A licensed dental hygienist is a health care professional, oral health educator and clinical operator who utilizes
scientific knowledge and methods to provide preventive, educational and therapeutic services to support the
control of oral diseases and the promotion of oral health. Under the supervision of a dentist, the hygienist
records the patient's dental history, charts the mouth for evaluation and diagnosis by the dentist, scales and
polishes teeth, exposes radiographs, applies fluoride and sealants, and functions as a dental health educator.
Please be aware that many procedures performed may expose a dental hygienist to blood borne pathogens,
potentially hazardous materials and ionizing radiation.
The Dental Hygiene Program at Camden County College is a two-year, full-time, daytime associate degree
program that prepares students to take national, regional and state licensure exams in dental hygiene. Successful
completion of the program and the licensure exams allow the candidate to be employed as a dental hygienist in
dental offices, institutions, clinics and other health care facilities.
An Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree can lead to employment in a private office, as a clinical
hygienist, or a dental office manager.
Further education can lead to employment as a dental researcher, public
health dental hygienist, dental hygiene educator, or dental hygiene education administrator.
Statement of Purpose
The purpose of the Dental Hygiene Program at Camden County College is to provide students with the
knowledge, technical skills, interpersonal skills and values that will qualify graduates for a career in dental
The program will prepare students to take national, regional and state licensing exams.
To provide an entry-level dental hygiene education that will prepare the student for licensure and to
function effectively in a dental hygiene setting.
The student will:
Integrate and apply basic science, dental science and dental hygiene knowledge and skills.
To maintain a dynamic dental hygiene education that recognizes the complexity of a scientific and
technologically oriented society.
The student will:
Recognize sources of information and information gathering techniques that enable him/her to seek, obtain