Help people keep a healthy smile.

Make the world a bit brighter.

Dental hygienists are licensed professionals who have one of the most important jobs in dental healthcare. They work one-on-one with patients to prevent and treat diseases of the teeth and gums, and educate them on good oral hygiene and health. Their day-to-day work includes assessing patient oral health and history, cleaning and polishing teeth, taking and interpreting dental x-rays, and more.

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    Yes. Baker College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org.

    Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Additional Accreditations

    Baker has also earned specialized accreditations for programs and degrees in: 

    • Business Administration
    • Early Childhood Learning
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Health Sciences
    • School of Nursing

    For details about these specialized accreditations, see the individual Programs and Degrees pages. 

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    Baker Online is part of Baker College, a private, non-profit, accredited, degree granting, higher educational institution with locations throughout Michigan.

    As an accredited college, Baker College has been granted legal authority by the state of Michigan to operate as a nonprofit educational corporation and is empowered to grant certificates, associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees. It is approved for veterans’ benefits. Baker College is recognized as an institution of higher education by the U.S. Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education.

    All Baker Online undergraduate and graduate programs are accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org

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Dental Hygiene Associate Degree from Baker College

Dental HygieneAssociate of Applied Science

Help people keep a healthy smile.

Make the world a bit brighter.

Dental hygienists are licensed professionals who have one of the most important jobs in dental healthcare. They work one-on-one with patients to prevent and treat diseases of the teeth and gums, and educate them on good oral hygiene and health. Their day-to-day work includes assessing patient oral health and history, cleaning and polishing teeth, taking and interpreting dental x-rays, and more.

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Career Facts

$70,210

Median salary for Dental Hygienists

33%

Estimated employment increase by 2022

$81,140

Median salary for Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary

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Overview

Baker’s Dental Hygiene associate degree program prepares you to meet today’s demands through a curriculum that is designed with the continuing guidance and input of dentists and other professionals in the field. 

Your courses, taught by faculty who have years of experience in dental hygiene, combine classroom work with plenty of hands-on training in labs and working clinics that rival the best facilities anywhere. 

You’ll be thoroughly prepared for the National and Regional Board Examinations, and ready for an entry-level position in any one of a number of settings—private dental offices, schools, public health clinics, hospitals, and more.

Course Information
Dental Hygienist Major Requirements130 Hours
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
DHY 111A
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6 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to the dental hygiene clinical techniques of patient assessment and treatment. Students will develop skills in the taking of a medical/dental history, vital signs, and performing extraoral and intraoral examinations. Students will practice instrumentation techniques utilizing proper infection control procedures. All procedures are taught to clinical competence. 20 hours of lecture and 80 hours of clinical lab are required.

Prerequisite(s):
Acceptance in the program.
Dental Hygiene I6
DHY 112A
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3 Quarter Hours

Provides students with the knowledge to perform clinical dental hygiene practices within the dental office setting in a safe and efficient manner, following all OSHA guidelines. Topics will include infection control, medical and dental emergencies, and basic dental office procedures.

Prerequisite(s):
Acceptance in the program.
Principles of Dental Hygiene3
DHY 113A
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3 Quarter Hours

Studies the developmental and structural microscopic anatomy of the orofacial region. The knowledge of how cells, tissues, and organs develop and function enhances the understanding of oral manifestations and the basis of their treatment. An introduction into tooth eruption patterns is presented.

Prerequisite(s):
Acceptance in the program.
Dental Histology and Embryology3
DHY 114
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides a comprehensive study of the anatomy of the oral cavity. The function of various components of the orofacial area and how form, shape, and arrangement of the teeth aid in the prevention of dental disease are discussed. The laboratory portion of this course includes a comprehensive analysis of each individual tooth in the dentition. 30 hours of lecture and either 20 hours of lab or 10 hours of online instruction are required.

Prerequisite(s):
Acceptance in the program.
Oral Anatomy4
DHY 116
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2 Quarter Hours

Provides a comprehensive study of the anatomy of the head and neck regions, including: skeletal, nervous, circulatory, lymphatic, and muscular systems and their relationship to dental hygiene clinical procedures.

