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How to Qualify for Hocking College’s New Dental Hygiene Program

by Tim Brunicardi on March 27, 2019

Are you looking for a career that is in high demand and pays well? If so, you should consider becoming a dental hygienist.dental hygiene

In only two years, students can graduate from Hocking College’s Dental Hygiene Program with an Associate of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene degree.

Located at Hocking College’s Perry Campus in New Lexington, OH, the new Dental Hygiene Program offers students the required training in general education, biomedical sciences, dental sciences, and dental hygiene sciences they’ll need to succeed.

Students who successfully complete this program will be eligible to take the national and regional board exams, and the state law exams in order to become a registered dental hygienist.

What Skills Will I Learn in the Program?

Students who enroll in Hocking College’s Dental Hygiene Program will obtain the following skills:

  • Removing hard and soft deposits from teeth 

  • Using an ultrasonic scaler to clean/polish teeth 

  • Applying sealants and fluoride to teeth
  • Assessing a patient’s oral health 

  • Reporting any important findings to a dentist 

  • Documenting patients' ongoing treatment and care
  • Advising patients on their oral health care habits, which includes brushing, 
flossing and the use of appropriate dental hygiene aids
  • Exposing and assessing radiographs
  • Understanding the oral health needs of specific age groups
  • Administering local anesthesia, nitrous oxide-oxygen sedation, and other pain 
management techniques 

What Qualifications Do I Need to Meet?

Students who plan to pursue a degree in dental hygiene need the following academic skills, physical attributes, and desired qualities:dentist-1025338_1920

Academic Skills:

  • High school diploma or GED

  • Math skills

  • Computer skills

  • Written & verbal communication skills

Physical Attributes:

  • Ability to identify color changes in oral tissue
  • Perform repetitive wrist motions

  • Hear and understand a normal speaking voice without seeing the speaker’s face
  • Ability to sit for long periods of time
  • Manual dexterity

  • Ability to work in a limited space

Desired Qualities:

  • Professional attitude
  • Detail oriented
  • Organizational skills
  • Punctuality
In addition, students must also meet the following appearance-based requirements:
  • Tennis shoes 

  • Wear their hair up or away from their shoulders 

  • Wear no jewelry besides a wedding band 

  • Wear perfume/cologne in moderation 

Where Can I Get More Information on the Program?

For more information on Hocking College’s Dental Hygiene Program, contact Program Manager Misti Malfe by email at malfem@hocking.edu or by phone at (740) 753-6460.

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