,921.00
  • Textbooks/Supplies $5,023.00
  • Uniforms $200.00
  • Instruments $1,100.00
  • Liability Insurance $36.00
  • Parking Fee $30.00
  • SADHA dues $150.00
  • Class dues $40.00
  • Graduation Fee $10.00

Total Estimated costs: $11,560.00

Staff Directory

  • Jean Middleswarth MSW, LMBT
    Director of Health Services
  • Karen Clement, AAS
    Health Services Secretary
  • Jannette Whisenhunt, CDA, RDH, Ph.D.
    Department Chair, Dental Education
  • Julie Rushing, CDA, RDH, BS
    Dental Hygiene Clinical Education Coordinator
  • Annette Saylor, RDH, BS
    Lead Instructor Dental Hygiene
  • Tracie Roscoe, CDA, RDH, BS
    Dental Hygiene Instructor
  • Paula Bowling, BS – Dental Clinic Manager
  • Jon Harman, BA – Spanish Interpreter