Prerequisite(s):
B- or better in SCI 102C.
Head and Neck Anatomy I2
DHY 117
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1 Quarter Hours

Provides a review of head and neck anatomy, specific anatomical landmarks important to the clinical dental hygienist, and an introduction to the application of this knowledge to the use of local anesthesia.

Prerequisite(s):
Program Director/Dean approval.
Head and Neck Anatomy II1
DHY 121
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6 Quarter Hours

Provides a continuation of performing patient assessment and treatment in the clinical setting. Additional topics such as patient communication, fluoride application, occlusal analyses, oral infection control, dental prostheses care, chemotherapeutics, and dental stain classification are introduced to enhance the student's ability to provide comprehensive dental hygiene services to patients. All procedures are taught to clinical competence. 20 hours of lecture and 80 hours of clinical lab are required.

Prerequisite(s):
Program Director/Dean approval.
Clinical Dental Hygiene II6
DHY 122
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3 Quarter Hours

Studies disease and the disease process. Emphasis will be placed on the detection and treatment of diseases of the oral region and the oral manifestations of systemic diseases. Case histories are presented in which the student's objective is to formulate a differential diagnosis of an unknown lesion and propose a rational approach for evaluation and treatment of the patient.

Prerequisite(s):
Program Director/Dean approval.
Oral Pathology3
DHY 123
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4 Quarter Hours

Focuses on the theories and principles of the x-ray, its nature and properties, and recognition of the normal anatomical structures present in a properly exposed set of periapical and interproximal radiographs. Practice is provided in exposure, development, and mounting of dental radiographs using a variety of techniques. All technical skills are taught to a minimum of laboratory competence. 20 hours of lecture and 40 hours of lab are required.

Prerequisite(s):
Program Director/Dean approval.
Dental Radiography4
DHY 131
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6 Quarter Hours

Provides a continuation of the study of performing patient assessment and treatment in the clinical setting. Emphasis will be placed on the recognition and treatment of the periodontally involved patient. Additional preventive and auxiliary procedures will be introduced, such as ultrasonic/sonic instrumentation, treatment of hypersensitive teeth, development of the maintenance appointment, and smoking cessation programs. All procedures are taught to clinical competence. 20 hours of lecture and 80 hours of clinical lab are required.

Prerequisite(s):
Program Director/Dean approval.
Clinical Dental Hygiene III6
DHY 132
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2 Quarter Hours

Covers the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of pathologic conditions affecting the periodontium. Prepares students to evaluate the patient's disease status and plan the appropriate treatment.

Prerequisite(s):
Program Director/Dean approval.
Periodontics I2
DHY 133
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4 Quarter Hours

Studies the composition and properties of materials used in the practice of dentistry. Emphasis is placed on the materials and procedures for which the dental hygienist is directly responsible. Students will practice proper care and manipulation of the materials in the laboratory. 30 hours of lecture and 20 hours of lab are required. All technical skills are taught to a minimum of laboratory competence.

Prerequisite(s):
Program Director/Dean approval.
Dental Materials4
DHY 134
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2 Quarter Hours

Exposes student dental health educators to many of the dental health care issues that affect society, the impact they have on dental health, and the educational techniques that can be employed to assist the individual on matters affecting health decisions. Further study will include human behavior, interpersonal relations and communication skills relating to patient education, motivation, and acceptance of health care.

Prerequisite(s):
Program Director/Dean approval.
Dental Health Education2
DHY 141
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4 Quarter Hours

Continues patient assessment and treatment in the clinical setting emphasizing all previously taught clinical skills for patient care. All procedures are taught to clinical competency. 10 hours of lecture and 60 hours of clinical lab are required.

Prerequisite(s):
Program Director/Dean approval.
Clinical Dental Hygiene IV4
DHY 201
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides students with the basic concepts of local anesthetics and pain control. The rationale for pain control, a review of specific anatomic landmarks, physiology, and pharmacology of anesthetic agents will be included. Through lecture and lab, detailed instruction in the use of local anesthesia and nitrous oxide, along with safety measures, will be provided. All procedures are taught to clinical competence. 20 hours of lecture and 40 hours of lab are required.

