Associate of Science in Dental Hygiene

The following requirements are effective for students admitted on or after Fall 2017:

  • High School Diploma or General Equivalency Diploma (GED)
  • High School Biology with lab, BIO 110, or BIO 100 (grade of C- or higher)
  • High School Chemistry with Lab, or CHY 105 & CHY 106 Fundamentals of Chemistry with Lab (grade of C- or higher)
  • High School Algebra I or MAT 030: Algebra I
  • ENG 100 Introduction to Academic Reading and Writing or course waiver
  • MAT 009 Foundations of Mathematics or course waiver

Transfer students who have completed 12 credit hours or more (excluding remedial or developmental courses) will be considered for admissions if they have a 2.50 grade point average or higher and grades of C- or better in courses applied toward degree credit. The program will evaluate individually other qualified applicants who do not meet these criteria.

  • Minimum 90 Credit Hours
  • Writing Intensive Course
  • Minimum Cumulative G.P.A.: 2.50
  • 15 Credit Hours of Residency Courses
  • 9 Credits of Major Residency Courses
  • Minimum G.P.A. in the Major: 2.50

Note: The required general education courses are determined based on the date of admissions into the Associate of Arts in Liberal Studies, pre-dental track. The required courses for the major are determined based on the date of matriculation into the Associate of Science, Dental Hygiene degree program.

Before entering the clinical portion of the dental hygiene program, normally in the second year of the curriculum, students are required to attend a mandatory pre-clinical student orientation. Any student who does not attend the mandatory orientation risks forfeiting their seat in the program.
The Programs teach and utilize the Center for Disease Control Infection Control Guidelines. ( and therefore dental hygiene students must fulfill the requirements of having a physical examination, and completing specified immunizations and titers, specifically: Hepatitis B Vaccine Series with Titre indicating immunity; Varicella vaccine, history of the disease, or titre showing immunity; Tetanus with the past 10 years; Flu vaccine each year enrolled in the clinical coursework; Tuberculin Skin Test on an annual basis. Students are required to have medical insurance coverage and must obtain certification in healthcare provider level cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) or equivalent, and be fitted for professional magnification eyewear.
Applicants considering dental hygiene need to be aware that this program is academically rigorous and physically demanding, requiring long periods of time in a seated position. Tasks require hand-eye coordination, visual acuity, fine motor dexterity and close focus vision.

Applicants to the Dental Hygiene program should be aware that a criminal background check may be required while enrolled in the program or as a condition of professional employment. Internship sites may limit or deny clinical privileges to those who have a prior or current criminal record. If denied clinical privileges, the student is at risk of not being able to obtain the number of clinical hours required for graduation. Students will be expected to provide clinical internship sites with a current background check at the request of the interning site(s), with associated expenses the students’ responsibility.

All courses must be passed with a “C-” or better.

  • DEH 200 Preclinical Dental Hygiene (4)
  • DEH 201 Preclinical Dental Hygiene Theory (5)
  • DEH 202 Head & Neck Anatomy, Histology & Embryology (5)
  • DEH 203 Dental Radiology (2)
  • DEH 204 Dental Radiology Lab (2)
  • DEH 225 Professionalism for Oral Health Provider (1)
  • DEH 250 Clinical Dental Hygiene I (2)
  • DEH 251 Clinical Dental Hygiene Theory (2)
  • DEH 252 Oral Pathology (2)
  • DEH 254 Nutrition in Oral Health (2)
  • DEH 255 Oral Health Considerations for Target Populations (2)
  • DEH 300 Clinical Dental Hygiene II (3)
  • DEH 301 Clinical Dental Hygiene Theory II (3)
  • DEH 302 Pharmacology (3)
  • DEH 303 Periodontology (2)
  • DEH 304 Dental Anxiety and Pain Management (3)
  • DEH 305 Community Dentistry I (2)
  • DEH 350 Clinical Dental Hygiene III (4)
  • DEH 351 Clinical Dental Hygiene Theory III (2)
  • DEH 352 Dental Specialties (2)
  • DEH 353 Community Dentistry II (2)
  • DEH 354 Ethics and Jurisprudence (2)

All courses must be passed with a “C-” or better.

  • Complete one of the following Communications electives (3):
    • COM 101 Public Speaking
    • COM 102 Interpersonal Communications
  • ENG 101 College Writing (3)
  • Complete one of the following Humanities electives (3):
    • ENG 102W Introduction to Literature
    • ENG 202W Survey of British Literature I: Beowulf to the Romantics
    • ENG 203W Survey of British Literature II: Romantics to the 21st Century
    • ENG 250W American Literature to 1900
    • ENG 251W American Literature 1900 – Present
    • WGS 101W Introduction to Women’s Studies
  • Complete any 100-level mathematics course or higher (3) (note: both MAT 111 and MAT 115 are required for the B.S. degree completion program in Dental Hygiene)
  • BIO 210 Anatomy and Physiology (4)
  • BIO 280 Introduction to Human Disease (3)
  • BIO 321 Microbiology (4)
  • CHY 108 Allied Health Chemistry (or CHY 117 Introduction to Organic & Biochemistry) (4)
  • PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology (3)
  • SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology (3)
  • A cumulative average of at least 2.50 is required to transfer into the program and to remain in the program.
  • A minimum grade of “C-” is required in all courses applied to the degree.
  • All students are required to have a physical examination and selected immunizations and titers before entering the clinical portion of the curriculum, normally in September of the second year.
  • All students must be currently certified in healthcare provider cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) or equivalent before entering the clinical portion and remain current throughout the remainder of the curriculum.
  • Students should meet with their faculty advisor to verify readiness for graduation prior to submitting a graduation card.

This program resides under the College of Professional Studies

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