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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 dental hygiene career in private and public settings, such as dental offices and public health clinics. The Dental Hygiene Program is designed for students interested in pursuing an education for entry into the profession of Dental Hygiene. 10 students will be accepted into the Dental Hygiene Program for each application cycle. The Dental Hygiene Program at Bellingham Technical College is designed as a sequence of didactic, laboratory and clinical courses that fulfill the educational objectives established by the American Dental Association (ADA) Commission on Dental Accreditation. The Program is 7 consecutive quarters in length. Upon successful completion, students are granted an Associates Degree in Applied Science-Transfer (AAS-T) Bellingham Technical College 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 in the dental industry, with the hands-on clinical experience employers need today.

Employment Information

87% BTC graduate placement rate

$85,197 starting annual wage

$94,037 average annual wage

$102,835 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. About 87% of BTC Dental Hygiene students are employed within nine months of graduation. The average annual wage in this field is $94,037, with an earning potential of about $102,835 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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TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS124 credits

  • Quarter 1
  • DHYG 112Dental Hygiene Clinical Practice I5 credits

    First of six (6) sequential courses designed to provide clinical skills essential for the practice of dental hygiene. Skill development of patient appraisal, basic instrumentation, infection control and individualized preventive care is emphasized.

    Prerequisite:
    Dental Hygiene Program Admission.
  • DHYG 125Medical Emergencies3 credits

    Equipment, drugs, signs and symptoms of medical emergencies that may occur in dental offices. Individual and team practice in carrying out emergency procedures in timed simulations: pulse, respiration, blood pressure, emergency drug setup, and oxygen.

    Prerequisite:
    Dental Hygiene Program Admission.
  • DHYG 114Principles of Dental Hygiene I3 credits

    First of seven (7) sequential courses providing theoretical background and skill development for the clinical practice of dental hygiene. Problem solving and critical thinking related to patient assessment and management. Communication skills and professionalism emphasized.

    Prerequisite:
    Dental Hygiene Program Admission.
  • DHYG 115Oral & Dental Anatomy2 credits

    Integrated anatomy, histology, and physiology of the head and neck region. Crown anatomy, root morphology and tooth development as applied to clinical situations.

    Prerequisite:
    Dental Hygiene Program Admission.
  • DHYG 116Oral Radiology I4 credits

    Theoretical background and practical application of dental radiography. Exposure techniques, processing, mounting, and evaluation of dental radiographs; principles of production, use of X-radiation, radiation safety procedures and patient education.

    Prerequisite:
    Dental Hygiene Program Admission.
  • DHYG 118HISTOLOGY & EMBRYOLOGY2 credits

    The study of oral histology including developmental origins and microscopic organization of selected oral and facial structures. The embryonic development of the face and palate will be described and correlated with more common craniofacial malformations. The formation, eruption and histological organization of the teeth and their supporting tissues will be examined in considerable detail, as well as the oral mucosa and salivary glands.

    Prerequisite:
    Dental Hygiene Program Admission.
  • HLTH 154HealthCare Provider First Aid and CPR1 credits

    This course will teach both professional level CPR and first aid. CPR will cover adult, child and infant skills, barrier devices and use of the AED (automated external defibrillator). The first aid component will cover all requirements per OSHA and WISHA and will discuss some advanced first aid skills. The CPR portion does require a written exam to be passed with 84% as well as skills evaluation prior to card issuance. Text required.


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  • Quarter 2
  • DHYG 122Dental Hygiene Clinical Practice II5 credits

    Theoretical background and practical application of dental radiography. Exposure techniques, processing, mounting, and evaluation of dental radiographs; principles of production, use of X-radiation, radiation safety procedure and patient education.

    Prerequisite:
    DHYG 112 with a C or higher.
  • DHYG 124Principles of Dental Hygiene II3 credits

    Sequential course providing theoretical background for the practice of dental hygiene. Problem solving and critical thinking related to patient assessment and management.

    Prerequisite:
    Dental Hygiene Program Admission.
  • DHYG 126Oral Radiology II2 credits

    Oral radiographic techniques for patients with special needs; extraoral and occlusal projections. Interpretation of potential pathology and recognition of common dental restorative materials. Refinement of exposure techniques and evaluation. Coordinates with DHYG 122.

    Prerequisite:
    DHYG 116 with a C or higher.
  • DHYG 128General Pathology4 credits

    Reaction of the human body to injury from physical, chemical, and biological agents. Inflammation, necrosis, cellular degeneration, disturbances of growth, circulation, and neoplasia. Selected diseases manifesting typical symptomology.

