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Dental Hygiene

Graduates of this program work directly with dental patients to promote optimum oral health. The dental hygiene profession is primarily educational and preventative in nature and offers opportunities to work in a variety of healthcare settings, including general and specialty dental practices, community health agencies, and public schools. In addition, graduates may wish to pursue a bachelorís degree, which will provide opportunities to work in alternative settings such as public health, education, research, and dental sales.

All dental hygiene professional courses must be taken in the prescribed four semester sequence. The curriculum is time-intensive and the required courses are rigorous. Complete dedication to coursework is required for successful completion of the program.

All students completing the program will be eligible to apply to participate in licensing examinations.

Students with an Associate of Science in Dental Hygiene will be able to:
  • Competently perform the role of a dental hygienist in varied situations and settings
  • Have the functional acuity and rationale for performing dental hygiene clinical techniques
  • Continually promote the most current concepts of disease control and prevention
  • Emphasize and promote ethical and responsible considerations in patient care
  • Make an essential and unique contribution as an integral member of a healthcare team
  • Have a basic knowledge of legal responsibilities and ethical considerations of patient care
  • Develop a commitment to continuous and lifelong learning
The normal number of credits for the associate degree is 72. 

First Year

Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits
BIO 1030  Nutrition 3 BIO 2012  Human Anatomy & Physiology II 4
BIO 2011  Human Anatomy & Physiology I 4 DHY 1012  Clinical Dental Hygiene I 5
DHY 1011  Pre-clinical Dental Hygiene 4 DHY 1022  Oral Tissues II/ Medical Emergencies 3
DHY 1021  Oral Tissues I 3 DHY 1030  Dental Radiography 3
ENG 10XX  English 3 PSY 1010  Introduction to Psychology 3
  17   18

Second Year

Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits
BIO 2120  Elements of Microbiology 4 DHY 2210  Community Oral Health 3
DHY 2010  Dental Materials 3 DHY 2220  Oral Pathology 2
DHY 2020  Pathology & Pharmacology 3 DHY 2722  Clinical Dental Hygiene III 6
DHY 2030  Periodontics 3 ENG 2080  Technical Communication 3
DHY 2721  Clinical Dental Hygiene II 5 MAT 1040  Mathematics for Allied Health 2
  18 ELE XXXX  AH elective 3

Note: All DHY/BIO course must be completed with a grade of C or better to continue in the program