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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.

Title IV Financial Aid eligible: Yes

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 2018-2019

Preparatory Coursework

Students must have completed the following basic requirements before they may begin the application process.

REA 112HP* Critical Reading for Health Professions OR an Accuplacer Reading score of 92 or higher 0-4
CHM 130IN** Fundamental Chemistry [SUN# CHM 1130 4
CHM 140IN** Fundamental Organic and Biochemistry [SUN# CHM 2230] 4
BIO 201IN**  Human Anatomy and Physiology I [SUN# BIO 2201]
     or BIO 201IHHuman Anatomy, Physiology and Histology
BIO 202IN**  Human Anatomy and Physiology II [SUN# BIO 2202] 4
Complete the BIO 156IN prerequisite if needed
Subtotal 16-24

General Education Requirements

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

Arts and Humanities Requirement
 Recommend: HIS 124 or PHI 130
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/Dental Hygiene II Clinical 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

BIO 205IN Microbiology [SUN# BIO 2205] 4
CMN 120 Business and Professional Communication 3
CSA 100**** Computer Literacy 1
MAT 142***** Topics in College Mathematics [SUN# MAT 1142] 3
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology [SUN# PSY 1101] 3
WRT 101 English Composition I [SUN# ENG 1101] 3
Subtotal 17
Total (not including preparatory coursework) 74.5
Total (including preparatory coursework) 90.5-98.5

* REA 112 will also be accepted

**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 fulfills this requirement; Social and Behavioral Sciences - SOC 101 fulfills this requirement; Mathematics or Science Requirement - MAT 142 fulfills this requirement; Other Requirement - PSY 101 fulfills this requirement; Special Requirements - SOC 101 fulfills this requirement.

**** CIS/CSA 104 can be used to substitute for this requirement.

*****  MAT 141, or MAT 151 or higher will also fulfill this requirement. The requirement may also be waived for students who place into MAT 189 or higher.