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- The purpose of the Dental Hygiene program is to provide quality education for the dental hygiene student
which will include a variety of experiences in the classroom, clinic, and community.
- The mission of the Dental Hygiene program at Collins Career Technical Center is to provide the dental hygiene
student with the knowledge, skills, and experiences to become a registered dental hygienist and to secure employment
in the competitive and demanding field of dentistry by offering quality oral health care services and dental health
education to the population.
- During the course of the program, students will learn the skills necessary to perform all of the functions of a
licensed dental hygienist. The program consists of rigorous coursework in dental and head and neck anatomy, dental
hygiene theory, radiology, dental materials, periodontics, community health, nutrition, and more. These classes will
prepare the student to offer high quality, comprehensive care to their patients. Along with didactic instruction, the
students will spend a significant amount of time in a clinical setting, where they can put their knowledge to use.
It is a two-year (6 semester) program in which students will complete all of the dental hygiene course
requirements through Collins Career Technical Center and general education requirements through Mountwest CTC. This program
meets Monday through Thursday in the evenings (generally between 3:00 PM and 9:00 PM), however clinical hours are subject to
change per semester and may be during the day. Mountwest classes offered on our campus also meet during the day.
For more information about the program, you may contact one of our dental hygiene faculty members:
Some of the Duties of a Dental Hygienist
- Assess patient vital signs (pulse, respiration, blood pressure, etc.)
- Elicit a complete patient medical history
- Assess oral health status
- Complete restorative and periodontal charting
- Scale and polish teeth
- Give oral hygiene instruction
- Counsel patients on factors that may affect their oral health (tobacco use, side effects from medications, etc.)
- Treatment plan additional recare appointments based on specific patient needs
- Take impressions and pour models (for studying, making appliances, etc.)
- Place sealants
- Take panoramic and intraoral radiographs
- Dental hygienists may be employed in a variety of settings, including private practice, government agencies such as
health departments and clinics, school systems and hospitals.
Collins Career Technical Center Courses
- Dental Theory I, II, and III
- Head and Neck Anatomy and Histology
- Clinical Practice I, II, III, IV and V
- Oral Pathology
- Dental Emergencies and CPR
- Oral Microbiology
- Community/Public Health
- Dental Materials
- Dental Health Education
- Special Needs and Ethics
- Local Anesthesia/Pain Management
- Test Prep Course (to prepare for boards)
Mountwest Community and Technical College Courses
- English - written communication
- English - business and technical writing
- Anatomy and Physiology
- General Chemistry
- Medical Terminology
- College Algebra for Allied Health
- Oral Communication
- Lifespan Psychology
- Upon completion of the program, students must pass both the National and Northeast Regional Board examinations
to be eligible for licensure through the state board of dentistry.
- Costs associated with the dental hygiene program include tuition, books, uniforms, and instruments. A detailed
description of cost may be obtained from a financial aid officer or the dental hygiene program director.
- Minimum ACT score of 21 within the past three (3) years OR
- Successful completion of the pre-entrance (Work Keys) examination with a score of four (4) in Locating for Information,
and five (5) in both the Math and Reading for Comprehension within the past three (3) years.
- Students must maintain a grade of B or better in all coursework (classroom and clinical) in order to continue on in the program.
Meghan Gillum, RDH, MPH – Program Director
740-867-6641 ext. 428