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Program Description

EIC is no longer accepting students for this Program.

The dental hygienist is a member of the oral health team who provides treatment to prevent oral health diseases. Clinical skills include performing oral health assessments, examining head, neck and oral regions for disease, exposing and processing dental radiographs, other diagnostic assessments, debridement (removing) of deposits from the tooth structures, applying sealants and fluoride to prevent decay, providing nutritional counseling for maintenance of the oral cavity, fabricate athletic mouth guards, and other patient services allowed by the State Board of Dentistry. Dental hygienists are oral health educators within the community and plan oral health promotion strategies to better inform and serve their patients. The curriculum covers a two-year program culminating in an AAS degree. The DH program teaches the student the essential theoretical and hands-on knowledge to compete for entry-level positions in the field.

The Associates Degree in Dental Hygiene in Jersey City, NJ has accreditation from the American Dental Association (ADA) and Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA). In New Jersey, dental hygienists are required to be licensed by the NJ State Board of Registration and Examination in Dentistry (the Board) in order to practice. Graduates are eligible to apply to the Board for licensure to become NJ registered dental hygienists by taking the requisite examinations. However, since State licensure requirements are not controlled by the College and are subject to change without notice, Eastern International College cannot guarantee that graduates will be eligible for licensure in New Jersey, at all or at any specific time, regardless of their eligibility status upon enrollment.

The Eastern International College Associate Degree program in Dental Hygiene has accreditation from the American Dental Association (ADA) and Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA). It is only offered only at our Jersey City main campus. Because each level of coursework builds on the knowledge gained in the last, students are required to successfully complete all courses in order to progress to the subsequent semester.

program learning outcomes

Prepare yourself for a rewarding career as an allied health professional by earning your AAS degree through Eastern International College’s dental hygiene program. A dental hygienist is an integral member of the dental health community who frontlines preventative oral care and dental hygiene by performing diagnostic assessments, routine dental cleanings, examinations and more. Upon graduating from EIC, you will be eligible to apply to the NJ State Board of Registration and Examination in Dentistry for licensure to become a registered dental hygienist in the state of New Jersey.
  • Utilize the nursing process, critical thinking, and principles of advocacy as tools to make culturally-sensitive client-centered clinical decisions in all health care settings
  • Collaborate with clients and other members of the health care team using effective communication in the planning, coordination and provision of competent care.
  • Integrate the concepts of Orem’s Self Care Deficit Theory into nursing practice.
  • Promote client and staff safety utilizing the process of quality improvement based on evidence- based practice.
  • Use information and technology for communication, knowledge development, professional development and clinical-decision making.
  • Demonstrate leadership behaviors and professionalism when providing care to clients across the lifespan in all care settings.
  • Integrate legal, ethical, and professional standards into nursing practice.

General Education Coursework

Course Number Course Title Semester Credits
BIO 101 Anatomy and Physiology I 4
BIO 102 Anatomy and Physiology II 4
BIO 110 Microbiology 4
CHE 101 General/Organic/Biochemisty For Allied Health Professionals 3
ENG 101 English Composition 3
MAT 103 College Algebra 3
PSY 101 General Psychology 3
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology 3
SPC 101 Interpersonal Communications 3
Total 30

program major courses

Course NumberCourse TitleSemester Credits
DH 100Dental Hygiene PreClinical Sciences3
DH 101Dental Hygiene Clinical Sciences I4
DH 102Dental Radiology3
DH 103Dental and Oral Anatomy & Physiology2
DH 104General and Oral Pathology3
DH 105Oral Embryology and Histology2
DH 106Medical Emergencies in the Dental Office, Basic Life Support “C” AHA1
DH 200Dental Hygiene Clinical Sciences II4
DH 201Dental Hygiene Clinical Sciences III4
DH 202Pharmacology2
DH 203Periodontics I2
DH 204Periodontics II2
DH 205Law and Ethics for the Dental Hygienists: Ethics, Jurisprudence and Practice Management2
DH 206Foundations of Nutritional Science3
DH 207National Board and Case Review2
DH 208Community Dentistry & Health Study3
DH 209Dental Material & Lab2
DH 210Prevention and Control of Oral Disease2
DH 211Local Anesthesia & Pain Control2
Total 48

Total Program Credits = 78 semester credits
Length of Program: 24 months

Course Descriptions

Abbreviations

PSY Psychology
CVT Cardiovascular Technology
ENG English
MAT Math
BIO Biological Science
SPC Speech

