The Dental Hygiene curriculum provides individuals with the knowledge and skills to assess, plan, implement, and evaluate dental hygiene care for the individual and the community.
Students will learn to prepare the operatory, take patient histories, note abnormalities, plan care, teach oral hygiene, clean teeth, take x-rays, apply preventive agents, complete necessary chart entries, and perform other procedures related to dental hygiene care.
Graduates of this program may be eligible to take national and state/regional examinations for licensure which are required to practice dental hygiene. Employment opportunities include dental offices, clinics, schools, public health agencies, industry, and professional education.
This program is accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA)
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- General college admission requirements.
- This program has a selective selection process. See Selective Allied Health Program Criteria on the Selective and Limited Programs page of the A-B Tech website.
- High school chemistry or equivalent from A-B Tech or other regionally-accredited college.
- Acceptable report of medical examination by the first day of class.
- Completion of required immunizations by first day of class, including first two doses of Hepatitis B vaccine.
- Students applying to the Dental Hygiene program are encouraged to have successfully completed all General Education requirements prior to program admission due to the rigorous nature of the Dental Hygiene curriculum.
- The North Carolina Board of Dental Examiners may deny a license to individuals convicted of a felony or any other crime involving moral turpitude.
The Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree is designed for direct entry into the respective field. Individuals wishing to pursue educational opportunities beyond the A.A.S., should refer to the “Transfer of Credit to Other Institutions” page on the website.
Dental Hygiene Program Goals
To prepare students through didactic, laboratory, and clinical experiences to provide dental hygiene services in a variety of dental settings while upholding professional standards.
To provide foundational knowledge through a strong curriculum that prepares students to assume responsibility for ethical dental hygiene care and helps develop the skills necessary to adapt to a rapidly changing healthcare environment.
To promote commitment to the profession through licensure, membership with professional organizations, continuing education and community service.
To provide curriculum that reflects relevant and current evidence-based dental hygiene care.
Courses requiring a grade of “C” or better: ACA, BIO, CHM, DEN