The Dental Hygiene Program is an American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation accredited seven–quarter full–time program offering an associate of applied science transfer degree.
The program prepares individuals for entry into dental hygiene and for the Dental Hygiene National Board Exam given by the American Dental Association as well as all parts of the Western Regional Examining Board.
As a dental hygienist and licensed oral health professional, you become an integral part of the dental team to provide patient care. The range of services performed by hygienists varies from state to state and may include cleaning and polishing teeth, taking and developing x–rays, administering local anesthetics, placing and contouring dental fillings, educating patients about oral hygiene, and providing additional preventive dental care.
The educational environment contains multiple latex products and exposure to potential blood borne pathogens and that all treatment conforms to current infection control standards as designated by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the United States Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA). Opportunities for part–time work and flexible schedules are common and salaries are high, making dental hygiene an exceptional career choice.
Expanded Function Dental Auxiliary (EFDA)
Career Pathway For Dental Assistants Certificate, 15 Credits:
Upon completion of the program, students will be eligible to take the Western Regional Examining Restorative Board (WREB) and the Washington State Restorative Exam (WARE). Visit efdacentral.net for more information.
A.A.S.–T Degree, 182 Credits
(60 prerequisite credits, 122 in major)
- Students begin the Dental Hygiene program in fall quarter only; work on prerequisites can be taken any quarter.
- Students are accepted into the Dental Hygiene program after successful completion of prerequisites with a 2.5 minimum GPA, completion of a program application and a student successful selection/interview process.
- The Dental Hygiene program might be a good fit for you if you enjoy science and working with your hands, are comfortable interacting closely with people and possess keen attention to detail.
- Areas of study include organic chemistry, anatomy & physiology, nutrition, pharmacology and fundamentals of dental hygiene.
- Graduates generally work in dental offices in private practice or in public settings such as public health clinics, universities, schools, nursing homes and oral research facilities.
In addition to treating patients directly, dental hygienists may also work as educators, researchers, administrators, and in business. Clinical dental hygienists may work in a variety of health care settings such as private dental offices, schools, public health clinics, hospitals, managed care organizations, correctional institutions, and nursing homes or in a corporate environment. In addition to the clinical role, dental hygienists may also work in an administrative capacity in any of the above locations.
Each quarter an information session is held at the Seattle Central Community College Dental Hygiene Clinic located at 2120 S. Jackson Street, Seattle, WA 98144.
Directions to SVI
Inquires regarding financial aid must be directed to the Financial Aid Office. Call 206.934.3844 or visit Financial Aid online at: seattlecentral.edu/finaid.