Prerequisite(s):
Program Director/Dean approval.
Dental Pain and Anxiety Control4
DHY 211A
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8 Quarter Hours

Continues the focus of performing patient care. Emphasis will be placed on treating the patient with special needs along with dietary assessment and planning for all age groups of patients. All procedures are taught to clinical competence. 20 hours of lecture and 120 hours of clinical are required.

Prerequisite(s):
Program Director/Dean approval.
Clinical Dental Hygiene V8
DHY 212
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2 Quarter Hours

Presents information on periodontal therapies relative to the hygienist's role as co-therapist in clinical practices. Further study includes the clinical and histological effects of periodontal procedures on oral tissues including surgical and non-surgical techniques used.

Prerequisite(s):
Program Director/Dean approval.
Periodontics II2
DHY 214A
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3 Quarter Hours

Provides a general knowledge of the fundamentals and concepts of drugs commonly used in dentistry and relates this information to the successful practice of clinical dental hygiene.

Prerequisite(s):
Program Director/Dean approval.
Pharmacology for the Dental Hygienist3
DHY 221
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8 Quarter Hours

Continues the study of clinical dental hygiene treatment designed to refine the technical skills learned from previous courses and provide a continuation of the study of the techniques and philosophies of handling patients with special needs. All procedures are taught to clinical competence. 20 hours of lecture and 120 hours of clinical are required.

Prerequisite(s):
Program Director/Dean approval.
Clinical Dental Hygiene VI8
DHY 222
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4 Quarter Hours

Surveys public health and community dentistry, comparing and contrasting the role of the dental hygienist in the community to that of private practice. An introduction is given to biostatistics with an emphasis on planning community programs.

Prerequisite(s):
Program Director/Dean approval.
Community Dentistry4
DHY 223
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1 Quarter Hours

Emphasizes the recognition of normal anatomical landmarks as well as pathological conditions commonly encountered in the practice of dental hygiene. This course is designed to complement DHY123 (Dental Radiography).

Prerequisite(s):
Program Director/Dean approval.
Radiographic Interpretation1
DHY 231
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8 Quarter Hours

Continues the study of clinical dental hygiene treatment designed to increase the student's speed and ability. Discussions of current dental hygiene concepts are introduced. Clinical requirements include a case study of a patient with written documentation and a class presentation. All procedures are taught to clinical competence. 20 hours of lecture and 120 hours of clinical are required.

Prerequisite(s):
Program Director/Dean approval.
Clinical Dental Hygiene VII8
DHY 232
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2 Quarter Hours

Surveys the laws that govern the practice of dental hygiene. A discussion of ethical codes of conduct that guide the dental hygienist is provided.

Prerequisite(s):
Program Director/Dean approval.
Dental Law and Ethics2
DHY 233
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2 Quarter Hours

Explores a variety of current issues that are of interest to the dental hygiene profession. Examples of topics that may be discussed are new products in dentistry, procedures in specialty practices, and career development. A project and/or observation at a community agency/private practice will be required, along with journal article summaries.

Prerequisite(s):
Program Director/Dean approval.
Special Topics Seminar2
HSC 151
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2 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to health informatics, with primary focus on the function of electronic health records (EHR) systems in health care delivery. Emphasis will be directed toward interdisciplinary use of an EHR to enhance quality and safety in patient care. Students will learn to use EHR software, access a patient account, create a patient file, and to enter and retrieve data. Compliance with HIPAA and confidentiality will be introduced.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 101, WPG 098 or high school typing/proficiency.
Introduction to Electronic Health Records2
HSC 221
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4 Quarter Hours

Applies nutritional biochemistry and physiology content to an analysis of health and illness situations from a holistic perspective. Nutritional, allopathic and alternative healing modalities will be explored and applied through the use of case studies and other varied learning experience.

Prerequisite(s):
B- or better in SCI 102C.
Nutrition4
SCI 101C
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5 Quarter Hours

Deals with the fundamental study of the body with a view toward the structure and function of body parts, organs, and systems and their relationship to the whole body. Laboratory work may include the use of the microscope, experiments/demonstrations in physiologic principles, and the dissection of animal parts. 40 hours of lecture and 20 hours of lab are required.

