2019-2020 Catalog Summer Update [Archived]

Dental Hygiene, AAS

The fully-accredited dental hygiene program is an entry-level degree program that prepares graduates to take licensure exams to become a licensed dental hygienist. Dental hygienists perform risk assessments, collect data, plan, implement, and evaluate dental hygiene care to promote the oral health of both individuals as well as groups of people. One year of high school chemistry with a grade of "C" or higher in both semesters meets the requirement for CHM 100 for this program. 

*Please note this program requires a special application packet. Please see a health careers pathway advisor or counselor for more information and visit the Dental Hygiene program page on our website for program information, FAQs, accreditation details, and more.

Associate of Applied Science

Dental Hygiene Prerequisites

Course NumberTitleCredits
BIO 110Anatomy & Physiology

4

BIO 130Micro & Infectious Disease

4

BIO 210Human Physiology

4

CHM 100Fundamentals of Chemistry

4

ENG 160College Writing & Research

4

Program Required Courses

Course NumberTitleCredits
COM 113Interpersonal Communication

3

DHY 111Anatomy, Embryology, Histology

2

DHY 113Dental Imaging Techniques

1

DHY 114Oral Pathology

2

DHY 119Dental Hygiene Pre-Clinic

5

DHY 120Oral Health Care

2

DHY 123Dental Imaging Interpretation

1

DHY 124Periodontology

3

DHY 129Clinical Dental Hygiene I

4

DHY 131Anatomy of the Head & Neck

2

DHY 139Clinical Dental Hygiene II

3

DHY 241Dental Materials & Specialties

2

DHY 242Orofacial Myology

1

DHY 244Pain Management

2

DHY 248Community Dental Hygiene I

1

DHY 249Clinical Dental Hygiene III

5

DHY 251Ethics, History, Jurisprudence

1

DHY 256Pharmacology

2

DHY 258Community Dental Hygiene II

2

DHY 259Clinical Dental Hygiene IV

5

DHY 264Board Exam Preparation

2

Total Credit Hours: 71