Associate in Applied Science in Dental Hygiene

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Field of Interest: Health Sciences

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Dental Hygiene degree prepares students to become primary care oral health professionals. A licensed dental hygienist may provide education, assessment, diagnostic, preventive and therapeutic services, research, and administrative services that support overall health through the promotion of optimal oral health. Hygienists may be employed in general or specialty dental practice in private or public healthcare settings. The program also prepares students for university transfer.

The dental hygiene program offers a rigorous, intensive, science-based curriculum. Students will provide services in clinical settings and will develop a commitment to the community through enrichment experiences serving diverse populations. Successful students will develop and demonstrate critical thinking, as well as ethical and professional behaviors required by the field.

Applicants should possess hand-eye coordination, manual dexterity, and attention to detail. Students in an MCCCD Dental Hygiene program will be exposed to blood-borne pathogens and infectious diseases. The program strictly adheres to established policies and procedures regarding infection control as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American Dental Association, the Organization for Safety and Asepsis Procedures, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

The Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association (211 E. Chicago Ave., Suite 1900, Chicago, IL 60611-2637; (312) 440-4653) grants accreditation to the Phoenix College, Rio Salado College, and Mesa Community College programs. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. Graduates are eligible for board examinations and licensure in all fifty states.

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Academic Career
Credit
Degree/Certificate Type
Career and Technical Associate Degree
Academic Plan
Dental Hygiene (AAS)
Academic Plan Code
3831
Total Credits Required
92-102.5
Catalog Year
2019-2020

What You’ll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Adhere to state and federal laws, recommendations, and regulations in the provision of oral health care.
  2. Systematically assess comprehensive data on the general and oral health needs of patients from diverse populations.
  3. Use critical decision making to interpret data and create a dental hygiene diagnosis.
  4. Design and present a patient-centered dental hygiene care plan utilizing evidence-based research and professional standards.
  5. Evaluate the outcome of dental hygiene care during active and maintenance treatment phases and refer to appropriate healthcare providers if indicated.
  6. Record accurate, consistent, and complete documentation throughout the process of care.
  7. Employ effective interpersonal communication with patients, families, and the healthcare team in a culturally competent, ethical, and professional manner.
  8. Practice professional and ethical behaviors as accepted by healthcare professionals.
  9. Demonstrate self-assessment and self-regulation strategies for lifelong learning.
  10. Advocate for healthy communities through the provision of community-based preventive and therapeutic oral healthcare services.

Career Opportunities

Successful completion of the Dental Hygiene program may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Maricopa County-based annual median wages* for this program. You can click on any occupation to view the detail regarding education level, wages, and employment information.

* Career and wage information provided by Emsi using data, reports, and forecasts which are generated using government data sources and Emsi’s proprietary analytical processes. Emsi’s data covers multiple classes of workers including QCEW, non-QCEW, and those who are self-employed. Disclaimer

Admission Criteria

High school diploma or GED equivalency is required.
Completion of program prerequisites.
Completion of Dental Experience/Verification Form.
Program applications will not be accepted without a copy of an Arizona Department of Public Safety Level One Fingerprint Clearance Card.
Acknowledgement of ability to fully participate in classroom, laboratory, or clinical setting program activities.
Formal application and acceptance to the program is required.

After being placed in the program, the following are required:
Admission to an Allied Health program requires that students be in compliance with the Maricopa County Community College District Supplemental Background Check policy. Upon conditional program admission, the student must comply with all requirements of the current MCCCD background check policy.
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.
Submit current CPR card for Health Care Provider and maintain current status throughout the 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 may be required to successfully complete a College Success Course (CPD150 or CPD/AAA115) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.
  • Students should meet with an academic advisor about any concerns that may affect course enrollment.

Pathway Map Options

There are multiple options available for this pathway map. The options vary depending on the available transfer institutions and what degrees you may be able to transfer into.

All the pathway map options share some common coursework. To explore what additional coursework may be required, select your desired option from the list below. Once selected, the list of courses and any associated details will be automatically updated. Additional courses for a specific option will be highlighted with a blue border.

