IS A CAREER AS
A DENTAL HYGIENIST
Here are some answers
to your questions!
FACTS YOU SHOULD KNOW
Infectious disease transmission can pose significant concerns in the dental workplace
All dental healthcare workers must understand the basic
principles of disease transmission, infection control, and safety to minimized the risks associated with exposure to
To ensure an understanding of the risks presented and to
implement safe work practices, federal regulations require that all healthcare professionals participate in specific training in infection control practices for exposure to an handling of
FACTS YOU SHOULD KNOW
Upon entering Dental Health Professions, the students are given a training session that includes, but not limited to, an explanation of the Bloodborne Pathogens Standard, the
Exposure Control Plan, hazard communication, engineering controls, work practice controls and personal protective
The Exposure Control Plan and the Bloodborne Pathogen standard are available to all students, faculty and staff in Programs’ Policy Manuals.
WHAT IS A DENTAL HYGIENIST?
Dental Hygienists are licensed
professionals who provide preventive dental care and encourage patients to develop good oral hygiene skills.
Evaluates and charts patient’s dental health and history
Administers infiltration anesthesia
Removes hard and soft deposits and stains from above and below the gum line and
Applies topical medications to teeth and between teeth to help prevent decay
Exposes, develops and interprets x-rays
Places temporary fillings
Places pit and fissure sealants
Cleans, sharpens and sterilizes equipment
Monitors Nitrous Oxide Sedation
Working hours range from 35 to 40 hours per week.
Dentists often employ hygienists for only two or three days per week.
It is not unusual for a dental hygienist to hold several part-time jobs.
What are the steps to
enrollment in the Dental
→ Complete and submit a York Technical College Application
→ Take the placement test or submit SAT/ACT scores
→ Submit college transcripts (if applicable)
→ Meet with an Admissions Counselor
→ Be accepted to the Pre-Dental Hygiene program
→ Work with your advisor each term
→ Meet requirements for program goal
→ Meet with a member of the Enrollment Services Team
→ Pay the $50.00 wait list fee
→ Pay the $100.00 deposit when seat is available
→ Maintain 2.0 GPR each semester
→ Fulfill entry criteria Physical Exam
Health and liability insurance
FULFILL ENTRY CRITERIA
Proof of two MMR vaccinations AND Rubella titer is required or if no proof of MMR is available you must have titers for each(Measles, Mumps, and
Varicella (Chicken Pox) titer required
Proof of Diphtheria-Tetanus Booster (Last booster must have been received within the past 10 years.)
Hepatitis B vaccination is recommended (Documentation of declination is required if student does not have the vaccine.)
Proof of 2 step PPD within 3 months prior to entry of program is required.
COURSES TO TAKE IN HIGH SCHOOL
College Preparatory English
What job opportunities exist?
Civil Service offices
What salary will I make after
completing this program?
Graduates earn $28-$30 per hour
locally and $30-$35 per hour in
THINGS TO CONSIDER
Curriculum is rigorous – requires extensive reading, study time and good time management skills- takes 21 months to complete
Program runs concurrently – starts only once each fall; if you withdraw or fail a DHG course, you have to reapply to be able to reenter
Critical thinking required on the job
Stress level – medium to high
Must be a team player as well as able to work independently
Very interesting and rewarding field of study
MAKE AN INFORMED ANDREALISTIC
DENTAL HYGIENISTS HAVE GOOD SCHEDULES AND EARN A GOOD SALARY, BUT:
You might find yourself trying to polish teeth of a
geriatric client who forgot that it is necessary to brush everyday.
Or scaling hard deposits off teeth that you cannot see because of all the blood and plaque surrounding them
Or giving anesthetic (novacaine) injections when you might be “squeamish about shots”
And, you need to realize there are more harmful
bacteria in the mouth than any other orifice of the body.
MAKE AN INFORMED AND REALISTIC CHOICE
You may work on patients with pus coming out from under the gum which gives off a foul odor.
You need to realize that every patient you see has the potential to transmit HIV, TB, or herpes despite what they tell you or how they look.
You may see patients, including children with badly decayed teeth and know they have no funding.
How much time should I
expect to spend in this
program to be successful?
The program is very demanding!
The program is a full-time, Monday through Friday, daytime program.
Between the coursework and the clinical
rotations, successful students should plan to devote approximately 40 hours per week each semester to
This schedule can make it challenging to be employed full-time while enrolled in the
For students who must work, it is highly
recommended that they work no more than 20 hours per week.
The program can be quite stressful.
Classroom material must be retained for the clinical setting where students are acquiring hands-on skills to make the connection
between theory and practice. Students must be willing to become motivated, independent learners and accept constructive criticism
while in the clinical setting.
What are the physical
requirements for this field?
Good hand dexterity
Use of feet to operate equipment
The ability to sit or stand for long
durations of time
What type of special skills do I need
to possess in order to be a successful
Good communication skills
Like working with people and equipment
Strong interest in science
Able to apply principles of logical or scientific thinking
Able to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions and forms
MAKE AN INFORMED AND
The grading scale for the DHG program for both coursework and clinicals:
Students MUST maintain a MINIMUM grade point average of 80 in all DHG coursework in order to remain in the program.
A minimum of 80 is required in all clinical coursework. Below 80 is considered
unacceptable clinical performance.
IN OTHER WORDS…
Students who earn any grade below an 80 in any Dental Hygiene course will not be eligible to continue.
It is very difficult for students to work
more than 20 hours per week and be
successful in this program.
What are the
for the program?
Tuition & fees for five semesters (in county) $14,747
Universal Protection Kit $2,674
Instruments & Supplies $1,840
Liability Insurance $15
Health Insurance ( varies) $ 600
Physical Exam ( varies) $600
Eye Exam $75
Dental Exam ( at York Technical College) $35
Hepatitis B Vaccination (Required) $420
CPR Certification $50
National SADHA Dues $110
National Boards $400
Clinical Board Fee ( CRDTS / SRTA) $1500
Nitrous Oxide Certification $25
Infiltration Anesthesia Certification $120
Graduation Fee/Cap/Gown $35
SC Dental Hygiene Licensure $150
TEAS Test $86
What is required to become a Dental Hygienist once I graduate?
Students must pass licensure exams in order to practice dental hygiene?
Continuing education is mandatory for re-licensure each year.
IN A CAREER AS DENTAL HYGIENIST?
If so, you may have additional questions.
Please feel free to contact:
Program Manager, at 981-7068