Anatomy and Physiology I5
SCI 102C
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5 Quarter Hours

Emphasizes the structure and function of the various body systems. Laboratory work will include the dissection of mammal organs. 40 hours of lecture and 20 hours of lab are required.

Prerequisite(s):
B- or better in SCI 101C.
Anatomy and Physiology II5
SCI 211
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4 Quarter Hours

Examines general disease mechanisms with an emphasis on the disease processes within each body system.

Prerequisite(s):
B- or better in SCI 102C.
Pathophysiology4
SCI 220A
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5 Quarter Hours

Explores basic concepts of prokaryotic and eukaryotic microorganisms including the basic composition, metabolism, genetics, immunology, and epidemiology of microorganisms. The human diseases caused by these microorganisms in addition to their treatments will be presented. A 20 hour laboratory will be a component of this course; students will perform several experiments to reinforce the material presented in lecture.

Microbiology5
SCI 231
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides an overview of biochemical structures and reactions that occur in living systems. Emphasis is placed on the areas of energy, proteins, and catalysis as well as metabolism and molecular genetics.

Prerequisite(s):
SCI 246.
Biochemistry4
SCI 246
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4 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to general chemical principles, particularly emphasizing periodic properties, fundamental chemical calculations, formulas, equations, bonding, and nomenclature. Students develop selected chemistry lab skills through the practical application of techniques and procedures. 30 hours of lecture and 20 hours of lab are required.

Prerequisite(s):
B- or better in MTH 108 or B- or better in MTH 111.
Chemistry I4
SOC 201
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4 Quarter Hours

Examines social organization, culture, and the relationship between society and the individual. The areas studied are social groups, roles and statuses, institutions, social stratification, socialization, social change, and social policy.

Sociology4
WRK 291B
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1 Quarter Hours

Covers all phases of securing employment in a required seminar. Major topics include resume preparation, interview strategy, job application, job search action planning, personal appearance, and coordination of the graduate's employment search activity with the College Career Services Office. Students in degree programs may complete the seminar requirement any time during their final two quarters. Certificate students should attend in their last quarter.

Prerequisite(s):
Sophomore status.
Professional Career Strategies1
General Education Requirements30 Hours
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
ENG 101
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4 Quarter Hours

Emphasizes academic writing by reading and thinking critically to strengthen essential communication skills through the use of the writing process. Various assignments focus on summary and response, analysis, and informative writing. Research practices and research writing in APA style are essential to the course.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 091 or satisfies developmental writing or placement exam, ENG 098B or satisfies developmental reading or placement exam.
Composition I4
ENG 102
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4 Quarter Hours

Continues developing students' critical thinking and writing skills through reading and argumentative writing. Emphasizes academic writing to articulate the relationships among language, knowledge, and power. Various assignments focus on position, argument analysis, and argumentative proposal. Research practices and research writing in APA style are essential to the course.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in ENG 101 or placement exam and approved writing sample.
Composition II4
INF 112
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2 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to word processing software and applications. This will include demonstrating the ability to perform basic Windows operations commands and word processing commands, which include creating, saving, printing, formatting, editing, and retrieving documents.

Prerequisite(s):
WPG 098 or high school typing/proficiency.
Word Processing2
INF 114A
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2 Quarter Hours

Introduces beginning database terminology, concepts, and applications using a file management software program. Students will demonstrate an understanding of data hierarchy; the ability to design simple files, edit file content, print file content, and simple reports; and the ability to search and sort files and use pre-existing formulas.

Prerequisite(s):
WPG 098 or high school typing/proficiency.
Introduction to Database Applications2
INF 161
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2 Quarter Hours

Explores timely social, legal, philosophical, ethical, political, constitutional, and economic implications of computing and technology. Coverage of the issues related to a technological society including social networking, privacy topics such as cameras in cell phones, access to our search queries and all sorts of data we put on the Web, social networking, location tracking, high-tech surveillance systems, intellectual property, professional ethics and responsibilities, and crime.

Technology and Society2
MTH 108
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4 Quarter Hours

Solves contemporary, real-world problems by mathematical reasoning utilizing concepts from algebra, finance, and statistics. Key topics include personal finance, mathematical models, functions and relations, dimensional analysis, statistical reasoning, and Euclidean geometry. This class focuses on quantitative literacy and the application of the above concepts in a variety of professional disciplines.

