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Associate of Applied Science | Learning Competencies

Associate of Applied Science


First Semester

  Course Title Credits
GenEd: CS COLS 1000 Introduction to College Success: First-Year Seminar 3
  SOC 1000 -OR- Sociological Principles 3
  ANTH 1200 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 3
GenEd: CW ENGL 1010*+ English I: Composition 3
GenEd: QR MATH 1400+ OR HIGHER College Algebra 3
  ZOO 2015*^ -OR- Human Anatomy 4
  ZOO 2010*^ Anatomy and Physiology I 4
Optional POLS 1000*^ OR EQUIVALENT American and Wyoming Government 3
      Credits 16-19

Second Semester

  Course Title  Credits
  PSYC 1000 General Psychology 3
  MICR 2240^ Medical Microbiology 4
  ZOO 2025*^ -OR- Human Physiology 4
  ZOO 2020 Anatomy and Physiology II 4
GenEd: CV CO/M 2010*+^ Public Speaking 3
  CHEM 1000 Introductory Chemistry 4
      Credits 18


Total Credits: 34-37


First Semester, Spring I

  Course Title Credits
  DHYG 1110 Dental Biology 3
  DHYG 1150 Preventive Dentistry 2
  DHYG 1410 Dental Hygiene Principles 6
  DHYG 2450 Dental Radiology 3
      Semester Credits 14

Second Semester, Spring II

  Course Title Credits
  DHYG 1200* Pharmacology 2
  DHYG 1245* Dental Nutrition and Biochemistry 3
  DHYG 1420* Dental Hygiene Seminar I 2
  DHYG 1425* Dental Hygiene Clinic I 3
  DHYG 2400* Head, Neck and Oral Anatomy 2
  DHYG 2455* Dental Materials 3
      Semester Credits 15

Third Semester, Fall

  Course Title Credits
  DHYG 2200* General and Oral Pathology 2
  DHYG 2250* Pain Management 2.5
  DHYG 2330* Periodontology 4
  DHYG 2430* Dental Hygiene Seminar II 2
  DHYG 2435* Dental Hygiene Clinic II 5
      Semester Credits 15.5

Fourth Semester, Spring I

  Course Title Credits
  DHYG 2260 Dental Public Health 3
  DHYG 2410* Ethics, Law and Practice Management 3
  DHYG 2440* Dental Hygiene Seminar III 1
  DHYG 2445* Dental Hygiene Clinic III 5
Optional POLS 1000*^ OR EQUIVALENT American and Wyoming Government 3
      Semester Credits 12-15


Total Credits: 93.5

* This course has at least one prerequisite. Check the Course Descriptions section of the catalog to see the course prerequisites.

+ If the placement test score is not adequate for course enrollment, students must complete the appropriate developmental course(s) before enrolling. These courses may increase the total number of program credits. students should review their math and writing placement with their advisor before planning out their full program schedules.

^ Program Comments

MICR 2240, ZOO 2015, ZOO 2025, ZOO 2010 and ZOO 2020 must be 5 years current.

Students who have not completed POLS 1000 or its equivalent within the state of Wyoming, POLS 1100 must be completed in addition to an acceptable American government course. Although POLS 1000 is an optional prerequisite, if this is not completed prior to starting the program, it will be an additional course that is required during the program in the final semester. It is highly recommended that the student complete this course prior to beginning the dental hygiene program.

Some students may qualify for an exemption for COLS 1000 due to prior learning. Information is available on Page 39 of the catalog. See your Academic Advisor for assistance.

MICR 2210 may be substituted for MICR 2240 if transferring from another institution.

Important Information

Drug Screening and Criminal Background Checks

Acceptance into the program is conditional based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal background check and drug screen. Instructions for completion will be provided once a student is accepted into the program. Students will also be subject to random and for-cause drug screening throughout the program. Testing positive on the drug screening or evidence of tampering with a specimen will disqualify a student from participation in a clinical assignment and will result in dismissal from the program.

Certain criminal activity, as evidenced by a criminal background check, may also disqualify a student from clinical participation. See school policy at Students are advised that the inability to gain clinical education experiences can result in the inability to meet program objectives and outcomes. These circumstances may prevent acceptance into and/or continuance in the program.

Application to the Dental Hygiene Program

A student interested in applying to the dental hygiene program may contact the Dental Hygiene Program Director or the Admissions Office for specific procedures, which must be completed prior to application in August and admission in January. Because the dental hygiene program receives more applications than available student spaces, it is necessary to employ strict selection procedures so that those applicants who are deemed best qualified to succeed may be selected. Applicants must obtain an information packet that outlines the dental hygiene academic calendar, program costs, Health Care Provider CPR requirement, blood borne pathogens, immunizations, and estimated student expenses that are specific to the Dental Hygiene program. Applications may be obtained from the Dental Hygiene Director, or the website

Dental health professionals may be exposed to contagious diseases, therefore, strict compliance with Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and OSHA standards are maintained. Although diseases may be encountered, research indicates that risks are negligible when optimal infection control is practiced. Policies on blood borne and infectious disease are available upon request from the Dental Hygiene program.

LCCC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its educational programs or activities.

Learning Competencies

1. Demonstrates ethical and professional behavior by:

1. Focusing on the patient's needs
2. Functioning as a member of the dental health team
3. Adhering to a published Dental Hygiene Code of Ethics

2. Apply preventive and therapeutic dental hygiene care for a child, adolescent, adult, geriatric, and special needs patient by:

1. Utilizing the most current infection control guidelines and safety precautions
2. Assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating dental hygiene care
3. Involving the patient in treatment decisions
4. Receiving patient consent
5. Applying comprehensive dental hygiene therapy including patients who exhibit moderate to severe periodontal disease
6. Providing appropriate life support measures for medical emergencies

3. Demonstrate critical thinking and effective communication skills by:

1. Communicating effectively with patients, colleagues, other health care workers, and community resource people
2. Applying principles of quality assurance and self-evaluation and documenting dental hygiene services correctly

4. Promote the values of the profession and for life-long learning by:

1. advancing the profession through leadership, service activities, and affiliation with professional organizations
2. reading, interpreting, evaluating, and applying research findings
3. Participating in continuing education experiences

5. Promote community health and services by:

1. Identifying the diverse needs of the community
2. Working with other professionals and agencies to bring consumers into the health care delivery system