Academics

Mission and Competencies

The Mission of the Dental Hygiene Program is to:

Prepare students for immediate employment upon completion of the dental hygiene program and satisfy the requirements for the Associate of Applied Science degree in dental hygiene.

The Goals of the Dental Hygiene Program are:

• To graduate dental hygienists who are able to initiate and assume responsibility for health promotion and disease prevention activities for diverse populations in a variety of settings.
• For graduates to procure and maintain employment as a dental hygienist in private and/or group practices, federal, state, or local government clinics, and facilities in the armed forces.
• To produce graduates who are competent, proficient, and skilled in current concepts of dental hygiene.
• To provide scientific knowledge in the performance of dental hygiene procedures.
• For graduates to pass the state and national examination procedures required for licensing for dental hygienists.

HCC Dental Hygiene Program Competency Statements:

Dental Hygiene Process of Care Competencies:

 • Graduates must be competent in providing dental hygiene care for the child, adolescent, adult, geriatric, and medically compromised patient.
• Graduates must be competent in providing dental hygiene process of care that includes assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation of provided services.
• Graduates must be competent in providing dental hygiene care for all types of periodontally involved patients

Dental Hygiene Professionalism and Ethics Competencies:

• Graduates must assume responsibility and accountability for dental hygiene actions and services, according to protocol.
• Graduates must be able to communicate effectively using verbal, nonverbal written, and electronic communication skills.
• Graduates must be able to adhere to local, state, and federal laws, recommendations and regulations for dental hygiene actions and services.

Dental Hygiene Community/Health Promotion Competencies:

• Graduates must be competent in assessing, planning, implementing, and evaluating community-based oral health programs including health promotion and disease prevention activities.

Dental Hygiene Professional Growth and Development Competencies:

• Graduates must be competent in the application of self-assessment skills to prepare them for lifelong learning.
• Graduates must be competent in the evaluation of current scientific literature.