    Prerequisite:
    Dental Hygiene Program Admission.
  • DHYG 113Dental Materials4 credits

    A study of materials used in dentistry including practical applications and chairside assisting. Study includes general properties, composition, and manipulation of common dental materials. Ethical situations pertaining to treatment planning and the use of dental materials by dental hygienists.

    Prerequisite:
    Dental Hygiene Program Admission.
  • Quarter 3
  • DHYG 131Restorative Dentistry I4 credits

    Principles of direct restorative techniques including cavity preparation terminology, outline form, cavosurface margin, and advanced dental anatomy of the tooth crown. Laboratory experience with direct restorative dental materials. Placement, carving, finishing, and polishing of amalgam and composite restorations on dentoforms. Alginate impressions and model trimming for working and study models. Rubber dam, matrix and wedge application. Case studies for clinic preparation.

    Prerequisite:
    DHYG 113 with a C or higher.
  • DHYG 132Dental Hygiene Clinical Practice III5 credits

    Sequential course providing practice of dental hygiene skills. Problem solving and critical thinking related to patient assessment and management. Communication skills and professionalism emphasized.

    Prerequisite:
    DHYG 122 with a C or higher.
  • DHYG 134Principles of Dental Hygiene III3 credits

    Sequential course providing theoretical background for the clinical practice of dental hygiene. Emphasis on patient education and treatment planning related to patients’ age and stage. Nutrition and relationship to oral diseases.

    Prerequisite:
    DHYG 124 with a C or higher.
  • DHYG 137Pharmacology3 credits

    The action of selected pharmaceutical agents. Emphasis on drug interactions, routes of administration, and effects on body systems. Recognition of potential impact on dental hygiene practice.

    Prerequisite:
    DHYG 128 with a C or higher.
  • DHYG 138Periodontology3 credits

    Study of the periodontium emphasizing periodontal diseases, their classifications, and the etiological factors involved. Preventive measures within the scope and responsibility of the dental hygienist are correlated with basic sciences and clinical aspects of periodontal diseases.

    Prerequisite:
    DHYG 128 with a C or higher.
  • Quarter 4
  • DHYG 141Restorative Dentistry II1 credits

    Properties of restorative materials and case studies for student clinic preparation. Practical experience using restorative dental materials. Placement experience and finishing of composite and amalgam restorations on typodonts and clinic patients.

    Prerequisite:
    DHYG 131 with a C or higher.
  • DHYG 142Hygiene Clinical Practice IV5 credits

    Sequential course providing practice of dental hygiene skills. Problem solving and critical thinking related to patient assessment and management. Demonstration of professional growth and self assessment.

    Prerequisite:
    DHYG 132 with a C or higher.
  • DHYG 144Principles of Dental Hygiene IV3 credits

    Sequential course providing theoretical background of dental hygiene skills. Literature review and research reports, oral cancer and tobacco cessation emphasized.

    Prerequisite:
    DHYG 134 with a C or higher.
  • DHYG 149Pain Management4 credits

    Exploration of pain control methods including local anesthesia and nitrous oxygen analgesia. Health history evaluation, local and systemic complications, anesthetic solutions, vasoconstrictors and drug interactions. Techniques of local anesthesia, including block and infiltration techniques are practiced. Administration of nitrous oxide is also practiced.

    Prerequisite:
    DHYG 137 with a C or higher.
  • Quarter 5
  • DHYG 211Restorative Dentistry III2 credits

    Practical experience using restorative dental materials. Placement experience and finishing of composite and amalgam restorations on typodonts and clinic patients.

    Prerequisite:
    DHYG 141 with a C or higher.

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  • DHYG 212Dental Hygiene Clinical Practice V8 credits

    Sequential course providing practice of dental hygiene skills. Problem solving and critical thinking related to patient assessment and management. Demonstration of professional growth and self assessment.

    Prerequisite:
    DHYG 142 with a C or higher.

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  • DHYG 214Principles of Dental Hygiene V3 credits

    Sequential course providing theoretical background of dental hygiene skills. Quality assurance, advanced instrumentation theory, periodontal files, planning dental hygiene treatment for special needs patients. Research paper, case studies.

    Prerequisite:
    DHYG 144 with a C or higher.