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

Term 1 - Program Prerequisites

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
CPD150 or
AAA115
Strategies for College Success or Creating College Success 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 completing the Concurrent Enrollment Program (CEP).

Term 2 - Program Prerequisites

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during
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 L 0–3
BIO156 or
BIO181
Introductory Biology for Allied Health or General Biology (Majors) I Or HighSchool biology. BIO156 recommended SQ 0–4
PSY+++ Any Psychology course with the [SB] designation Recommend PSY101 for students completing the Concurrent Enrollment Program (CEP). 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 MAT14X or Higher course with the [MA] designation is required for students pursuing a Concurrent Enrollment Program (CEP) or AGEC-A transfer. MA 3–6

Term 3 - Program Prerequisites

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during
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 COM225 is recommended for students pursuing a CEP or to complete the AGEC-A to meet the Oral Communication and the Literacy [L] designation. SB or L or SB 3
HU Humanities, Fine Arts, and Design Recommend MHL155 OR PHI133 for Concurrent Enrollment Program (CEP). 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 3

Term 4 - Program Prerequisites

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during
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, and Design Recommend additional HU course for AGEC-A transfer students; MHL155 OR PHI133 recommended for Concurrent Enrollment Program (CEP). 0–3
HCC109 or
RES109
CPR for Health Care Provider 0–0.5

Term 1 - CEP Summer 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
DH372 Summer Term is only for MCC and PC students.
DH372 Required for students pursuing the Concurrent Enrollment Program (CEP) at NAU. NAU DH372 equivalent to DHE127. This course is to be taken in the summer.
0–3
DH456 Summer Term is only for MCC and PC students.
Required for students pursuing the Concurrent Enrollment Program (CEP) at NAU. This course is to be taken in the summer.
0–3

Term 1 - Core Program

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during
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
DH371 Required for students pursuing the Concurrent Enrollment Program (CEP) at NAU. 0–3
DHE127 Prevention of Dental Disease Required for students pursuing the Concurrent Enrollment Program (CEP) at NAU in the previous Summer. 0–3

Term 2 - Core Program

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
DHE110 Pharmacology Required for PC and MCC 0–3
DHE112 Oral Pathology required for RSC and PC 0–3
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
DH450 Required for students pursuing the Concurrent Enrollment Program (CEP) at NAU. 0–3

Term 3 - CEP Summer 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
DH486 Required for students pursuing the Concurrent Enrollment Program (CEP) at NAU. Will be taken in the Summer. 3
DH440 Required for students pursuing the Concurrent Enrollment Program (CEP) at NAU. Will be taken in the Summer. 3
DH436 or
DH476 or
DH446
DH436 or DH476 or DH446 Required for students pursuing the Concurrent Enrollment Program (CEP) at NAU. Will be taken in the Summer. 3

Term 3 - Core Program

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
DHE110 Pharmacology Required for RSC 0–3
DHE112 Oral Pathology Required for MCC 0–3
DHE212 Dental Hygiene Theory II 2
DHE213 Dental Hygiene Clinic II 5
DHE225 Periodontics 3
DHE227 Dental Anesthesia 2
DH373W Required for students pursuing the Concurrent Enrollment Program (CEP) at NAU. 0–3

Term 4 - Core Program

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
DHE219 or
DH416
Practice Management or DH416 Concurrent Enrollment Program (CEP) students take DH416; those not pursuing a CEP take DHE219. 2
DHE201 Dental Materials Required for PC 0–2
DHE202 Dental Materials Laboratory Required for PC 0–1
DHE229 Community Oral Health Required for MCC and RSC 0–3
DHE232 Dental Hygiene Theory III 2
DHE233 Dental Hygiene Clinic III 5
DH474C Required for students pursuing the Concurrent Enrollment Program (CEP) at NAU. 0–3

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Dental Hygiene Concurrent Enrollment Program (CEP) at Mesa Community College -BS

The additional courses required by this pathway map option have already been inserted into the pathway map above. For your reference, those additional courses are also listed below, separated by term.

