Fox College - Bedford Park, IL
Dental Hygiene

Making Mouths Happy. 

Dental Hygienists play an important role in a dental office. Under the supervision of a dentist, dental hygienists work directly with patients to help them care for their oral health. Dental Hygienists often clean and polish teeth, take x-rays, create molds of teeth and assist dentists in a variety of dental procedures. 

The Fox College Dental Hygiene curriculum was designed to be finished in 20 months, with graduates earning an Associate of Applied Science degree in Dental Hygiene. Our accelerated, hands-on curriculum focuses on the key dental skills that Dental Hygienists need in order to become licensed. Upon completion of the 20-month Dental Hygiene program, our graduates will be qualified to take the National Board Dental Hygiene Exam and a Dental Hygiene Clinical Exam. 

Students at Fox College learn in a simulated on-site dental clinic and gain valuable hands-on experience. 

We encourage you to visit us and learn why our Dental Hygiene graduates Finish First! 

 

HIGHLIGHTS

At Fox College, our Dental Hygiene faculty has real-world experience, so they can teach in the classroom what it takes to succeed. 

Our class sizes are usually smaller, making it easier to get to know your teachers and get personal, one-on-one attention. You'll be learning in a simulated dental lab which is equipped with the industry standard equipment you will find in dental practices. 

During the 20-month Dental Hygiene Program, you will learn how to:

  • Clean and polish teeth
  • Take x-rays
  • Create molds of teeth
  • Teach proper oral health care techniques to patients

*Offered at our Midway Campus. 

 

Graduates of the Dental Hygiene program are eligible to take the tests required for licensing in Illinois. 

 

CURRICULUM

Fox College offers a 20-month Associate of Applied Science degree in Dental Hygiene. Most of your classes are specific to preparing you for a successful Dental Hygienist careeer. You can graduate quickly and start working!

To read course descriptions, download our school catalog

CONCENTRATION COURSES

  • Anatomy & Physiology for Hygienists
  • Head & Neck Anatomy
  • Oral & Embryonic Histology
  • Introduction to Dental Hygiene
  • Preventive Dental Practices
  • Dental Materials
  • Nutrition & Dental Health
  • Dental Hygiene Pre Clinical Skills I & II
  • Radiology I & II
  • Pharmacology 
  • General & Dental Pathology
  • Anesthesia
  • Dental Practice: Ethics and Management
  • Community Dental Health
  • Periodontics I & II
  • Dental Emergencies & Pathology
  • Dental Hygiene Clinic Operations
  • Dental Hygiene Clinical I-IV
  • Dental Hygiene Seminar I-IV
 

CAREERS

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Dental Hygienists rank among the fastest growing occupations and is expected to grow 20% through 20161

Your career success is important to us.  Before graduation we help you prepare by assisting with resume writing and interview practice.   As a graduate we'll help you with job searches and setting up interviews.  

 

 

 Dental Hygienists work for:

  • Private dental practices
  • Community clinics
  • Hospitals
  • University dental clinics
  • Nursing homes
  • Schools
 

PRICES

As long as you stay enrolled full-time at Fox College, tuition rates will be frozen and will never go up from year to year. There are a variety of financial aid programs available for those who qualify.  

Associate Degree Program
TUITION/ADMISSIONS FEES (for students entering January 1, 2018 - December 31, 2018)
Tuition Per Semester
$7,610
Application Fee
$50
Tuition Deposit**
$50
Confirmation Deposit**
$50
Estimated Books and Supplies (for completing the program)
$3,060
Lab Fees Per Semester (2-5 only)
$1,440
* Associate Degree Program is 5 Semesters
** Deposit is credited towards tuition when the student begins classes. It is not refundable after the due date.
 

PROGRAM INFO 

Accreditation

The program in Dental Hygiene is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and has been granted the accreditation status of “approval without reporting requirements.” The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611. The Commission’s web address is: http://www.ada.org/en/coda.

Licensing Exams

Upon completion of the program, the Fox College Dental Hygiene graduate will be qualified to take the National Board Dental Hygiene Exam and a Dental Hygiene Clinical Exam. The State of Illinois accepts the following clinical exams: ADEX, NERB, CRDTS, SRTA, and WREB. The graduate will be able to apply for a dental hygiene license after successfully completing the program and passing both the National Board Dental Hygiene Exam and a clinical exam. Fox College cannot guarantee that every student will pass both exams nor can it guarantee that every student will obtain a position as a dental hygienist.

Fox College Bloodborne Pathogen Policy

The Fox College Dental Hygiene Department recognizes that bloodborne pathogens such as human immunodeficiency (HIV), Hepatitis B virus (HBV) and Hepatitis C virus (HCV) present a risk to students, faculty, staff and patients. 

Preventing the transmission of bloodborne pathogens, including HBV, from patients to healthcare workers and from healthcare workers to patients requires a comprehensive approach that includes administering Hepatitis B vaccine to all susceptible healthcare workers at risk, viewing all blood as potentially infectious, using measures to reduce blood exposures, and having a staff committed to safe work practices. Critical elements to this approach include adherence to universal precautions, appropriate cleaning and disinfection procedures, safe injection practices, and reducing the risks for injuries. 

The department’s infection control procedures including disinfection and sterilization procedures are outlined in the Dental Hygiene Clinic Manual. Methods for reducing risk exposure to bloodborne pathogens and post-exposure management are outlined in the Exposure Control Plan. 

The purpose of the Program’s Bloodborne Pathogens Policy (BPP) and Exposure Control Plan (ECP) is to minimize the risk of transmission of bloodborne pathogens. Policies will be reviewed annually and changes recommended as appropriate. This policy is provided to faculty, staff, and students upon entry to the program and is included in the Patient Information Form.  

 

 

STUDENTS 

Standard Precautions 

Standard precautions, as defined by CDC, are a set of precautions designed to prevent transmission of organisms spread by: 

  • Blood 
  • All body fluids, secretions, and excretions except sweat, regardless of whether they contain blood 
  • Non-intact skin 
  • Mucous membranes 

Standard precautions are similar to universal precautions and are designed to reduce the risk of infection transmission from both recognized and unrecognized sources of infection to patients and clinicians. Standard precautions apply to contact with blood, all body fluids, secretions and excretions except sweat, regardless of whether they contain blood, non-intact skin and mucous membranes.  

Standard precautions involve the use of protective barriers such as gloves, gowns, aprons, masks, or protective eyewear, which can reduce the risk of exposure of the healthcare worker’s skin or mucous membrane to potentially infective materials. In addition, healthcare workers must take precautiaons to prevent injuries caused by needles, scalpels, and other sharp instruments or devices

Provision of Dental Hygiene Services 

Because adherence to current and accepted infection control procedures provides adequate protection for patients and healthcare providers from bloodborne infectious diseases, students and faculty are expected to provide dental hygiene services to and work with persons who have a bloodborne infectious disease. Faculty or students refusing to work with any patient will be counseled as to current medical information. A continued refusal to provide dental hygiene services to, or work with persons who have a bloodborne infectious disease, could cause an employee or student to be dismissed from the program. 

Bloodborne Pathogen and Infection Control Training 

Training in infection control procedures begins immediately in the Dental Hygiene Pre-Clinical Skills I course and continues throughout the program. Current CDC guidelines for infection control serve as the foundation for the infection control training program. Infection control procedures are outlined in the Dental Hygiene Clinic Manual and are reviewed annually.