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Possible career opportunities
Most dental hygienists are employed in general dental practices but can also be employed in specialty practices such as periodontics or pediatric dentistry. Hygienists may provide services in hospitals, nursing homes and public health clinics.
Degrees and certificates offered by the Dental Hygiene Department
Associate degree in science
Certificate of achievement
Dental Hygiene Department class schedules
Dental hygienists use their knowledge and clinical skills to provide dental hygiene care for patients. They also use interpersonal skills to motivate, counsel and educate patients on preventing oral disease and maintaining oral health through good oral hygiene and nutrition. The Diablo Valley College dental hygiene program prepares students to work in a dental office as a licensed member of the dental health team.
Advisory to Students
Communicable Diseases: The colleges of the District shall cooperate with local health officers in measures necessary for the prevention and control of communicable diseases in students and comply with any immunization programs required by State Department of Health Services regulations.
It is the intent of the Contra Costa Community College District to provide students with a safe learning environment. Students who can be “reasonably anticipated” to come in contact with blood and other potentially infectious materials through their studies will be provided with training materials, personal protective devices, medical treatment and any necessary follow-up. Additional information can be found at www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dhqp/bp.html. (See blood borne pathogens)