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Dental Hygiene

 Instructors:  Karin Davis, RDH, B.S.
                     Toni Cannon, RDH, M.A.
                     Sandy Chacey, RDH, B.S.
Dental hygienists are in demand in general dental practices and specialty practices such as periodontics or pediatric dentistry. Hygienists may also be employed to provide services for patients in hospitals, nursing homes, and public health clinics. Some of the services provided by the dental hygienist may include: patient screening procedures; taking and developing digital and traditional radiographs; removing calculus and plaque from surfaces of teeth; teaching patients oral hygiene; documentation and office management activities.
North Central Missouri College and Hillyard Technical Center have formed an affiliation to offer dental hygiene education in Northwest and North Central Missouri. This program is designed to prepare individuals to become health care professionals that possess entry level skills in dental hygiene. Clinical experiences are on-site in the state of the art  Dental Hygiene Clinic located at Hillyard Technical Center as well as extended campus site clinical locations.
The Hillyard Technical Center Dental Hygiene curriculum provides instruction in both didactic and clinical areas based on the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) guidelines. A minimum of 15 credit hours must be successfully completed at North Central MIssouri College to be eligible to graduate with an AAS degree in Dental Hygiene. Successful graduates will be awarded an Associate of Applied Science Degree and will be eligible to sit for national and regional board examinations for licensure.
Program Length
Dental Hygiene is a 22 month - four days a week - program. The program classes are both traditional and clinical based. Classes meet from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday - Friday at Hillyard Technical Center. Times may vary when assigned to clinical rotations. There will be a two-week winter break and a three-week break in the summer.
Hillyard Technical Center follows the St. Joseph School District calendar, which can be found under the 'District Info' tab on their website homepage
Program Overview 
Semester 1 - Fall Semester 2 - Spring
Pre-Clinical Dental Hygiene I Clinical DH II
Dental Anatomy Periodontology
Head and Neck Anatomy Histology and Embryology
Dental Radiology Oral Pathology
Pathophysiology of Med Compromised Patient Oral Health Education/Counseling
Semester 3 - Fall Semester 4 - Spring
Clinical DH III Clinical DH IV
Pharmacology Community Oral Health Practicum
Evidence Based Decision Making Ethics and Law
Dental Materials Board Review
Human Nutrition Independent Study
Community Oral Health Lecture  
The Dental Hygiene program is eligible for up to 30 articulated college credit hours applied to the Associate of Applied Science degree in Dental Hygiene through North Central Missouri College. For information regarding articulation, please contact our Adult Education Coordinator at (816) 671-4170.
No advanced placement opportunities are available. Applicants will need to complete the dental hygiene curriculum in its entirety. 
Application Process

We strongly encourage applicants to complete as many required pre-requisite courses as possible prior to admission. The Dental Hygiene curriculum is very rigorous and taking courses outside of the dental hygiene curriculum may reduce a student's probability of success in the program. 
In order to be considered for acceptance into this program, applicants MUST have completed all pre-requisite and general education courses with a minimum grade of "C".  A  minimum of 15 credit hours must be successfully completed on North Central MIssouri College campus to be eligible to graduate with an AAS degree in Dental Hygiene. The following courses must be completed prior to enrolling in the dental hygiene program:
  • Human Anatomy**  (4 hours)
  • Human Physiology**  (4 hours)
  • Intro  to Chemistry  (4 hours)
  • Microbiology  (4 hours)
  • Medical Terminology  (3 hours)
  • American History to 1877 or
    National Government  (3 hours)
  • English Composition  (3 hours)
  • Oral Communication  (3 hours)
  • General Psychology  (3 hours)
  • College Algebra  (3 hours)
  • Employment Strategies  (1 hour)
  • General Sociology (3 hours)
**These courses must be completed from an outside accredited post-secondary institution and are available at Hillyard Technical Center through North Central Missouri College. Click here for Hillyard Technical Center campus course sessions dates and times. Go  to the NCMC website for information on all other pre-requisite courses.
Details of the application process including all application forms, fees, policies, financial aid, and application due date can be found under our website's Full Time Programs page or by clicking here