SUCCESS IS


MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF OTHERS

OUR PROGRAM

As a dental hygienist, you will play an essential role in helping patients maintain good oral health. Performing regular cleanings and offering helpful tips for effective home care are among the key duties in your job description.

In the Amarillo College Dental Hygiene Program, you will receive hands-on clinical instruction in the form of supervised patient care experiences. The program includes courses like pharmacology, periodontology, pathology, dental hygiene, radiology, and dental materials. Our program has an onsite Dental Hygiene Clinic where students learn to provide dental hygiene services.

A DENTAL HYGIENIST requires diverse personality traits to work very closely with patients.

A SUCCESSFUL DENTAL HYGIENIST IS...

  • Patient and understanding.
  • Detail-oriented.
  • Passionate.
  • Sturdy on his/her feet.
  • Positive.

ACCREDITATION

The Dental Hygiene program is accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation  (CODA).  The last site visit occurred in 2017.  The Dental Hygiene program was granted the Accreditation Status of Approval without Reporting Requirements by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation.  Site visits occur every seven years.  The next site visit is scheduled for 2025.  A copy of the Dental Hygiene Accreditation Standards and CODA Policies and Procedures, including those for complaints related to accreditation standards, may be found online at http://www.ada.org/en/coda or you may contact the Commission at:

The American Dental Association CODA
211 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60611
Telephone: 1-800-621-8099 | 1-312-440-4653

Program Costs

Tuition & Fees

Visit the A.C. website for tuition/fees; https://www.actx.edu/business-services/tuition-basic-fees 

The A.C. Business Office is located in the Byrd Building 1st Floor if you have additional questions. You can contact them through email:  business@actx.edu
or phone at (806) 371-5001.

Additional Supply & Equipment

The Dental Hygiene program has an additional cost as the student purchases supplies and equipment averaging $8000.00, not including textbooks. There is also the additional cost of licensure exams when you complete the program.

Our Program Director

Donna Cleere, RDH, M.Ed. 

Phone: (806) 354-6064

Email: dkcleere@actx.edu 

West Campus Jones Hall, Office 123

6222 West Ninth Street     

Amarillo, TX 79106

Program Mission and Goals

The mission of the Amarillo College Dental Hygiene Program is to provide quality technical education leading students toward the profession of Dental Hygiene and to enhance the quality of life in our community through the direct provision of Dental Hygiene services, including patient education, disease prevention, and therapeutic intervention to patients of all walks of life. This mission is accomplished by partnering with students to achieve academic excellence, participating in community service, offering comprehensive patient-centered care, and utilizing critical thinking and evidence-based decision-making skills. The mission and goals of the Dental Hygiene Program are closely related to Amarillo College's mission of transforming our community and economy through learning, innovation, and achievement. The educational objectives of the Amarillo College Dental Hygiene Program are based on creating a partnership with students to assist them in achieving academic excellence. The following goals are measured and evaluated to help ensure the program is fulfilling its mission:

 Goal #1:  To graduate students who demonstrate entry-level dental hygiene practitioner skills through excellent academic and clinical instruction.

  • PSLO #1: Dental hygiene students will systematically plan and manage patient treatment by applying the Dental Hygiene Process of Care.             
  • PSLO #2: Dental hygiene students will recognize medical and dental conditions requiring special precautions or considerations
  • PSL0 #3: Dental hygiene students will analyze and interpret assessment data to formulate a dental hygiene diagnosis.

Goal # 2: To graduate students who serve as a valuable resource for quality, comprehensive, patient-centered dental hygiene treatment to the community.

  • PSLO #4: Dental hygiene students will demonstrate mastery in providing oral healthcare to individuals at all stages of life and for all periodontal classifications.  
  • PSLO #5: Dental hygiene students will develop health promotion and disease prevention activities for diverse populations.

Goal # 3: To graduate students who apply critical thinking skills and exhibit ethical conduct in the healthcare setting. 

  • PSLO #6:  Dental hygiene students will critically, scientifically, and effectively synthesize information.
  • PSLO #7:   Dental hygiene students will critically analyze published reports of oral health research and apply this information to dental hygiene practice.          
  • PSLO #8:  Dental hygiene students will demonstrate professionalism and self-responsibility and adhere to an ethical code of conduct throughout the program.

Goal # 4: To graduate students who are evaluated as having met the No Excuses mission of the institution by demonstrating internal and external success.

  • PSLO # 9:   Dental hygiene students will participate in required remediation as indicated, complete entrance and exit skill evaluations, and participate in a focused national board review through HESI.

Goal # 5: To graduate students who contribute actively to the profession through professional involvement and continued education.

  • PSLO #10:  Dental hygiene students will provide planned educational services using appropriate interpersonal communication skills and strategies to promote optimal health through community and service learning.

Amarillo College Dental Hygiene Program Competencies

The competencies of our program align with the domains recognized by the American Dental Hygiene Association, the American Dental Association, the Council on Dental Accreditation, and the American Dental Education Association. These domains encompass professionalism, which includes ethics, values, skills, and knowledge integral to all aspects of the profession. Additionally, they include health promotion/disease prevention, patient care, role in the community, and professional growth and development. By incorporating these domains into our program, we ensure that our students are prepared to excel in all aspects of dental hygiene practice.

Competency 1: Demonstrate systematic planning and management of patient treatment by applying the Dental Hygiene Process of Care.

Competency 2: Recognize medical and dental conditions requiring special precautions or considerations before dental hygiene treatment.

Competency 3: Analyze and interpret assessment data to formulate a dental hygiene diagnosis.

Competency 4: Demonstrate mastery in providing oral healthcare to individuals at all stages of life and for all periodontal classifications.

Competency 5: Develop health promotion and disease prevention activities for diverse populations.

Competency 6: Critically, scientifically, and effectively synthesize information.

Competency 7: Critically analyze published reports of oral health research and apply this information to dental hygiene practice.

Competency 8: Demonstrate professionalism and self-responsibility and adhere to an ethical code of conduct throughout the program.

Competency 9: Participate in required remediation as indicated, demonstrate competence on entrance and exit skill evaluations, and participate in a focused dental hygiene review capstone test through HESI.

Competency 10: Provide planned educational services using appropriate interpersonal communication skills and strategies to promote optimal health through community and service learning.