Lake Land College


Technical Program - Dental Hygiene - Lake Land College, Mattoon, IL

Dental Hygiene (AAS.DH)

Associate Degree in Applied Science


Dental Hygiene prepares the student with specialized skills necessary for employment as a dental hygienist. Emphasis is on patient treatment such as removal of calculus, stain and deposits from the teeth, prevention of oral disease, and on the hygienist's role as a dental health educator. The hygienist's services are sought by dentists, schools, prisons, hospitals, departments of health, and industry. The Dental Hygiene program is fully accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation.


Applicants seeking admission into the Dental Hygiene program for the fall semester must have a completed dental hygiene application file in the department by February 1, or the preceding business day if February 1 falls on the weekend. Applicants will be informed in writing within six weeks of the deadline on the status of their candidacy. A student information packet may be obtained from program director office.


The following admission criteria and procedures are in accordance with Illinois law: In those years when there are more qualified applicants than spaces available in the program, admission is competitive and selective, using an objective formula approved by the Dental Hygiene department. This formula includes achievement in prerequisite and co-requisite courses, number of completed credit hours; ACT scores; dental assisting experience; and grade point average. The program equips students with the means to learn and apply the following core competencies required for registered Dental Hygienists.

Core Competencies:

C.1   Apply a professional code of ethics in all endeavors
• Clinic Policy Manual: ethical conduct,
confidentiality agreement
• Preclinic I, II
• Clinic I, II, III
• Dental Hygiene IV – ethics and jurisprudence

C.2   Adhere to state and federal laws, recommendations,
and regulations in the provision of dental hygiene care
• Clinic Policy Manual: receipt, confidentiality
agreement, ethical conduct
• Dental Hygiene IV – ethics and jurisprudence

C.3 Use critical thinking skills and comprehensive problem-solving to identify oral health care strategies that promote patient health and wellness.
• Clinic II – case study
• Dental Hygiene II – dental hygiene diagnosis
and care plan
• Clinic I, II – data collection and care plan competencies
• Dental Hygiene IV

C.4   Use evidence-based decision making to evaluate emerging technology
and  treatment modalities to integrate into patient dental hygiene care plans to achieve high-quality, cost effective care.
• Clinic II and Policy Manual: self-evaluation
of case study
• Dental Hygiene III – journal abstracts

C.5  Assume responsibility for dental hygiene actions
scientific theories and research as well as the accepted
standard of care
• DHY 081 – Perio case type
• Dental Hygiene III – journal abstracts
• Clinic I, II, III

C.6  Continuously perform self-assessment for life-long
learning and professional growth
• Dental Hygiene III – self-assessment of community
• Dental Health Projects
• Dental Hygiene IV – portfolios
• Clinic III – Mock Board Assessment
• Preclinic II – self assessment of patient education video

C.7  Integrate accepted scientific theories and research into educational, preventive, and therapeutic oral health services.
• DHII & III and Clini I, II, III
• Periodontology

C.8   Promote the values of the dental hygiene profession through service-based activities, positive community affiliations, and active involvement in local organizations.
• SADHA membership
• Sarah Bush Lincoln Dental Services screening - enrichment opportunity
• Sarah Bush Lincoln Dental Services sealant program and restorative clinics - enrichment opportunities

C.9   Apply quality assurance mechanisms to ensure continuous commitment to accepted standard of care.
• Clinic I, II, III - chart audit with advisors
• Preclinic I, II - skill process evaluations
• Clinic I, II, III - skill competency evaluations

C.10  Communicate effectively with diverse individuals and groups, serving all persons without discrimination by acknowledging and appreciating diversity.
• Dental Hygiene III - special needs, flip chart


• Clinic II – adult learning and communication unit

• Dental Hygiene III, IV – nursing home, schools, and special needs exams/presentations;  community, mentorship

•Dental Health projects

•Clinic I, II, III – Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Dental Services


C.11   Record accurate, consistent, and complete documentation of oral health services provided.

•Clinic I, II, III – quality assurance audits


C.12   Initiate a collaborative approach with all patients when developing individualized care plans that are specialized, comprehensive, culturally sensitive, and acceptable to all parties involved in the care planning.

• Patient Bill of Rights

• Preclinic II – patient care

• Clinic I, II, III – patient care


C. 13  Initiate consultations and collaborations with all relevant health care providers to facilitate optimal treatments.

