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Dental Health Professions

The Dental Technologies Program prepares the student to become an essential member of the health care team.

This program is accredited by the American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation, a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation and by the United States Department of Education.

For a complete list of technical standards, program required forms, and admission procedures please go to the Health and Human Service department page.

Program Options

AAS Degree - Dental Hygiene

The Associate in Applied Science major in Dental Hygiene program prepares graduates to become licensed dental hygienists. An RDH teaches and delivers clinical and therapy services to patients. The hygienist is a member of the dental team who cleans patient's teeth and examines their mouth for signs of disease and damage. Dental offices, health departments, hospitals, or military facilities are places to work. Students in this program will have criminal background checks and drug screenings. The program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation [and has been granted the accreditation status of "approval with reporting requirements."]. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60611.

Complete ENG-101 (Minimum grade C)
Complete HSS-205
Complete MAT-155
Complete PSY-201
Complete SPC-205
Complete AHS-113 (Minimum grade C)
Complete BIO-134 (Minimum grade C)
Complete DHG-121 (Minimum grade C)
Complete DHG-125 (Minimum grade C)
Complete DHG-140 (Minimum grade C)
Complete DHG-141 (Minimum grade C)
Complete DHG-143 (Minimum grade C)
Complete DHG-165 (Minimum grade C)
Complete DHG-175 (Minimum grade C)
Complete DHG-230 (Minimum grade C)
Complete DHG-239 (Minimum grade C)
Complete DHG-255 (Minimum grade C)
Complete DHG-272 (Minimum grade C)
Complete COL-101
Complete AHS-108 (Minimum Grade C)
Complete BIO-210 (Minimum Grade C)
Complete BIO-211 (Minimum Grade C)
Complete CHM-105 (Minimum Grade C)
Complete DHG-115 (Minimum Grade C)
Complete DHG-154 (Minimum Grade C)
Complete DHG-265 (Minimum Grade C)
Complete SOC-101 (Minimum Grade C)
Take 1 course from this group: Minimum Grade C AHS-102 AOT-105 BAF-101 BIO-101 BIO-102 BIO-225 BUS-121 CHM-101 CPT-101 ECO-210 ECO-211 ENG-102 ENG-201 ENG-202 ENG-205 ENG-209 ENG-214 ENG-238 HIS-101 HIS-102 HIS-201 HIS-202 JOU-201 PSC-201 PSC-210 PSY-203 *RDG-101 SOC-102 SOC-205 *RDG-101: Required if Exemption or Transfer Credit is not awarded

Prior to entry, students must complete a required CPR course and a required dental office observation.

Students must submit a completed student health form to include the following
• Physical Assessment
• Proof of two MMR vaccinations AND Rubella titer is required, or if no proof of MMR is available you must have titers for each (Measles, Mumps, and Rubella)
• Varicella (Chicken Pox) titer required
• Proof of Diphtheria-Tetanus Booster (Last booster must have been received within the past 10
years.)
• Hepatitis B vaccination is required (Declination is allowed for medical and/or religious reasons.) 
• Proof of 2 step PPD within 3 months prior to entry of program is required
• Physician’s evaluation

Admission Criteria -  A non-refundable, nontransferable deposit of $100 is also required. Applicants for admission to the Dental Hygiene Program must be a high school graduate or equivalent and must meet the qualification requirements through one of the following methods:

SAT scores - 480 Critical Reading and 540 Math, or SAT (2016) scores: 480 Reading/Writing and 570 Math, or ACT scores 21 English and 23 Math. SAT/ACT scores must be no more than 5 years old at the time a student seeks admission to the Dental Hygiene program. 

AND

Completion of one course of high school college-preparatory general chemistry with a minimum grade of "C," or completion of one college chemistry course with a minimum grade of "C" prior to acceptance into the hygiene program.
 
OR ALTERNATIVE METHOD: Completion of Dental Office Certificate program with a minimum GPA of 2.5 or higher.

Students with reading scores below 88 on the COMPASS placement test, below 95 on Accuplacer, or below 46 on the ASSET placement test must successfully complete all required reading coursework.
Students must have a minimum DHG Program GPA of 2.00 in classes taken at York Technical College that can be applied towards the Dental Hygiene program.

OR

Completion of a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited College and documentation of minimum reading requirement.

A dental hygienist is a licensed oral health professional who provides educational, clinical, and therapeutic services supporting total health through the promotion of optimal oral health. The hygienist is a member of the dental team who is responsible for providing treatment that helps prevent oral diseases such as dental caries and periodontal disease.

Upon completion of the program and successful completion of a written Dental Hygiene National Board

Examination and a clinical Regional Board Examination, a graduate is eligible for licensure as a Registered Dental Hygienist and for certification in Infiltration Anesthesia. The licensed dental hygienist practices in accordance with the requirements of individual state dental practice acts.

A licensed hygienist may seek employment in private and public dental facilities. Other avenues for employment include: federal, state, and local health departments, hospitals, military facilities, nursing homes, dental school clinics, dental auxiliary educational programs, and innovative insurance companies.

Visit the Dental Health Professions Department page to view program standards

Accreditation

The Dental Hygiene and Expanded Duty Dental Assisting programs are accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation [and have been granted the accreditation status of "approval with reporting requirements.”]. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60611.

Policies on Bloodborne Pathogens and Infectious Diseases

Infectious disease transmission can pose significant concerns in the dental workplace. All dental healthcare workers must understand the basic principles of disease transmission infection control and safety to minimize the risks associated with exposure to biohazardous agents. To ensure an understanding of the risks presented and to implement safe work practices, federal regulations require that all healthcare professionals participate in specific training in infection control practices for exposure to and handling of biohazardous materials. Upon entering Dental Health Professions, the students are given a training session that includes, but is not limited to, an explanation of the Bloodborne Pathogens Standard, the Exposure Control Plan, hazard communication, engineering controls, work practice controls and personal protective equipment. The Exposure Control Plan and the Bloodborne Pathogen standard are available to all students, faculty and staff in the Programs’ Policy Manuals.

Useful Links:

Program Standards for Dental Hygiene (PDF) 
Department Page

AAS Degree-Gen Tech-Dental Hygiene

As of fall 2017 the Associate in Applied Science with a major in General Technology and a specialization in Dental Hygiene is closed to new enrollment. The College is now offering a Dental Office Certificate that is open to new enrollment and listed in the Catalog Addendum. Please visit or contact Enrollment Services at 327-8008 for admissions and additional information.

Complete ENG-101 (Minimum Grade C) (DHG Qualification Course)
Complete HSS-205 (DHG Qualification Course)
Complete MAT-155 (DHG Qualification Course)
Complete PSY-201 (DHG Qualification Course)
Complete SPC-205 (DHG Qualification Course)
Complete BUS-101, BUS-128, ACC-111, MKT-101, CPT-170, MGT-101, MGT-120, MGT-201, MGT-110, and MGT-121;
Complete 12 credits from courses: AHS-101, AHS-102 AHS-116, AHS-121, AHS-125, AHS-144, SUR-125, or SCI-150. (AHS-102 is an optional elective for DHG.)
Complete BIO-210, BIO-211, CHM-105, BIO-134, and AHS-108. (Minimum Grade C) (DHG Qualification Courses)
Complete SOC-101 (DHG Qualification Course)
Complete COL-101 (DHG Qualification Course)

Prior to entry, students must complete a required CPR course and a required dental office observation.

Students must submit a completed student health form to include the following
• Physical Assessment
• Proof of two MMR vaccinations AND Rubella titer is required, or if no proof of MMR is available you must have titers for each (Measles, Mumps, and Rubella)
• Varicella (Chicken Pox) titer required
• Proof of Diphtheria-Tetanus Booster (Last booster must have been received within the past 10
years.)
• Hepatitis B vaccination is required (Declination is allowed for medical and/or religious reasons.) 
• Proof of 2 step PPD within 3 months prior to entry of program is required
• Physician’s evaluation

Admission Criteria -  A non-refundable, nontransferable deposit of $100 is also required. Applicants for admission to the Dental Hygiene Program must be a high school graduate or equivalent and must meet the qualification requirements through one of the following methods:

SAT scores - 480 Critical Reading and 540 Math, or SAT (2016) scores: 480 Reading/Writing and 570 Math, or ACT scores 21 English and 23 Math. SAT/ACT scores must be no more than 5 years old at the time a student seeks admission to the Dental Hygiene program. 

AND

Completion of one course of high school college-preparatory general chemistry with a minimum grade of "C," or completion of one college chemistry course with a minimum grade of "C" prior to acceptance into the hygiene program.
 
OR ALTERNATIVE METHOD: Completion of Dental Office Certificate program with a minimum GPA of 2.5 or higher.

Students with reading scores below 88 on the COMPASS placement test, below 95 on Accuplacer, or below 46 on the ASSET placement test must successfully complete all required reading coursework.
Students must have a minimum DHG Program GPA of 2.00 in classes taken at York Technical College that can be applied towards the Dental Hygiene program.

OR

Completion of a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited College and documentation of minimum reading requirement.

