Dental Hygiene Program

Program Outline (Note: Only offered at our Jersey City Main Campus)

Prepare yourself for a rewarding career as an allied health professional by earning your AAS degree through Eastern International College’s dental hygiene program. A dental hygienist is an integral member of the dental health community who frontlines preventative oral care and dental hygiene by performing diagnostic assessments, routine dental cleanings, examinations and more. Upon graduating from EIC, you will be eligible to apply to the NJ State Board of Registration and Examination in Dentistry for licensure to become a registered dental hygienist in the state of New Jersey.

Program Details

As a student in our diverse associate degree program, you will have the opportunity to learn through classroom theoretical instruction as well as hands-on clinical sessions and community patient care to ensure you complete the DH-AAS program as a knowledgeable, well-rounded dental healthcare professional. Committed to student growth and development, our faculty strives to stay up-to-date on current dental/medical theory and research, giving you the tools you need to reach your full potential and become a disciplined professional in your field of study. Through our program, you'll learn a variety of treatments, technologies and techniques, including:

  • Oral health and diagnostic assessments
  • Head, neck and oral cavity examinations
  • Exposing and processing dental radiographs
  • Tooth debridement techniques
  • Sealant and fluoride application
  • Nutritional counseling for proper oral health
  • Athletic mouth guard fabrication

In your future career as a dental hygienist, maintaining the highest level of ethics and professionalism is key. At EIC, you’ll receive specific training to effectively communicate treatment plans to patients, so you can clearly deliver instruction on how they can maintain proper oral care practices at home, prevent periodontal diseases (gum disease), tooth decay and more. While learning how to promote oral health strategies to patients, you’ll also learn how to maintain high patient-care standards, use professional judgment and uphold proper infection control measures to help prevent the spread of disease.

The Eastern International College Associate Degree program in Dental Hygiene has accreditation from the American Dental Association (ADA) and Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA). It is only offered only at our Jersey City main campus. Because each level of coursework builds on the knowledge gained in the last, students are required to successfully complete all courses in order to progress to the subsequent semester.

Learn and grow with us - embark on your educational journey at EIC, today! Schedule a visit to tour our Jersey City campus and learn about the program, or contact us for more information.

The curriculum outline is below:

General Education Courses

Course Number

Course Title

Semester

Credits

BIO 101

Anatomy and Physiology I

4

BIO 102

Anatomy and Physiology II

4

BIO 110

Microbiology

4

CHE 101

General/Organic/Biochemisty For Allied Health Professionals

3

ENG 101

English Composition

3

PSY 101

General Psychology

3

SOC 101

Introduction to Sociology

3

SPC 101

Interpersonal Communications

3

MAT 103

College Algebra

3

Total

30

Program Major Courses

Course Number

Course Title

Semester

Credits

DH 100

Dental Hygiene PreClinical Sciences

3

DH 101

Dental Hygiene Clinical Sciences I

4

DH 102

Dental Radiology

3

DH 103

Dental and Oral Anatomy & Physiology

2

DH 104

General and Oral Pathology

3

DH 105

Oral Embryology and Histology

2

DH 106

Medical Emergencies in the Dental Office, Basic Life Support "C" AHA

1

DH 200

Dental Hygiene Clinical Sciences II

4

DH 201

Dental Hygiene Clinical Sciences III

4

DH 202

Pharmacology

2

DH 203

Periodontics I

2

DH 204

Periodontics II

2

DH 205

Law and Ethics for the Dental Hygienists: Ethics, Jurisprudence and

Practice Management

2

DH 206

Foundations of Nutritional Science

3

DH 207

National Board and Case Review

2

DH 208

Community Dentistry & Health Study

3

DH 209

Dental Material & Lab

2

DH 210 Prevention and Control of Oral Disease 2

Dh 211

Local Anesthesia & Pain Control

2

Total

48

Total Credits: 78
Length of Program: 2 Years

Course Descriptions

Dental Hygiene Program Requirements for General Education Course Progression

It is required that Dental Hygiene students follow the Course Progression as outlined in the Dental Clinic Manual for General Education courses throughout the Dental Hygiene program, unless otherwise approved by the Academic Committee. This ensures that proper knowledge is obtained prior to taking specific Dental Hygiene courses.

