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Dental Hygiene Associate in Applied Science

City Colleges of Chicago Healthcare Programs Dental Hygiene

Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

The A.A.S. in Dental Hygiene prepares graduates for national, regional, and state licensing examinations. Responsibilities of the job include examination of the teeth and mouth; removal of plaque, calculus, and stains from teeth; and taking and developing x-rays and educating patients in home oral healthcare techniques. Graduates can work in private dental offices, managed-care facilities, dental product sales, public health clinics, or the insurance industry.   
      
Through a partnership with the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) College of Dentistry, students can complete prerequisite and general education courses at Kennedy-King College, followed by the core professional courses and clinical training at UIC. Admission requirements for the Dental Hygiene Program include a college grade-point average of 2.0 or better; satisfactory scores on standardized college placement and vocational aptitude tests; evidence of high school graduation or GED certificate; proof of current certification in CPR Basic Life Support at Healthcare Provider Level; letters of recommendation; an autobiographical statement; and completion of 20 hours of college-level prerequisites with a grade of C or better in:     
      
Biology (023)     
Biology 121 - General Biology I (4)     
Biology 226 - Human Structure and Function I (4)     
Biology 227 - Human Structure and Function II (4)     
Chemistry (073)     
Chemistry 121 - Basic Chemistry I (4)
Microbiology (024)
Microbiology 233 - General Microbiology (4)
Human Diversity elective course
      
Selected candidates must complete a comprehensive physical and dental examination, including appropriate immunizations, prior to the beginning of classes. Students are responsible for buying all required books, instruments, uniforms, gloves, and malpractice insurance. Program curriculum, admission requirements, and cost estimates are subject to change. Please contact the department office for current guidelines.     
      
The Dental Hygiene Program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and by the United States Department of Education.     
      
The Dental Hygiene core professional courses listed below must be taken in sequence and passed with a grade of C or better before the student may advance in the program.​    
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Details: Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

Career Pathway

Credit Hours (CH)

72

Program/Plan Number

222

Funding Options

Open For Enrollment

Yes

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Prerequisites

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Human Diversity elective course required.
Biology
BIOLOGY 121
Biology I 5
Cellular and Molecular Biology. Introduction to biochemistry, molecular genetics, cell structure, function and processes. Laboratory required. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Eligibility for English 101, or ACT Reading Score range within (19-36), or Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright
BIOLOGY 226
Human Structure and Function I 4
Human anatomy and physiology. This laboratory course is recommended for those contemplating a career in the health professions and emphasizes the structure and function of the human body. Microscopic and gross anatomy are correlated with physiology. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in Biology 121.
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright
BIOLOGY 227
Human Structure and Function II 4
Continuation of Biology 226. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in Biology 226, or Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright
Chemistry
CHEM 121
Basic Chemistry I 4
Principles of general inorganic chemistry, including properties of matter, dimensional analysis, fundamentals of stoichiometry, interpretation of the periodic table, nomenclature and introduction to solution chemistry and commonly used concentration units. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Eligibility for English 101 and eligibility for Math 118 or higher or Consent of Department Chairperson.
IAI Approved
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright
Microbiology
MCROBIO 233
General Microbiology 4
Morphology, physiology, classification and culture of bacteria and related organisms. The role of bacteria related to human welfare and to plants and animals. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course. Allowed Repeatable Course: Not more than an accumulated eight credit hours will be counted towards graduation.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in Biology 121.
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright

General Education Requirements

72  CH

​Students should refer to the General Education Requirements for AAS degrees and speak to an advisor. The A.A.S. model includes the State of Illinois Human Diversity requirement.  

Mathematics Requirement can be: MATH 118 or higher (excluding MATH140)

