The Dental Hygiene Profession offers opportunities with excellent income and flexible scheduling. While most Dental Hygienists work in general and specialty dental offices, alternative career opportunities are available. These include public health departments, community programs and clinics, teaching institutions, nursing homes, business and industry, research, consumer advocate, and consulting.
Course of studies include
The curriculum is a rigorous science based program that requires excellent eye-hand coordination as well as delicate tactile perception and fine dexterity to manipulate dental instruments in the oral cavity.
How do I apply?
Selective Admissions are required for entry. See the section concerning Selective Admissions.
The dental hygiene health care worker provides services in an environment that includes blood and saliva. Diseases may be encountered in this type of environment. However, research shows that risks are negligible when appropriate infection control procedure/barrier techniques are used. Upon entering the program, there is in-depth training to meet the protocol for a hazard-free, safe learning environment. Students are required to complete Health Requirements and have CPR certification before entrance into the program.
Dental Hygiene Students learn and practice skills in the on-campus Dental Hygiene Clinic. Ongoing recruitment of patients for the clinic is necessary for each student to meet his/her program requirements. Students will be expected to recruit patients in addition to the patient that seeks routine care in the clinic.
Graduates may pursue a bachelor’s degree at area colleges or through on-line options. Meet with an Enrollment Services representative or the Program Chair for more information.
All graduates are eligible to take the Dental Hygiene National Board and regional/ state licensure exams in Dental Hygiene. The Board exams include the course material studied in Nutrition, Biology, and Chemistry as well as the Dental Hygiene course material.
The Ohio State Dental Board (OSDB) has restrictions on granting licensure to individuals who have prior felony convictions or mental incompetence. Check the OSDB Website (www.dental.ohio.gov) for further information.
Students are required to maintain student membership in the American Dental Hygienists’ Association ADHA (the professional organization for dental hygienists) as part of program requirements.
Students are required to have a physical exam, including an eye exam, before starting the Fall Semester. Lab exams are required and include: CBC, Urinalysis, RPR/VDRL, Mumps Titer, 2-Step PPD, Diphtheria Toxoid & Tetanus Toxoid, MMR vaccination record or Rubella Titer, Hepatitis B (3part series). The School of Health Science Programs and Nursing utilize the same health requirements.