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A dental hygienist is a licensed health care professional. Dental Hygiene is the science and practice of the recognition, treatment, and prevention or oral diseases. Dental hygienists provide dental health services that include cleaning (prophylaxis), oral cancer screenings, x-rays, pit & fissure sealants, patient education, and nutritional counseling. The traditional workplace setting for dental hygienists is a private dental office; however, hygienists also provide dental hygiene care in other settings such as prisons, public health facilities, schools, and long-term care facilities. The role of the Dental Hygiene Program is to prepare highly competent dental hygienists to meet the oral health care needs of the public.

The program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation, American Dental Association. (211 East Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60611-2678; 312-440-2695; www.ada.org )

GENERAL INFORMATION

Curriculum.The Dental Hygiene Program is 24 months in length. All dental hygiene courses must be taken in the sequence presented in the degree plan.

Cost.Dental hygiene students pay tuition at the rates published in the Lamar Institute of Technology catalog. Students should, however, be aware of additional costs beyond the typical college student. Dental hygiene students are required to purchase instruments (approximately $1000.), uniforms (approximately $250.), gloves, masks, and miscellaneous supplies (approximately $100) used during the educational program.

Dental Hygiene Services.Dental hygiene students utilize knowledge and skills they learn in the Dental Hygiene Clinic. All students provide dental hygiene services (patient education, oral exam, dental exam, scaling, root debridement, radiographs, topical chemotherapeutic agents, and preventive agents) to selected patients in the Dental Hygiene Clinic located in the Multipurpose Center.

Employment Opportunities.Graduates of the Dental Hygiene Program should expect employment in their field of study. Employment opportunities in the area include private practice, prison system, and educational systems. Employment rates are favorable, however, not as favorable as areas where significant need have been identified.

Health Status.An individual’s health status will be considered only as it relates to the individual’s ability to safely carry out the normal assignments associated with the program of study and the individual’s long term health. An individual’s health status will not determine the individual’s opportunity for association with the program.