Total Program Credits: 91
Total Program Prerequisites: 44
Estimated Program Length: Two years
Offered by the Health Professions Division, 541.463.5617
Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Requirements
Program Coordinator Sharon Hagan RDH, M.S. Dental Hygiene Program and Co-op Coordinator, Bldg. 19, Rm. 263A, 541.463.5616, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dean Grant Matthews
Purpose 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
- 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
- Demonstrate critical thinking, problem solving and self-evaluation in the provision of comprehensive care, selection of patient management strategies,and professional competence development
- 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
- Access, critically appraise, apply and communicate evidence based practices for all periodontal classifications within diverse patient populations
- Demonstrate interpersonal communication and collaborative skills to effectively interact with diverse population groups, health care providers, dental professionals and community groups
- Demonstrate application of refined instrumentation skills for periodontal, restorative and therapeutic interventions for individuals at all stages of life
- Demonstrate application of behavioral sciences and patient centered approaches to promote, improve and maintain oral health
- 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
- Demonstrate use of mathematical and statistical concepts in the application of clinical and preventive dental care strategies
- 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, Implemenation 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.
Accreditation 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.
Licensing & Certification Registered Dental Hygienist
Admission Information See lanecc.edu/hp/dental/dental-hygiene for additional information and the admission packet.
Advising Contact DHProgram@lanecc.edu
Cooperative Education (Co-op) Co-op offers students college credit and a grade for on-the-job work experience related to their educational and career goals. Through Co-op, students connect theory and practice, develop skills, expand career knowledge, and make contacts for the future. Work schedules and work sites vary. Only students who have received their official program acceptance letter or who are currently enrolled in the dental hygiene program may take Dental Hygiene Co-op.
Job Openings and Wages Projected through 2022
Career Pathways Roadmap
Mid-Willamette -Mid-Coast region openings - 33 annually
Statewide openings - 223 annually
Lane County average hourly - $38,63; average annual - $80,361
Oregon average hourly - $39.35; average annual - $81,849
Estimated Program Cost
|Certification, Licensure, Exams, Physicals
|Residential Tuition General Fees
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*This is the total of all the differential fees attached to the courses in this program. These fees and other course fees may change during the year. See the online credit class schedule for fees assigned to courses.
Program costs include: tuition and general student fees; course fees for professional supplies; Instrument and restorative instructional supplies; books, uniforms and magnification lenses; program specific course fees for dental hygiene education; and professional exams, licensure fees and physicals.
- Students must be accepted in Dental Hygiene Program to enroll in DH courses
- If Math is taken in the self-paced format through the Math Resource Center, then all credits must be completed to meet the math requirement.