Visit the Dental Health Professions Department page to view program standards

Accreditation

The Dental Hygiene and Expanded Duty Dental Assisting programs are accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation [and have been grated the accreditation status of "approval with reporting requirements.”]. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60611.

Policies on Bloodborne Pathogens and Infectious Diseases

Infectious disease transmission can pose significant concerns in the dental workplace. All dental healthcare workers must understand the basic principles of disease transmission infection control and safety to minimize the risks associated with exposure to biohazardous agents. To ensure an understanding of the risks presented and to implement safe work practices, federal regulations require that all healthcare professionals participate in specific training in infection control practices for exposure to and handling of biohazardous materials. Upon entering Dental Health Professions, the students are given a training session that includes, but is not limited to, an explanation of the Bloodborne Pathogens Standard, the Exposure Control Plan, hazard communication, engineering controls, work practice controls and personal protective equipment. The Exposure Control Plan and the Bloodborne Pathogen standard are available to all students, faculty and staff in the Programs’ Policy Manuals.

Useful Links:

Program Standards for Dental Hygiene (PDF) 
Department Page

AAS Degree-Gen Tech-Expanded Duty Dental Assisting

The Associate in Applied Science, major in General Technology degree program allows students to select coursework to become multi-skilled technicians. The degree contains a general education component. The required core includes a primary technical specialty of at least 21 credit hours from a single content area. The secondary technical specialty consists of at least 12 semester hours from a program currently offered by the College. The other hours required for graduation allow for a third technical specialty or enhance the primary and secondary technical specialty areas.

Complete ENG-101
Complete HSS-205
Complete MAT-155
Complete PSY-105
Complete SPC-205
Complete DAT-112, DAT-113, DAT-115, DAT-118, DAT-121, DAT-122 DAT-123, DAT-127 DAT-154, and DAT-164 (Minimum Grade C)
Complete 12 credits from 1 of 2 groups in a secondary technical specialty. GROUP 1 Take 12 credits from courses ACC-101 ACC-111 ACC-150 ACC-240 ACC-241 ACC-242 ACC-243 AOT-105 AOT-110 AOT-133 AOT-134 AOT-212 CPT-170 GROUP 2 Take 12 credits from courses AHS-101 AHS-108 AHS-116 AHS-121 AHS-144 SCI-150 SUR-125
Complete AHS-102
Complete AHS-120
Complete COL-101
Take DAT-177 (Minimum Grade C)

Prior to entry, students must complete a required CPR course and a required dental office observation.

Students must submit a completed student health form to include the following
• Physical Assessment
• Proof of two MMR vaccinations AND Rubella titer is required, or if no proof of MMR is available you must have titers for each (Measles, Mumps, and Rubella)
• Varicella (Chicken Pox) titer required
• Proof of Diphtheria-Tetanus Booster (Last booster must have been received within the past 10
years.)
• Hepatitis B vaccination is required (Declination is allowed for medical and/or religious reasons.) 
• Proof of 2 step PPD within 3 months prior to entry of program is required
• Physician’s evaluation

Admission Criteria -  A non-refundable, nontransferable deposit of $100 is also required. Applicants for admission to the Dental Hygiene Program must be a high school graduate or equivalent and must meet the qualification requirements through one of the following methods:

SAT scores - 480 Critical Reading and 540 Math, or SAT (2016) scores: 480 Reading/Writing and 570 Math, or ACT scores 21 English and 23 Math. SAT/ACT scores must be no more than 5 years old at the time a student seeks admission to the Dental Hygiene program. 

AND

Completion of one course of high school college-preparatory general chemistry with a minimum grade of "C," or completion of one college chemistry course with a minimum grade of "C" prior to acceptance into the hygiene program.
 
OR ALTERNATIVE METHOD: Completion of Dental Office Certificate program with a minimum GPA of 2.5 or higher.

Students with reading scores below 88 on the COMPASS placement test, below 95 on Accuplacer, or below 46 on the ASSET placement test must successfully complete all required reading coursework.
Students must have a minimum DHG Program GPA of 2.00 in classes taken at York Technical College that can be applied towards the Dental Hygiene program.

OR

Completion of a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited College and documentation of minimum reading requirement.

Visit the Dental Health Professions Department page to view program standards

Accreditation

The Dental Hygiene and Expanded Duty Dental Assisting programs are accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation [and have been grated the accreditation status of "approval with reporting requirements.”]. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60611.

