Dental Hygienists work with Dentists to help patients with their oral care. A hygienist’s day-to-day duties may involve cleaning teeth, examining patients for oral diseases, taking and developing x-rays, and providing other preventive dental care. Dental Hygienists generally work in dental offices.
Dental Hygiene (Associate of Applied Science) Mission Statement
The Dental Hygiene program provides students with theoretical knowledge, technical skills, and professional attributes necessary to qualify for licensure as a Registered Dental Hygienist and entry-level employment as a Dental Hygienist. The program aims to guide students in developing professional commitment, community involvement, and continued research. Graduates will be eligible to sit for the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination.
Learning Objectives / Instructional Outcomes
Dental Hygiene classes at Concorde Career College include general education courses covering mathematics, written, verbal and nonverbal communications; interpersonal skills; critical thinking; the sciences; and the humanities. Learning objectives prepare students through an array of skill sets with learning objectives that include extraoral and intraoral exams, periodontal and dental exams, patient history reviews, vital sign checks, and risk assessments. Program graduates will recognize, respect, and act with consideration for individual differences, values, preferences, and expressed needs.
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In order to graduate from the Dental Hygiene (Associate of Applied Science) program, students must successfully complete the following curriculum:
Dental Hygienists are licensed, professional oral clinicians and dental health educators who prevent and treat oral disease, promote and encourage preventive aspects of dental care, and assume responsibility for patient care in the dental office. They provide a variety of services to patients, including a comprehensive examination of the oral cavity, radiographs, prophylaxis, fluoride treatments, patient education, and preventive services. They are required to pass written and clinical examinations before they apply for licensure to practice. Dental Hygienists are integral members of the dental team who use their dental, clinical, and social sciences to aid individuals in achieving optimum oral health. Besides working in a private dental practice, Dental Hygienists also work as educators, administrators, and researchers.
Accreditation and Licensure
For the Memphis campus:
The Dental Hygiene (Associate of Applied Science) program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and has been granted the accreditation status of “approval without reporting requirements.” CODA is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. Commission on Dental Accreditation: 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611; (312) 440-4653; http://www.ada.org/en/coda.
Accreditation and licensure are an important part of an academic institution’s operation. Visit our Accreditations and Licensure page for more details about our accreditations and licensure.
What is the difference between a Dental Hygienist and Dental Assistant?
Dental assistants provide both clinical and administrative support in a dental office through tasks such as managing patient charts, scheduling appointments, taking X-rays, sterilizing equipment, and many other responsibilities. Dental hygienists perform cleanings and educate patients regarding general oral care and individualized dental health plans.
How Long Is The Dental Hygiene (Associate Of Applied Science) Program at Concorde?
The Dental Hygiene (Associate Of Applied Science) program at Concorde can be completed in as little as 17 months. However, this varies by location. Please check with an admissions advisor for program length information.
When Does Concorde’s Dental Hygiene (Associate Of Applied Science) Program Start?
Call us to find out when the Dental Hygiene (Associate of Applied Science) program starts at a Concorde campus location near you. Program start dates can also be found in the campus catalog located at www.concorde.edu.
What is the dental hygienist career outlook?
According to BLS.gov, the dental hygienist job field is projected to grow 11 percent through 2028. Dental care is a necessity to have proper oral health and to keep healthy overall. Therefore, the demand for dental services is expected to rise as the population ages.
Why should I become a dental hygienist?
Becoming a dental hygenist comes with many perks as well as being able to promote oral health and overall body health. As a dental hygenist, you’ll work in a dental office, educating patients about oral hygiene, interacting with a range of patients, providing routine preventive care and early gum disease management, and much more. Dental hygenists can enjoy a flexible work schedule and have the opportunity for career advancements.
Does Concorde offer dental hygiene externships?
Concorde incorporates real-world training and off-site clinical experiences in our programs.
How much is tuition for Concorde’s Dental Hygiene (Associate of Applied Science) program?
For program-specific tuition information, please see the campus catalog.