Prerequisite(s):
MTH 099E or satisfies developmental pre-algebra or placement exam.
College Mathematics I: Reasoning and Application4
SPK 201
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4 Quarter Hours

Develops confidence and skill in many facets of oral communication. Students explore diverse topics and formats, using both organization and research to support themselves during oral presentations.

Oral Communication4
WRI 115
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4 Quarter Hours

Addresses professional standards of communication with a focus on 21st century technology. Continues  developing students' critical thinking and writing skills to prepare them to be effective communicators in the workplace. Students evaluate the audience before choosing and applying the appropriate communication medium and style. Required elements include an employment portfolio, a group project/presentation, and an exploration of communication in the student's individual career field.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 102.
Workplace Communication4
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Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
PSY 101
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides a foundation for understanding human relations with applications to both personal and professional growth. Focus is on examining the basic dynamics of human relations, how social influences shape thought and behavior, effective ways to develop skills of human relations, and the importance of multicultural competency within human relations.

Human Relations4
PSY 111
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides a foundation of knowledge in psychology examining key topics related to understanding human thoughts and behavior. Topics include an exploration of factors that influence thoughts and behavior, psychology as a science, sensation/perception, motivation, emotion, memory, cognition, personality, as well as key figures, research, and theories within psychology. Applying concepts to real-life settings is a focus throughout the course.

General Psychology4

Quarter Hours Required for Graduation: 160

Philosophy

The dental hygiene program at Baker College, part of the Health Sciences Division, provides an education based in the social, behavioral, and biological sciences.  The goal of the Academic Divisions is to support and carry out the College mission.  This goal is accomplished by developing and delivering curriculum and fulfilling the three components of instruction, learning and assessment.  Emphasis will be put on developmental education/advising, curriculum delivery, faculty and staff training, and outcomes.

The major emphasis of dental hygiene education is a preventive approach to dental disease.  Committed faculty, excellent clinical facilities and adherence to the goals and objectives set forth for the students, facilitate positive direction in both the attainment of knowledge and the development of responsible and competent dental hygienists.

Baker College dental hygiene faculty recognize the need for continued review of the curriculum as new knowledge and technology emerge.

Program Description

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 health care assessments that include: 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. The program in dental hygiene is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association. This is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Commission on Recognition of Postsecondary Accreditation and by the United States Department of Education. Please reference www.ada.org for further information. Program Status: Limited Enrollment

Essential Functions / Technical Requirements

These technical standards reflect performance abilities and characteristics that are necessary to successfully complete the requirements of the program at Baker College. These standards are not conditions of admission to the program. Persons interested in applying for admission to the program should review this information to develop a better understanding of the physical abilities and behavioral characteristics necessary to successfully complete the program. The College complies with the requirements and spirit of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Therefore, the College will endeavor to make reasonable accommodations for participants with disabilities who are otherwise qualified.

  • Effectively communicate in English, both verbally and in writing, utilizing accurate and appropriate terminology with classmates, co-workers, patients, and providers.
  • Correctly interpret and/or clarify verbal, written, and electronic health information.
  • Observe and correctly interpret laboratory/clinical demonstrations and patient conditions.
  • Perform activities such as remove plaque and calculus from teeth, apply cavity prevention agents and sealants, etc. which require fine motor control with corresponding hand-eye coordination for safe and comfortable patient care.
  • Palpate, percuss, and auscultate and perform other diagnostic modalities and interpret findings accurately.
  • Accurately characterize and interpret the color, odor, clarity, and viscosity of dental structures and oral fluids.
  • Accurately assess equipment, medication, solutions, and other products/supplies to ensure patient safety.
  • Observe/guard patients' response before, during, and after clinical dental hygiene treatment.
  • Access the patient to safely perform clinical dental hygiene treatment.
  • Demonstrate critical-thinking, problem-solving, and diagnostic skills (including obtaining, interpreting, and documenting information).
  • Measure, calculate, reason, analyze, and synthesize data for purposes of safe and effective delivery of anesthesia, radiography, and comprehensive patient care.
  • Prioritize, organize, and utilize time-management skills to deliver patient care in a timely and accurate manner.
  • Demonstrate appropriate professional and procedural judgment decisions under stressful and/or emergency conditions.
  • Recognize potentially hazardous materials, equipment, and situations and proceed safely in order to minimize risk of injury to patients, self, and nearby individuals by referencing, utilizing, and adhering to OSHA requirements such as MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheets) and universal precautions.
  • Adhere to HIPAA, American Dental Hygiene Association (ADHA) professional standards, Baker College professional conduct guidelines, and clinical policies and procedures.
Program Goals
  • 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.
Accreditation

