Associate in Applied Science in Dental Hygiene

Dental Hygiene

Degree Information

Academic Plan

AAS Dental Hygiene

Academic Plan Code




Career Pathway

Associated Programs

Program Notes:
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. 

Admission Criteria

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.

Program Prerequisites

The credit hour range is subject to change depending on the student's educational experience.

Biology course (BIO156 and BIO181) and the EMT/HCC/RES course (EMT/HCC/RES109) may be waived by the Program Director for the student who has one year of high school Biology.

Students must complete the following Basic Science courses with a grade of "B" or better with a cumulative GPA of 3.50:

BIO201, BIO202, BIO205, (CHM138 and CHM138LL or CHM230 and CHM230LL)

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, Arts and Design
  • 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.

Program Prerequisites

Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
PP RDG091 College Preparatory Reading 0–3
PP (CHM130 and
(Fundamental Chemistry and
Fundamental Chemistry Laboratory)
PP BIO156 or
Introductory Biology for Allied Health or
General Biology (Majors) I
PP HCC109 or
CPR for Health Care Provider .5
PP BIO201 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4
PP BIO202 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
PP BIO205 Microbiology 4
PP (CHM138 and
(CHM230 and
(Chemistry for Allied Health and
Chemistry for Allied Health Laboratory)
(Fundamental Organic Chemistry and
Fundamental Organic Chemistry Laboratory)
PP ENG101 or
First-Year Composition or
First-Year Composition for ESL
PP ENG102 or
First-Year Composition or
First-Year Composition for ESL
PP COM100 or
COM110 or
COM225 or
Introduction to Human Communication or
Interpersonal Communication or
Public Speaking or
Small Group Communication
PP MAT112 Mathematical Concepts and Applications 3
PP PSY101 Introduction to Psychology 3
PP SOC101 Introduction to Sociology 3
PP CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking 0–3
PP Humanities and Fine Arts Any approved General Education course in the Humanities and Fine Arts area 3

Term 1

Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
RC DHE115 Emergency Medicine 2
RC DHE117 Dental Radiography 2
RC DHE120 Pre-Clinical Dental Hygiene 6
RC DHE121 Dental Anatomy, Embryology and Histology 2
RC DHE125 Dental Radiography Laboratory 1
RC DHE127 Prevention Of Dental Disease 3

Term 2

Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
RC DHE110 Pharmacology 3
RC DHE119 Head And Neck Anatomy 3
RC DHE132 Dental Hygiene Theory I 3
RC DHE133 Dental Hygiene Clinic I 3
RC DHE201 Dental Materials 2
RC DHE202 Dental Materials Laboratory 1

Term 3

Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
RC DHE112 Oral Pathology 3
RC DHE212 Dental Hygiene Theory II 2
RC DHE213 Dental Hygiene Clinic II 5
RC DHE225 Periodontics 3
RC DHE227 Dental Anesthesia 2

Term 4

Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
RC DHE219 Practice Management 2
RC DHE229 Community Oral Health 3
RC DHE232 Dental Hygiene Theory III 2
RC DHE233 Dental Hygiene Clinic III 5

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All information is administered by the Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation at Maricopa County Community College District and published is subject to change without notice. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of information presented, but based on the dynamic nature of the curricular process, course and program information is subject to change in order to reflect the most current information available.

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