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Overview

Study the skills for this growing career field by completing Remington College’s associate degree program in Dental Hygiene.(2)

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In as few as 24 months you can earn your degree and prepare to take the NBDHE Exam as well as any state or regional exams.(1) Remington College covers the NBDHE exam costs, and although certain restrictions apply, this can save you over $1200 in fees. Dental Hygiene classes start twice a year, January and July. A maximum of 24 students are accepted each start. We only offer daytime classes for Dental Hygiene.

(1)Program completion times may vary based on individual performance/circumstances. Individual results may vary. Employment is not guaranteed for students or graduates.
(2)http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/dental-hygienists.htm. BLS statistics represent national job growth expectations and are not necessarily reflective of local market conditions.

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Accreditation and Prerequisites

The Dental Hygiene program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. The commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (321) 440-4653, or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611. The Commission’s web address is: http://www.ada.org/en/home-ada/coda/accreditation

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Prior to acceptance into the Dental Hygiene Program, applicants must have completed the following prerequisite courses with a grade of “C” or better:

  • Anatomy and Physiology I with lab (4 semester hours/6 quarter hours)
  • Anatomy and Physiology II with lab (4 semester hours/6 quarter hours)
  • Introduction to Chemistry with labs, or Fundamentals of Chemistry with labs (4 semester hours/6 quarter hours)
  • Microbiology (3 semester hours/4.5 quarter hours)

Those interested in applying for admission into the Dental Hygiene Program may do so if one of the above prerequisite courses has been completed with a grade of “C” or better and an acceptable plan has been provided to demonstrate that the applicant will complete the remaining prerequisite courses prior to the beginning of class.

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Job Outlook

Dental hygienists face exciting prospects in the coming decade, with a job growth rate of 19 percent forecast for the 2014 to 2024 period.(1)

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This figure projects dental hygiene career opportunities to grow much faster than the national average, according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Dental hygienists promote oral health and hygiene through regular preventive dental care. They often work alongside dentists and orthodontists, cleaning teeth and monitoring patients’ oral health.

What is required to pursue a Dental Hygiene career?

A career as a dental hygienist requires a degree from an accredited dental hygiene school, like the one offered at Remington College in Nashville.

Also, dental hygienist careers typically require licensure by the state in which the hygienist works. Licensure requirements vary, but generally include a dental hygiene degree and a passing score on written and clinical examinations. Dental hygienists should be able to work well in close proximity to others and have excellent manual dexterity.

What are the typical work expectations for Dental Hygienists?

Dental hygienists typically work in the comfortable environment of a dentist’s office. Full-time, part-time, evening, and weekend schedules are common.

(1)Adapted from: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/Healthcare/Dental-hygienists.htm
(2)Employment is not guaranteed for students or graduates. BLS statistics represent national job growth expectations and are not necessarily reflective of local market conditions.

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PROGRAM DETAILS

Course List
Course # Course Name Qtr Credit Hrs
Associate or Lower - Level Core Curriculum
 DH112
 Introduction to Dental Hygiene Practice  3.00
 DH122  Preclinical Dental Hygiene Theory  2.00
 DH123  Preclinical Dental Hygiene Practice  2.00
 DH133  Oral and Dental Anatomy  2.00
 DH134  Nutrition and Biochemistry  2.00
 DH141  Oral Radiology  2.00
 DH142  Prevention and Management of Medical Emergencies  1.00
 DH144  Embryology, Histology, and Anatomy of the Head and Neck  2.50
 DH250  Dental Hygiene Practice I  3.50
 DH252  Dental Hygiene Theory I  3.00
 DH253  Dental Materials  2.00
 DH254  Dental Pharmacology  2.50
 DH255  Periodontics I  2.00
 DH256  Periodontics II  1.00
 DH260  Clinical Dental Hygiene Practice II  3.50
 DH262  Dental Hygiene Theory I  3.00
 DH263  General and Oral Pathology  3.00
 DH264  Anxiety and Pain Control  3.00
 DH266  Community Dental Health  3.00
 DH270  Clinical Dental Hygiene Practice III  6.00
 DH272  Dental Hygiene Theory III  1.00
 DH274  Management of Special Needs Populations  1.00
 DH276  Dental Hygiene Theory V  1.00
 DH278  Dental Hygiene Practice V  6.00
 DH280  Dental Hygiene Practice IV  6.00
 DH282   Dental Hygiene Theory IV  1.00
 DH284  Prevention and Health Promotion  2.00
 DH286  Dental Hygiene Theory VI  1.00
 DH288  Dental Hygiene Practice VI  6.00
Associate or Lower-Level General Education
GE1218
Oral Communication
6.00
GE1318 College Algebra 6.00
GE1418
English Composition
6.00
GE1808
Social Psychology
6.00
Total 101
Program Summary

Dental hygienists are licensed oral health professionals who focus on preventing and treating oral diseases –both to protect teeth and gums and to protect patients' total health. They are graduates of accredited dental hygiene education programs in colleges and universities and must take written and clinical exams before they are allowed to practice. The Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) credential identifies a dental hygienist as a licensed oral health professional. State licensure requirements typically indicate that a dental hygienist must graduate from an accredited dental hygiene education program and successfully pass a national written examination and a state or regional clinical examination. The objective of this Program is to provide graduates with the skills and knowledge that will enable them to qualify for entry-level positions as dental hygienists in a dental office. This Program requires completion of a minimum of 101credit hours, including any transfer credits that have been accepted. Program completion normally requires 24 months for full-time students. The Dental Hygiene Program is delivered in a system of eight three-month quarters. Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or greater for clinical practice eligibility. Upon successful completion of Quarters I and II, students participate in a clinical practice during each subsequent quarter in the Remington College Dental Clinic. Upon successful completion of all areas of this Program, graduates will be awarded an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Dental Hygiene.

Potential Career Destinations(1)

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(1) Employment not guaranteed for students or graduates.

ACCREDITED LEARNING INSTITUTION

Remington College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).The Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) is a recognized accrediting agency by the U.S. Department of Education.

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