Associate in Science
This full-time degree program prepares the student to become a dental hygienist who is a preventive oral health professional prepared to provide educational, clinical and therapeutic services to the public. This degree also prepares the student for more advanced educational opportunities in the health care field.
Students who are matriculated and place into developmental math and/or English are required to begin the course sequence in the first semester. Please see an advisor with questions.
Dental Hygiene applicants are accepted only for the Fall Semester.
More Program Information: Dental Hygiene Program Overview
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|General Chemistry I
Chemistry for the Health Sciences
|ENL101||English Composition I
|BIO251||Human Anatomy & Physiology I
|DEN101||Oral Tissue I
|DEN103||Principles of Oral Radiology
|DEN121||Dental Hygiene I
|DEN126||Clinical Dental Hygiene I
|BIO252||Human Anatomy & Physiology II
|DEN102||Oral Tissues II
|DEN123||Dental Hygiene II
|DEN128||Clinical Dental Hygiene II
|DEN200||Pharmacology for Dental Hygiene
|DEN230||Dental Hygiene III
|DEN236||Clinical Dental Hygiene III
|DEN237||Pain Management in DH Practice
|SOC106||Principles of Sociology
|DEN105||Community Dental Health
|DEN232||Dental Hygiene IV
|DEN238||Clinical Dental Hygiene IV
|General Education Elective||3|
Employment opportunities are available as an entry-level Dental Hygienist in private general and specialty dental practices, community dental health centers, and public health agencies/facilities. See also: What can I do with this major?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics:
Employment of Dental Hygienists is projected to grow 6% percent from 2019 to 2029, faster than the average for all occupations and an average annual salary of $74,820.
The job outlook is fantastic both nationally and locally here in Massachusetts.
The demand for dental services will increase as the population ages. As the large baby-boom population ages and people keep more of their original teeth than did previous generations, the need to maintain and treat teeth will continue to drive demand for dental care.
Studies linking oral health and general health, and efforts to expand access to oral hygiene services, will continue to drive the demand for preventive dental services. As a result, the demand for all dental services, including those performed by hygienists, will increase. In addition, demand for dental hygienists is expected to grow as state laws increasingly allow dental hygienists to work at the top of their training, and they effectively become more productive.
For information on special admissions requirements for the Dental Hygiene Program visit www.capecod.edu/dentalrequirements.
The Dental Hygiene program at Cape Cod Community College provides students with the theory, knowledge, and experience necessary to obtain competency in the practice of dental hygiene in a variety of settings. Upon completion of the program, the dental hygiene graduates are able to meet the following learning outcomes:
The Cape Cod Community College Dental Hygiene Program provides an educational pathway for students to join a rewarding health profession that offers a wide range of career opportunities. At Cape Cod Community College, the students' education is the first priority, and the Dental Hygiene Program is committed to helping the students in the development of clinical skills, critical thinking skills, and in the acquisition of a strong educational foundation in dental hygiene. Students are encouraged upon completion of the program to further their education and expertise, and to involve themselves in their professional association.
For 2016 to 2018:
The Dental Hygiene Program provides selected individuals from various experiential and educational backgrounds the opportunity for education in dental hygiene. Graduates are awarded the Associate in Science degree and are eligible for the Commission on Dental Competency Assessments/ADEX Examination and the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination.
The program in Dental Hygiene is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and has been granted the accreditation status of “approved without reporting requirements.” 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, Chicago, IL 60611-2678. The Commission’s web address is www.ada.org/en/coda/accreditation