Oakland Community College 


Extended Degree - Associate in Applied Science (DHY.APP)

   Successful completion of this program leads to an associate in applied science degree and is designated as an extended degree program in that the student must complete a minimum of 73 or more required credit hours. The program prepares selected individuals through theory and clinical experiences to assume the responsibility of providing safe, competent care for the dental patient in the prevention of oral disease.
   Students must first be admitted to the college and designate dental hygiene (DHY) as their curriculum and Highland Lakes (HL) as their home campus. Dental Hygiene courses involving the clinical experiences are offered only at the Highland Lakes Campus. Registration in the dental hygiene courses is possible only after the student is admitted to the dental hygiene program through a selection process based on a system of priorities. Beginning with the selection process for fall of 2009, the prospective dental hygiene students will be chosen based on the grade point average (GPA) of the pre-requisite courses. If duplications based on pre-requisite GPA exists, students will be ranked according to the earliest date of completion of pre-requisite courses. All requirements must be completed by no later than December 15th of the year preceding intended enrollment into the dental hygiene program.

Basic Admission requirements include:

  • High school graduation or GED
  • Completion of all required pre-requisite courses and program courses with a 2.0 “C” or better grade point in each in order to be eligible for an associate in applied science degree and in order to write the National Board Dental Hygiene Exam (NBDHE) and the Northeast Regional Board Exam (NERB).
  • Attendance at a Dental Hygiene Information Session
  • Completion of a dental hygiene final checklist with a counselor at Highland Lakes
  • Refer to the Student Brochure for additional admission requirements

   Requirements and procedures for admission are outlined in the “Student Brochure: Prospective Dental Hygiene Candidates”, available during the dental hygiene information sessions, and at the dental hygiene website: www.oaklandcc.edu/Health/DentalHygiene. The policies regarding admission, progression and retention in the dental hygiene program as well as certification, licensure qualifications are outlined in the Student Brochure which is provided to each student enrolled in the dental hygiene program. All of these provisions are also explained in the information sessions prior to admission to the program. In addition to the tuition, dental hygiene students incur extra costs such as pre-admission health examinations, uniforms, supplies, pinning ceremony/graduation costs, membership into the student organization of the American Dental Hygiene Association (SADHA) and licensure application fees.
   A licensed dental hygienist who works under the supervision of a dentist, may find employment in private or specialty offices, in schools, hospitals, clinics, or in the public health arena.
   The Dental Hygiene program is accredited by the American Dental Association (ADA). Issues pertaining to compliance with the standards of the Commission of the ADA can be addressed to the Commission on Dental Accreditation, 211 E. Chicago Avenue, Chicago, Il 60611, ph: 800.621.8099. A copy of the standards may be downloaded at: http://ada.org
   The Michigan Board of Dentistry may deny dental hygiene licensure to an applicant who has been convicted of a crime or is addicted to drugs or alcohol. Please be advised effective 2008, all individuals applying for a health professional license or registration in the State of Michigan are required to undergo a criminal background check and submit fingerprints. This requirement is pursuant to Public Act 26 of 2006.

Major Requirements Credits
DHY 1140 Dental Office Procedures 3
DHY 1230 Dental Anatomy 3
DHY 1240 Dental Embryology and Histology 3
DHY 1250 Clinical Techniques 5
DHY 1260 Dental Radiography 3.5
DHY 1281 Clinical Dental Hygiene I 4
DHY 1282 Clinical Dental Hygiene II 2.5
DHY 1283 Clinical Dental Hygiene III 5
DHY 1284 Clinical Dental Hygiene IV 5
DHY 1310 Periodontics 2
DHY 1330 Therapeutics 2
DHY 1350 Local Anesthesia 1.5
DHY 2210 Oral Pathology 3
DHY 2220 Public Health Dentistry 1
DHY 2240 Dental Specialties 2
DHY 2250 Dental Materials 3
DHY 2280 Dental Health Education 2
DHY 2320 Dental Law 1

Required Supportive Courses*
BIO 1570 Microbiology of Health and Disease 3
BIO 2630 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4
BIO 2640 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
CHE 1320 Survey of Organic and Biochemistry 4
COM 1600 Fundamentals of Speech 3
ENG 1510 Composition I 3
HEA 1510 Nutrition 3
PER 2540 Medical First Responder/First Responder 4
PSY 2510 Introduction to Psychology 3
SOC 2510 Sociology 3
See degree requirements for an Associate in Applied Science degree.
General Education Requirement
See General Education Distribution Requirements
●   Course may be used to meet General Education requirements.