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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
  

Preparatory Coursework

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

Credits
REA 112HP* Critical Reading for Health Professions OR an Accuplacer Reading score of 108 or higher 0-4
CHM 130IN** Fundamental Chemistry [SUN# CHM 1130] 5
CHM 140IN** Fundamental Organic and Biochemistry [SUN# CHM 2230] 5
BIO 201IN**  Human Anatomy and Physiology I [SUN# BIO 2201] OR BIO 201IHHuman Anatomy, Physiology and Histology 4-5
BIO 202IN**  Human Anatomy and Physiology II [SUN# BIO 2202] 4
Complete the BIO 156IN prerequisite if needed
0-4
Subtotal 18-27

General Education Requirements

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

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

Required Core Courses

Credits
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

  Credits
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] 4
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology [SUN# SOC 1101] 3
WRT 101 English Composition I [SUN# ENG 1101] 3
Subtotal 21
Total credits (not including preparatory coursework) 75.5
Total credits (including preparatory coursework) 93.5-102.5

* 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 and CMN 120 fulfill this requirement; Analysis & Critical Thinking - BIO 205IN and MAT 142 fulfill this requirement; Humanities and Social Science Requirement - SOC 101 fulfills 3 credits of this requirement from the Social Science category; Computer and Information Literacy Requirement - CSA 100 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.