This course explores the structure and function of the human body. It includes the study of cells and tissue, with a focus on the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, and endocrine systems.
This course is a continuation of Anatomy and Physiology I. Topics include the reproductive system, cardiovascular system, blood, digestive system, urinary system, fluid and electrolyte imbalance, respiratory system and the lymphatic system. Prerequisite: BIO 101
This course focuses on the study of microbiological concepts and techniques central to the health professions. Topics include anatomy and physiology of microbes, microbial classification, principles of microscopy, sterilization, disinfection, immunology, chemotherapy, epidemiology, disease transmission, pathogenicity and virulence in relation to microbes. Laboratory skills, such as isolating, culturing, evaluation, and identification of microorganisms, are learned.
This course introduces students to basic concepts in general, organic, and biological chemistry. Topics include atomic structure, chemical quantities and reactions, acids and bases, solutions, organic compounds, nucleic acids, and protein synthesis among others.
This course introduces students to college-level writing and reading skills through critical reading, formal essays and research assignments. Proper sentence, paragraph and essay structure, as well as information and technology literacy, are emphasized throughout the course. Prerequisites: ENG 098 and ENG 099 or passing of placement exams
This course introduces students to the scientific discipline of psychology. It addresses cross cultural issues, historical perspectives, and the importance of psychological well-being, with topics ranging from psychological disorders, therapeutic approaches, and personality, to the biological basis of behavior, learning and memory, development, consciousness, and the social nature of human beings.
This course focuses on sociology as a way of understanding the world. Sociology is a field of study that considers social, political, and economic phenomena within the context of social structures, social forces, and group relations. Students will be introduced to the field of sociology by way of engaging with several important sociological topics, including socialization, culture, the social construction of knowledge, inequality, race and ethnic relations, poverty, and political sociology.
This course is an overview of the process of human communication, with special emphasis on analyzing communication patterns. Students learn skills designed to improve interactions in family, social, and professional settings. The course also addresses effective listening, pacing, attending, making value judgments, summarizing, probing, empathy, handling emotions, perception checking, and conflict management. Hindrances to effective communication are also discussed.
This course covers concepts of algebra. Topics include a review of linear equations and inequalities, systems of linear equations, coordinate geometry, and graphing techniques; exponential and polynomial functions and applications; factoring and applications; rational expressions and applications; roots and radicals; and quadratic equations. Prerequisite: MAT 099 or passing of placement exams.
This course shall serve as the foundation for dental hygiene practice. Clinical dental hygiene protocols and techniques will be the primary focus. These protocols will include but not be limited to: infection control, patient management, medical emergency management, data assessment, medical and dental histories, intraoral and extra oral exams, dental charting, data interpretation and treatment planning, instrumentation and homecare therapies. This course will prepare students to provide therapeutic, educational, and preventive services for patients in the Clinical Experience during the following semesters. The importance of professional development including legal, ethical, and personal responsibilities will be discussed. Corequisites: DH 103, DH 105, and DH 106
This course shall serve as a continuation of the foundation necessary for dental hygiene practice. The focus will be on preventive therapies and patient management techniques as well as providing the student with an increased knowledge of clinical dental hygiene protocols. Students will provide dental hygiene care including medical history, vital signs, intraoral and extra oral examinations, dental charting data interpretation, treatment planning, instrumentation, home care therapies, and polishing for a variety of patients. Soft tissue management and periodontal maintenance will also be introduced.  Prerequisites: DH 100, DH 103, DH 105, and DH 106. Corequisites: DH 102, DH 104, DH 110
This course provides a basic theoretical foundation leading to implementation and application of dental radiographic techniques with special emphasis on radiation safety, exposure techniques, processing, and the interpretation of landmarks and individualizing patient assessment needs. The laboratory component will provide experience in exposing, patient management, and critiquing of quality and interpretation of radiographs. Prerequisites: DH 100, DH 103, DH 105, DH 106. Corequisites: DH 101 and DH 104
This course is designed to study the anatomy and physiology of the teeth and oral structures. Topics will include identification of primary, mixed and permanent dentition, eruption patterns, classification of occlusion and the detailed anatomy of the head and neck. Osteology, muscles, nerve innervation, and blood supply are studied. Cases are correlated to the clinical experience. Corequisites: DH 100, DH 105, and DH 106
