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 121 - General Biology I (4)
Biology 226 - Human Structure and Function I (4)
Biology 227 - Human Structure and Function II (4)
Chemistry 121 - Basic Chemistry I (4)
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.