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    9/24-12/13TThHARWOOD COpenings: 7
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  • DHYG 216Community Oral Health I4 credits

    A systematic approach to developing community oral health programs. Surveillance systems, epidemiology charts, Healthy People 2010. Teamwork activities. Water fluoridation, sealants, fluoride rinse programs, varnish, mouth guards. Lesson plans. Steps in program planning. Health Education theories.

    Prerequisite:
    DHYG 144 with a C or higher.

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  • DHYG 219Oral Pathology3 credits

    A study of oral diseases and manifestations of systemic diseases. Utilizes independent learning and internet resources.

    Prerequisite:
    DHYG 128 with a C or higher.

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    9/24-12/13Online STAFFOpenings: 7
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  • Quarter 6
  • DHYG 221RESTORATIVE DENTISTRY IV2 credits

    Laboratory experience with direct restorative dental materials. Placement, carving, finishing, and polishing of amalgam and composite restorations on dentoforms.

    Prerequisite:
    DHYG 211 with a C or higher.

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    1/7-3/26TSTAFFOpenings: 12
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  • DHYG 222Dental Hygiene Clinical Practice VI8 credits

    Sequential course providing practice of dental hygiene skills. Problem solving and critical thinking related to patient assessment and management. Demonstration of professional growth and self assessment.

    Prerequisite:
    DHYG 212 with a C or higher.

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    1/7-3/26WSTAFFOpenings: 12
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  • DHYG 224Principles of Dental Hygiene VI3 credits

    Sequential course providing theoretical background of dental hygiene skills. Ethics and jurisprudence, current therapeutic trends, insurance coding, scheduling and patient recall, hygiene assisting and record keeping.

    Prerequisite:
    DHYG 214 with a C or higher.

    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/26Online STAFFOpenings: 12
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  • DHYG 226Community Oral Health II4 credits

    Assessment indices, dental hygiene diagnosis. Program planning, funding and budgets; legislation. Cultural issues in public health. Implementation of a team community oral health project. Epidemiology and biostatistics related to community oral health.

    Prerequisite:
    DHYG 216 with a C or higher.

    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/26TThSTAFFOpenings: 12
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  • DHYG 228Oral Therapy3 credits

    Philosophy and theoretical background of advanced periodontal therapy. Soft tissue management planning. Periodontal surgery techniques. Management of other oral conditions: implants, supportive perio therapy.

    Prerequisite:
    DHYG 219 with a C or higher.

    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/26TThSTAFFOpenings: 12
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  • DHYG 229Dental Hygiene Seminar1 credits

    Review and practice for the National Dental Hygiene Board Examination.

    Prerequisite:
    DHYG 221, DHYG 222, DHYG 224, DHYG 226 & DHYG 228 (Corequisites)

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    1/7-3/26Online STAFFOpenings: 12
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  • Quarter 7
  • DHYG 231Restorative Dentistry V1 credits

    Case studies and special project designed to enhance student understanding of clinical restorative practice. Application of research in dental materials.

    Prerequisite:
    DHYG 221 with a C or higher.

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    4/7-6/24TSTAFFOpenings: 12
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  • DHYG 232Dental Hygiene Clinical Practice VII8 credits

    Sequential course providing practice of dental hygiene skills. Problem solving and critical thinking related to patient assessment and management. Demonstration of professional growth and self assessment.

    Prerequisite:
    DHYG 222 with a C or higher.

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    4/7-6/24TSTAFFOpenings: 12
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  • DHYG 234Principles of Dental Hygiene VII3 credits

    Sequential course providing theoretical background of dental hygiene skills. Focus is to meet needs of graduating dental hygiene students: current therapeutic trends, research, career opportunities and job search strategies. Financial planning, guest speakers. Dental practice act and licensure requirements. Application for board examinations. Specialized clinical skills.

    Prerequisite:
    DHYG 224 with a C or higher.

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    4/7-6/24TTh10:00a-11:30aSTAFFOpenings: 12
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  • DHYG 236Community Oral Health III2 credits

    Careers in Public Health, table clinics or poster presentations. Involvement in local projects; community health program completion and evaluation. Leadership for community projects. Research.

    Prerequisite:
    DHYG 226 with a C or higher.

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    4/7-6/24ThSTAFFOpenings: 12
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TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS124 credits

Entry Information

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When Can I Start?


This program will admit students again in the 2020/2021 year. This program has a selective admissions process.

