The AAS Dental Hygiene program, located in the Dental Hygiene Facility building on the main campus, was established and admitted the first class in 1999. The program was last accredited in April of 2014 with no reporting. The next accreditation will be in 2021. The Commission on Dental Accreditation is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The commission can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611.
A dental hygienist’s primary functions focus on dental disease prevention and oral health maintenance. In NC, these functions are performed under the direct supervision of a licensed dentist. The clinical dental hygienist collaborates with the dentist in an effort to provide services to the patient that will guide the patient towards optimal oral health.
Dental hygienists provide oral health services in a variety of work environments. These include, but are not limited to, private dental offices, hospitals, health departments, government clinics, and correctional facilities. Approximate salary is $30 - $40 per hour, depending on location, benefits and experience.
The core dental hygiene courses are only offered during the day on a full-time basis. The program consists of seven semesters, which require two years to complete after all program pre-requisites are satisfied. Graduates of the program are eligible, with the approval of the Dental Hygiene Program Director, to take the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination and the CITA Examination, as well as other state or regional examinations depending upon requirements. Graduates applying for NC licensure will be required to undergo a criminal records check and fingerprinting.
The Dental Hygiene Program consists of four regular semesters and one summer. All courses must be taken in the proper sequence, as each builds on the knowledge gained on the previous courses.
Please see the catalog for more information about the degree option for this curriculum.
Please Note: Graduates applying for licensure in NC will be required to undergo a criminal records check and fingerprinting as part of the application process.
The Community Dental Health Coordinator (CDHC) is a new member of the dental team who fills an important role whether working with a health center or private practice. The CDHC can perform clinical preventive services and community-based outreach duties. The CDHC program provides Dental Assistants II, Certified Dental Assistants (CDA), or Registered Dental Hygienists an opportunity to expand their skills with a practical and theoretical basis for assisting in the reduction of disparities in dental health. See the Community Dental Health Coordinator website for more information.
For more information about the Dental Hygiene program, contact:
(828) 327-7000, ext. 4158
For questions regarding admissions requirements, contact:
(828) 327-7000, ext. 4216
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