Policies on Bloodborne Pathogens and Infectious Diseases

Infectious disease transmission can pose significant concerns in the dental workplace. All dental healthcare workers must understand the basic principles of disease transmission infection control and safety to minimize the risks associated with exposure to biohazardous agents. To ensure an understanding of the risks presented and to implement safe work practices, federal regulations require that all healthcare professionals participate in specific training in infection control practices for exposure to and handling of biohazardous materials. Upon entering Dental Health Professions, the students are given a training session that includes, but is not limited to, an explanation of the Bloodborne Pathogens Standard, the Exposure Control Plan, hazard communication, engineering controls, work practice controls and personal protective equipment. The Exposure Control Plan and the Bloodborne Pathogen standard are available to all students, faculty and staff in the Programs’ Policy Manuals.

Useful Links:

Program Standards for Dental Hygiene (PDF) 
Department Page

DAS (Diploma) Expanded Duty Dental Assisting

The Diploma in Applied Science major in Expanded Duty Dental Assisting program prepares graduates to become a member of the dental team. Students learn current infection control practices,basics of four-handed dentistry, x-ray techniques and skills needed to provide preventive oral hygiene services. Students enrolled in this program will have criminal background checks and drug screenings. Graduates are eligible to take DANB exam to become a Certified Dental Assistant (CDA).

Complete ENG-155
Complete MAT-155
Complete PSY-105
Complete DAT-113 (minimum grade C)
Complete DAT-118 (minimum grade C)
Complete DAT-121 (minimum grade C)
Complete DAT-122 (minimum grade C)
Complete DAT-127 (minimum grade C)
Complete DAT-154 (minimum grade C)
Complete COL-101
Complete DAT-112 (minimum grade C)
Complete DAT-115 (minimum grade C)
Complete DAT-123 (minimum grade C)
Complete DAT-164 (minimum grade C)
Complete DAT-177 (minimum grade C)

Prior to entry, students must complete a required CPR course and complete a dental office rotation.

Students must submit a completed student health form to include the following:

• Physical Assessment

• Proof of two MMR vaccinations AND Rubella titer is required or if no proof of MMR is available you must have titers for each (Measles, Mumps, and Rubella)

• Varicella (Chicken Pox) titer required

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• Proof of Diphtheria-Tetanus Booster (Last booster must have been received within the past

10 years.)

• Hepatitis B vaccination is recommended (Documentation of declination is required if student does not have the vaccine.)

• Proof of 2 step PPD within 3 months prior to entry of program is required

• Physician’s evaluation

Admission Requirements: Admission to the Expanded Duty Dental Assisting Program requires a high school diploma or equivalent and one of the following:

Test Scores

Compass:

Pre-Algebra = 54
Reading = 81
Writing = 70

Asset:

Numeric = 44 and Elementary Algebra = 31
Reading = 42
Writing = 41

Accuplacer:

Arithmetic = 90
Elementary Algebra = 57
Reading Comprehension = 71
Sentence Skills = 75

Accuplacer Next Gen:

QAS = 237
Reading = 250
Writing = 250

OR

SAT Scores - 480 Critical Reading and 540 Math, or ACT scores 21 English and 23 Math. SAT/ACT scores must be no more than 5 years old at the time a student seeks admission to the Expanded Duty Dental Assisting program.

OR

“C” or better in RDG 100, MAT 033, and ENG 032

Based on placement scores, students may be required to take additional coursework not listed on the curriculum display and which do not count toward credit in the program.

A non-refundable, nontransferable deposit of $100 is also required.

Students must have a minimum EDDA Program GPA of 2.00 in classes taken at York Technical College that can be applied towards the Dental Assisting program.

Expanded Duty Dental Assisting Program prepares the student to become an essential member of the dental team. The student learns current infection control practices, concepts of four-handed dentistry, radiography techniques and techniques for providing preventive oral hygiene services.

Upon completion of the program, graduates are eligible for certification through the Dental Assisting National Board Examination. After successful completion of all three components of this examination, the graduates are entitled to use the abbreviation C.D.A. (Certified Dental Assistant) after their name.

Graduates may seek employment in private practices, military installations, hospitals, nursing homes, dental school clinics, and public health facilities. The current demand for trained dental assistants in four-handed dentistry exceeds the supply.

Visit the Dental Health Professions Department page to view program standards

Accreditation

The Dental Hygiene and Expanded Duty Dental Assisting programs are accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation [and have been grated the accreditation status of "approval with reporting requirements.”]. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60611.

