This program offers a curriculum that provides the student with the appropriate academic instruction to achieve eligibility for the National Board of Dental Hygiene Examiners written examination, and the Western Regional Examining Board Examination (WREB) for licensure as a Registered Dental Hygienist, qualifying the candidate as stipulated in the California Dental Practice Act. A Certificate of Completion of “Ultrasonic Scaling and Coronal Polishing” shall be issued after a student has achieved both procedures to clinical competency and successful passed the courses. The Dental Board of California set forth the requirements and the California Code of Regulations of 16 CCR 107.4 and 16 CCR 107.5.
20 students are projected to earn the certificate annually.
The goal of the Cypress College Dental Hygiene Program is to provide the student with the educational opportunity to attain the knowledge, skills and values necessary to qualify for licensure as a Registered Dental Hygienist and a professional member of the allied health team.
To be awarded the certificate, the student must pass both DH 109 Pre-clinical Dental Hygiene and DH 110 Clinical Dental Hygiene at 75% or higher grade. DH 109 is the first in a series of four courses designed to prepare the student for the clinical dental hygiene process of care. Content emphasis includes bloodborne and infectious disease exposure, care and operation of dental equipment, identification, purpose and function of basic instrumentation skills, instrument sharpening, polishing agents and methods, topical fluoride application, entry level clinic electronic forms and procedures, clinic duties, and clinical practice utilizing examination procedures and basic instrumentation techniques on student patient partners and periodontal typodonts/manikins.
DH 110 is the second in a series of four courses designed to prepare the student for the clinical dental hygiene process of care. Emphasis is placed on perfecting oral inspection and medical/dental health history documentation, and developing dental hygiene process of care treatment plans, and electronic charting. Additional course content includes introduction to universal curette instrumentation, sharpening techniques, root debridement techniques, oral and subgingival irrigation, gingival curettage, introduction to ultrasonic instrumentation and air polishing. Clinical skills will be demonstrated and evaluated on clinical patients appointed in the Cypress College Dental Hygiene Clinic.
(Y1 or S1)
|DH 109||Pre-Clinical Dental Hygiene||5||S1|
|DH 110||Clinical Dental Hygiene||6||S2|