External peer review is the primary means of assuring and improving the quality of higher education institutions and programs in the United States. This recognition is accomplished through program accreditation, approval or certification.

The Dental Assisting Program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association., 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611-2678; (312) 440-2718. This is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Commission on Recognition of Post-Secondary Accreditation and by the United States Department of Education. Please reference http://www.ada.org for further information. 

Accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org

Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

Application Information

Prospective Students

An online application is available for Undergraduate and Graduate admission. You may also print the Application for Undergraduate Admission and apply through mail, or at the campus nearest you.

Returning Students

Returning students do not need to re-apply. Please contact the Academic Office on the campus that you plan to attend about returning to Baker College.

Current Students

Applications are available every June with a due date for completion and submission following the spring quarter at each campus location. Contact the Academic Office for information on applications. Students may only apply to the Baker College Dental Hygiene program where they designated Dental Hygiene as their major.

Please contact the program director for application information:

Baker College of Auburn Hills Baker College of Port Huron

Kelly J. Roos, CDA, R.D.A., M.S.
Director of Dental Assisting
1500 University Drive
Auburn Hills, MI 48236
(248) 276 6669
kelly.roos@baker.edu
Download the application

Lori J. Meikle, CDA, R.D.A., M.S.
Director of Dental Assisting
3403 Lapeer Road
Port Huron, MI 48060
(810) 989 2105
lori.meikle@baker.edu
Download the application

Limited Enrollment

Full acceptance into the professional track of some programs is limited due to clinical site availability. Students compete to earn acceptance into these programs. Selection criteria have been developed to choose the most qualified students for limited enrollment programs.  Students who have successfully completed the conditional acceptance requirements for their program are eligible to apply for full acceptance in to the professional track of the program. Refer to the program information supplement for program specific details on the application process, the criteria used, and the courses used in the GPA calculations.

Once selected through the limited enrollment criteria, for full acceptance into a program, students must complete program requirements including, but not limited to: program specific orientations, background checks, drug screens, etc. Please contact your campus official for additional information.

Campus Contacts

Baker College of Auburn Hills

Nicole Greco, BSDH, MA

Program Director
(248) 276-8881
nicole.greco@baker.edu

Baker College of Port Huron

Sharon Walby RDH, MS

Program Director
(810) 989-2104
sharon.walby@baker.edu

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  • How can I send a copy of my official transcripts to another organization?

    To access your transcripts, log into the SOLAR System, select the Star System and select the Academic Office. Once there, click on the transcripts link.

  • Is Baker accredited?

    Yes. Baker College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org.

    Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Additional Accreditations

    Baker has also earned specialized accreditations for programs and degrees in: 

    • Business Administration
    • Early Childhood Learning
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Health Sciences
    • School of Nursing

    For details about these specialized accreditations, see the individual Programs and Degrees pages. 

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  • Is Baker College Online accredited?

    Baker Online is part of Baker College, a private, non-profit, accredited, degree granting, higher educational institution with locations throughout Michigan.

    As an accredited college, Baker College has been granted legal authority by the state of Michigan to operate as a nonprofit educational corporation and is empowered to grant certificates, associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees. It is approved for veterans’ benefits. Baker College is recognized as an institution of higher education by the U.S. Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education.

    All Baker Online undergraduate and graduate programs are accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org

    Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Some Baker Online graduate programs have additional accreditation:

  • How do online classes work?


    After you enroll, and are accepted to your online program, you sign-up, or "register" for your first courses. Like all Baker Online students, you will begin your online experience with a three-week online class designed to orient you to the Baker Online classroom, and review the expectations and requirements of Baker Online students. When you have completed this course successfully, you can move on to additional online courses.

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