Degree, Certificate or Diploma
If becoming a dental hygienist appeals to you, Iowa Western’s Dental Hygiene program can help you do just that. Successful candidates earn an Associate of Applied Science degree that prepares them to complete both the National Board Examination and a state or regional exam. Working with Creighton University, Iowa Western offers clinical experiences off-campus.
Graduates of Iowa Western’s Dental Hygiene program are some of the most prepared in the area, boasting a 99 percent board pass-rate on national exams, a 95 percent board pass-rate on regional and state exams, and 100 percent pass-rate on the jurisprudence exam.
After completing your Iowa Western requirements, you’ll have the option of transferring to a four-year institution to complete a bachelor’s degree.
To become a licensed professional, graduates must successfully complete both the National Board Examination, a state or regional exam, and a jurisprudence exam. CPR certification is required.
The Dental Hygiene program is accredited by the Commission of Dental Accreditation and has been granted the status of Accreditation without reporting requirements. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago 60611, or visit the website at www.ada.org/coda.
533 Jobs (2020)
+9.9% Change from 2020-2025
Data is from the Omaha Metropolitans Area, and the seven counties in Southwest Iowa that Iowa Western serves
What will you do
The Dental Hygiene program is designed to place students into the workforce upon completion of this two-year degree. Dental Hygienists are preventive health professionals who provide educational and clinical services to support oral health. These services include: evaluation, charting oral disease and conditions, removing deposits from teeth, exposing and processing dental radiographs, and applying fluoride and sealants to teeth. Dental Hygienists can seek positions in general or specialty dental practices, hospitals, research or academic institutions, public health, business and industry, or armed services. Upon graduation of the program, students will be able to take the National Board of Examination and a regional examination. The employment opportunities for Dental Hygienists are expected to increase by 30.1% through the year 2016.
- Entry: $29.98
- Average: $35.98
- Experienced: $49.29
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BIO 186 - Microbiology
DHY 118 - Oral Histology and Embryology
DHY 174 - Principles of Dental Hygiene
DHY 114 - Dental Hygiene Anatomical Sciences
DHY 155 - Radiology
DHY 157 - Radiology Lab
DHY 183 - Dental Hygiene I Theory
DHY 184 - Clinical Dental Hygiene I
DHY 153 - Dental Emergencies
DHY 211 - Periodontology
DHY 228 - Clinical Preventive Dentistry
DHY 141 - General and Oral Pathology
DHY 275 - Dental Hygiene II Theory
DHY 286 - Clinical Dental Hygiene II
DHY 288 - Local Anesthesia and Pain Control
DHY 132 - Dental Pharmacology
DHY 293 - Dental Hygiene III Theory
DHY 295 - Clinical Dental Hygiene III
DHY 252 - Community Dentistry
DHY 213 - Periodontology II
DHY 226 - Biomaterials for the Dental Hygienist
DHY 303 - Dental Hygiene IV Theory
DHY 304 - Clinical Dental Hygiene IV
DHY 255 - Community Oral Health
DHY 241 - Dental Ethics
PSY 111 - Introduction to Psychology
MGT 195 - Workplace Empowerment
DHY 230 - Oral Health Nutrition
Total Semester Hours Required: 72.5
Upon the successful completion of the program students will:
- Utilize evidence based decision making principles.
- Utilize the dental hygiene process of care to meet the needs of diverse populations.
- Operate within an ethical framework within the dental hygiene scope of practice.
- Positively motivate and effectively communicate with all populations to promote high standards of oral health.
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