Degrees & Classes

Degrees & Classes

Dental Hygiene

Associate Applied Science - Transfer

If you are interested in pursuing a career in the health care industry as a dental hygienist, then look into BTC’s Dental Hygiene program. You’ll learn the clinical skills and core professional values needed to launch a rewarding career in private and public settings, such as dental offices and public health clinics. Dental hygiene students learn under the supervision of licensed dentists and dental hygienists on state-of-the-art equipment in BTC’s on-campus dental clinic. Program graduates are well-positioned for employment, with the hands-on clinical experience employers need today.

Employment Information

99% BTC graduate placement rate

$82,784 starting annual wage

$92,144 average annual wage

$101,587 potential annual wage

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Jobs & Employment

Dental hygienists are in high demand and the outlook is that the demand for hygienists is expected to grow. The average annual wage in this field is $92,144, with an earning potential of about $101,587 per year.*

Criminal convictions may restrict or prevent student participation with internships and employment in this industry.

Potential Positions

Dental hygienists in dental offices and clinics.

Courses

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Courses are from the 2017-18 Catalog

    Courses for Fall 2017 are being updated and will be available by June 15th

Program Entry Information

This program will admit students again in the 2018-2019 year. This program has a selective admissions process. See the Dental Hygiene Application Packet link below for admissions information.

Students are typically offered enrollment in Dental Hygiene once every other year.

Program Start

Testing Requirements

These requirements are for the AAS-T degree.

  • Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 85 or B grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 86 or B grade in ENGL 092 or C grade in COM 170.
  • BTC College Level Math score of 75 or a C grade in MATH 099.

Pre-Program Course Requirements

  • Prospective students must complete the following prerequisites with a 2.7 GPA or better in each course prior to applying to the program:
  • BIOL& 241 Human A & P 1 ** (Must be no older than 5 years at the time of application packet deadline)
  • BIOL& 242 Human A & P 2 ** (Must be no older than 5 years at the time of application packet deadline)
  • BIOL& 260 Microbiology ** (Must be no older than 5 years at the time of application packet deadline)
  • CHEM& 121 Introduction to Chemistry
  • CHEM& 131 Intro to Organic/Bio-Chemistry
  • CMST& 210 Interpersonal Communications or CMST& 220 Public Speaking or CMST& 101 Introduction to Communication
  • ENGL& 101 English Composition I
  • ENGL& 102 English Composition II
  • MATH& 141 PreCalculus I or MATH& 107 Math in Society or MATH& 146 Introduction to Statistics
  • NUTR& 101 Nutrition
  • PSYC& 100 General Psychology
  • SOC& 101 Introduction to Sociology

Program Application/Forms

Physical Requirements

Other Application Forms

Program Outcomes

  • Demonstrate current dental hygiene techniques, the use and application of dental materials, and safety and health standards.
  • Demonstrate cognitive retention of dental terminology, theory, and science.
  • Demonstrate positive work ethics, team skills, and professionalism.
  • Demonstrate a foundation in professionalism through participation in professional activities and education opportunities.
  • Incorporate into dental hygiene practice professional laws, regulations, and policies established by the licensing state and regulatory agencies.
  • Counsel clients/patients to reduce health risks and provide community oral health services in a variety of settings.
  • Review medical and dental histories, take and record vital signs, intra and extra oral exams, hard and soft tissue exams.
  • Analyze all assessment data to formulate a comprehensive dental hygiene care plan in collaboration with the patient and other health professionals.
  • Provide preventive and therapeutic services that promote oral health according to the needs of the patient/client.
  • Following initial therapy, the hygienist will review all data and determine need for additional therapy, referrals or recare intervals.

Catherine Beebe - Instructor image

Catherine Beebe

Area of Instruction


Dental Hygiene

Degrees and Certifications


M.S., Health Science, Idaho State University

B.A., Interdisciplinary Concentration, Western Washington University

A.A.S., Dental Hygiene, Lake Washington Technical College

Certificate, Dental Assisting, Bellingham Vocational Technical Institute

Certificate, Dental Reception, Vancouver Community College, BC

Contact Info


752-8570
CBeebe@btc.edu
B Building (B) - Room B7-A

 

Background


Profile
Catherine Beebe has been an instructor with the Dental Hygiene department since 2009. She has 28 years of experience in the dental field as a Ce...

    • Catherine Beebe has been an instructor with the Dental Hygiene department since 2009. She has 28 years of experience in the dental field as a Certified Dental Assistant, Dental Receptionist and a Dental Hygienist. She spent 12 years as an Expanded Functions Dental Hygienist before coming to BTC full time. Catherine is a graduate of Bellingham Technical College’s Dental Assisting program and obtained her AAS in Dental Hygiene at Lake Washington Technical College. She holds a liberal arts degree from Western Washington University with a concentration in Audio Recording, and a Masters in Dental Hygiene with an emphasis in education from Idaho State University. Catherine has a special interest in using educational technology to create new and engaging methods of course delivery for her students. Her thesis research “Educational Technology for Millennial Dental Hygiene Students: A Survey of U.S. Dental Hygiene Programs” was published in the June 2014 issue of the Journal of Dental Education.

Specialties
Restorative hygiene, radiology, and local anesthesia Awards: ADHA Dr. Harold Hillebrand Scholarship Kirkland Rotary Club Scholarship Hu-Friedy Golden Scaler Award ADEA/Crest Oral-B Scholarship for Dental Hygiene Students Pursuing Academic Careers PSE Part Time Faculty Excellence Award, Bellingham Technical College

    • Restorative hygiene, radiology, and local anesthesia Awards: ADHA Dr. Harold Hillebrand Scholarship Kirkland Rotary Club Scholarship Hu-Friedy Golden Scaler Award ADEA/Crest Oral-B Scholarship for Dental Hygiene Students Pursuing Academic Careers PSE Part Time Faculty Excellence Award, Bellingham Technical College