Policies on Bloodborne Pathogens and Infectious Diseases

Infectious disease transmission can pose significant concerns in the dental workplace. All dental healthcare workers must understand the basic principles of disease transmission infection control and safety to minimize the risks associated with exposure to biohazardous agents. To ensure an understanding of the risks presented and to implement safe work practices, federal regulations require that all healthcare professionals participate in specific training in infection control practices for exposure to and handling of biohazardous materials. Upon entering Dental Health Professions, the students are given a training session that includes, but is not limited to, an explanation of the Bloodborne Pathogens Standard, the Exposure Control Plan, hazard communication, engineering controls, work practice controls and personal protective equipment. The Exposure Control Plan and the Bloodborne Pathogen standard are available to all students, faculty and staff in the Programs’ Policy Manuals.

Useful Links:

Program Standards for Dental Hygiene (PDF) 
Department Page

Dental Office Certificate

The Dental Office certificate is designed for students seeking a career in the dental health care field. Graduates will have the skills and content needed to work as a receptionist in a dental office. Graduates of this program with an overall GPA of 2.5 may seek admission to the Dental Hygiene degree program.

Complete AHS-108 (Minimum Grade: C)
Complete AHS-120 (Minimum Grade: C)
Complete BIO-134 (Minimum Grade: C)
Complete BIO-210 (Minimum Grade: C)
Complete BIO-211 (Minimum Grade: C)
Complete CHM-105 (Minimum Grade: C)
Complete COL-101 (Minimum Grade: C)
Complete DAT-105 (Minimum Grade: C)
Complete DAT-122 (Minimum Grade: C)
Complete ENG-101 (Minimum Grade: C)
Complete HSS-205 (Minimum Grade: C)
Complete MAT-155 (Minimum Grade: C)
Complete SPC-205 (Minimum Grade: C)
Complete 1 Course from PSY-201, *RDG-101 or SOC-101 *RDG-101: Required if Exemption or Transfer Credit is not awarded

Prior to entry, students must complete a required CPR course and a required dental office observation.

Students must submit a completed student health form to include the following
• Physical Assessment
• Proof of two MMR vaccinations AND Rubella titer is required, or if no proof of MMR is available you must have titers for each (Measles, Mumps, and Rubella)
• Varicella (Chicken Pox) titer required
• Proof of Diphtheria-Tetanus Booster (Last booster must have been received within the past 10
years.)
• Hepatitis B vaccination is required (Declination is allowed for medical and/or religious reasons.) 
• Proof of 2 step PPD within 3 months prior to entry of program is required
• Physician’s evaluation

Admission Criteria -  A non-refundable, nontransferable deposit of $100 is also required. Applicants for admission to the Dental Hygiene Program must be a high school graduate or equivalent and must meet the qualification requirements through one of the following methods:

SAT scores - 480 Critical Reading and 540 Math, or SAT (2016) scores: 480 Reading/Writing and 570 Math, or ACT scores 21 English and 23 Math. SAT/ACT scores must be no more than 5 years old at the time a student seeks admission to the Dental Hygiene program. 

AND

Completion of one course of high school college-preparatory general chemistry with a minimum grade of "C," or completion of one college chemistry course with a minimum grade of "C" prior to acceptance into the hygiene program.
 
OR ALTERNATIVE METHOD: Completion of Dental Office Certificate program with a minimum GPA of 2.5 or higher.

Students with reading scores below 88 on the COMPASS placement test, below 95 on Accuplacer, or below 46 on the ASSET placement test must successfully complete all required reading coursework.
Students must have a minimum DHG Program GPA of 2.00 in classes taken at York Technical College that can be applied towards the Dental Hygiene program.

OR

Completion of a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited College and documentation of minimum reading requirement.

Visit the Dental Health Professions Department page to view program standards

Accreditation

The Dental Hygiene and Expanded Duty Dental Assisting programs are accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation [and have been grated the accreditation status of "approval with reporting requirements.”]. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60611.

Policies on Bloodborne Pathogens and Infectious Diseases

Infectious disease transmission can pose significant concerns in the dental workplace. All dental healthcare workers must understand the basic principles of disease transmission infection control and safety to minimize the risks associated with exposure to biohazardous agents. To ensure an understanding of the risks presented and to implement safe work practices, federal regulations require that all healthcare professionals participate in specific training in infection control practices for exposure to and handling of biohazardous materials. Upon entering Dental Health Professions, the students are given a training session that includes, but is not limited to, an explanation of the Bloodborne Pathogens Standard, the Exposure Control Plan, hazard communication, engineering controls, work practice controls and personal protective equipment. The Exposure Control Plan and the Bloodborne Pathogen standard are available to all students, faculty and staff in the Programs’ Policy Manuals.

Useful Links:

Program Standards for Dental Hygiene (PDF) 
Department Page

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