Dental Hygiene

KCC Dental Hygiene students work in the Dental Clinic.Dental hygiene can be an exciting and rewarding career in which students can make a difference helping others. Dental hygienists provide educational, preventive and therapeutic services in a variety of health care settings.

In most states, dental hygienists work independently under the supervision of a dentist, and in some states dental hygienists may have their own private practice. Additionally, in the state of Michigan, a special designation related to licensure allows the dental hygienist to work more autonomously and serve those with dental need that do not have access to care in a traditional dental setting.

KCC offers an Associate in Applied Science degree in Dental Hygiene. The five-semester sequence of classes recommended for full-time students seeking the degree follows.

For more information about KCC’s Dental Hygiene Program, see:

Associate in Applied Science: Dental Hygiene

Fall I Spring I Summer Fall II Spring II
BIOL 201: Human Anatomy** BIOL 202: Human Physiology** DEHY 121: Dental Hygiene Clinic 2 DEHY 240: Dental Hygiene Clinic 3 DEHY 241: Dental Hygiene Clinic 4
DEHY 114: Oral Anatomy DEHY 120: Dental Hygiene Clinic 1 DEHY 135: Dental Materials DEHY 222: Oral Pathology DEHY 232: Community Dentistry 2
DEHY 110: Pre-Clinical Dental Hygiene DEHY 123: Radiography DEHY 143: Histology DEHY 233: Nutrition DEHY 244: Pain Control
DEHY 112: Medical Emergencies in Dental Practice BIOL 205: Microbiology** DEHY 234: Pharmacology SOCI 201: Intro to Sociology**
DEHY 130: Community Dentistry 1 ENGL 151: Freshman Composition** DEHY 242: Periodontics PSYC 201: Introto Psychology**
CHEM 100: Fundamentals of Chemistry** COMM 101: Interpersonal Communication** Creativity Elective*

*For class options that fulfill the elective requirements indicated here, see the Degree and Certificate Requirements section of KCC’s Academic Catalog.

**Courses indicated fulfill requirements for the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA), which provides for the transferability of up to 30 credit hours to meet General Education Requirements at participating Michigan colleges and universities. For more information about the MTA, visit www.kellogg.edu/macrao.

Transfer Opportunities

KCC has several degree-completion agreements with universities, allowing KCC’s Associate in Applied Science in Dental Hygiene degree to transfer and allow students to attain a bachelor of science degree.

Click here to view Transfer Guides outlining opportunities for students looking to transfer their KCC credits to a four-year institution. Contact our Academic Advising team at 269-965-4124 or advising@kellogg.edu to schedule an appointment to plot a personal transfer plan.

Dental Hygiene Careers

Students that earn a dental hygiene degree and subsequent licensure may work in many settings depending on their interests, including private dental practices, school systems, public health delivery facilities, hospitals, long-term care facilities, HMOs, research centers, dental supply companies, veterinarian dentistry facilities, military bases, government agencies and higher education facilities. Dental hygienists are also in demand in other countries.

Possible job titles for graduates with an education in dental hygiene include:

  • Dental hygiene clinical instructor
  • Dental hygiene corporate administrator
  • Dental hygiene corporate educator
  • Dental hygienist
  • Dental hygiene product researcher
  • Dental hygiene sales representative

For more information about dental hygienist career paths from the American Dental Hygienists’ Association, visit www.adha.org/professional-roles.

Projected Job Outlook & Salary Info

For the latest employment and wage estimates for dental hygiene careers in Michigan, visit the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics website at www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_mi.htm.

Why Study Dental Hygiene at KCC?

KCC’s Dental Hygiene Program offers unique experiences in the classroom and the clinical environment. Dental Hygiene students learn and gain valuable hands-on experience in KCC’s on-campus Dental Hygiene Clinic, which serves a large patient population that values the integral role the clinic plays in access to care within the community. Within the clinic, students are able to develop skills and see cases that prepare them well to maximize their career opportunities. With just 20 students in a class, access to instructors is maximized for guidance and mentoring.

