Dental Hygiene student examining mold

Dental Hygiene

Why PCC?

The PCC Dental Hygiene faculty has over 100 years combined experience in the profession. Our members have extensive experience working with a diverse patient population, are active members in their professional association and believe in continually serving the public through numerous community service projects.

The Dental Hygiene program operates a modern community clinic that offers excellent preventive dental care to the general public at substantially reduced rates. The clinic offers you the opportunity to gain extensive hands-on experience under the supervision of our excellent instructors.
Our students have a record of high success rates on licensing exams and are highly sought after in the profession.

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!

Graduate of PCC's Dental Hygiene Program

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.

BAS policies

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.

 

Accreditation

The Program in Dental Hygiene is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and has been granted the accreditation status of "Approval 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: https://www.ada.org/en/coda. The Program is currently accredited until 2022.

 

State Authorization Statement:

Pueblo Community College (PCC) is currently working cooperatively with higher education authorities in all states and other U.S. jurisdictions to ensure compliance with state authorization requirements that govern the offering of courses in those states, including complaint processes. PCC will continue to monitor developments in the jurisdictions in which it enrolls students, and, if authorization or licensure is or becomes necessary, it will obtain approvals or provide notice here of the jurisdictions in which it is not authorized to offer courses or programs. Please visit our State Authorization page to assure your residing state is eligible to participate in online learning at PCC. Be sure to check the online site frequently for updates. Please contact us if you have questions regarding state restrictions or requirements.

 

Marijuana Policy

THC (marijuana) is part of the required 10-panel drug screen prior to admittance into any Health Professions or Public Safety program at PCC. The passage of Amendment 64 in the State of Colorado, does not overrule Federal law, which states this is still an illegal substance. Students testing positive for THC (marijuana, including prescription marijuana) will not be allowed entrance or re-entrance into a Health or Public Safety program.

Certificate & Degree Offerings in Dental Hygiene:

Program Information

Location
Pueblo Campus, Online
Pathway
Health Professions
Awards
Certificate, Mini-Certificate, AAS, BS
Course Availability
Day, Online
Program Start
Fall
Program Length
5 Semesters

Contact

Bonnie Housh
719-549-3198
Bonnie.Housh@pueblocc.edu