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:
- KCC’s Dental Hygiene Admissions page
- Our program maps outlining credential course requirements by semester
- KCC’s latest Academic Catalog
- The Dental Hygiene (DEHY) course descriptions page
- Information about dental hygiene careers
- Information about why you should study dental hygiene at KCC
- Answers to frequently asked questions about KCC’s Dental Hygiene Program
- Admissions criteria for entrance into KCC’s Dental Hygiene Program
- KCC’s Summary of Dental Hygiene Clinical Functions
- The Michigan Dentistry Licensing Guide for eligibility guidelines for individuals seeking RDH licensure
- KCC’s Dental Hygiene Program Infectious Disease Policy
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: Intro to Psychology**|
|CHEM 100: Fundamentals of Chemistry**||COMM 101: Interpersonal Communication**||HUMA 151: Encounter with the Arts|
**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.
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.
Contact our Academic Advising team at 269-965-4124 or email@example.com 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.
Student Learning Partners
During the course of the KCC Dental Hygiene curriculum each student will be required to serve as a student learning partner for many procedures. The primary purpose of delivering these diagnostic, therapeutic and non-therapeutic services to a student by a fellow student is to provide initial clinical experiences and enhance early skill development. These services may include, but are not limited to, the diagnostic examination of the head, neck and oral cavity; periodontal examination; an occlusal examination and caries risk assessment; the therapeutic delivery of periodontal debridement; sealant placement; and the non-therapeutic delivery of local anesthesia and nitrous oxide. In order to provide these services, you will be required to complete a medical history. Health history information is used for treatment use only. Students will not be student learning partners for exposing radiographs.
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:
- Prepare a competent, entry-level dental hygienist as defined by the KCC Dental Hygiene Competency Statement.
- Maintain a contemporary Dental Hygiene Program that reflects relevant and current dental hygiene theories, practices and educational methods.
- Provide a dental hygiene curriculum that integrates general education, biomedical sciences, dental sciences and dental hygiene sciences.
- Maintain an admissions philosophy which promotes a diverse and qualified student body.
- Provide opportunities to the dental hygienist for professional growth and development through lifelong learning experiences.
- 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 David P. Smith, DDS, MSA
Dr. Smith earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Adrian College, a Master of Science in Health Services Administration from Central Michigan University, and a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree from the University of Michigan. He has more than 22 years of experience teaching dental hygiene courses and leading dental hygiene programs as director.
Faculty Anne Jost, MA, RDH
Anne Jost received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene from Minnesota State University in Mankato, Minnesota, and her Master of Arts Degree in Science Education from Western Michigan University. She teaches Nutrition, Community Dentistry, Radiography and Periodontics.
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 KCC program’s clinical coordinator and teaches Oral Anatomy, Histology, Dental Materials, Pain Control and Dental Hygiene Theory courses.
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.