Programs

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Dental Hygiene
A career as a dental hygienist offers a wide range of opportunities. Services provided by dental hygienists include patient assessment procedures, managing and treating periodontal conditions, providing pain management for patients, placing and finishing dental restorative materials, applying preventive materials to the teeth, teaching patients appropriate oral hygiene to maintain oral health, nutrition counseling, teeth whitening services, performing documentation and office management activities, developing and implementing community oral health programs, and more.

Graduates receive a Bachelor of Applied Science degree. Students who successfully complete the program qualify to take national, regional, and state board examinations for licensure and are prepared to enter clinical practice. The program includes all responsibilities allowed by Washington state law. Clinical experience takes place in the Clark College Firstenburg Dental Hygiene Education and Care Center under the supervision of licensed dentists and dental hygienists.

The Clark College Dental Hygiene program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association, a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation and the United States Department of Education.

About the Program
For Financial Aid purposes, the Bachelor of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene is open enrollment which enables all students who wish to pursue this degree to complete the “Dental Hygiene Degree Requirements” (courses in the areas of English, Biological Sciences, Psychology, etc.). The “Dental Hygiene Degree Requirements” provide the foundation for the subsequent “Dental Hygiene Core” classes (classes with “DH” prefix). Due to clinical space limitations, although the program of study for the dental hygiene degree is open enrollment, there is a competitive application process for students to be able to begin the “Dental Hygiene Core” classes. The instructions in the Dental Hygiene Program Guide explain the Dental Hygiene Degree requirements and the competitive application process to be able to begin the Dental Hygiene Core classes.

The Dental Hygiene Program Guide is posted on the Dental Hygiene website at: www.clark.edu/dentalhygiene

Disability Statement for Health Occupations
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, accommodations for students with disabilities will be considered at the student's request. The student may need to provide documentation of disability to the Disability Support Services Office to support his/her accommodation requests. Documentation guidelines and procedures can be found at www.clark.edu/dss. Once the student is qualified by DSS as having a disability, requested accommodations will be considered. Accommodations for the classroom, laboratory, or clinical setting will be evaluated according to reasonableness. Accommodations that compromise patient care, or that fundamentally alter the essential functions of the program or activity, are not considered to be reasonable.
Dental Hygiene (BAS)
Preliminary Coursework REQUIRED for acceptance
All preliminary courses must be completed with a 2.0 or above AND obtain minimum APPLICABLE and SCIENCE grade point averages (GPA) of 2.60
Communication Skills (10 credits required)
 
ENGL&101
ENGLISH COMPOSITION I *
5 cr.
*must be completed by end of winter term of application year
ENGL&102
ENGLISH COMPOSITION II
5 cr.
or
ENGL 109
WRITING ABOUT THE SCIENCES
5 cr.
Humanities (10 credits required)
 
CMST&210
INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION
5 cr.
or
CMST&220
PUBLIC SPEAKING
5 cr.
or
CMST&230
SMALL GROUP COMMUNICATION
5 cr.
Social Sciences (10 credits required)
 
PSYC&100
GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY
5 cr.
SOC& 101
INTRO TO SOCIOLOGY
5 cr.
College-level Math (5 credits required)
 
MATH&146
INTRODUCTION TO STATISTICS (recommended)
5 cr.
Natural Sciences (30 credits required)
 
All science courses must be seven (7) years current upon program entry.
BIOL&251
HUMAN A & P I
5 cr.
and
BIOL&252
HUMAN A & P II
5 cr.
and
BIOL&253
HUMAN A & P III
5 cr.
or
BIOL&241
HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I
5 cr.
and
BIOL&242
HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II
5 cr.
BIOL&260
MICROBIOLOGY
5 cr.
CHEM&121
INTRO TO CHEMISTRY: PRE-HEALTH
5 cr.
CHEM&131
INTRO TO ORGANIC/BIOCHEM
5 cr.
NUTR&101
NUTRITION
3 cr.
Physical Education (1 credits required)**
 
