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Dental Hygiene DHYG

Degree Type: Associate in Applied Science

College(s): College of Health Professions

Required Courses  Credit Hours 
BIOL 108 Medical Microbiology 3
BIOL 205 Human Anatomy-Physiology 5
COHP 101 The U.S. Health Care System 3
COHP 102 Safety Issues in Health Care 1
CHEM 114 Intro to General Chemistry 4
COMM 105 Interpersonal Communication 3
COMM 121 Fundamentals-Public Speaking 3
Cultural Enrichment Elective 3
ENGL 150 English 1 3
ENGL 250 English 2 3
MATH 110 Fundamentals of Algebra 4
* OR Math ACT 19
COHP 100 Orientation to Medical Vocabul 1
PSYC 150 Introduction to Psychology 3
SOCY 121 Introductory Sociology 3
DHYG 101 Oral Imaging 1
DHYG 102 Oral Imaging Lab 1
DHYG 104                         Dental Hygiene Theory 1 3
DHYG 105 Pre-Clinical DHYG Practice 1 2
DHYG 107 Oral Science A 2
DHYG 108 Oral Sciences A Lab 1
DHYG 117 Oral Science B 1
DHYG 118 Oral Science B Lab 1
DHYG 123 General and Oral Pathology 2
DHYG 124 Dental Hygiene Theory 2 3
DHYG 126 Dental Hygiene Practice 2 2
DHYG 127 Dental Materials 1
DHYG 129 Dental Materials Lab 1
DHYG 208 Perio/Path Review 2
DHYG 212 Dental Hygiene Theory 3 3
DHYG 213 Periodontics 2
DHYG 217 Community Dentistry A 1
DHYG 218 Pharmacology for Dent Hygiene 2
DHYG 222 Dental Hygiene Practice 3 3
DHYG 227 Community Dentistry A Lab 1
DHYG 229 Pain Management 1
DHYG 231 Pain Management Lab 1
DHYG 232 Dental Hygiene Theory 4 3
DHYG 233 Dental Hygiene Practice 4 3
DHYG 237 Community Dentistry B 1
DHYG 239 Community Dentistry B Lab 1
DHYG 280 Comprehen Patient Assessment 1
DHYG 291 Dental Hygiene Practicum 1 - 2 **
Computer Competency
Minimum semester credit hours required for Dental Hygiene A.A.S. degree: 82
All prerequisite coursesmust be successfully completed with a C or better before progressing into the programís professional sequence.
* CCHS 101, and ENGL 250 may be taken prior to the professional sequence.
**DHYG 291 is optional
Student must have current standing in the dental hygiene professional sequence to take DHYG classes.
A grade of C or better must be received for all courses listed on the checksheet.

Why Choose Dental Hygiene?

The Dental Hygiene program at Ferris is the largest in the State of Michigan and one of the largest programs in the nation. The program enjoys a reputation of educational excellence, with expert faculty who are recognized at the state, national and international levels within the discipline of dental hygiene for the delivery of innovative academic and continuing education.

Dental hygiene is a practice area that continues to grow with the increased consumer awareness of the importance of good oral hygiene in the prevention and detection of systemic disease processes. Dental hygiene will continue to grow based on the increasing focus on preventive dental care needs of the public.

Completion of the three-year Associate in applied science degree, and final written and clinical exams enables the graduate to sit for the state licensure exam. Student clinical experiences occur within the college as the students work with patients from the University, community, and local schools in the College's 30-seat state of the art Dental Hygiene Clinic.

Career Opportunities

Dental hygienists are professionals, licensed by the state in which they practice, who complete extensive educational and clinical preparation in preventive oral health care. A dental hygienist is a clinician, oral health care educator, health promoter, consumer advocate, administrator, and researcher.

The responsibilities of a dental hygienist include the development, implementation, and
evaluation of a dental hygiene plan of care that is based on the needs of the patient. Clinical services can include:

  • the evaluation and monitoring of medical and dental health histories
  • examining, assessing, and documenting oral conditions
  • exposing, processing and interpreting x-rays
  • removal of calculus and stain that form on the teeth
  • application of caries-preventive agents such as fluorides and pit and fissure sealants
  • delivery of dietary education and counseling
  • design and implementation of community or school oral health programs
  • delivery of local anesthesia and nitrous oxide

    Accelerated employment growth is expected for several years in response to increasing demand for dental care. Earnings of dental hygienists are affected by geographic location, employment setting, education, and experience. The average hourly wage in Michigan is $26 - $30 per hour in private practice employment settings. Dental hygienists who work for school systems, public health agencies, the federal government, or state agencies usually have substantial benefits.

  • Admission Requirements

    Students must be admitted to the university. To be qualified to enter the professional sequence of the program, a student must have earned at least a 2.5 GPA with a minimum grade of a "C" in the following courses or their equivalent: MATH 110 (alternate MATH ACT subscore of 19 or above); BIOL 108; MRIS 102; ENGL 150; SOCY 121; CHEM 114, BIOL 205, COMM 105 or COMM 221, CCHS 102, PSYC 150, and cultural enrichment elective with a grade of C or better.

    To assure students of a quality technical education in classroom/lab and clinical practice, enrollment is limited. Students who meet or will have met the program's qualification criteria by the end of Spring semester are required to apply to the program's professional sequence between January 15 and January 30 of the year prior to the August professional sequence entry.   Admission will be based upon date of qualification.

    Graduation Requirements

    The six-semester program leads to an associate in applied science degree. Students must earn a grade of "C" or better in major and core courses and meet all the general education requirements as outlined on the General Education website.

    If a student interrupts progression in the professional sequence of the program, re-entry cannot be guaranteed due to space limitations.

    More Information

    College of Health Professions
    Ferris State University
    200 Ferris Drive
    Big Rapids, MI 49307
    Phone: 231-591-2270
    email: alliedhealth@ferris.edu

    For information about accredited programs and educational requirements contact:

    Commission on Dental Accreditation
    American Dental Association
    211 E. Chicago Ave.
    Suite 1814
    Chicago, IL 60611

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