The skills of a dental hygienist emphasize preventive dentistry. Dental hygienists may be employed in private dental offices, hospitals, group health clinics, public health agencies, school and industry.
Upon completing the pre-Dental Hygiene requirements, the student may then transfer to an approved four-year bachelor's degree program in Dental Hygiene for professional course work. Such a program should be approved by the American Dental Association and the American Dental Hygienist Association. In order to practice, a graduate hygienist must pass a national written board examination given by the American Dental Association and a state licensing examination administered by individual state boards of dental examiners.
Consult with the college counseling department for a listing of approved Dental Hygiene bachelor's degree programs. Consult a counselor or academic adviser for recommended courses specific to student's choice of transfer institution.
Course of Study
- Complete AA degree requirements. Complete pre-dental requirements. Seek advising from dental hygiene program of choice early in course of study.
- Carefully check the foreign language requirements of the college to which you plan to transfer. If possible, complete these requirements while enrolled at the community college.
- Completion of recommended courses in a pre-major for transfer does not necessarily assure a student admission to a four-year institution or a specific program.
- See page two for suggested courses in your program of study that you should consider completing while in attendance at Community Colleges of Spokane.
College Transfer Information
While students attend college for a variety of reasons, most attend for the purpose of acquiring the knowledge and skills needed for entering a particular field of work, occupation or profession. Because the first two years of college are frequently spent meeting general college or university requirements, many options are available to students who plan to complete their freshman and sophomore years at SCC or SFCC.
Students should always check the requirements of the four-year institution from which they intend to graduate. Careful planning is necessary, as transferability of specific courses or programs is determined solely by the college to which the student transfers. Transfer guides, available in counseling centers at SCC and SFCC, should be consulted by all students planning to transfer.
Students who have not made a decision regarding a transfer institution should follow the Community Colleges of Spokane requirements for the associate of arts degree. These requirements will satisfy most of the general course requirements for graduation from other institutions. Requirements for the associate of arts degree and a complete listing of courses available will be found in the college catalog.
Educational, vocational and personal counseling services are available to all students through the counseling centers at SCC or SFCC. Students may obtain professional counseling services prior to registration to plan their program of study. In addition, faculty advisers are assigned to each student to provide further assistance during the year.