Dental Hygiene
DENTHYG 112
Concepts of Preventive Therapy I 2
Orientation to the profession of dental hygiene and the role of the dental hygienist in the educational and therapeutic oral health services provided in the development of an individualized plaque control program. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Admission to the Dental Hygiene Program/Plan 222.
Offered at: Kennedy-King
DENTHYG 121
Principles of Dental Hygiene I Lecture 2
Fundamental theories and skills necessary to perform oral prophylaxis treatment. Principles of disease transmission, infection control, instrumentation, and the examining and charting of oral conditions will be presented. Concepts and procedures will be systematically presented through the lecture component and applied in the clinical laboratory sessions. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Admission to the Dental Hygiene Program/Plan 222 and Grade of C or better in Dental Hygiene 110 and 112 and Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Kennedy-King
DENTHYG 122
Principles of Dental Hygiene II Lecture 2
Systematic presentation of additional theories and skills necessary to perform an oral prophylaxes and supplementary techniques. Emphasis will be placed on additional principles of instrumentation, instrument sharpening techniques, polishing technique, use of fluorides, taking alginate impressions, comprehensive periodontal evaluation, dental and periodontal charting, blood pressure measurement, medical emergencies in the dental office, classification of dental caries, use of phase microscope, and dental hygiene planning. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Admission to the Dental Hygiene Program/Plan 222 and Grade of C or better in Dental Hygiene 121 and 123.
Offered at: Kennedy-King
DENTHYG 123
Principles of Dental Hygiene I Lab 2
Companion course designed for the application of concepts presented in Dental Hygiene 121. Practice provided in the pre-clinical laboratory setting. Instrumentation skills are performed on typodonts and on student partners to a specified standard of competency. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Admission to the Dental Hygiene Program/Plan 222 and Grade of C or better in Dental Hygiene 112..
Offered at: Kennedy-King
DENTHYG 124
Principles of Dental Hygiene II Lab 3
Companion course designed for the application of concepts presented in Dental Hygiene 122 within the laboratory/clinical setting. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Admission to the Dental Hygiene Program/Plan 222 and Grade of C or better in Dental Hygiene 121, 122 AND 123.
Offered at: Kennedy-King
DENTHYG 125
Nutrition And Biochemistry 2
An introductory study to provide an integrated background of the fundamental principles of general biochemistry, metabolism, oral biochemistry and nutrition. Particular reference is made to the molecular components of cells, their chemical processes, the biological basis of dental disease, and the clinical application of nutritional theory on the counseling of dental patients. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Admission to the Dental Hygiene Program/Plan 222 and Grade of C or better in Chemistry 121 and Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Kennedy-King
DENTHYG 126
Dental Radiology 3
The application of the fundamental principles of radiology in the study of teeth and surrounding structures. Provides pre-clinical laboratory and beginning clinical experience in exposing, processing, mounting, and basic interpretation of dental radiographs. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in Dental Hygiene 131 AND 133, AND Admission to the Dental Hygiene program/plan 222 OR Consent of Department Chair.
Offered at: Kennedy-King
DENTHYG 128
General & Oral Pathology 2
A survey of general and oral pathology with emphasis on diseases and their manifestations in the oral cavity. Recognition and detection of such deviations from normal is also studied. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, the course.
Prerequisites:Admission to the Dental Hygiene Program/Plan 222 and Grade of C or better in Dental Hygiene 131 and 133.
Offered at: Kennedy-King
DENTHYG 130
Dental Materials 3
Introduces the student to the basic concepts of material science and physical properties while gaining practical experience in the manipulation of restorative materials used in dental hygiene practice. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Admission to the Dental Hygiene Program/Plan 222 and Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Kennedy-King
DENTHYG 131
Oral Structures & Function 3
Introduction to the microscopic, embryologic and morphologic characteristics of the cells, tissues and structures associated with the oral cavity. Emphasis is placed on the development, structure and function of periodontal tissues, external and internal morphology of the teeth and basic concepts of occlusion. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Admission to the Dental Hygiene program/plan 222 and Grade of C or better in Biology 226, and Biology 227, and Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Kennedy-King
DENTHYG 133
Head And Neck Anatomy 2
This course consists of lectures, readings, study of models and prosection that will introduce the student to the gross anatomical structure and function of the human head and neck including the face, oral cavity, and deep structure of the face. Clinical implications and correlations will be discussed. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Admission to the Dental Hygiene program/plan 222 and Grade of C or better in Biology 226, and Biology 227, and Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Kennedy-King
DENTHYG 135
Concepts of Preventive Therapy II 1
Continuation of Preventive Therapy I with special emphasis on the psychology of motivation, special patient care, and specific population groups. Procedures will be introduced for developing and presenting dental health educational materials primarily to children in the school setting. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Admission to the Dental Hygiene Program/Plan 222 and Grade of C or better in Dental Hygiene 112 and Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Kennedy-King
DENTHYG 200
Summer Clinic 3
A continuation of dental hygiene theory and clinical concepts applicable to dental hygiene practice. Emphasis will be placed upon specific topics pertinent to acquiring clinical expertise. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in Dental Hygiene 122 and Dental Hygiene124.
Offered at: Kennedy-King
DENTHYG 202
Critique of Dental Literature 1
Introduction to the fundamental concepts and skills needed to understand, interpret and critique professional literature. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Admission to the Dental Hygiene Program/Plan and Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Kennedy-King
DENTHYG 233
Expanded Functions 2
