Program Purpose


The purpose of the Associate of Applied Science program in Dental Hygiene is to prepare students for entry into the dental hygiene profession with emphasis in community health and clinical dental hygiene practice.


Program Student Learning Outcomes


  1. The dental hygiene graduate will be competent in applying ethical, legal and regulatory concepts in the provision and/or support of oral health care services.
  2. The dental hygiene graduate will be competent in critical thinking and problem solving related to comprehensive care and management of patients.
  3. The dental hygiene graduate will be competent in interpersonal and communication skills to effectively interact with diverse population groups.
  4. The dental hygiene graduate will be competent in assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating community-based oral health programs including health promotion and disease prevention activities.
  5. The dental hygiene graduate will be competent in providing oral health care to individuals at all stages of life and for all periodontal classifications.
  6. The dental hygiene graduate will demonstrate competent knowledge and self-assessment skills necessary for life-long learning.



Paula Russell

Paula Russell, Department Chair

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