Sheridan College Dental Hygiene degree program.

Dental Hygiene

Dental hygienists play an important role in promoting health by helping patients understand the connection between good oral health and overall healthy bodies. Dental hygienists provide patient education and individualized therapeutic services to help patients reach their oral health goals. Our Associate of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene degree program is offered only on the Sheridan College campus.

Sheridan College’s Dental Hygiene degree is one of the leading programs in the Rocky Mountain Region. Our cutting edge technology and state-of-the-art equipment provides you current didactic and clinical experiences.

The Dental Hygiene program accepts 24 students each year. As a student, you will develop strong friendships and learn to work well as a team. Our students enjoy this relationship with each other and with their patients. The setting of our program at the foot of the beautiful Bighorn Mountains offers lots of outdoor experiences many find appealing while they are students here.

Sheridan College has a cooperative agreement with the University of Wyoming. This unique partnership gives you the opportunity to earn a Bachelor of Science degree from UW while simultaneously earning an Associate of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene from Sheridan College. The Bachelor of Science option offers increased career opportunities, and can be completed during the program or at a later time.

Many graduates join private dentistry practices, employed by a dentist providing dental hygiene care to patients. Many dental hygienists make a life-time career of this type of employment, or pursue research or education opportunities.

Why Sheridan College?

  • With only 24 students accepted into the program each year, you will enjoy a low faculty-to-student ratio and individualized instruction.
  • Our Dental Hygiene degree program partners with the University of Wyoming to give you the option of simultaneously completing a Bachelor’s degree.
  • Sheridan College offers rotations to several off-site clinics, as well as a full on-campus dental hygiene clinic.

Admission
Applicants to the dental hygiene program must be accepted to NWCCD and submit official transcripts (including High School or HSEC) to the Records office. Admission to the college does not guarantee admission to the dental hygiene program; application to the dental hygiene program is a separate process.

Prerequisites
Students applying to the dental hygiene program must complete all the prerequisite courses listed below, and must have completed at least 20 credits of the pre-req courses by the end of the fall semester preceding the spring semester they apply to the program.
Prerequisites include:

  • ENGL 1010: English I – 3 credits
  • ENGL 2005: Technical Writing (may substitute AW 0000) – 3 credits
  • MATH 1400: College Algebra (may substitute MATH 1000 Problem Solving 3 cr) (GenEd-BM) – 4 credits
  • PSYCH 1000: General Psychology (GenEd-CS) – 4 credits
  • ANTH 1200: Cultural Anthropology (may substitute SOC 1000 Sociological Principles) – 3 credits
  • COMM 2010: Public speaking (may substitute CO/M 1030 Interpersonal Communications) – 3 credits
  • FCSC 1140: Nutrition – 2 credits
  • BIOL 1010: General Biology I – 4 credits
  • CHEM 1000: Introductory Chemistry (may sub CHEM 1020 Gen Chem I or CHEM 1030 Gen Chem
    II)(GenEd-Sci of choice) – 4 credits
  • MOLB 2210* General Microbiology – 4 credits
  • ZOO 2010* Human Anatomy and Physiology I – 4 credits
  • ZOO 2020* Human Anatomy and Physiology II – 4 credits

*Courses must be 5 years current at the time of application

GPA
Pre-requisite courses must be completed with a “C” or better and applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 to apply for admission. Admission selection is based on cumulative GPA of the pre-requisite courses and cumulative GPA of the science courses.

All applications, transcripts, and forms must be completed by February 15 to be considered for Fall Semester admittance to the dental hygiene program. All pre-req courses must be completed by the end of the spring semester that the student applies – we do not wait for SUMMER course grades!

Step 1. Apply to Sheridan College using the college application (if not a current
Sheridan College student).

Step 2. Send official transcripts from your high school and all colleges you have attended to Sheridan College by the application deadline of February 15. Official transcripts can be requested and sent electronically through the National Student Clearinghouse at https://studentclearinghouse.org.

Step 3. Complete the dental hygiene program application form.

Step 4. Submit observation form or observation waiver form (found in the Information Packet) to the dental hygiene program by mail, fax, or email.

After February 15, the dental hygiene admissions committee meets to review applications. The top tier of applicants will be contacted to schedule an interview. These interviews are conducted via Skype or other such technology between February 15 and March 15. In late March, applicants are notified of their status.

Industry Outlook

Demand is high for Dental Hygienists across the state and region. Ongoing research that connects oral health to general health will continue to increase the demand for preventative dental services, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the field of Dental Hygienists will experience 20% job growth, adding more than 40,900 jobs from 2016-2026.

Faculty and Community

The faculty in the Sheridan College Dental Hygiene program are dental hygienists who want to make a difference for students and the communities they serve. We are committed to providing you the best education possible and are dedicated to providing support for your success and the safety of the public.

The faculty strive to help you accomplish your academic goals in order to be prepared for clinical and national board exams. Sheridan College provides multiple opportunities and experiences to prepare you for the clinical world of dental hygiene after graduation.

Careers and Opportunities

Many dental hygienists will work in clinical practices which include family general practices, pediatric practices, and periodontal offices. Some dental hygienists work in Public Dental Health Clinics, Indian Health Service (IHS) Clinics, and VA Dental Clinics. Others pursue careers in education, research, legislation, and public advocacy. To help you prepare for your career in Dental Hygiene, Sheridan College offers numerous resources, including:

  • On-Campus Dental Hygiene Clinic
  • Expert Faculty
  • Off-Site Clinical Experiences
  • Dentistry Guidance and Oversight
  • University of Wyoming Bachelor’s Degree Partnership
  • Service-Learning Experiences
  • Hands-On Training
  • Industry-Leading Technology

Community Courses – Dental Assistants

Take a hands-on course for the Application of Pit & Fissure Sealants for Dental Assistants.