Principles and techniques utilized in comprehensive dental hygiene care. Instruction will include the mixing and placement of amalgam, composite, and other restorative materials. Special attention is paid to pain management with the use of local anesthesia and conscious sedation agents commonly utilized in the dental treatment setting. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Admission to the Dental Hygiene program/plan 222 and Grade of C or better in Dental Hygiene 131, and Dental Hygiene 133.
Offered at: Kennedy-King
DENTHYG 235
Community Dental Health I 2
An introduction to the current principles and issues in community health and their relationship to the delivery of dental care to the public sector. The role of the dental hygienist in the community disease prevention and health promotion activities will be emphasized. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Admission to the Dental Hygiene Program/Plan and Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Kennedy-King
DENTHYG 241
Dental Pharmacology 2
This course includes a study of principles of pharmacology and understanding of the characteristics of major drug groups and their utilization in medicine and dentistry. Emphasis is placed on developing an understanding of those drugs used for medical treatment which require treatment modification by the dentist or dental hygienist and those drugs used in dental practice. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Biology 227 and Dental Hygiene 121 and Dental Hygiene 123 and Dental Hygiene 128.
Offered at: Kennedy-King
DENTHYG 243
Periodontics 2
A lecture course which includes the etiology, classification, symptomatology, diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis of periodontal disease. Emphasis will be placed on the phases of periodontics pertinent to a dental hygienist. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in Dental Hygiene 121.
Offered at: Kennedy-King
DENTHYG 250
Oral Diagnosis 2
An overview course given as an introduction to the art of differential diagnosis as it relates to lesions occurring in and about the oral cavity. Attention is directed to the discussion of pathology, history, radiographic and clinical appearance, prognosis and treatment. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Admission to the Dental Hygiene program/plan 222 and Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Kennedy-King
DENTHYG 251
Clinical Dental Hygiene I 5
Enrichment of skills in performing oral health services in the clinical setting. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in Dental Hygiene 200.
Offered at: Kennedy-King
DENTHYG 252
Clinical Dental Hygiene II 5
Enrichment of skills in performing oral health services in the clinical setting. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in Dental Hygiene 251.
Offered at: Kennedy-King
DENTHYG 254
Dental Specialties 1
This course is designed to acquaint the dental hygiene student with the various dental specialties and current trends in dental treatment. Guest lecturers, who are specialists in the field, will provide pertinent information and in some cases, supervise practical experiences during clinical rotation. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Admission to the Dental Hygiene program/plan 222, and Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Kennedy-King
DENTHYG 256
Community Dental Health II 1
A continuation of Dental Hygiene 235 developing, implementing and evaluating a community dental health program; utilization of health care services, epidemiology of dental disease, health care financing and health care delivery will also be discussed. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in Dental Hygiene 235.
Offered at: Kennedy-King
DENTHYG 258
Ethics And Jurispredence 2
Provides the student with information on the personal and professional aspects of dental hygiene practice. Topics of discussion include: interpersonal and inter-professional communication, licensure and credentialing, elements of practice management, employment opportunities and strategies, ethics, legal responsibilities, and the professional organization. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Admission to the Dental Hygiene Program/Plan 222 and Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Kennedy-King
DENTHYG 260
Senior Seminar 2
The course is a review of all material found on the national, regional and state dental hygiene board examinations. The course is designed to prepare students for the Dental Hygiene Board examinations. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Admission to the Dental Hygiene Program/Plan 222 and Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Kennedy-King
English
ENGLISH 101
Composition 3
Development of critical and analytical skills in writing and reading of expository prose. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Eligibility for English 101, or ACT Reading Score range within (19-36), or Consent of Department Chairperson.
IAI Approved
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright
Mathematics
MATH 118
General Education Math 4
Focuses on mathematical reasoning and solving real life problems, rather than on routine skills and appreciation. A maximum of four of the following topics is studied in depth: geometry, counting techniques and probability, graph theory, logic, game theory, linear programming and statistics. The use of calculators and computers is strongly encouraged. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in Math 99 , or COMPASS placement test score range within PRE-ALGEBRA (17-99) and ALGEBRA (43-99) and College ALGEBRA (1-50), or ACT Math score range within (21-23), or Consent of Department Chairperson.
IAI Approved
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright
Psychology
PSYCH 201
General Psychology 3
Historical survey of psychology and a study of the sensory and perceptual processes: learning, thinking, remembering, emotional behavior, motivation, mechanism of adjustment, and the total personality. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Eligibility for English 101, or ACT Reading Score range within (19-36), or Consent of Department Chairperson.
IAI Approved
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright
Speech
SPEECH 101-1
Fundamentals of Speech Communication 3
Theory and practice of oral communication; development of poise and confidence, delivery, and speech organization; public speaking practice; small group discussion, and development of standards of criticism. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Eligibility for English 101, or ACT Reading Score range within (19-36), or Consent of Department Chairperson.
IAI Approved
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright

Program Core Requirements

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Additional Requirements

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Elective Program Requirements

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Area of Focus

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Focus Electives

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