Associate in Applied Science in Dental Hygiene

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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.

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Academic Career
Credit
Degree/Certificate Type
Career and Technical Degree
Academic Plan
Dental Hygiene (AAS)
Academic Plan Code
3831
Total Credits Required
95-105.5
Catalog Year
2018-2019

Program Prerequisites

General EducationMinimum GPA 3.25

  • ENG101 or 107 First-Year Composition 3 credits
  • ENG102 or 108 First-Year Composition 3 credits
  • COM (100, 110, 225, 230) Communication 3 credits
  • HU or HUM (Refer to the MCC catalog for approved list of Humanities and Fine Arts courses or see Dental Hygiene advisor for options) 3 credits
  • PSY101 Intro to Psychology 3 credits
  • SOC101 Intro to Sociology 3 credits
  • MAT112 Mathematical concepts and Applications or higher level (see Dental Hygiene advisor for options) 3 credits
  • CRE101 Critical & Evaluative Reading I or Equivalent by assessment 3 credits

Basic Sciences: Minimum GPA 3.5 (Basic Science courses must have been completed within the last 5 years or as determined by the Program Director)

  • BIO 201& 202 Human Anatomy & Physiology 8 credits
  • BIO 205 Microbiology 4 credits
  • *CHM 130+ 130LL Fundamental Chemistry 4 credits 

* Students that have completed CHM138 or CHM230 lecture and lab within 5 years of application to program have fulfilled the CHM requirement for acceptance into the dental hygiene program. 

Course Sequence by Term

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

  • 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 placement tests and completion of 100-200 level course pre-/corequisites and program prerequisites.
  • Students should meet with an academic advisor about any concerns that may affect course enrollment.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
16
DHE115 Emergency Medicine RC 2
DHE117 Dental Radiography RC 2
DHE120 Pre-Clinical Dental Hygiene RC 6
DHE121 Dental Anatomy, Embryology and Histology RC 2
DHE125 Dental Radiography Laboratory RC 1
DHE127 Prevention Of Dental Disease RC 3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
15
DHE110 Pharmacology RC 3
DHE119 Head And Neck Anatomy RC 3
DHE132 Dental Hygiene Theory I RC 3
DHE133 Dental Hygiene Clinic I RC 3
DHE201 Dental Materials RC 2
DHE202 Dental Materials Laboratory RC 1

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
15
DHE112 Oral Pathology RC 3
DHE212 Dental Hygiene Theory II RC 2
DHE213 Dental Hygiene Clinic II RC 5
DHE225 Periodontics RC 3
DHE227 Dental Anesthesia RC 2

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
12
DHE219 Practice Management RC 2
DHE229 Community Oral Health RC 3
DHE232 Dental Hygiene Theory III RC 2
DHE233 Dental Hygiene Clinic III RC 5

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Program Area Key

  • Critical Rdg = Critical Reading
  • FYC = First Year Composition
  • HU = 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

Disclaimer

Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses required within the program.

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

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.

View MCCCD’s program website for the Associate in Applied Science in Dental Hygiene (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm3?id=123140).