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San Juan College Dental Hygiene Program. What is a Dental Hygienist?. A Licensed health care professional Provide clinical, therapeutic and educational services to patients Treat periodontal disease Take and develop radiographs Apply fluoride Apply sealants Administer anesthetic

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what is a dental hygienist
What is a Dental Hygienist?
  • A Licensed health care professional
  • Provide clinical, therapeutic and educational services to patients
    • Treat periodontal disease
    • Take and develop radiographs
    • Apply fluoride
    • Apply sealants
    • Administer anesthetic
    • Place dressings and sutures
  • Oral health education and prevention specialists
  • Flexible scheduling
employment opportunity
Employment Opportunity
  • Bureau of Labor Statistics
    • Dental Hygiene is among the fastest growing professions
    • Excellent job prospects
      • Population growth
      • People living longer
      • Greater awareness
      • Newer Dentists
  • Projected job growth much faster than average
new mexico s top jobs
New Mexico’s Top Jobs*
  • Network/Communication Analysts
  • Physician Assistants
  • Postsecondary Teachers
  • Network/Computer Administrators
  • Database Administrators
  • Dental Hygienists
  • Respiratory Therapists
  • Physical Therapists
  • Computer Systems Mgrs.
  • Pharmacists
  • Computer Software Engineers
  • Cardiovascular Techs

* Jobs with the strongest employment outlook (2002-12) and high wages.

Source:New Mexico Department of Labor.

employment settings
Employment Settings
  • Clinical Practice
    • General Dental Practice
    • Specialty Dental Practice
    • Government (IHS, Military, Prisons etc)
  • Education
  • Industry
  • Research
  • Public Health
  • Accredited by the American Dental Associations Commission on Dental Accreditation
  • 2-year program (5 semesters)
  • AAS degree upon completion
work environment
Work Environment:

Dental Hygienists typically work in clean well-lighted offices. Important safeguards include strict adherence to proper radiological procedures and personal protective equipment such as safety glasses, surgical masks and gloves to protect themselves and their patients form infectious diseases.

dental hygiene environment
Dental Hygiene Environment

During the program and upon entering the work force

  • You WILL be seeing real patients
  • Working in the oral cavity with potential exposure to body fluids
safety first
Safety First
  • It is the policy of the SJC dental hygiene program that students, patients, faculty and staff follow strict infection control guidelines including the use of personal protective equipment.
admissions criteria
Admissions Criteria
  • Be a HS graduate or have a GED
  • Have a college cumulative GPA 2.75 or better
  • Taken the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) entrance exam
  • Complete 12 hours of dental hygiene observation in three different dental offices
  • Attend a SJC Dental Hygiene Information session
  • Submit completed application by April 1
  • Prerequisites must have been completed within last 5 years with a “C” or better
  • Successful candidates typically have a 3.00 or better for all of their prerequisites
prerequisite courses
Prerequisite Courses
  • BIOL 121 (Introduction to Biology I)
  • BIOL 252 (Human Anatomy & Physiology I)
  • BIOL 253 (Human Anatomy and Physiology II)
  • BIOL 224 (Microbiology)
  • CHEM 110 or higher
  • ENGL 111 (Freshman Comp)
  • MATH 114 or higher
general education courses
General Education Courses
  • ENGL 211 or 218 (Advanced Comp or

Advanced Technical Writing)

  • SPCH 110 or 111 (Public Speaking or

Interpersonal Communication)

  • HLTH 118 (Introduction to Nutrition)
  • SOCI 110 (Introduction to Sociology)
  • PSYC 120 (Introduction to Psychology)
projected cost
Projected Cost
  • First year: $8,500 - $9,500
  • Second year: $4,500 - $5,500
  • Additional examination fees: $1,500 - $2,000
  • Costs are estimated, based on in-state tuition and include immunizations, books, supplies, instruments, uniforms, special course fees, a and medical insurance
program philosophy
Program Philosophy
  • Education is Job #1
  • Creativity and Scholarly Activity
  • Service
  • Professional Development
  • Admission limited to 12 students per year with approximately 70 applicants per year
  • Graduate 12 Students per year
  • Didactic study 91 credit hours
  • Clinical education >678 hours
  • Special needs clinic 60 hours
  • 1st semester:
    • Anatomy, Morphology, Clinic, Seminar, Histology, Embryology, Radiology
  • 2nd semester:
    • Clinic, Seminar, Pathology, Periodontology
  • Summer session:
    • Biomaterials, Clinic
  • 3rd semester:
    • Pharmacology, Clinic, Seminar, Public Health, Local Anesthesia
  • 4th semester:
    • Clinic , Seminar, Principles of Practice, Practicum, Board Review
  • Students must maintain a “C” or better in each class in order to remain in the program
  • Clinical rotations
    • School children education
    • Indian Health Service
    • Life-Care nursing facility
    • Head Start
    • Regional health fairs
    • Special Olympics
    • GKAS

State of the art facilities

  • 9 delivery units
  • Each unit has access to;
    • Computerized practice management software
    • Intraoral camera imaging system
    • Digital radiography as well as traditional film radiography
  • Wet Lab
    • Dental materials
  • Fully integrated classroom facilities
    • Media capable
      • Internet
      • VCR, CD, DVD
      • Document camera
        • Slides, overheads, textbooks
      • Computer imaging
      • Integration of clinical images into classroom
  • Julius N. Manz DDS
    • Director of the Dental Hygiene Program
  • Tammy Honold, MA, RDH, CDHC
    • Second Year Dental Hygiene Coordinator
    • Program Advisor
  • Sherry Paxson, BS, RDH
    • First Year Dental Hygiene Coordinator
    • SADHA coordinator
  • Georgia Cotie CDA
    • Dental Clinic Manager
  • Sherilyn Oldfield
    • Administrative Assistant III
  • Dalene Meek
    • Dental Clinic Administrator
adjunct faculty
Adjunct Faculty

Marilyn Ketcham, DDS

Part time Faculty

Craig Layton, DDS

Clinical Instructor

Paula Young, DDS

Clinical Instructor

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Adjunct Faculty

Brittany Nichols, RDH

Clinical Instructor

Mandi Pickering, RDH

Clinical Instructor

Sarah Thiel, RDH

Clinical Instructor

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Adjunct Faculty

Josalyn Sewell, RDH

Clinical Instructor

Nancy Rhien, RDH, PA

Clinical Instructor

Jeff Nygren,

Pharmacolgy Instructor

contact information
Contact Information
  • Website:
  • e-mail:
  • Phone: (505) 566-3642