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  Oct 19, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Academic Catalog

Pre-Dental Hygiene Transfer to Great Falls College - Montana State University


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The dental hygienist is a licensed health care professional, oral health educator, and clinician who is an integral part of the dental team. Registered dental hygienists provide direct dental hygiene care to patients.

Dental hygienists discuss general health issues with patients. They look for any abnormalities or disease in the oral cavity. Hygienists take x-rays and inspect patients’ teeth for deposits and decay. They perform cancer screenings of the head and neck lymph nodes. Hygienists use dental instruments to remove deposits and stains from around the teeth. They administer anesthetic agents and nitrous oxide sedation for ease and comfort of the client/patient during hygiene care. They also do preventative procedures such as fluoride and sealant placement.

Great Falls College - Montana State University offers an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Dental Hygiene. It is a competitive program and students often times seek the entire AS degree to enhance their application or for flexibility to transfer for other health majors.

Associate of Science Degree


Suggested course of study for a transfer to Great Falls College - Montana State University:


First Year


First Semester Total: 18

Second Semester Total: 18++

1Program requirements which can be taken at FVCC to lighten the load when the student is in the Great Falls College - MSU Dental Hygiene program.

++All of the above are prerequisites or program requirements (as noted). Finishing the remainder of the degree will give the student a slight advantage in the application evaluation process.

*Indicates prerequisite and/or corequisite needed. Check course description.

Second Year


Fall Semester

First Semester Total: 12

Spring Semester

  • Electives Credit(s): 3
  • Global Issues (G) Requirement Credit(s): 3
     
  • Humanities (H) Requirement Credit(s): 3
    OR
  • Fine Arts (F) Requirement Credit(s): 3
     
  • Social Sciences (B) Requirement Credit(s): 3
Second Semester Total: 12

Total Credits: 60


1 Program requirements which can be taken at FVCC to lighten the load when the student is in the Great Falls College - MSU Dental Hygiene program.

*Indicates prerequisite and/or corequisite needed. Check course description.

Additional Information:


Many dental hygiene programs outside of Montana have similar prerequisites to those listed for Great Falls College - MSU. Students seeking to transfer to a dental hygiene school outside of Montana may be required to take some or all of the following courses as prerequisites, in addition to the courses outlined above. 

Students should meet with one of the advisors listed below in order to determine the specific courses required for a particular dental hygiene program.

Advising Information:


For more information about this program, contact the FVCC Student Support Center or the Faculty Advisor. 

Student Support Center Advisor Faculty Advisor                       
Karrie Bolivar Adam Wenz, M.S.
LRC 129 RH 106
(406) 756-3859 (406) 756-3616
kbolivar@fvcc.edu awenz@fvcc.edu

The Associate of Science (AS) degree requires 60 credits at FVCC, and the Bachelor of Science (BS) degree at Montana University System (MUS) colleges and universities requires 120 credits. FVCC students can usually earn as many as 75-85 credits in preparation for many transfer majors, thus reducing the number of credits required for the BS degree at MUS schools. Also, by earning the AS degree from FVCC, students will have satisfied the lower division General Education Core (see General Education Requirements) for all MUS institutions and will not be required to meet additional lower division general education core requirements upon transfer. The suggested course load in AS programs is rigorous and is recommended for only the most prepared students. A more moderate semester credit load can be achieved by taking general education core courses during summer terms or completing one or two additional semesters at FVCC before transfer.

The information on all transfer programs is subject to change. Students should see their advisor to explore other possibilities not specifically listed in the program.

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