**MUST be fitness/activity course
Junior Year
Fall Term
 
DH 282
PHARMACOLOGY I
1 cr.
DH 283
CLINICAL DENTAL HYGIENE TECHNIQUES I
6 cr.
DH 284
ORAL MEDICINE
2 cr.
DH 285
PERIODONTICS I
3 cr.
DH 286
DENTAL ANATOMY
3 cr.
DH 292
INTRODUCTION TO DIGITAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS
1 cr.
Winter Term
 
DH 303
HEAD AND NECK ANATOMY
3 cr.
DH 313
CLINICAL DENTAL HYGIENE TECHNIQUES II
5 cr.
DH 323
ORAL RADIOLOGY I
3 cr.
DH 353
ETHICS AND THE PROFESSION
1 cr.
DH 373
CARIOLOGY
2 cr.
DH 383
PHARMACOLOGY II
1 cr.
Spring Term
 
DH 304
EDUCATIONAL THEORY AND APPLICATION
2 cr.
DH 314
CLINICAL DENTAL HYGIENE TECHNIQUES III
5 cr.
DH 324
ORAL RADIOLOGY II
1 cr.
DH 344
GENERAL AND ORAL PATHOLOGY
3 cr.
DH 364
LOCAL ANESTHESIA & PAIN CONTROL
4 cr.
DH 384
PHARMACOLOGY III
1 cr.
Senior Year
Summer Term
 
DH 301
INTRODUCTION TO DENTAL MATERIALS/ASSISTING
3 cr.
DH 321
CLINICAL DENTAL HYGIENE TECHNIQUES IV
4 cr.
DH 331
ORAL RADIOLOGY III
2 cr.
DH 431
RESTORATIVE DENTISTRY I
2 cr.
DH 451
SPECIAL NEEDS POPULATIONS I
1 cr.
DH 471
NITROUS OXIDE SEDATION
1 cr.
Fall Term
 
DH 402
DENTAL PUBLIC HEALTH - RESEARCH METHODS I
2 cr.
DH 412
CLINICAL DENTAL HYGIENE TECHNIQUES V
9 cr.
DH 432
RESTORATIVE DENTISTRY II
5 cr.
DH 452
SPECIAL NEEDS POPULATIONS II
1 cr.
DH 472
PERIODONTICS II
2 cr.
Winter Term
 
DH 403
DENTAL PUBLIC HEALTH - RESEARCH METHODS II
2 cr.
DH 413
CLINICAL DENTAL HYGIENE TECHNIQUES VI
9 cr.
DH 433
RESTORATIVE DENTISTRY III
4 cr.
DH 453
SPECIAL NEEDS POPULATIONS III
1 cr.
DH 473
PERIODONTICS III
2 cr.
Spring Term
 
DH 404
DENTAL PUBLIC HEALTH - RESEARCH METHODS III
1 cr.
DH 414
CLINICAL DENTAL HYGIENE TECHNIQUES VII
10 cr.
DH 434
RESTORATIVE DENTISTRY IV
3 cr.
DH 484
CAPSTONE
3 cr.

Total Required Credits: 180-181

Program Outcomes
Program outcomes are overarching skills that are emphasized and reinforced throughout several courses in a specific program; they are measurable statements that define what students should know or be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College. After successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
  • Integrate the roles of clinician, educator, advocate, manager, and researcher to prevent oral diseases and promote health.
  • Communicate effectively and professionally, using verbal, non-verbal, and written language with patients, colleagues, the public, diverse populations, and other healthcare providers.
  • Analyze professional behaviors and make appropriate decisions guided by ADHA ethical principles and core values.
  • Assess, diagnose, plan, implement, and evaluate the provision of optimal, evidence-based, and patient-centered dental hygiene care.
  • Successfully complete all licensing exams.
  • Demonstrate the skills necessary to stay current in the profession with a rigorous and robust emphasis on the study of current research.