Dental Hygiene

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.

Program Options

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.

Prerequisites

  • Fall 2018 Admissions Criteria
  • All applicants are required to take the TEAS or ACT entrance exam. Please click on the link under Resources for TEAS or ACT registration information.
  • Each applicant is required to submit a non-refundable $40.00 application fee when applying in order to have their application processed.

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:

  • Private Practice Dental Hygienist/Dental Assistant
  • Product Sales Representative
  • Dental Office Consultant
  • Overseas Dental Opportunities
  • Armed Services
  • Education

Wichita State University

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.

Gary L. Ace, DDS: Supervising Dentist

Gary Ace

Dr. Ace has been a lifelong resident of Emporia, Kansas and practiced general dentistry for over 41 years. He graduated from the University of Kansas with a BS degree in 1965 began work on his Master’s Degree in Science Education before entering dental school at the University of Missouri Kansas City. He graduated from UMKC dental school in 1970 and started his own private practice in Emporia, Kansas. Dr. Ace retired from private general practice in 2011 and began working with Flint Hills Technical College as the supervising dentist for all Clinical Courses and Local Anesthesia.

Rhonda L. Weatherbie, RDH, ECPII, BSDH: Dental Hygiene Program Director, Instructor

Rhonda Weatherbie

Rhonda has been in healthcare since 1986 working as an EMT-I, CPR Instructor, and Dental Assistant. She graduated from Johnson County Community College in 1998 with an AS degree in Dental Hygiene. She received her BS in Dental Hygiene from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 2012 and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Instructional Design and Technology at Emporia State University. Rhonda began teaching at Flint Hills Technical College in 2012 and became director of the program in 2015. She teaches Local Analgesics and Therapeutics, Clinic IV as well as supervises students at off campus sites and assists in clinical instruction in all clinic courses.

Cheryl Bosiljevac, RDH, BSDH: Instructor

Cheryl Bosilijevac

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.

Amy Coffelt, RDH, BS: Instructor

Amy Coffelt

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 Graves, CDA, MBE: Dental Assisting Program Director, HHS Division Chair

Monica Graves

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.

Deborah Ilk, CDA: Instructor

Deborah Illk

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.

Brad Karr, PhD: Instructor

Brad Karr

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.

Andrea Tresner, CDA, RDH, BS: Instructor

Andrea Tresner

Andrea has worked in the dental field since 2001 initially graduating from Wichita Area Technical College in Dental Assisting. She taught Dental Assisting at WATC and Midwest Dental Assisting School. Andrea has also taught clinical dental hygiene at Dental Hygiene for Concorde Career College in Kansas City, MO. She graduated from Flint Hills Technical College Dental Hygiene Program in 2012. Andrea received her BS degree from WSU in 2013. Andrea started as full time faculty at Flint Hills Technical College in 2016 and teaches Dental Public Health, Medical Emergencies, Nitrous Oxide Sedation, and is assist in Clinic II, III, and IV.

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