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken if the Dental Hygiene Concurrent Enrollment Program (CEP) at Mesa Community College -BS option (Full-time) has been selected
Term Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
1 - Program Prerequisites SOC+++ Any Sociology course with the [SB] designation; Recommend SOC101 for students completing the Concurrent Enrollment Program (CEP). 3
2 - Program Prerequisites PSY+++ Any Psychology course with the [SB] designation Recommend PSY101 for students completing the Concurrent Enrollment Program (CEP). 3
3 - Program Prerequisites HU Humanities, Fine Arts, and Design Recommend MHL155 OR PHI133 for Concurrent Enrollment Program (CEP). 3
3 - Program Prerequisites 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
4 - Program Prerequisites HU Humanities, Fine Arts, and Design Recommend additional HU course for AGEC-A transfer students; MHL155 OR PHI133 recommended for Concurrent Enrollment Program (CEP). 0–3
1 - CEP Summer 1 DH372 Required for students pursuing the Concurrent Enrollment Program (CEP) at NAU. NAU DH372 equivalent to DHE127. Will be taken in the Summer. 3
1 - CEP Summer 1 DH456 Required for students pursuing the Concurrent Enrollment Program (CEP) at NAU. Will be taken in the Summer. 3
1 - Core Program DH371 Required for students pursuing the Concurrent Enrollment Program (CEP) at NAU. 3
2 - Core Program DHE110 Pharmacology 3
2 - Core Program DHE201 Dental Materials 2
2 - Core Program DHE202 Dental Materials Laboratory 1
2 - Core Program DH450 Required for students pursuing the Concurrent Enrollment Program (CEP) at NAU. 3
3 - CEP Summer 2 DH486 Required for students pursuing the Concurrent Enrollment Program (CEP) at NAU. Will be taken in the Summer. 3
3 - CEP Summer 2 DH440 Required for students pursuing the Concurrent Enrollment Program (CEP) at NAU. Will be taken in the Summer. 3
3 - CEP Summer 2 DH436 or
DH476 or
DH446
DH436 or DH476 or DH446 Required for students pursuing the Concurrent Enrollment Program (CEP) at NAU. Will be taken in the Summer. 3
3 - Core Program DHE112 Oral Pathology 3
3 - Core Program DH373W Required for students pursuing the Concurrent Enrollment Program (CEP) at NAU. 3
4 - Core Program DH416 Required for students pursuing the Concurrent Enrollment Program (CEP) at NAU. 2
4 - Core Program DH474C Required for students pursuing the Concurrent Enrollment Program (CEP) at NAU. 3


If you are interested in other options for this degree, a list of all pathway map options is also available.

Dental Hygiene Pathway at Mesa Community College - AAS

The additional courses required by this pathway map option have already been inserted into the pathway map above. For your reference, those additional courses are also listed below, separated by term.

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken if the Dental Hygiene Pathway at Mesa Community College - AAS option (Full-time) has been selected
Term Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
1 - Program Prerequisites SOC+++ Any Sociology course with the [SB] designation 3
2 - Program Prerequisites PSY+++ Any Psychology course with the [SB] designation 3
3 - Program Prerequisites CS Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Application Recommend for AGEC-A transfer students 0–3
3 - Program Prerequisites HU Humanities, Fine Arts, and Design 3
4 - Program Prerequisites HU Humanities, Fine Arts, and Design Recommend additional HU course for AGEC-A transfer students 0–3
1 - Core Program DHE127 Prevention of Dental Disease 3
2 - Core Program DHE110 Pharmacology 3
2 - Core Program DHE201 Dental Materials 2
2 - Core Program DHE202 Dental Materials Laboratory 1
3 - Core Program DHE112 Oral Pathology 3
4 - Core Program DHE219 Practice Management 2
4 - Core Program DHE229 Community Oral Health 3


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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=139184).

Other Versions

The pathway map presented above is for the current catalog year and is the intended pathway map for new students. Other versions of this pathway map from different catalog years are available below:

Catalog Year Effective Dates
2019-2020 Current
2018-2019 5/29/2018 – 5/27/2019