ENG 101 English Composition

3 Semester Credits

This course further introduces students to college-level writing and reading skills through critical reading, group analysis, formal essays, and research projects. Proper paragraph and essay structure is emphasized throughout the course.

P rerequisites: ENG 098 and ENG 099 or passing of placement exams

SPC 101 Interpersonal Communications 3 Semester Credits

This course is an overview of the process of human communication, with special emphasis on analyzing communication patterns. Students learn skills designed to improve interactions in family, social, and professional settings. The course also addresses effective listening, pacing, attending, making value judgments, summarizing, probing, empathy, handling emotions, perception checking, and conflict management. Hindrances to effective communication are also discussed.

BIO 101 Anatomy and Physiology I 4 Semester Credits

This course explores the structure and function of the human body. It includes the study of cells and tissue, with focus on the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, and endocrine systems.

BIO 102 Anatomy and Physiology II 4 Semester Credits

This course is a continuation of Anatomy and Physiology I. Topics include the reproductive system, cardiovascular system, blood, digestive system, urinary system, fluid and electrolyte imbalance, respiratory system and the lymphatic system.

P rerequisite: BIO 101

MAT 103 College Algebra 3 Semester Credits

This course covers concepts of algebra. Topics include a review of linear equations and inequalities, systems of linear equations, coordinate geometry, and graphing techniques; exponential and polynomial functions and applications; factoring and applications; rational expressions and applications; roots and radicals; and quadratic equations.

P rerequisite: MAT 099 or Placement Exam

P SY 101 General Psychology 3 Semester Credits

This course introduces students to the scientific discipline of psychology. It addresses cross cultural issues, historical perspectives, and the importance of psychological well- being, with topics ranging from psychological disorders, therapeutic approaches, and personality, to the biological basis of behavior, learning and memory, development, consciousness, and the social nature of human beings.

SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology 3 Semester Credits

This course focuses on sociology as a way of understanding the world. Sociology is a field of study that considers social, political, and economic phenomena within the context of social structures, social forces, and group relations. Students will be introduced to the field of sociology by way of engaging with several important sociological topics, including socialization, culture, the social construction of knowledge, inequality, race and ethnic relations, poverty, and political sociology.

BIO 110 Microbiology

4 Semester Credits

This course focuses on the study of microbiological concepts and techniques central to the health professions. Topics include anatomy and physiology of microbes, microbial classification, principles of microscopy, sterilization, disinfection, immunology, chemotherapy, epidemiology, disease transmission, pathogenicity and virulence in relation to microbes. Laboratory skills, such as isolating, culturing, evaluation, and identification of microorganisms, are learned.

CHE 101 General/Organic/Biochemistry for Allied Health Professionals

3 Semester Credits

This course introduces students to basic concepts in general, organic, and biological chemistry. Topics include atomic structure, chemical quantities and reactions, acids and bases, solutions, organic compounds, nucleic acids, and protein synthesis among others.

DH 100 Dental Hygiene Preclinical Sciences 3 Semester Credits

This course shall serve as the foundation for dental hygiene practice. Clinical dental hygiene protocols and techniques will be the primary focus. These protocols will include but not be limited to: infection control, patient management, medical emergency management, data assessment, medical and dental histories, intraoral and extra oral exams, dental charting, data interpretation and treatment planning, instrumentation and homecare therapies. This course will prepare students to provide therapeutic, educational, and preventive services for patients in the Clinical Experience for the following semesters. The importance of professional development including legal, ethical, and personal responsibilities will be discussed.

