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Dental Health Sciences at Sinclair Will Give You a Reason to Smile

The dental hygiene program has been in existence since 1973. With a Dental Hygiene Accreditation from the American Dental Association, Sinclair has the latest technology, including a contemporary dental patient simulation lab. The program also houses a dental hygiene clinic that provides a variety of services to the Dayton community and beyond.

Our department offers a two-year associate degree program that allows you to take various state dental boards and apply for state licensing. In addition to the degree program, the dental health sciences department also offers several training programs for continuing education.

This program might be for you if:

  • You are interested in working in the dental field.
  • You would like to work with a variety of people and perform multiple tasks.
  • You are looking to gain hands-on, practical experience while gaining a valuable education.

Working with the supervision of a dentist, dental hygienists provide educational, preventive and therapeutic services for patients/clients including: oral examinations; dental imaging; teeth cleaning; non-surgical periodontal therapy; sealants; fluoride treatments; and more. Dental hygienists are also able to work in private dental practices, public health programs, research facilities and higher education. In this career path, you are bound to take on a variety of tasks. And, Sinclair’s program is sure to give you the knowledge and experience it takes to succeed.

Important Information about Health Sciences Programs: The Health Sciences (HS) Programs consist of open enrollment (general education and division specific courses) and program specific courses with limited enrollment. The open enrollment courses may be taken prior to entry into the limited enrollment courses. To qualify for entry to limited enrollment courses, please see the program specific information packet located on each HS program's webpage.

Short-term Technical Certificate

Dental Assisting

The student will be introduced to the fundamentals of working in a dental office as a chair-side dental assistant. Concepts and techniques of basic equipment, four-handed dentistry, oral evacuation, instrument identification, and proper use are discussed. Introduction to dental specialties are discussed. Oral examination, charting, medical and dental histories, sterilization, lab, and infection control procedures are emphasized. Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation for the Health Care Provider will be required prior to entry to the Dental Assisting program. Upon completion of this short-term certificate the graduate will be eligible to sit for the Ohio CDA examination. Note: ALH 1130 will be waived for anyone with proof of American Heart Association Healthcare Provider Basic Life Support, see Academic Advising.

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Expanded Functions for Dental Auxiliaries

The Expanded Functions Dental Auxiliary (EFDA) Certificate is designed to prepare graduates for positions in private practice dental offices, dental clinics, federal, state and municipal health facilities. The Ohio State Dental Board allows Certified Dental Assistants and Registered Dental Hygienists to enroll in this training. Emphasis is placed on sealants, amalgam restorations, composite restorations and temporary restorations. Students will receive instruction and hands-on experience in restorative dentistry as it relates to expanded functions in Ohio. Once the training is complete, the student must take a state written and practical exam to demonstrate proficiency in placement of dental restorations.

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Degree Programs

Dental Hygiene - Associate of Applied Science

Working as part of a dental team, dental hygienists treat patients needing non-surgical periodontal therapy and radiographs; apply preventive agents, provide intra- and extra-oral exams and oral hygiene instructions. Registered dental hygienists work in private dental offices, public health settings, and in higher education.

The Dental Hygiene program is designed to be completed in five (5) semesters on a full-time basis when the student begins the technical portion of the program. The degree program consists of open enrollment courses (general education and division specific) and program specific courses with limited enrollment. The open enrollment courses may be taken prior to entry into the limited enrollment courses. To qualify for entry to limited enrollment courses, please see the Applicant Information packet located on the webpage. A cumulative GPA of 2.5 is required and a grade of C or higher is required in all program courses.

Prerequisites: ENG 1101 and ALH 1101 and BIO 1141 and BIO 1242 and DEH 1102 and Approval of Department to begin limited enrollment DEH courses.

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Program Accreditation Information
The Dental Hygiene program is fully accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) through the American Dental Association, located at 211 East Chicago Avenue Chicago, IL 60611-2678 or www.ada.org .

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Transfer Opportunities

Make the most of your education by starting at Sinclair Community College. Our quality programs and low tuition make it a great place to start even if you intend to further your education beyond an associate degree or certificate. You would be surprised at the money you could save by completing your first two years of study at Sinclair—just take a look at our low tuition and see the savings for yourself. You can also learn more by visiting Sinclair’s Transfer Web site »

Articulation & Transfer Agreements

Sinclair works directly with many four-year schools in Ohio and beyond to ensure the college credit you earn will transfer easily to those schools. By developing articulation agreements, formal agreements between colleges detailing the recognition of college credit between the schools, you will know you are meeting the requirements needed at the four-year school of your choice. Learn more about articulation and transfer »

Ohio Transfer Module

The Associate of Arts and the Associate of Science degree programs fulfill the requirements for the Ohio Transfer Module at other public colleges and universities. Students in applied associate degree programs may complete some individual transfer module courses within their degree program or continue beyond their program to complete the entire transfer module.

Upon completion of the Ohio Transfer Module, students will be able to enter most Ohio four-year colleges and universities as a junior with your general education requirements completed. Find out more about the Ohio Transfer Module »

Transferring Individual Classes

In addition to transferring with a degree, college credit for many courses, including many in the health care fields, are accepted at other colleges and universities. Learn more about course equivalency »

General Agreements

While at Sinclair, if you plan to complete any associate degree program, there are agreements in place to help you easily transfer into a variety of bachelor’s degree completion programs.

Your transfer opportunities
may include:

  • Antioch University McGregor
  • Franklin University
  • Kaplan University
  • Ohio Dominican University
  • Ohio University
  • Purdue University
  • Strayer University
  • Wilberforce University
  • Wright State University
  • and more…

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Please Note: Sinclair continues to work with other colleges and universities to provide more opportunities through new articulation and transfer agreements. Please consult with an academic advisor for the most up-to-date information.

Related Programs

Sinclair Community College offers a wide variety of certificate and degree programs. With so many to choose from, we are sure that you can find a program that suits your needs. If you are interested in the dental health sciences programs, you might also be interested in learning more about these programs at Sinclair: