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Dental Hygiene

Transfer to Dental Hygiene

PPSC students can take prerequisites for Dental Hygiene programs and then transfer. General education requirements for Dental Hygiene are different from and more extensive than Dental Assisting. See more about this below.
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What is a Dental Hygienist?

A dental hygienist is a skilled and essential member of the dental health care team in the delivery of preventive dentistry. They have more extensive skills than Dental Assistants and, therefore, have more training requirements. In the traditional role of dental hygienist, training includes prophylaxis, patient data gathering for diagnosis and treatment planning, fluoride treatment, sealant application, radiographic examination and nutritional counseling. In the expanded role of the dental hygienist, training includes treatment of periodontally involved patients and treatment of handicapped, institutionalized, and other medically compromised patients. Students will learn to provide local anesthesia and administer nitrous oxide.

You may be employed in any of the following areas upon completion of a Dental Hygiene Associate of Applied Science degree:

  • General Practice
  • Periodontic Practice
  • Independent Practice

Explore more through the US Bureau of Labor and Statistics.

NOTE: This profession is not the same as being a Dental Assistant.

Dental Hygiene Education Requirements

It is very important that you consult with your choice of Dental Hygiene programs to take the correct general education requirements and to understand their application requirements and deadlines. Review the PPSC Medical Science Biology Sequence chart.

Dental Hygiene programs are competitive entry programs. Most have annual application dates and very specific course sequences. Be sure that you are taking the correct courses for your target program.

Dental Hygiene programs typically include the following requirements:

Colorado Public Institution Programs

Colorado Northwestern Community College

Community College of Denver

Pueblo Community College

What to Do Now

  • Review application requirements for the colleges in which you are interested.
  • Make note of the application dates for each.
  • Feel free to contact each college for specific questions.
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