Dental Hygiene Bachelor of Science

Total Credit Hours: 128

Major Credit Hours: 83

Objectives

The Bachelor of Science program in Dental Hygiene offers a course of study that will prepare the student for a career as a Dental Hygienist. Dental hygiene students will study the sciences of biology, anatomy and physiology, microbiology, chemistry, radiology, pharmacology, and a broad range of courses related to dental anatomy, clinical dental skills and patient care to prepare them for practice as a dental hygienist. The first two years of the program will be completed at Lewis University and the remaining two years at the College of DuPage. Upon successful completion of this program students will be eligible to receive a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene. Students may also elect to enroll as a Biology major and earn a Bachelor of Science in Biology and then apply for admission to the Dental Hygiene program at the College of DuPage to earn a Certificate in Dental Hygiene.

Admission to the Dental Hygiene program at the College of DuPage is not guaranteed and is solely the decision of the College of DuPage Admissions Committee. Students must attain a cumulative 3.0 GPA in the required science classes (A&P I, A&P II, General Chemistry I & II, and Microbiology) in order to be considered for admission.

A grade of “C” or better must be earned in a prerequisite course in order to advance to the next course in the sequence.

Dental Hygiene majors may take a biology class only two times. If the student has not achieved a minimum of a “C” after the second attempt, the student may not repeat the class.

A student entering this program must have a minimum composite ACT of 23.

Degree Requirements

I. Core Courses (83)

02-101Anatomy and Physiology I

4

02-102Anatomy and Physiology I Lab

1

02-103Anatomy and Physiology II

4

02-104Anatomy and Physiology II Lab

1

02-110General Biology I

4

02-111General Biology I Lab

1

02-225Microbiology

4

02-227Microbiology Lab

1

03-110General Chemistry I

4

03-111General Chemistry I Lab

1

03-115General Chemistry II

4

03-116General Chemistry II Lab

1

07-301Principles in Dental Hygiene I

3

07-302Principles in Dental Hygiene II

2

07-305Dental Materials/Expanded Functions

3

07-312Dental Radiology I

2

07-315Dental Tooth Anatomy and Morphology

3

07-320Preclinical Dental Hygiene I

1

07-321Clinical Dental Hygiene I

2

07-325Head and Neck Anatomy: Histology and Embryology

3

07-335Applied Nutrition and Biochemistry for the Dental Hygienist

3

07-336General and Oral Pathology

2

07-345Medical Emergencies in a Dental Office

1

07-401Dental Hygiene Theory I

2

07-402Dental Hygiene Theory II

2

07-311Periodontics I

1

07-412Periodontics II

3

07-413Dental Radiology II

2

07-322Clinical Dental Hygiene II

2

07-423Clinical Dental Hygiene III

2

07-424Clinical Dental Hygiene IV

3

07-326Research Methods for Dental Hygiene

1

07-432Community Dental Health I

2

07-433Community Dental Health II

3

07-435Dental Pharmacology and Local Anesthetics

2

07-445Ethics and Jurisprudence: Practice Management for the Dental Hygienist

3

II. The advanced writing requirement of the general education curriculum is satisfied by the successful completion of the following courses that contain strong writing components: General Biology Labs I and II and Research Methods.

III. General Education Requirements

76-100Introduction to the College Experience

1

06-111College Writing 1

3

06-112College Writing 2

3

13-120Mathematical Analysis

4

10-112Introduction to Human Communication

3

26-100General Psychology

3

-Fine Arts Gen Ed option

3

15-110Introduction to Philosophy

3

20-290Cultural Diversity and Intergroup Relations

3

04-200Basic Macroeconomics

3

19-100The Search for Faith

3

-OR

19-106Introduction to Christian Theology

3

15-330Ethics (Action and Values)

3

-Literature Gen Ed option

3

09-101Culture and Civilization I

3

09-102Culture and Civilization II

3

20-100Principles of Sociology

3

Dental Hygiene students who change their major must fulfill all general education requirements as stated in the catalog.