Why study dental hygiene?
Are you considering a career in the healthcare field? The Dental Hygiene program at SFCC is accredited by the American Dental Association and can help prepare you for a professional career in a dynamic healthcare setting. The new state-of-the-art clinic is housed in the Fred E. Davis Multipurpose Center and provides an excellent hands-on learning environment outside of the classroom.
Dental hygienists work as a member of a professional dental health team and are licensed to provide direct patient care. Typical duties of a dental hygienist include:
- oral prophylaxis (cleaning)
- exposing, processing and mounting radiographs
- periodontal assessment and therapy
- applying agents for the prevention of decay
- collecting and evaluating medical information
- administering local anesthesia and nitrous oxide analgesia
Career opportunities in the profession of dental hygiene include service in general and specialty dental practice, dental hygiene education, hospitals, the military, health maintenance organizations, community health agencies, private industry, consultants or dental product sales representatives.
This program requires students to have certain essential qualifications in order to be admitted and retained in the program. Click Essential Skills to view program specific qualifications.
The dental hygiene program requires an application for admission in addition to the SFCC Application for Admission. Please see the Applications page for more information.
View COURSE CATALOG for program requirements. This program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA).
Caryn Tierney, RDH, BS, MTL
Fred E. Davis Multipurpose Center
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