Mar 21, 2023  
2022-2023 Lane Community College Catalog 
2022-2023 Lane Community College Catalog

Dental Hygiene, AAS

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Length: Program 93 credits

Program Prerequisites: 41-44 credits

Program Contacts

Estimated Cost for Program: $ 42,666

  • Resident Tuition: $ 12,323*
  • Technology Fees: $ 1,209
  • General Student Fees: $ 813**
  • Online Course Fee: $ (if applicable)
  • Books / Course Materials: $ 1,600 (Some courses use Open Educational Resources (OER), which are free or low-cost materials.)
  • Program Specific Fees: $ 4,024  (certifications-licensure-exams, health Insurance, application fee, background check, drug/alcohol screening, meds record tracker and industry student membership)
  • Other Cost / Expenses: $ 8,900*** (computer/internet, uniforms/shoes, instruments/tools 
  • Differential Fees: $ 13,797****

Estimated Cost for Program Prerequisites: $ 6,809

  • Resident Tuition: $ 5,830*
  • Technology Fees: $ 572
  • General Student Fees: $ 407**
  • Online Course Fee: $ (if applicable)

Costs provided are estimates only. Learn more and view current tuition and fee information at

Resident tuition is based on all program requirements (general education, core, directed electives). Any prerequisites required prior to the entry of the program will be listed separately.

** General Student fees are paid once each term, depending on whether you are taking classes on Main Campus, or at one of the outreach centers or by distance learning. 

*** Any special info about program costs or expenses.

**** This is the total of all the differential fees attached to the courses in this program.

Program Learning Outcomes

The purpose of this program is to prepare dental hygiene students for entry into the dental hygiene profession as a licensed clinician providing preventive, therapeutic, restorative and educational methods for the control of oral disease and promotion of optimal oral health

Students who complete this program will be able to:

PLO 1 - Demonstrate application of principles of ethical reasoning, decision making and professional responsibility in the provision and support of evidence based oral health care services, research, patient care and practice management
PLO 2 - Demonstrate critical thinking, problem solving and self-evaluation in the provision of comprehensive care, selection of patient management strategies, and professional competence development
PLO 3 - Select and plan educational and clinical services for periodontal diseases using appropriate interpersonal communication, comprehensive data collection, knowledge of periodontal conditions and therapies, and educational strategies
PLO 4 - Access, critically appraise, apply and communicate evidence based practices for all periodontal classifications within diverse patient populations
PLO 5 - Demonstrate interpersonal communication and collaborative skills to effectively interact with diverse population groups, health care providers, dental professionals and community groups
PLO 6 - Demonstrate application of refined instrumentation skills for periodontal, restorative and therapeutic interventions for individuals at all stages of life
PLO 7 - Demonstrate application of behavioral sciences and patient centered approaches to promote, improve and maintain oral health
PLO 8 - Use assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation for the provision of dental hygiene services and disease prevention strategies within diverse, multicultural and special needs populations, and community groups
PLO 9 - Demonstrate use of mathematical and statistical concepts in the application of clinical and preventive dental care strategies
PLO 10 - Use appropriate library and information resources to research professional issues, develop community health program planning and to support lifelong learning

Experiential Learning: Membership in the Student American Dental Hygienist’s Association (SADHA) at the state and national level. Professional meetings and continuing education offerings. Assessment, Planning, Implementation and Evaluation of community health programs. Off-campus experiences with community clinics, school-based screenings, presentations for health fairs, classrooms, inter-professional collaboration and visitations to specialty and general dental offices/clinics.

Admission Information

See for program information and the admission application packet.

Students must have a score of 50 points or higher on ATI TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills).

Program Requirements


Program Prerequisites must be completed with a letter grade of C or better. P/NP is not accepted. 

Writing (4 credits) - Complete the following:

Math (4 credits) - Complete one of the following:

Biobonds or Chemistry (5-8 credits) - Complete one of the following options:

Anatomy and Physiology (12 credits) - Complete the following:

Sociology (4 credits) - Complete one of the following:

Psychology (4 credits) - Complete one of the following:

Oral Communications (4 credits) - Complete one of the following:

Health (4 credits) - Complete the following:

Enrollment Academic Requirements

Enrollment Academic Requirements must be completed with a letter grade of C or better. P/NP is not accepted.  

The following three (3) courses are not required by the application deadline but must be completed prior to beginning the program:

NOTE: WR 123  has a prerequisite of WR 122  that is not embedded into the program but required prior to WR 123. Alternatively, WR 227 does not have an additional requirement. 

Program Core Courses

Program Core courses must be completed with a letter grade of C or better. P/NP is not accepted. 
DH 120A  satisfies the Human Relations requirement and may not be substituted.



Dental Hygiene, accredited by The American Dental Association’s Commission on Dental Accreditation, a specialized accrediting board recognized by the U.S. Dept. of Education. The Commission may be contacted at 312-440-4653 or 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60611.

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