Dental Hygiene Brochure - Oxnard College

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Dental Hygiene Brochure - Oxnard College

APPLICATION

AND COSTS.

Application packets are available every December

and the application period is from January 1

-March 1. All qualified candidates will be included

in a prioritized lottery selection process. Please

review the requirements for qualified candidates

on the program website or in the college catalog.

Normal student expenses (textbooks, in‐state

tuition, etc.) and additional expenses for the

program are estimated to be about $15,000.

Students who anticipate financial need should

contact the Financial Aid Office at (805) 986‐5828.

Dental Programs Department

805.986.5823

4000 South rose Ave.

oxnard, CA 93033

805.986.5800

www.oxnardcollege.edu

DENTAL

HYGIENE

PROGRAM

you can be a smile maker.

Your Future. Now.

THE DENTAL HYGIENE

PrOGrAm AT

OxNArD COLLEGE

The Dental Hygiene Program prepares students

to be a licensed dental professional who is part of

the dental care team. They perform services such

as oral examination and prophylaxis (scaling, root

planing, soft tissue curettage and polishing the

teeth). They expose and process dental x-rays,

administer local anesthesia and nitrous oxide

for pain control. Also, they apply preventive

medications such as topical fluorides and dental

sealants along with instructing patients in oral

disease control and nutrition.

Sometimes your joy is the source

of your smile, but sometimes your

smile can be the source of your joy.

~ Thich Nhat Hanh


DENTAL HYGIENE PrOGrAm

The Dental Hygiene Program begins each fall and

enrolls one cohort of students. It is an intense

program requiring a fulltime commitment

(including evening and weekend classes and

activities). Experience is gained through a

combination of experiences at an on‐campus dental

hygiene clinic and at off-campus rotations. Students

also participate in a variety of enrichment activities

such as community health fairs, dental association

meetings, and dental conventions.

Successful students are eligible to take the National

Board Dental Hygiene Examination and the

California Registered Dental Hygienist exam in order

to gain licensure. The Western Regional Board Exam

is now also an option for licensure in California.

Normal student expenses (textbooks, in‐state

tuition, etc.) and additional expenses for the

program are estimated to be about $15,000.

Students who anticipate financial need should

contact the Financial Aid Office at (805) 986‐5828.

PrEPArATION & rEQUIrEmENTS

High school courses in algebra, biology and chemistry

are recommended to prepare the applicant for the

prerequisite college classes. Students should plan to

complete general education requirements prior to

program entry in order to be eligible for an Associate of

Science degree in Dental Hygiene upon completion of

the program.

Program Recommendations

• BIOL R101 General Biology 3 units

• BIOL R101L General Biology Laboratory 1 unit

• CIS R020A Intro to Microcomputers 3 units

• DH R001 Pre-Dental Hygiene 1 unit

• MATH R011 Elementary Algebra 5 units

Program Prerequisite Courses

• ANAT R101 General Human Anatomy 4 units

• CHEM R110 Elem Organic and Bio Chem 5 units

• CHEM R112 Elementary Organic and

Biological Chemistry 5 units

• ENGL R101 College Composition 4 units

• MICR R100 Principles of Microbiology 3 units

• MICR R100L Principles of Microbiology Lab 2 units

• PHSO R101 Human Physiology 5 units

• PSY R101 General Psychology 3 units

• SOC R101 Introduction to Sociology 3 units

• SPCH R101Intro to Oral Communication 3 units

Total Prerequisites 37 units

Required Dental Hygiene Courses

Once accepted, a student must follow this two-year

course sequence for a total of 55.5 units

• DH R010 Oral Biology 3 units

• DH R011 Oral Radiology 3 units

• DH R012 Head and Neck Anatomy 2 units

• DH R013 Dental Health Education Seminar 1 unit

• DH R014 Introduction to

Dental Hygiene Practice 3 units

• DH R015 Introduction to PreClinic/Clinic 2 units

• DH R020 Local Anesthesia and Nitrous Oxide 2 units

• DH R021 General and Oral Pathology 4 units

• DH R022 Pharmacology 2 units

• DH R023 Clinical Practice I 3 units

• DH R024 Clinic Dental Hygiene Seminar I 3 units

• DH R025 Periodontics I 2 units

• DH R030 Special Patients/Geriatrics 1 unit

• DH R031 Nutrition in Dentistry 1 unit

• DH R032 Dental Materials 2 units

• DH R033 Clinic II Seminar 2 units

• DH R034 Clinical Practice II 4 units

• DH R035 Periodontics II 2 units

• DH R036 Community Oral Health I 2 units

• DH R040 Advanced Clinical Topics 2 units

• DH R041 Practice Management 1 unit

• DH R042 Clinic III Seminar 2 units

• DH R043 Clinical Practice III 4 units

• DH R044 Community Oral Health II 1 unit

• DH R045 Ethics and Jurisprudence 1 unit

Total Required Courses 55 units

CArEEr OPPOrTUNITIES

Dental hygienists usually work in private

dental offices or clinics. In addition, there are

opportunities to be employed in alternative

settings such as hospitals, community health

programs or public health institutions such as

the Indian Health Service.

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