Dental Hygiene

Associate in Science
Career/Technical (Major Code: 02380)

Prepares students for a career in dental hygiene through the study of humanities, social and natural sciences, and the field of dental hygiene. Emphasis is on clinical practice in the context of dental hygiene care. Graduates are eligible to apply to take both regional and national examinations for licensure.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

  • Analyze and evaluate dental hygiene theory to achieve a minimum of 75% on the National Dental Hygiene Board Examination.
  • Assess patient needs, coordinate dental hygiene treatment and demonstrate clinical skills to pass regional licensing examination.
Prerequisities
BIOL 260HUMAN ANATOMY4
BIOL 261PRINCIPLES OF HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY4
BIOL 265GENERAL MICROBIOLOGY4
CHEM 100INTRODUCTION TO GENERAL CHEMISTRY4
CHEM 110ELEMENTARY ORGANIC AND BIOLOGICAL CHEMISTRY4
ORAL COMMUNICATION
PUBLIC SPEAKING
ENGL 115COLLEGE COMPOSITION: READING AND WRITING ANALYTICALLY4
HLTH 204FUNDAMENTALS OF NUTRITION3
PSYC 101GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY3
SOC 101INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY3
or SOC 110 CONTEMPORARY SOCIAL PROBLEMS
INTERMEDIATE ALGEBRA I (FOR LIBERAL ARTS MAJORS) *
INTERMEDIATE ALGEBRA I AND II (STEM/BUS)

Department Acceptance into the Dental Hygiene Program

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterUnits
DH 101 INTRODUCTION TO CLINICAL CONCEPTS 2
DH 108 INTRODUCTION TO CLINICAL PRACTICE 2.5
DH 109 DENTAL RADIOGRAPHY 3
DH 114 HEAD AND NECK ANATOMY 2
DH 123 ORAL ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY 1
DH 124 ORAL EMBRYOLOGY AND HISTOLOGY 2
DH 125 ORAL HEALTH 2
 Units14.5
Second Semester
DH 112 CLINIC I 4
DH 113A CLINICAL CONCEPTS I 1
DH 115 PERIODONTICS 2
DH 121 PAIN CONTROL 2
DH 203 PATHOLOGY 2
DH 206 DENTAL PHARMACOLOGY 2
SUMMER SESSION  
DH 118 TRANSITIONAL CLINIC 1.5
 Units14.5
Third Semester
DH 106 SPECIAL NEED PATIENT CARE 2
DH 113B CLINICAL CONCEPTS II 1
DH 122 CLINIC II 4
DH 116 DENTAL MATERIALS 2
DH 200A COMMUNITY DENTAL HEALTH I 2
DH 205 ADVANCED PERIODONTICS 2
 Units13
Fourth Semester
DH 113C CLINICAL CONCEPTS III 1
DH 202 CLINIC III 4
DH 200B COMMUNITY DENTAL HEALTH II 2
DH 211 ETHICS AND JURISPRUDENCE 2
DH 214 SEMINAR 2
 Units11
 Total Units53

Note: A grade of 75% (“C”) or better is required in all dental hygiene courses for progression in the Dental Hygiene program and to graduate.

To earn an associate degree, additional general education and graduation requirements must be completed.  An Arts/Humanities general education course of three units must be completed by the end of the fourth semester. It is highly recommended to complete this general education and graduation requirement prior to the start of the Dental Hygiene program.

Dental Hygiene courses are sequential in the program. Please consult the individual course listings for prerequisites and any other limitations on enrollment.