Corequisites: DH 103, DH 105, and DH 106

DH 101 Dental Hygiene Clinical Sciences I 4 Semester Credits

This course shall serve as a continuation of the foundation necessary for dental hygiene practice. The focus will be on preventive therapies and patient management techniques as well as providing the student with an increased knowledge of clinical dental hygiene protocols. Students will provide dental hygiene care including medical history, vital signs, intraoral and extraoral examinations, dental charting data interpretation, treatment planning, instrumentation, homecare therapies, and polishing for a variety of patients. Soft tissue management and periodontal maintenance will also be introduced.

P rerequisites: DH 100, DH 103, DH 105, and DH 106.

Co-requisites: DH 102, DH 104, DH 110

DH 102 Dental Radiology 3 Semester Credits

This course provides a basic theoretical foundation leading to implementation and application of dental radiographic techniques with special emphasis on radiation safety, exposure techniques, processing, and the interpretation of landmarks and individualizing patient assessment needs. The laboratory component will provide experience in exposing, patient management, and critiquing of quality and interpretation of radiographs.

P rerequisites: DH 100, DH 103, DH 105, DH 106.

Co-requisites: DH 101 and DH 104

DH 103 Dental and Oral Anatomy & Physiology 2 Semester Credits

This course is designed to study the anatomy and physiology of the teeth and oral structures. Topics will include identification of primary, mixed and permanent dentition, eruption patterns, classification of occlusion, and the detailed anatomy of the head and neck. Osteology, muscles, nerve innervation, and blood supply are studied. Cases are correlate to the clinical experience.

Co-requisites: DH 100, DH 105, and DH 106

D H 104 General and Oral Pathology 3 Semester Credits

This course will help the dental hygiene student facilitate the identification and treatment of oral diseases. The study will focus on understanding the disease process, recognizing deviations from normal, and identifying oral manifestations of local and systemic slide presentations. Presented in the course are current theories on etiology and pathogenesis, significance of genetics, environment, immune responses, and new therapeutic approaches in the treatment of disease. Case studies are presented on CD- ROM to help students distinguish between scientific discovery and its technological application.

P rerequisites: DH 100, DH 103, DH 105, and DH 106.

Co-requisites: DH 101 and DH 102

DH 105 Oral Embryology and Histology 2 Semester Credits

This course will serve as an introductory study of the developing features of the head and face. Specific emphasis will be placed on those structures relating to the oral cavity. In addition, detailed attention will focus on the histologic aspects of the dental tissues in regard to their location, composition, development, structure, function, and clinical importance. This will provided essential fundamental knowledge for the clinical practice of dental hygiene.

Corequisites: DH 100, DH 103, and DH 106

DH 106 Medical Emergencies in the Dental Office, Basic Life Support “C” AHA

  1. Semester Credit

This course will serve as to instruct students in the management of medical emergencies that may occur in the dental office. It will explain how to anticipate potential emergencies and what resources must be on hand to deal effectively with these situations. Emergency situations, such as syncope, respiratory distress, seizure, cardiac arrest, stroke, are addressed. The course also will have a segment of training for a basic life support CPR certification.

Corequisites: DH 100, DH 103, and DH 105

DH 200 Dental Hygiene Clinical Sciences II 4 Semester Credits

This course of study continues to expand the student’s clinical development and knowledge of current theories. CLII is designed to integrate cognitive knowledge with practical applications of dental hygiene therapies. The primary focus of this course is to prepare the dental hygiene student for the appropriate protocols and techniques for successful periodontal therapies including advanced instrumentation, anxiety/pain control, periodontal and implant maintenance. The development of dental hygiene care plans for the medically, physically, and sensory challenged patient is discussed.

P rerequisites: DH 100, DH 101, DH 102, DH 103, DH

104, DH 105, DH 106, DH 202, DH 209, DH 210, and DH

211.

