AAS Dental Hygiene
Academic Plan Code
Although the Dental Hygiene program is a Shared program, the Program Sequence presented is only for Phoenix College.
Students must complete the Basic Science (with minimum GPA of 3.5) and General Education (with minimum GPA of 3.25) courses with a grade of B or better as indicated in the Program Prerequisites.
Basic Science courses must have been completed within the last five years or as determined by the Program Director.
Students must earn a grade of C or better in the Required Courses area within the program.
Students should consult with an advisor prior to applying to the program.
A high school diploma or GED equivalency is required.
Ability to fully participate in classroom, laboratory, or clinical setting program activities.
Submit current CPR card for Health Care Provider and maintain current status throughout the program.
Complete and submit the required proof of immunity and health declaration form signed by a licensed health care provider.
Submit to a drug screening and demonstrate negative results.
Completion of program prerequisites.
Formal application and admission to the program is required.
Background Check Requirements
Admission to an Allied Health program requires that students be in compliance with the Maricopa County Community College District Supplemental Background Check policy. Program applications will not be accepted without a copy of an Arizona Department of Public Safety Level One Fingerprint Clearance Card. Upon conditional program admission, the student must comply with all requirements of the current MCCCD background check policy.
The credit hour range is subject to change depending on the student's educational experience.
Students must complete the following Basic Science courses with a grade of "B" or better with a cumulative GPA of 3.50:
Students must complete the following General Education courses with a grade of "B" or better with a cumulative GPA of 3.25:
(ENG101 or ENG107 and ENG102 or ENG108), (COM100 or COM110 or COM225 or COM230), (MAT112 or satisfactory completion of higher level Mathematics course) PSY101, SOC101, (CRE101 or Equivalent as indicated by assessment)
Course Sequence by Term
The following is a suggested course sequence by term for the pathway. Students should keep in mind the items below that affect their success in completing the pathway as listed:
- The course sequence is laid out by suggested term. It is understood that students may enter the program at different times of the year.
- Academic achievement is related to initial course placement determined by course placement tests, completion of 100-200 level course pre-/corequisites, any courses below 100 level, and program prerequisites.
- Students should meet with an academic advisor, or program director, or counselor who can assist in assessing student needs that may affect course enrollment. Appropriate resources can be discussed and agreed to in order to address student needs and support successful course completion.
Program Area Key:
- Critical Rdg = Critical Reading
- FYC = First Year Composition
- HUM = Humanities and Fine Arts
- Mathematics = Mathematics
- NS = Natural Science
- Oral Comm = Oral Communication
- PP = Program Prerequisite
- SB = Social & Behavioral Sciences
- RC = Required Courses
- RE = Restricted Electives
Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.
Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses required within the program.
|PP||RDG091||College Preparatory Reading||A grade of "C' or better in RDG091 OR eligibility for CRE101 College Critical Reading as indicated by assessment||0–3|
|(Fundamental Chemistry and
Fundamental Chemistry Laboratory)
|A grade of "C' or better in RDG091 OR eligibility for CRE101 College Critical Reading as indicated by assessment||0–4|
|Introductory Biology for Allied Health or
General Biology (Majors) I
|OR One (1) year of high school Biology||0–4|
|CPR for Health Care Provider||Current CPR certification at the health care provider Professional rescuer level||.5|
|PP||BIO201||Human Anatomy and Physiology I||4|
|PP||BIO202||Human Anatomy and Physiology II||4|
|(Chemistry for Allied Health and
Chemistry for Allied Health Laboratory) or
(Fundamental Organic Chemistry and
Fundamental Organic Chemistry Laboratory)
|First-Year Composition or
First-Year Composition for ESL
|First-Year Composition or
First-Year Composition for ESL
|Introduction to Human Communication or
Interpersonal Communication or
Public Speaking or
Small Group Communication
|PP||MAT112||Mathematical Concepts and Applications||OR Satisfactory completion of higher level Mathematics course||3|
|PP||PSY101||Introduction to Psychology||3|
|PP||SOC101||Introduction to Sociology||3|
|PP||CRE101||College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking||OR Equivalent as indicated by assessment||0–3|
|PP||Humanities and Fine Arts||Any approved General Education course in the Humanities and Fine Arts area||3|
|RC||DHE115||Emergency Medicine||P: Admission to the Dental Hygiene Program||2|
|RC||DHE117||Dental Radiography||P: Admission to the Dental Hygiene Program or permission of Instructor||2|
|RC||DHE120||Pre-Clinical Dental Hygiene||P: Admission to the Dental Hygiene Program or permission of Instructor||6|
|RC||DHE121||Dental Anatomy, Embryology and Histology||P: Admission to the Dental Hygiene Program||2|
|RC||DHE125||Dental Radiography Laboratory||P/C: (DHE117 and admission to the Dental Hygiene Program) or permission of Instructor.||1|
|RC||DHE127||Prevention Of Dental Disease||P: Admission to the Dental Hygiene Program or permission of Instructor||3|
|RC||DHE110||Pharmacology||P: Admission to the Dental Hygiene Program or permission of Instructor||3|
|RC||DHE119||Head And Neck Anatomy||P: Admission to the Dental Hygiene Program or permission of Instructor||3|
|RC||DHE132||Dental Hygiene Theory I||P: (DHE120 and admission to the Dental Hygiene Program) or permission of instructor. C: DHe133||3|
|RC||DHE133||Dental Hygiene Clinic I||P: DHE120 and admission to the Dental Hygiene Program. C: DHE132 and current CPR card||3|
|RC||DHE201||Dental Materials||P: Admission to the Dental Hygiene Program or permission of Instructor. C: DHE202||2|
|RC||DHE202||Dental Materials Laboratory||P: Admission to the Dental Hygiene Program or permission of Instructor. C: DHE201||1|
|RC||DHE112||Oral Pathology||P: Admission to the Dental Hygiene Program or permission of Instructor.||3|
|RC||DHE212||Dental Hygiene Theory II||P: DHE132 and DHE133 and admission to the Dental Hygiene Program. C: DHE213||2|
|RC||DHE213||Dental Hygiene Clinic II||P: DHE132 and DHE133 and admission to the Dental Hygiene Program. C: DHE212||5|
|RC||DHE225||Periodontics||P: Admission to the Dental Hygiene Program.||3|
|RC||DHE227||Dental Anesthesia||P: DHE119 and current CPR certification.||2|
|RC||DHE219||Practice Management||P: Admission to the Dental Hygiene Program.||2|
|RC||DHE229||Community Oral Health||P: Admission to the Dental Hygiene Program.||3|
|RC||DHE232||Dental Hygiene Theory III||P: (DHE212 and DHE213) and admission to the Dental Hygiene Program. C: DHE233||2|
|RC||DHE233||Dental Hygiene Clinic III||P: (DHE212 and DHE213) and admission to the Dental Hygiene Program. C: DHE232||5|
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View MCCCD's program website for the Associate in Applied Science in Dental Hygiene (https://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/acres.woa/wa/freeForm3?id=90472).