Dental Hygiene

Dental Hygiene Courses

Award: Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
Required number of credits: 86
Program Start: Fall only

Required Background Screenings to Participate in Clinicals

As a student in a health program at Hawkeye Community College you will be required to complete:

  • a criminal background check,
  • sex offender registry,
  • child abuse registry, and
  • dependent adult registry.

The outcome could possibly affect your opportunities to participate in the clinical setting.

Bloodborne Pathogens, Infectious Disease, and Ionizing Radiation

As a student of the Allied Dental Programs at Hawkeye Community College, individuals may be exposed to bloodborne pathogens, infectious disease, and ionizing radiation. The Dental Assisting and Dental Hygiene Programs both educate students in policies which are outlined in the school catalog, student and faculty handbooks, and program policies and procedures manuals, which are effective in ensuring a safe environment. These items are clearly stated verbally and in written form and given to students, faculty, and staff of Hawkeye Community College through set exposure control guidelines.

Safety regarding ionizing radiation is effective and remains a primary focus, including the design of the radiology facilities, the monitoring of potential radiation through the use of the quarterly TLD badge system, and the registration and monitoring of all equipment in compliance with the State of Iowa regulations for safety. The units used for patient exposure allow for the least amount of radiation exposure when used on the film speed E or the phosphor plate sensors.

The Allied Dental Programs accept responsibility for assuring compliance with federal and state regulations regarding bloodborne pathogens standards and hazardous materials/communications. The Programs recognize the potential for bloodborne infectious disease in patients presenting for care in clinic, sterilization, radiology, and in the dental laboratory. Protocols in all clinic and support areas have been established to integrate the ethical, legal, and regulatory considerations.

Program Course Notes

  • Students are not eligible for the Iowa Vocational Technical Tuition Grant while taking the prerequisite courses.

  • Students must achieve a minimum "C" grade in all courses that are required to complete the program.

  • We strongly advise students to complete all of the general education courses, marked with the gen ed icon ◆, prior to full admission into the program.

2017–2018 Suggested Sequence of Study

The Dental Hygiene program requires a mix of general education and hands-on courses. The following list of courses is the suggested sequence of study for a full-time student.

When registering for classes refer to your Program Evaluation/Degree Audit to see your specific program requirements and ensure proper registration.

Courses and course cost calculations are subject to change.

General Education courses
Course has a prerequisite and/or corequisite. See the course description for more details.

BIO168 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4 $711.00
BIO173 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4 $711.00
BIO186 Microbiology 4 $711.00
CHM122 Introduction to General Chemistry 4 $711.00
CHM132 Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry 4 $711.00
HSC113 Medical Terminology 2 $355.50

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Total Credits 22
Semester 1
DHY115 Head and Neck Anatomy for Dental Hygiene 2 $355.50
DHY116 Tooth Morphology 1 $227.75
DHY121 Oral Histology and Embryology 2 $355.50
DHY160 Oral Radiology 3 $533.25
DHY175 Fundamentals of Clinical Dental Hygiene 6 $5136.50

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Total Credits 14
Semester 2
DHY141 General and Oral Pathology 3 $533.25
DHY187 Clinical Dental Hygiene II 3 $958.25
DHY188 Clinical Dental Hygiene II Seminar 1 $177.75
DHY210 Introduction To Periodontology 1 $177.75
DHY222 Biomaterials for the Dental Hygienist 3 $583.25
DHY240 Ethics and Jurisprudence 1 $177.75
DHY262 Special Needs Patient Education 1 $177.75

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Total Credits 13
Semester 3 – Summer
PSY111 Introduction to Psychology 3 $533.25
SOC110 Introduction to Sociology 3 $533.25

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Total Credits 6
Semester 4
BIO151 Nutrition 3 $533.25
DHY131 Pharmacology 2 $355.50
DHY211 Periodontology 2 $355.50
DHY254 Community Oral Health I 2 $355.50
DHY271 Pain Control 2 $355.50
DHY297 Clinical Dental Hygiene III 4 $3656.00
DHY298 Clinical Dental Hygiene III Seminar 2 $355.50

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Total Credits 17
Semester 5
DHY259 Community Oral Health Service Learning Experience 1 $207.75
DHY272 Interdisciplinary Health Care 2 $385.50
DHY307 Clinical Dental Hygiene IV 4 $2136.00
DHY308 Clinical Dental Hygiene Seminar IV 1 $677.75
DHY901 Independent Study Clinical Dental Hygiene (optional) 1 $177.75
ENG105 Composition I 3 $533.25
SPC101 Fundamentals of Oral Communication 3 $533.25

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Total Credits 14

Course Cost Calculation:
2017–2018 resident tuition and fees x course credits + course fee if applicable.

The course cost calculation does not include:

Program Contacts

Dental Administrative Chair

Emily Boge
Grundy Hall 138
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Pre-Health Advisor

Heidi Hudson
Student Services
Hawkeye Center 208
319-296-2329 ext.1079
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Student Success Specialist: Health Science

Vic Palmer
Grundy Hall 140
319-296-2329 ext.1481
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Student Success Specialist: Pre-Health

Kay Wenzel
Grundy Hall 285
319-296-2329 ext.1063
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Program Advisors

Katie Gisleson
Grundy Hall 158
319-296-2329 ext.1359
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Jessica Suedbeck
Grundy Hall 158
319-296-2329 ext.1748
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Department Secretary

Linda Butler
Grundy Hall 135
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Dr. Gene Leutzinger
Grundy Hall 135
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