Corequisites: DH 203, DH 206

DH 201 Dental Hygiene Clinical Sciences III 4 Semester Credits

The primary focus of this course is to prepare the student to make the transition from school to clinical setting in dental office. Through lecture, class participation, and hands-on experiences, the student will be exposed to a variety of career opportunities. Ethics, jurisprudence, State Practice Acts/Licensure will be integrated throughout the course and will be a co-content approach for the Ethics and Law 2-credit course given this semester. Emphasis will be also be placed on health care delivery systems, dental hygiene practice management, job search, resume writing, and interview process as well as professional networking. The clinical component of the course will focus on building speed with efficiency at the dental hygiene chair, incorporating advanced clinical therapies, alternative therapies/medicines - all in preparation for the move from ‘student-hood’ to professional colleague.

P rerequisites: DH 100, DH 101, DH 102, DH 103, DH

104, DH 105, DH 106, DH 200, DH 202, DH 203, DH

206, DH 209, DH 210, and DH 211.

Corequisites: DH 204, DH205, DH 207, and DH 208

DH 202 Pharmacology

  1. Semester Credits

This course presents pharmacology as the study of drugs and how they affect biological systems. Throughout the course of their everyday practice, dental hygienists must frequently draw upon their knowledge of Pharmacology for tasks ranging from the routing, such as obtaining a complete patient medical history and appointment planning, to the extreme, such as handling a medical emergency in the office. In addition to a base of knowledge of pharmacology and the drugs used in the current therapy of disease states, the dental hygienist must also have a solid foundation in the terminology and vocabulary that is associated with pharmacology. This course examines medications routinely prescribed for medical and dental conditions and the role of the dental hygienist in patient assessment and treatment planning. Systemic medications, complementary medicine, anesthesia, and oral pharmacotherapy will be included. Local anesthetic agents will be emphasized.

P rerequisites: DH 100, DH 101, DH 102, DH 103, DH

104, DH 105, and DH 106.

Corequisites: DH 209, DH 210 and DH 211

DH 203 Periodontics I 2 Semester Credits

This course of study focuses on the basic concepts of the etiology, disease development and current theories of cure and/or control. Anatomy with emphasis on the gingival and periodontal structure is stressed. Disease pathogens causing the compromise of health in the periodontium and oral environment, epidemiology, biological factors, assessment protocols and evaluation of current philosophies in periodontal disease are reviewed.

P rerequisites: DH 100, DH 101, DH 102, DH 103, DH

104, DH 105, DH 106, DH 202, DH 203, DH 209, DH 210,

and DH 211.

Corequisites: DH 200 and DH 206

DH 204 Periodontics II 2 Semester Credits

This course is a continuation of Periodontology I. The student will apply the foundation knowledge gained in the semester five’s Periodontology I. Dental and dental hygiene treatments for the periodontally involved patient are reviewed with a formal presentation of a case developed by each student. Assessment, dental hygiene diagnosis, treatment plan, implementation evaluation of the periodontally challenged patient will be the concentration of this course. The philosophy of co-therapy between the professional and the patient is assessed and evaluated. Current home therapies are considered and reviewed. Dental hygiene therapy and its role with the periodontist specialist are evaluated. Surgical intervention, surgical reconstruction of the periodontium, implant insertion and maintenance with emphasis on the hygienist’s role are explained. Alternative and holistic therapy, such as stress reduction, and behavioral habits, such as smoking cessation, for the patient are considered.

P rerequisites: DH 100, DH 101, DH 102, DH 103, DH

104, DH 105, DH106, DH 200, DH 202, DH 203, DH 206,

DH 209, DH 210, and DH 211.

Corequisites: DH 201, DH 205, DH 207 and DH 208

D H 205 Law and Ethics for the Dental Hygienists: Ethics, Jurisprudence and Practice Management 2 Semester Credits

This course introduces students to the legal and ethical implications of working in medical facilities and the obligations of practitioners and office personnel to follow ethical standards and codes of conduct. Topics include: professionalism, the relationship between physicians/ dentists/ allied health providers and patients, professional liability, medical ethics, legality of health record as a legal document, and the Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act (HIPAA).

