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Dental Hygiene

Associate of Applied Science

Learn dental hygiene and dental health education.  This program is accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation. Complete this program in a combination of day, evening and weekend classes. Learn more about your future in dental hygiene.

Selective Admissions Program: In order to be fully admitted to this program, you must fulfill the requirements listed in Program Admissions. See an advisor for details.

What can I do with this degree?

Career Options: Take national and regional exams in preparation for state licensure, then work in general or specialty dental offices, hospitals, schools, public health and government agencies.

Academic Options:  Continue your studies at Northern Arizona University for a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene or other online baccalaureate opportunities.

Program Requirements

Program Prerequisites

The following prerequisites must be fulfilled (with grades posted) before students may begin the Program Application process. Time limits and higher minimum grades apply for some courses.*

REA 112  Critical Reading OR an appropriate score on the College Reading assessment 0-4
MAT 097  Intermediate Algebra with a grade of C or better within the last eight years OR math assessment score at MAT 151 within the last eight years OR MAT 151 or 167 within the last eight years 0-3
BIO 201IN*  Human Anatomy and Physiology I [SUN# BIO 2201], and complete the BIO 156IN prerequisite as needed 4-8
BIO 202IN*  Human Anatomy and Physiology II [SUN# BIO 2202] 4
BIO 205IN*  Microbiology [SUN# BIO 2205] 4
CHM 140/140LB/140IN*  Fundamental Organic and Biochemistry [SUN# CHM 2230], and complete the CHM 130/130LB/130IN  [SUN# CHM 1130] prerequisite 10
CSA 100  Computer Literacy 1-3
  or CIS/CSA 104  Computer Fundamentals
Subtotal 23-36

General Education Requirements

This section lists general education requirements that are not fulfilled by core or support courses.**

Humanities and Social Science Requirement:  Select a course from the Humanities/Fine Arts or Leadership/Ethics category. 3
Subtotal 3

Required Core Courses

DHE 101/101LC Dental Hygiene I/Dental Hygiene I Clinical 5
DHE 104/104LB Dental And Oral Morphology/Dental and Oral Morphology Lab 2
DHE 107 Oral Embryology And Histology 2
DHE 112 Preventive Dentistry 3
DHE 116/116LC Oral Radiography/ Oral Radiography Clinical 3
DHE 119 Periodontology 2
DHE 120 Oral Pathology 2
DHE 122 Pharmacology 2
DHE 132/132LB Dental Materials/Dental Materials Lab 3
DHE 150/150LB/150LC Dental Hygiene II/Dental Hygiene II Lab 5.5
DHE 208/208LC Pain and Anxiety Control for Dental Hygiene/Pain and Anxiety Control for Dental Hygiene Clinical 2
DHE 209 Ethics and Practice Management 1
DHE 212 Nutrition for Oral Health 1
DHE 213/213CA/213CB Advanced Periodontal Services/Advanced Periodontal Services Clinical -A/Advanced Periodontal Services Clinical -B 4
DHE 216 Community and Dental Health Education 3
DHE 250/250LC Clinical Dental Hygiene III/Dental Hygiene III Clinical 7
DHE 255/255LC Clinical Dental Hygiene IV/Dental Hygiene IV Clinical 4
Subtotal 51.5

Required Support Courses

CMN 102 Introduction to Oral Communication [SUN# COM 1100] 3
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology [SUN# PSY 1101] 4
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology [SUN# SOC 1101] 3
WRT 101 Writing I [SUN# ENG 1101] 3
WRT 102 Writing II [SUN# ENG 1102] 3
Subtotal 16
Total 93.5-106.5

* These science courses must have been completed within the last six years with a combined average grade of B or better.

** Other general education requirements are fulfilled by required core and support courses: Communication Requirement - WRT 101 and 102 fulfill this requirement; Analysis & Critical Thinking - MAT 097 (or assessment), BIO 201IN and 202IN; Humanities and Social Science Requirement - SOC 101 fulfills 3 credits of this requirement from the Social Science category; Computer and Information Literacy Requirement - CIS/CSA 104 or CIS 100 fulfills this requirement; Special Requirements - SOC 101 fulfills this requirement.