This course will help the dental hygiene student facilitate the identification and treatment of oral diseases. The study will focus on understanding the disease process, recognizing deviations from normal, and identifying oral manifestations of local and systemic slide presentations. Presented in the course are current theories on etiology and pathogenesis, significance of genetics, environment, immune responses, and new therapeutic approaches in the treatment of disease. Case studies are presented on CD- ROM to help students distinguish between scientific discovery and its technological application. Prerequisites: DH 100, DH 103, DH 105, and DH 106. Co-requisites: DH 101 and DH 102
This course will serve as an introductory study of the developing features of the head and face. Specific emphasis will be placed on those structures relating to the oral cavity. In addition, detailed attention will focus on the histologic aspects of the dental tissues in regard to their location, composition, development, structure, function, and clinical importance. This will provided essential fundamental knowledge for the clinical practice of dental hygiene. Corequisites: DH 100, DH 103, and DH 106
This course will serve to instruct students in the management of medical emergencies that may occur in the dental office. It will explain how to anticipate potential emergencies and what resources must be on hand to deal effectively with these situations. Emergency situations, such as syncope, respiratory distress, seizure, cardiac arrest, a n d stroke, are addressed. The course also will have a segment of training for a basic life support CPR certification. Corequisites: DH 100, DH 103, and DH 105
This course of study continues to expand the student’s clinical development and knowledge of current theories. CLII is designed to integrate cognitive knowledge with practical applications of dental hygiene therapies. The primary focus of this course is to prepare the dental hygiene student for the appropriate protocols and techniques for successful periodontal therapies including advanced instrumentation, anxiety/pain control, periodontal and implant maintenance. The development of dental hygiene care plans for the medically, physically, and sensory challenged patient is discussed. Prerequisites: DH 100, DH 101, DH 102, DH 103, DH 104, DH 105, DH 106, DH 202, DH 209, DH 210, and DH211. Corequisites: DH 203, DH 206
The primary focus of this course is to prepare the student to make the transition from school to the clinical setting in a dental office. Through lecture, class participation, and hands-on experiences, the student will be exposed to a variety of career opportunities. Ethics, jurisprudence, State Practice Acts/Licensure will be integrated throughout the course and will be a co-content approach for the Ethics and Law 2-credit course given this semester. Emphasis will be also be placed on health care delivery systems, dental hygiene practice management, the job search, resume writing, and the interview process as well as professional networking. The clinical component of the course will focus on building speed with efficiency at the dental hygiene chair, incorporating advanced clinical therapies, alternative therapies/medicines-all in preparation for the move from ‘student-hood’ to professional colleague. Prerequisites: DH 100, DH 101, DH 102, DH 103, DH 104, DH 105, DH 106, DH 200, DH 202, DH 203, DH 206, DH 209, DH 210, and DH 211. Corequisites: DH 204, DH205, DH 207, and DH 208
This course presents pharmacology as the study of drugs and how they affect biological systems. Throughout the course of their everyday practice, dental hygienists must frequently draw upon their knowledge of Pharmacology for tasks ranging from the routing, such as obtaining a complete patient medical history and appointment planning, to the extreme, such as handling a medical emergency in the office. In addition to a base of knowledge of pharmacology and the drugs used in the current therapy of disease states, the dental hygienist must also have a solid foundation in the terminology and vocabulary that is associated with pharmacology. This course examines medications routinely prescribed for medical and dental conditions and the role of the dental hygienist in patient assessment and treatment planning. Systemic medications, complementary medicine, anesthesia, and oral pharmacotherapy will be included. Local anesthetic agents will be emphasized. Prerequisites: DH 100, DH 101, DH 102, DH 103, DH 104, DH 105, and DH 106. Corequisites: DH 209, DH 210 and DH 211
This course of study focuses on the basic concepts of the etiology, disease development and current theories of cure and/or control. Anatomy with emphasis on the gingival and periodontal structure is stressed. Disease pathogens causing the compromise of health in the periodontium and oral environment, epidemiology, biological factors, assessment protocols and evaluation of current philosophies in periodontal disease are reviewed. Prerequisites: DH 100, DH 101, DH 102, DH 103, DH 104, DH 105, DH 106, DH 202, DH 203, DH 209, DH 210, and DH 211. Corequisites: DH 200 and DH 206
