Dental Hygiene (DHY) Program Information

Associate of Applied Science

This program is no longer accepting new students or applications.

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Curriculum Accreditation Performance


Dental hygienists are licensed oral health professionals who focus on preventing and treating oral diseases of the teeth and gums, and protection of patients’ total health. As part of dental hygiene services, dental hygienists perform oral healthcare assessments that include the following: patients’ health histories, dental charting, oral cancer screening, and taking vital signs (blood pressure, smoking status, and pulse). Additionally, dental hygienists expose, process, and interpret dental radiographs; remove plaque and calculus from the teeth; apply cavity prevention agents; apply sealants; teach patients proper oral hygiene techniques; counsel patients on good nutrition; provide local anesthesia and nitrous oxide for pain and/ or anxiety control. Dental hygienists can work as clinicians, educators, researchers, administrators, managers, consumer advocates, sales managers and consultants. They may work in a variety of healthcare settings such as private dental offices, schools, public health clinics, hospitals, correctional institutions, or nursing homes. Successful completion of the program allows graduates to sit for the National Dental Hygiene written board examination, along with the required regional board examinations required for licensure to practice.


This program is offered on the following campus: Clinton Township (CT)
OneStop    (833) 691-7867    [email protected]
Program Director: Karen Bratus ([email protected])

Dental Hygiene (DHY) Program (AAS)

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Program Waiver / Handbook

Program Mission & Outcomes


The mission of Baker College’s Dental Hygiene Program is to create a positive environment for learning, emphasizing professional responsibility and personal integrity. The Program’s clinical experiences and curriculum will enable students to become excellent clinicians, dynamic contributors to their community and profession, and life-long learners.



  • Prepare a dental hygienist who will be competent with respect to the Baker College  Competencies for the Dental Hygienist.
  • Maintain competent dental hygiene faculty and staff with clinical / work experience to ensure a quality and current educational program.
  • Maintain admissions policies to ensure qualified students.
  • Satisfy students with the quality of their dental hygiene education.
  • Satisfy patients with the quality of student dental hygiene care.
  • Maintain an active advisory board.
  • Prepare curriculum that is current and relevant.
  • Maintain a quality assurance program for patient care.


Course Student Learning Outcomes

Academic Plan

Background Check Requirements

Yes, Background Check required.  Visit the Background Checks page for more information.


Additional Program Information

Limited Enrollment Program Information

Application Semester: Spring

Application Link: Health Science Limited Enrollment Application

Aptitude Exam: Not required for the Spring 2021 Semester

Application Campuses: Please see the application for available campus

Selection Criteria: In the event of a tie between required course grades and weighted GPA, cumulative GPA will be used.

Additional Information:  Health Science Limited Enrollment Program

Required Courses:
Full acceptance into the professional track of some programs is limited due to clinical or work site availability. Students compete to earn acceptance into these programs. All students having successfully completed the conditional acceptance requirements, are eligible to apply. Admittance criteria for all limited enrollment health science programs features a common set of prerequisite courses prior to acceptance to their selected program. Students have the opportunity to apply to multiple limited enrollment programs due to the common set of required courses used for the selection process.

General Education Courses

(Minimum Grade C)

Weighted Courses

(Minimum Grade B- )

(70% of Ranking)

COM 1010 BIO 1210
COM 1020 BIO 1211
MTH 1010 BIO 1220
PSY 2050 BIO 1221
General Education Elective BIO 2150
  HSC 1010


Students may attempt to earn a seat in a Limited Enrollment program up to two times. An attempt is defined as having completed all prerequisite coursework at or above the minimum grade required, completed the entrance exam, but were not awarded a seat due to their standing and limited seat capacity. Students reapplying must complete the program reapplication process including submitting a new application.

Note:  If you are a new transfer student or currently completing a required course at another institution, you must request an Official Transcript be sent to Baker College.  Your Official Transcript must be received by 5:00 pm the last Friday of the semester.  If you have previously provided your Official Transcript, you do not need to supply it again.


Library Resources

Visit the Baker College Research Guide page for library research resources for this program.

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Clinical / Work Experience Information

For information about when to apply, how to apply, and application requirements, please visit our Work Experience Information web page.

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Career Readiness

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