Nov 29, 2021  
2019-2020 Lane Community College Catalog 
2019-2020 Lane Community College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Dental Hygiene, AAS

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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,

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

Learning Outcomes

  • 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 for additional information and the admission packet.

Advising Contact

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 

Books   $1,600
Certification, Licensure, Exams, Physicals   $2,560
Computers/Internet Service   $1,500
Differential Fees*   $12,618
Instruments/Tools   $6,300
Residential Tuition General Fees   $11,500
  Total Estimated Cost $36,078

*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.

Program Notes

  • 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.


PREREQUISITES must be completed with a letter grade of C or better. P/NP is not accepted. Prerequisites must be completed prior to applying for the program.

Program Core Courses

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. 

Complete Biology and Writing requirements prior to program admission.

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