Also realized within the educational Dental Hygiene Program experience at KCC is a commitment to service-learning. Dental students visit adult and child day care facilities and nursing homes, which provides them with additional experience working with unique populations. The Dental Hygiene Program at KCC has committed, experienced faculty with a passion for educating the next generation of dental hygiene professionals.

Extracurricular Enrichment

Participation in the Student American Dental Hygienists’ Association (SADHA) affords KCC Dental Hygiene students opportunities to serve an under-served dental population through the Michigan Dental Association Foundation’s Mission of Mercy. This rewarding experience has brought KCC students a feeling of accomplishment that like no other: the chance to give services to those who would otherwise go without.

New State-of-the-Art Equipment

A renovation of KCC’s dental facilities in 2015 resulted in the installation of 10 new dental units with new lighting and a new sterilization center with state-of-the-art autoclaves and instrument washer.

Mission & Goals

The dental hygiene profession, as an integral part of the health care team, demands individuals who have been instructed in the psychosocial, biophysical and technical elements of the dental hygiene process of care. Dental hygiene practitioners must be able to effectively interact with patients, other professionals and the community. They must be able to apply current knowledge of prevention to address the changing societal and oral health needs.

KCC’s Dental Hygiene Department is committed to educating dental hygienists who will provide quality oral health services and education for and to the public; foster leadership and innovation in health promotion issues; appreciate cultural diversity and respect for the individual; and demonstrate the highest standards of honesty, integrity, accountability and ethics.

The goals of our department are stated here and reflect our commitment to the KCC Dental Hygiene student, to the professional development of the registered dental hygienist and to advancing the profession of dental hygiene.

KCC’s Dental Hygiene Department will:

  1. Prepare a competent, entry-level dental hygienist as defined by the KCC Dental Hygiene Competency Statement.
  2. Maintain a contemporary Dental Hygiene Program that reflects relevant and current dental hygiene theories, practices and educational methods.
  3. Provide a dental hygiene curriculum that integrates general education, biomedical sciences, dental sciences and dental hygiene sciences.
  4. Maintain an admissions philosophy which promotes a diverse and qualified student body.
  5. Provide opportunities to the dental hygienist for professional growth and development through lifelong learning experiences.
  6. Respond to the oral health needs of the community by providing therapeutic, educational and preventive dental hygiene services.

Program Director and Faculty

KCC’s Dental Hygiene Program is committed to preparing competent dental hygienists in a two year program of study.

Director Bridget Korpela, MSDH, RDH

Bridget Korpela received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene and a Master of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene Education from the University of Michigan. Along with being KCC’s Dental Hygiene Program director, she is clinical coordinator for KCC’s first-year clinic and teaches Preclinical Dental Hygiene, Dental Radiography, Dental Materials, and Clinic Theory courses.

Faculty Stacey Schramm, MSDH, RDH

Stacey Schramm received her Bachelor of Science Degree from Sienna Heights University, majoring in Dental Hygiene and minoring in Health Care Management, and received her Master of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene Education from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. She is the clinical coordinator for KCC’s second-year clinic and teaches Community Dentistry, Oral Anatomy, Periodontics, Nutrition, and Theory courses.

Accreditation

KCC’s Dental Hygiene Program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at 312-440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, IL 60611-2678. The Commission’s Web address is www.ada.org/en/coda.

Accreditation Comment Period Open Through December 2016

The Commission on Dental Accreditation is soliciting third party comments relative to the accreditation status of the Department of Dental Hygiene Education at Kellogg Community College. Comments may be submitted by interested parties such as faculty, students, program administrators, Commission consultants, specialty and dental related organizations, patients and consumers.

The deadline for receipt of third party comments is 60 days prior to the upcoming site visit, scheduled for Dec. 6-7, 2016. Comments must be signed and signatures will be removed prior to forwarding them to the program. Comments must pertain only to the standards for the dental hygiene program or policies and procedures used in the Commission’s accreditation process.

Comments should be submitted to: Third Party Comments, Commission on Dental Accreditation, 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60611; or faxed to 312-587-5107.

A copy of the accreditation standards and Commission’s policy on third party comments may be obtained by contacting the Commission on Dental Accreditation, 211 East Chicago, IL, 60611, or by calling 1-800-621-8099, extension 4653.