DENTAL HYGIENE

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Workforce Development Degree

Program Description:
Dental Hygiene is an allied health profession which is concerned with the prevention and control of oral disease. This program prepares the student
 to be a dental hygienist, whose primary duties are to care for patients with an individualized oral health regimen which includes gathering of 
information about health status, and providing appropriate periodic oral prophylaxis, dental x-rays, oral health instruction and other prevention
 services. The dental hygienist is also prepared to apply preventive measures in community health programs. The Dental Hygiene Program is 
accredited by The Commission on Dental Accreditation, Chicago, Illinois. The graduate will receive an Associate Degree in Applied Science and 
be eligible to take national and state licensing and certifying examinations. After passing these examinations, the graduate may practice dental 
hygiene under the supervision of a licensed dentist. Individuals who have:

1. been addicted to narcotics or alcohol;
2. received treatment for the habitual use of narcotics or alcohol;
3. been convicted for a narcotics-related offense;
4. been reprimanded, disciplined, disqualified or suspended from the practice of dentistry or another health-related field;
5. been a patient in a sanitarium or institution for the treatment of mental illness;
6. been arrested/convicted of any felony offense, including a deferred sentence, may not be eligible for dental hygiene licensure in the state of Oklahoma. If any of these circumstances exist, it is advised that the prospective student discuss this with the Oklahoma Board of Dentistry, (405) 524-3592, prior to making application to the program.

 

Procedures For Application:
1. Applications are available through the Allied Health Services Division (918) 595-7002.

2. Submit ALL materials by the March 1st deadline to the Allied Health Services Division, room MP458, 909 South Boston, Tulsa, OK 74119.

3. All prospective Dental Hygiene students must complete an application for enrollment to the College, submit their high school transcripts, ACT scores and previous college transcripts to the Metro Campus Registrar at 909 South Boston, Tulsa, OK 74119. Incomplete submissions will not be considered for admission into the Dental Hygiene program.

4. Acceptance to Tulsa Community College does not guarantee admission to the Dental Hygiene program.

5. Science prerequisite course work for the Dental Hygiene program must be completed the semester before the application deadline; the other prerequisite coursework must be completed before the end of the spring term in which the application is reviewed.

 

These prerequisites are:

BIOL 1314 Human Anatomy and Physiology
BIOL 1323 Basic Microbiology
CHEM 1114 Principles of Chemistry
CHEM 1124 Introductory Organic and Biochemistry
ENGL 1113 Composition I
HIST 1483 U.S. History 1492 to Civil War Era
or
HIST 1493 U.S. History Civil War Era to Present
MATH 1513 College Algebra
POLS 1113 American Federal Government

 

6. Eligible applicants to be interviewed for consideration for admission into the Dental Hygiene program will be notified by mail. All interviewed applicants will be notified by mail regarding their selection status.
7. In order to enroll in courses that include a clinical component and are part of the program degree plan, students must receive clearance on a criminal background check, including sex offender registry. Potential students need to be aware that drug testing is a requirement for participation in clinical components.

 

Degree Awarded: Associate in Applied Science

 

For More Information Contact:
Allied Health Services Division at Metro Campus: (918) 595-7002

 

General Education Requirements Credit Hours: 39

 

Biology 10 hours
º+BIOL 1314 Human Anatomy and Physiology
º+BIOL 1323 Basic Microbiology
ºBIOL 1383 Nutrition

 

Chemistry 8 hours
º+*CHEM 1114 Principles of Chemistry
º+*CHEM 1124 Introductory Organic and Biochemistry

 

English 3 hours
+*ENGL 1113 Composition I

 

Mathematics 3 hours
+*MATH 1513 College Algebra

 

Psychology 3 hours
PSYC 1113 Introduction to Psychology

 

Social Science 6 hours
+POLS 1113 American Federal Government
and select one course from the following:
+HIST 1483 U.S. History 1492 to Civil War Era
+HIST 1493 U.S. History Civil War Era to Present

 

Sociology 3 hours
SOCI 1113 Introduction to Sociology

 

Speech 3 hours
SPCH 1113 Speech Communication I

 

Specialized Course Requirements Credit Hours: 55

 

Dental Hygiene 55 hours
º*DHYG 1012 Dental and Oral Anatomy
º*DHYG 1022 Head and Neck Anatomy
º*DHYG 1302 Oral Embryology and Histology
º*DHYG 1333 Pathology, Etiology, and Immunology
º*DHYG 1353 Periodontology
º*DHYG 1363 Dental Hygiene Theory I
º*DHYG 1373 Dental Hygiene Theory II
º*DHYG 1384 Clinical Dental Hygiene I
º*DHYG 1394 Clinical Dental Hygiene II
º*DHYG 1412 Dental Radiography Foundation
º*DHYG 1421 Dental Radiography Techniques
º*DHYG 1512 Dental Pain Management
º*DHYG 1532 Dental Hygiene Pharmacology
º*DHYG 2022 Special Needs / Geriatrics
º*DHYG 2312 Community Dental Health I
º*DHYG 2321 Community Dental Health II
º*DHYG 2343 Dental Materials Techniques and Supportive Services
º*DHYG 2362 Dental Hygiene Theory III
º*DHYG 2382 Ethics, Law and Dental Practice Management
º*DHYG 2385 Clinical Dental Hygiene III
º*DHYG 2395 Clinical Dental Hygiene IV

 

Total Credit Hours: 94
*Course has prerequisite (See course description section of catalog).
+Prerequisite to Dental Hygiene Curriculum schedule. (27 hours).
ºCourse must be completed with a “C” or above.
NOTE: Higher level course of the same subject matter may be substituted for the required prerequisites. For example: BIOL 2134 Human Anatomy and BIOL 2154 Human Physiology may be substituted for BIOL 1314 Human Anatomy and Physiology; and CHEM 2145 Organic Chemistry and CHEM 2353 Introduction to Biochemistry can be substituted for CHEM 1124 Introductory Organic and Biochemistry.

 

General education requirements can be found at: www.tulsacc.edu/gened.

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