• Preclinic II

•Clinic I,  II, III  - quality assurance audit

• Radiology


C. 14  Manage medical emergencies by using professional judgment, providing life support, and utilizing required CPR and any specialized training or knowledge.

• Dental Hygiene I, II

• Preclinic II – patient simulations

• Clinic I & II Seminar – patient simulations



Admission Process
1. Have satisfactorily graduated from a recognized high school
with a grade average of “C” or better, or have a GED.
2. High school students who successfully complete
Tech-Prep curriculum should consult with the director
regarding enrollment requirements and procedures.
3. Have successfully completed college chemistry with
a “C” or better. Concepts of Chemistry CHM 111 is
4. Have completed ACT test and had scores sent to Lake
Land College. (ACT test scores are valid for four years)
5. Have completed college intent to enroll and have high
school and college transcripts sent to Lake Land College
Office of Admissions and Records.
6. Have completed Lake Land College battery of entrance
exams, if no ACT scores.
7. Have completed student information form sent to
program director.
8. Completed applications will be evaluated by the Dental
Hygiene Admissions Committee. Notification of acceptance
will be provided to those individuals meeting the
entrance criteria on a space available basis. Acceptance
to the College does not ensure acceptance into the
Dental Hygiene program.
9. All courses required for the dental hygiene program
must be completed with a “C” or better .
Acceptance Criteria
1. After acceptance into the program, a comprehensive
physical examination is required.
2. After acceptance, a current CPR card is required.
3. After acceptance, submit a passport photo.
4. After acceptance, Hepatitis B immunizations are strongly
recommended for all entering students.
5. After acceptance, the student must achieve grades
of “C” or better in all courses to remain enrolled.
6. After acceptance, the student must submit to a background
check (approximate cost $55.00) per program policy.
7. After acceptance, the student must submit to random
drug testing periodically throughout tenure in the program
(approximately $35.00 per test) per program policy.
8. The Anatomy and Physiology I & II course curriculum
must include the study of a cadaver including head and
neck anatomy. A 2-credit cadaver course (ADN 061) is
offered should A&P courses taken at other colleges not
include human cadaver.

In addition to tuition, lab fees, and service fees, students are
expected to buy their uniforms (approximately $200), dental
hygiene kits (approximately $2,000), and pay for other incidental
expenses. Special books and miscellaneous items average
about $200 per semester. Licensing examinations and learning
experiences off campus will be at the expense of the student.

For more information contact:
Deborah Kirts Thomason- Director of Dental Hygiene

* There are prerequisites or course requisites for this course
** Electives must be approved by Program Coordinator or Division Chair
one cross Course only offered fall semester
Footnote 2 Course only offered spring and summer semester
Footnote 3 Course only offered spring semester
Footnote 4 Courses offered in odd numbered years only
Footnote 5 Courses offered in even numbered years only
Footnote 6 SOS 050 Human Relations and PSY 271 Introduction to Psychology cannot be used as a social science elective
Footnote 7 Consult Academic Advisor for appropriate course
1 N/A
2 N/A

First Year
First Semester
BIO 225 Anatomy and Physiology I *
DHY 067 Dental Anatomy and Histology
DHY 068 Dental Hygiene I
DHY 069 Preclinical Hygiene I
HED 102 Nutrition
Dental Elective
  Total Semester Hours:
Second Semester
DHY 045 Radiology
BIO 226 Anatomy and Physiology I *
BIO 235 Microbiology *
DHY 071 Dental Hygiene II *
DHY 072 Preclinical Hygiene II *
  Total Semester Hours:
Summer Term
DHY 081 Periodontology
DHY 082 Dental Hygiene Seminar
DHY 083 Clinic I *
  Total Semester Hours:

Second Year
First Semester
DHY 080 Pathology
DHY 086 Pharmacology
DHY 087 Dental Hygiene III
DHY 088 Clinic II *
PSY 271 Introduction to Psychology
DHY 089 Lab Procedures/Dental Hygienists
DHY 090 Expanded Duties for Dental Hygienists
  Total Semester Hours:
Second Semester
ENG 120 Composition I
SOC 280 Introduction to Sociology
DHY 092 Dental Public Health
DHY 093 Dental Hygiene IV
SPE 111 Introduction to Speech Communication
DHY 094 Clinic III *
DHY 043 Dental Hygiene Board Review
  Total Semester Hours:

Total Program Hours: 86.5

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