The program was fantastic! Every one of my instructors were excellent and I learned a lot. It's been very fun doing this program while practicing as a dental hygienist because I have been using my real life experiences as I've gone along. I would absolutely recommend this program to any dental hygienist thinking about getting their Bachelor's degree!
What will I learn?
The Associate of Applied Science degree in Dental Hygiene will prepare you to provide services to patients and educate them in all aspects of preventive dentistry. In the PCC on-campus clinic, you will provide preventive and therapeutic services for patients under the direct supervision of our highly qualified faculty.
In the traditional role of dental hygienist, training includes prophylaxis, patient data gathering for diagnosis and treatment planning, fluoride treatment, sealant application, radiographic examination and nutritional counseling. In the expanded role of the dental hygienist, training includes treatment of periodontally involved patients and treatment of handicapped, institutionalized, and other medically compromised patients. You also will learn to provide local anesthesia and administer nitrous oxide.
Because of the high level of personal and professional responsibility required of a dental hygienist, you must have integrity, maturity, individual motivation, good interpersonal skills, excellent manual dexterity, and a solid science and general studies academic background to be successful in this program. PCC’s program is firmly committed to fostering intellectual growth and to developing well-qualified dental hygienists with high professional standards and ethics.
The Bachelor of Applied Science curriculum is designed to include an emphasis in teaching and public health. The flexible capstone experience can be designed to help you determine your specific area of educational interest.
- Courses are offered online in convenient eight-week tracks.
- Classes offer a variety of learning activities facilitated by certified online faculty.
- The capstone experience is offered in the final 16-week semester. Depending on the capstone project, some on-site experiential learning may be necessary.
Taking an online course is very different from the traditional classroom environment. To accurately anticipate the amount of time to devote to an online course, keep in mind that you will not be attending a face-to-face class. A typical 3-credit hour online course may translate to approximately 6-9 hours of your time per week, on average, for class work and homework.
BAS program eligibility
- Graduate from a regionally accredited dental hygiene program that is also accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation.
- Pass the National Board Dental Hygiene Exam.
- Hold a current dental hygiene license in a US state.
All PCC admission and registration deadlines, policies, and procedures apply to students who participate in online courses. Online courses appear on your transcript in the same way as campus-based courses.
BAS equipment requirements
You will need access to a computer with broadband internet that can stream video and audio. Your course may also require hardware such as a headset with microphone. Technical support is available for all courses.