Dental Hygiene Program
ABOUT THE CAREER:
Dental Hygienists are licensed preventative health professionals who work under the supervision of a Dentist. Their duties include maintaining and educating clients about oral health, obtaining and recording medical and dental histories, cleaning and polishing teeth, administering local anesthesia and nitrous oxide, taking x-rays and soft tissue curettage. Individuals selecting this career must enjoy working with people, be good communicators, have excellent manual dexterity and fine-motor skills and well developed critical-thinking skills.
Employment opportunities for Dental Hygienists are excellent, not only in private dental offices, but also in health care facilities, public health agencies, industry and educational institutions. Dental Hygienists earn from $45,000-$55,000 per year, with opportunities to work full-time or part-time. In many cases, they receive benefits such as vacation pay, medical insurance, sick leave and retirement.
A COMPREHENSIVE PROGRAM:
Sacramento City College's Dental Hygiene Program is a rigorous, full-time two-year program, requiring good academic and clinical skills. Students are required to satisfactorily complete approximately 39 units of college prerequisites in science and non-science courses, prior to applying for the program. The curriculum for the program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association (211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60611).
Program costs include college enrollment fees and approximately $4500 for books and supplies; physical examinations and immunizations; malpractice insurance; uniforms; supplies; and instruments.
APPLICATION AND ENROLLMENT:
To be eligible for the enrollment process, applicants must have fulfilled the reading requirement and satisfactorily completed all prerequisite courses prior to application. Since program enrollment is limited and consistently fills quickly, early submission of the application and official transcripts is recommended.
DEGREE AND LICENSURE:
The Associate in Science Degree in Dental Hygiene must be obtained for graduation from the program. This is achieved by satisfactorily completing the program's required prerequisite, General Education and Dental Hygiene Program and by fulfilling the college's Graduation Requirements. Graduates of the program are eligible to take the National Board of Dental Hygiene Examination and may also take the California Registered Dental Hygienist Examination.
WHY SACRAMENTO CITY COLLEGE?:
Sacramento City College (SCC) is part of the Los Rios Community College District and provides educational opportunities for nearly 20,000 students at the college and its three outreach centers. Courses are offered to California residents at a tremendous savings. The 60-acre main campus is located across from William Land Park and has its own light rail station. SCC has a complete department of skilled career counselors to help students succeed in college. They are available to provide information about admissions and degree requirements, financial aid opportunities and student services, including tutoring assistance. Anyone with an interest in career exploration may take a career aptitude test to help identify career options that match an individual's interest and personality. Visit www.losrios.edu and select "Take a career aptitude test" under the Places of Interest heading, to take a free self-assessment survey. Although Los Rios Community College District is unable to recommend a specific self-assessment testing service, an example of the many different online self=assessment testing organizations is My Life Coach at www.mylifecoach.com. When accessing online testing sites, be aware that a fee may be charged for the use of their service.
To obtain additional information about educational programs in healthcare or the requirements to attend Sacramento City College, visit www.scc.losrios.edu or call the Allied Health Office Office at 916.558.2271. Compliance Statement / Nondiscrimination Sacramento City College - in compliance with Title VI & VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the 1972 Education Amendment and Section 504 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act - does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, age, mental or physical handicaps in any of its policies, programs or activities, including admissions, employment, financial aid and educational services.