Curriculum

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Curriculum

The Taft College Dental Hygiene Program prepares students for employment through career vocational education and the students earn an Associate in Science Degree and a Certificate in Dental Hygiene at the completion of the 2 year curriculum.

We believe that the curriculum in the TCDH Program is of appropriate scope and depth to reflect the objectives and philosophy of higher education by fulfilling the Mission of the Community Colleges and the Dental Practice Act and is confirmed by our National Board results.  We also believe that the courses the same in scope and depth as those taught in a four year college or university and again this is confirmed by our National Board scores which students from both 2 and 4 year programs throughout the United States must successfully pass to get a license to practice dental hygiene.  In the past, Taft has ranked as high a 9th in the nation.

The dental hygiene curriculum is designed so that each semester builds upon the next in both didactic and clinical curricula.  Students must successfully complete prerequisites before they are elibible to apply to the program.  The students must successfully complete all courses in order to move into the next semester.

The following are major subject areas that are included in the curriculum:

  1. Prevention of disease transmission
  2. Patient/operator positioning
  3. Time and motion management
  4. Prevention and/or management of emergency situations
  5. Comprehensive patient assessment
  6. Diagnosis and planning of dental hygiene care
  7. Principles and methods of dental hygiene intervention
  8. Principles and methods of evaluating outcomes of dental hygiene care                  
  9. Monitoring and record keeping
  10. Professional ethics

Below is a list of all the TCDH courses and the units and hours of each course.