The accredited Dental Hygiene program prepares students for a challenging and rewarding career as a primary care oral health professional. Students participate in interactive experiences directed toward performing dental hygiene diagnosis and assessment with precision, safety and efficiency while focusing on team cooperation and personal growth.
Dental Hygiene offers an associate of applied science degree option.
The associate of applied science degree is a two-year program that contains technical and general education courses. Students will participate in planned and supervised experiences directed toward performing dental hygiene diagnosis and assessment with precision, safety and efficiency. They will demonstrate hygiene skills and integrate these skills into the total curriculum. Students will be active in team cooperation and develop personal growth toward life-long learning. Acceptance into the program is contingent upon completing the necessary prerequisite courses.
Students admitted to the FHTC Dental Programs are subject to contact with blood and/or body fluids. FHTC Dental Programs follow all OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen, Exposure Control Guidelines, and the Universal and Standard precautions throughout the pre-clinical, lab and clinical experiences.
Graduates of the Dental Hygiene program will have mastered the skills and knowledge necessary to gain employment in dental offices for hygiene functions and management. The dental hygienist is a licensed primary care oral health professional who provides education, assessment, research, administrative, diagnostic, preventive and therapeutic services that support overall health through the promotion of optimal oral health.
Career opportunities include:
FHTC students who have graduated from the Dental Hygiene program may pursue the Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene degree from Wichita State University to extend their education and training.
Cheryl started her career in dentistry in 1970 as a dental assistant and graduated from Wichita State University in 1979 with an AS in Dental Hygiene. She worked as a hygienist until 2007 when she began working for Flint Hills Technical College. She received her BS in Dental Hygiene in 2007 from Wichita State University and was the director of the FHTC Dental Hygiene Program until 2014. Cheryl teaches Clinic III, Hygiene Education and Prevention, and Board Review. She also assists in clinical instruction in all clinic courses.
Sue has lived in Topeka all her life, graduating from Topeka schools. She has been in the dentistry field since 1975 completing an Associate Degree in Science in 2009, and graduated from Flint Hills Technical College in 2011 with an AAS in Dental Hygiene. Since then, Sue has been working as a RDH in private practice. She will be an adjunct faculty and assisting in clinical instruction.
Amy graduated from Flint Hills Technical College Dental Assisting in 2011 and Dental Hygiene Program in 2012. She has worked in the dental field since 2003. Amy completed a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education from Emporia State University, Emporia, KS in 2010. Amy began as adjunct faculty at Flint Hills Technical College in 2015 and became full time in 2016. She is responsible for teaching Pre-Clinic, Clinic II, Embryology-Histology and Oral Anatomy, Periodontics and assist in Clinic III, Clinic IV and Local Anesthesia.
Monica graduated from Flint Hills Technical College, formerly known as Flint Hills Area Technical School, in 1975 as a Certified Dental Assistant. She worked in private dental practice until becoming an adjunct faculty member at FHTC in 1995. Monica began as the Dental Assisting Program Director in 1997 and continues to serve in that capacity. Monica graduated from Emporia State University in 1995 with a Bachelor’s Degree in 1995 and a Master’s Degree in Business Education in 1997. She is responsible for teaching Dental Materials, Dental Radiology, along with courses for Dental Assisting.
Deb graduated from Flint Hills Technical College, formerly known as Flint Hills Area Technical School, in 1979 as a Certified Dental Assistant. She worked in the oral surgery field as an assistant since 1979 and began teaching at FHTC in 2010. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree from Emporia State University in Interdisciplinary Studies. She is responsible for teaching Nutrition and Oral Health, assists with Dental Materials and Dental Radiography, as well as other Dental Assisting courses.
Dr. Karr graduated from Kansas State University in 1989 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 1994 with a PhD in Chemistry. He has taught General Science course since 1998 and began teaching at Flint Hills Technical College in 2000. He teaches Pharmacology and Oral Pathology for Dental Hygiene department.
Katherine graduated from Flint Hills Technical College Dental Assisting in 2009 and Dental Hygiene program in 2012. Since 2010, she has worked in an area dental office as a dental assistant, scaling assistant, and dental hygienist. Katherine will assist in clinical instruction.
Janice has been in the dental field for twenty-seven plus years. After graduating in May 1990 from Flint Hills with a Dental Assisting Degree, she continued her education at Allen County Community College and graduated May 2007 Phi Theta Kappa with an Associate of Arts Degree. Janice completed her Dental Hygiene Degree at FHTC in May 2009. She is currently pursuing her Bachelor's of Dental Hygiene at Wichita State University. In 2016, Janice was FHTC 2016 Distinguished Alumni and is an adjunct faculty member at FHTC while continuing to work in private practice.
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