This course is a continuation of Periodontology I. The student will apply the foundation knowledge gained in semester five’s Periodontology I. Dental and dental hygiene treatments for the periodontally involved patient are reviewed with a formal presentation of a case developed by each student. Assessment, dental hygiene diagnosis, treatment plan, implementation evaluation of the periodontally challenged patient will be the concentration of this course. The philosophy of co-therapy between the professional and the patient is assessed and evaluated. Current home therapies are considered and reviewed. Dental hygiene therapy and its role with the periodontics specialist are evaluated. Surgical intervention, surgical reconstruction of the periodontium, implant insertion and maintenance with emphasis on the hygienist’s role are explained. Alternative and holistic therapy, such as stress reduction, and behavioral habits, such as smoking cessation, for the patient are considered. Prerequisites: DH 100, DH 101, DH 102, DH 103, DH 104, DH 105, DH106, DH 200, DH 202, DH 203, DH 206, DH 209, DH 210, and DH 211. Corequisites: DH 201, DH 205, DH 207 and DH 208
This course introduces students to the legal and ethical implications of working in medical facilities and the obligations of practitioners and office personnel to follow ethical standards and codes of conduct. Topics include: professionalism, the relationship between physicians/dentists/allied health providers and patients, professional liability, medical ethics, legality of health record as a legal document, and the Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act (HIPAA). Prerequisites: DH100, DH 101, DH 102, DH 103, DH 104, DH 105, DH 106, DH 200, DH 202, DH 203, DH 206, DH209, DH 210, DH 211 Corequisites: DH 201, DH 204, DH 207, DH 208
This course is an introduction to general nutrition with an emphasis on the principles relating to human health. The course provides students with an understanding of the basics of the science of nutrition at various stages of the life cycle. Food sources of energy, nutrients and their consequences to health will be explored. Terminology and scientific resources pertinent to the Nutrition field will be introduced. Prerequisites: DH 100, DH 101, DH 102, DH 103, DH 104, DH 105, DH 106, DH 200, DH 202, DH 206, DH 209, DH210, and DH 211. Corequisites: DH 200 and DH 203
This course will assist the graduating dental hygiene student in preparing for the National Written Board and State Licensing Boards. Study preparation and test construction are considered. Practiced stress control and test anxiety skills are addressed. Simulated MOCK written boards are given with review and comments. Case studies of patients are reviewed with emphasis on simulated Board cases. The cases will include all assessments, radiographs, patient records and other digitized reproductions for analysis. Short subject review, such as Pathology, Instrumentation, General Sciences, and Pharmacology, among others will be presented by individual student groups. Prerequisites: DH 100, DH 101, DH 102, DH 103, DH 104, DH 105, DH 106,DH 200, DH 202, DH 203, DH 206, DH 209, DH 210, and DH 211. Corequisites: DH 201, DH 204, DH 205, and DH 208
Dental health education and public health are introduced and evaluated in this 3 credit course. Emphasis is placed on the role of the hygienist in promoting dental health in the private office and community, educational methods, biostatistics, and epidemiology. The course is intended to provide the student with information necessary to enable her/him to understand the foundations upon which community dentistry and dental health education are built. Questions such as what is health, can it be measured, and if so, how and what are the variables influencing health, can these be manipulated, are addressed. Who pays for health and what are the different avenues for delivering this healthcare will be evaluated. Community dental hygiene and oral health is every hygienist’s concern. Prerequisites: DH 100, DH 101, DH 102, DH 103, DH 104, DH 105, DH 106, DH 200, DH 202, DH 203, DH 206, DH 209, DH 210, and DH 211. Corequisites: DH 201, DH204, DH 205, and DH 207
Dental Materials is a comprehensive study of the science, technology, and application of dental materials. Various dental materials and their specific uses, along with related fundamental and specialty clinical dental hygiene skills, are presented through didactic laboratory and clinical components. Prerequisites: DH 100, DH 101, DH 102, DH 103, DH 104, DH 105, and DH 106. Corequisites: DH 202, DH 210, and DH 211.
Dental hygiene philosophy of care is based on the concept of prevention in all aspects of oral care. Behavioral habits such as smoking, bruxism, infantile swallowing, high sugar intake and dietary concerns, are discussed with emphasis on their cure and/or control. Consumer fluoride produces are evaluated along with a myriad of home care items. Patient assessments for childhood dental trauma including abuse are reviewed. Prerequisites: DH 100, DH 101, DH 102, DH 103, DH 104, DH 105, and DH 106. Corequisites: DH 202, DH 209, and DH 211
This course is designed to introduce the student to the principles of local anesthesia and pain control in dentistry and dental hygiene. It will introduce both the didactic and clinical aspects of one of the most important areas of dentistry at the time in which the students are preparing to enter their clinical training. Prerequisites: DH 100, DH101, DH 102, DH 103, DH 104, DH 105, and DH 106 Corequisites: DH 202, DH 209, and DH 210

ADMISSIONS

Applicants to all programs must follow program-specific criteria listed below. Each applicant will be interviewed and given a tour of the College by his/her assigned admissions representative. Information gathered during this meeting will be presented to the Campus Director for review. If said review results in a positive recommendation, the applicant is encouraged to proceed with the appropriate application process.

  • HS Diploma or recognized equivalency certificate (GED)
  • Take the HESI Exam with a minimum of 70
  • Complete Admissions Process

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