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

Apply to Dental Hygiene Program during application window: January 1, 2020-April 15, 2020. Acceptance letters will go out by May 15, 2020. Accept your seat in the class by May 22, 2020.

What Are The Minimum Entry Requirements?


Entry Requirements

  • ATI TEAS exam with a score of "Proficient" or higher in each category
  • ACCUPLACER Classic (valid for 5 years from testing date):

    • Reading Comprehension score of 71 or RDG 085 with a grade of C or higher
    • Sentence Skills score of 71 or ENGL 092 with a grade of C or higher
    • College Level Math score of 75 or MATH 099 with a C or higher

    ACCUPLACER Next-Generation (starting January 23, 2019):

    • Reading score of 247 or RDG 085 with a grade of C or higher
    • Writing score of 245 or ENGL 092 with a grade of C or higher
    • Advanced Algebra & Functions score of 240 or MATH 099 with a C or higher

    ENGL& 101 and MATH& 107 or higher are requirements for AAS-T graduation. To place into these classes, higher scores are needed (please see classes tab).


    Pre-Program Course Requirements


    Prior to applying to program: Complete all pre-requisite courses. Meet “Proficiency” level or higher in all four areas of the ATI TEAS. Apply to BTC. Have transcripts verified. Have Healthcare Experience Verification form APPROVED.

    • 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 7 years at the time of application packet deadline)
    • BIOL& 242 Human A & P 2 ** (Must be no older than 7 years at the time of application packet deadline)
    • BIOL& 260 Microbiology ** (Must be no older than 7 years at the time of application packet deadline)
    • CHEM& 121 Introduction to Chemistry OR CHEM& 161 AND 162
    • 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


    • NOTE: New Application Packet with New Information coming soon
    • Dental Hygiene Packet coming soon

    Physical Requirements


    Other Application Forms


    What Are My Next Steps?


    1. Apply to BTC and Financial Aid
    2. Take the ACCUPLACER/Placement Test
    3. Attend an Advising & Registration Session
    4. Prepare to Attend

Program Outcomes

The Dental Hygiene Program is designed to prepare students to become Dental Hygienists. Technical and professional competancy development will involve the following outcomes:

  • Demonstrate positive work ethics, team skills and professional values integral the profession of Dental Hygiene.
  • Utilize wellness, health determinants, & characteristics of various patient populations to promote oral health and reduce health risks in a variety of settings.
  • Apply current dental hygiene techniques, instruments, and materials to provide preventive and therapeutic services in accordance with all safety and health standards.
  • Assess, plan, implement & evaluate community based health promotion and prevention programs and activities to benefit the general population
  • Demonstrate cognitive retention of dental terminology, theory, and science.
  • Identify and access opportunities for professional growth and development.
  • Apply the principles of evidence based research and decision making in the planning and implementation of dental hygiene care.
  • Qualify for all national and regional examinations required to practice as a Registered Dental Hygienist in the State of Washington.
  • Manage medical emergencies and provide appropriate life support measures using professional judgement.

Mark O

Mark O'Connor

Area of Instruction


Advising & Career Services

Contact Info


360 752-8459
moconnor@btc.edu
College Services (CS) - Room 135


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Alisa Wollens

Area of Instruction


Degrees and Certifications


MBA, Healthcare Management, Western Governors University

Contact Info


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Office Hours


Usual office hours are:

    Monday - Friday from 2:30 pm to 3:00 pm

 
 

Background


Profile
Alisa has been working in the dental field for well over 20 years. She has worked as a dental assistant and a dental hygienist in many offices and br...

    • Alisa has been working in the dental field for well over 20 years. She has worked as a dental assistant and a dental hygienist in many offices and brings a broad range of knowledge. She is a Certified Dental Assistant and holds Registered Dental Assistant and Registered Dental Hygienist Licenses in Washington and California. She has a Bachelor's degree in Dental Hygiene from Loma Linda University. She is excited to share her knowledge and enthusiasm for dentistry with students.


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Catherine Beebe

Area of Instruction


Dental Hygiene

Degrees and Certifications


MS, Health Science, Idaho State University

BA, Interdisciplinary Concentration, Western Washington University

AAS, Dental Hygiene, Lake Washington Technical College

Certificate, Dental Assisting, Bellingham Vocational Technical Institute

Certificate, Dental Reception, Vancouver Community College, BC

Contact Info


360-752-8746
CBeebe@btc.edu
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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


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Christine Harwood

Area of Instruction


Contact Info


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