Associate in Applied Science in Dental Hygiene

Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • Students should meet with an academic advisor to develop an individual education plan that meets their academic and career goals. Use the Pathway Planner tool in your Student Center to manage your plan.
  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include AAA/CPD150, AAA/CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.
  • Consult with your faculty mentor or academic advisor to determine educational requirements, including possible university transfer options, for your chosen career field.

Full-time Sequence

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester. See your Academic Advisor or visit NAU's website for more information about the Concurrent Enrollment Program (CEP).

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Term 1 - Program Prerequisites

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1 - Program Prerequisites
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
AAA/CPD115 or
AAA/CPD150 or
AAA/CPD150AC or
CPD104
Creating College Success or Strategies for College Success or Educational and Career Planning or Career and Personal Development 0–3
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Critical course FYC 3
CHM130 and
CHM130LL
Fundamental Chemistry and Fundamental Chemistry Laboratory SQ 4
SOC+++ Any Sociology course with the [SB] designation Recommend SOC101 for students pursuing the Concurrent Enrollment Program (CEP) or to complete an AGEC-A. SB 3

Term 2 - Program Prerequisites

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2 - Program Prerequisites
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking Critical course OR Equivalent as indicated by assessment;
Students who are exempt from CRE101 must complete a course with an [L] designation if pursuing a CEP or to complete the AGEC-A.
L 0–3
BIO156 or
BIO181
Introductory Biology for Allied Health or General Biology (Majors) I OR One year of High School biology. SQ 0–4
PSY+++ Any Psychology course with the [SB] designation Recommend PSY101 for students pursuing the CEP (or to complete an AGEC-A) and selecting PSY230 to meet the [CS] designation. SB 3
MAT112 or
MAT140 or
MAT141 or
MAT142 or
MAT145 or
MAT146
Mathematical Concepts and Applications or College Mathematics or College Mathematics or College Mathematics or College Mathematics with Review or College Mathematics with Review MAT14+ or Higher course with the [MA] designation is required for students pursuing the CEP or to complete the AGEC-A. or MA or MA 3–6

Term 3 - Program Prerequisites

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3 - Program Prerequisites
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM225 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication Recommend COM225 for students pursuing the CEP or to complete the AGEC-A to meet the Oral Communication and the Literacy [L] designation. SB or L 3
HU Humanities, Fine Arts & Design Recommend MHL155 OR PHI133 for students pursuing the CEP or to complete the AGEC-A. HU 3
BIO201 Human Anatomy and Physiology I Critical course Gateway course SG 4
MAT206 or
PSY230
Elements of Statistics or Introduction to Statistics MAT206 or PSY230 is required for students pursuing a CEP or baccalaureate degree to meet the [CS] designation. CS 0–3

Term 4 - Program Prerequisites

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4 - Program Prerequisites
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
BIO202 Human Anatomy and Physiology II Critical course SG 4
BIO205 Microbiology Critical course SG 4
HU Humanities, Fine Arts & Design Recommend MHL155 OR PHI133 for students pursuing the CEP or to complete the AGEC-A. HU 0–3
HCC/RES109 CPR for Health Care Provider OR Current CPR certification at the health care provider Professional rescuer level 0–0.5

Term 5

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 5
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
DHE115 Emergency Medicine 2
DHE117 Dental Radiography 2
DHE120 Pre-Clinical Dental Hygiene 6
DHE121 Dental Anatomy, Embryology and Histology 2
DHE125 Dental Radiography Laboratory 1
DHE127 Prevention of Dental Disease 3

Term 6

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 6
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
DHE110 or
DHE112
Pharmacology or Oral Pathology DHE110 Required for PC and MCC or DHE112 Required for RSC and PC 3
DHE119 Head and Neck Anatomy 3
DHE132 Dental Hygiene Theory I 3
DHE133 Dental Hygiene Clinic I 3
DHE201 Dental Materials Required for MCC and RSC 0–2
DHE202 Dental Materials Laboratory Required for MCC and RSC 0–1

Term 7

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 7
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
DHE110 or
DHE112
Pharmacology or Oral Pathology DHE110 Required for RSC or DHE112 Required for MCC 3
DHE212 Dental Hygiene Theory II 2
DHE213 Dental Hygiene Clinic II 5
DHE225 Periodontics 3
DHE227 Dental Anesthesia 2

Term 8

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 8
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
DHE201 Dental Materials Required for PC 0–2
DHE202 Dental Materials Laboratory Required for PC 0–1
DHE219 Practice Management 2
DHE229 Community Oral Health 3
DHE232 Dental Hygiene Theory III 2
DHE233 Dental Hygiene Clinic III 5

Course Area Key

Gateway Course = Generally the first major-specific course in a pathway.

Critical Course = A course that is highly predictive of future success in a pathway.