P rerequisites: DH 100, DH 101, DH 102, DH 103, DH

104, DH 105, DH 106, DH 200, DH 202, DH 203, DH

206, DH209, DH 210, DH 211

Corequisites: DH 201, DH 204, DH 207, DH 208

DH 206 Foundations of Nutritional Science 3 Semester Credits

This course is an introduction to general nutrition with an emphasis on the principles relating to human health. The course provides students with an understanding of the basics of the science of nutrition at various stages of the life cycle. Food sources of energy, nutrients and their consequences to health will be explored. Terminology and scientific resources pertinent to the Nutrition field will be introduced.

P rerequisites: DH 100, DH 101, DH 102, DH 103, DH

104, DH 105, DH 106, DH 200, DH 202, DH 206, DH 209, DH210, and DH 211.

Corequisites: DH 200 and DH 203

DH 207 National Boards and Case Review 2 Semester Credits

This course will assist the graduating dental hygiene student in preparing for the National Written Board and State Licensing Boards. Study preparation and test construction are considered. Practiced stress control and test anxiety skills are addressed. Simulated MOCK written boards are given with review and comments. Case studies of patients are reviewed with emphasis on simulated Board cases. The cases will include all assessments, radiographs, patient records and other digitized reproductions for analysis. Short subject review, such as Pathology, Instrumentation, General Sciences, Pharmacology, among others will be presented by individual student groups.

P rerequisites: DH 100, DH 101, DH 102, DH 103, DH

104, DH 105, DH 106,DH 200, DH 202, DH 203, DH 206,

DH 209, DH 210, and DH 211.

Corequisites: DH 201, DH 204, DH 205, and DH 208

DH 208 Community Dentistry & Health Study 3 Semester Credits

Dental health education and public health are introduced and evaluate in this 3-credit course. Emphasis is placed on the role of the hygienist in promoting dental health in the private office and community, educational methods, biostatistics, and epidemiology. The course is intended to provide the student with information necessary to enable her/him to understand the foundations upon which community dentistry and dental health education are built. Questions such as what is health, can it be measured, and if so, how what are the variables influencing health, can these be manipulated, are addressed. Who pays for health and what are the different avenues for delivering this healthcare will be evaluated. Community dental hygiene and oral health is every hygienist’s concern.

P rerequisites: DH 100, DH 101, DH 102, DH 103, DH

104, DH 105, DH 106, DH 200, DH 202, DH 203, DH

206, DH 209, DH 210, and DH 211.

Corequisites: DH 201, DH 204, DH 205, and DH 207

DH 209 Dental Material & Lab 2 Semester Credits

Dental Materials is a comprehensive study of the science, technology, and application of dental materials. Various dental materials and their specific uses, along with related fundamental and specialty clinical dental hygiene skills, are presented through didactic laboratory and clinical components.

P rerequisites: DH 100, DH 101, DH 102, DH 103, DH

104, DH 105, and DH 106.

Corequisites: DH 202, DH 210, and DH 211

DH 210 Prevention and Control or Oral Disease

2 Semester Credits

Dental hygiene philosophy of care is based on the concept of prevention in all aspects of oral care. Behavioral habits such as smoking, bruxism, infantile swallowing, high sugar intake and dietary concerns, are discussed with emphasis on their cure and/or control. Consumer fluoride produces are evaluated along with a myriad of home care items. Patient assessments for childhood dental trauma including abuse are reviewed.

P rerequisites: DH 100, DH 101, DH 102, DH 103, DH

104, DH 105, and DH 106.

Corequisites: DH 202, DH 209, and DH 211

DH 211 Local Anesthesia & Pain Control 2 Semester Credits

This course is designed to introduce the student to the principles of local anesthesia and pain control in dentistry and dental hygiene. It will introduce both the didactic and clinical aspects of one of the most important areas of dentistry at the time in which the students are preparing to enter their clinical training.

P rerequisites: DH 100, DH101, DH 102, DH 103, DH 104,

DH 105, and DH 106

Corequisites: DH 202, DH 209, and DH 210