Associate of Applied Science Degree Program in Dental Hygiene

The Dental Hygiene program at Sanford-Brown is designed to provide students with a comprehensive and interdisciplinary plan of studies, through applied theory and practical applications, to become entry-level dental hygienists qualified for employment in clinical practice and alternative career settings. Students receive training in general education, biomedical sciences, dental sciences and dental hygiene sciences.

The core curriculum is structured to include a lecture component, a laboratory component, a preclinical component and a clinical component. The Program includes supervised experiences in a clinical environment which requires the use of competency checks and rubrics, logs, and evaluations completed by the student.

At the conclusion of the program, graduates who have completed their theoretical and clinical requirements will be eligible to sit for the national Board Dental Hygiene Examination and the Regional and State Clinical Board Examinations. Upon successful completion of these examinations, graduates are eligible to seek entry level employment as dental hygienists.

Concepts & Skills Taught

  • Dental Anatomy and Morphology
  • Oral Microbiology and Immunology
  • Dental Health Prevention and Promotion
  • Pathology and Terminology
  • Use of Dental Instruments and Materials
  • Dental Radiology

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