Program Curriculum

Dental Hygiene

(72 semester credit hours)

An Associate of Applied Science degree program offered by the Division of Allied Health.

Course Course Title Semester Hours
Prerequisite semester:
BIOL 2401 Human Anatomy & Physiology I 4
BIOL 2402 Human Anatomy & Physiology II 4
BIOL 2420 Microbiology 4
  12 sem hrs
Freshman Year, First Semester
DHYG 1301 Orofacial Anatomy, Histology & Embryology 3
DHYG 1311 Periodontology 3
DHYG 1431 Preclinical Dental Hygiene 4
Humanities or Performing/Visual Arts* 3
  13 sem hrs
Freshman Year, Second Semester
DHYG 1339 General and Oral Pathology 3
DHYG 1304 Dental Radiology 3
DHYG 1261 Clinical Dental Hygiene I 2
DHYG 1227 Preventive Dental Hygiene Care 2
DHYG 1307 General & Dental Nutrition 3
ENGL 1301* Composition I 3
  16 sem hrs
Summer Session I
DHYG 1319 Dental Materials 3
  3 sem. hrs
Sophomore Year, First Semester
DHYG 1235 Pharmacology for the Dental Hygienist 2
DHYG 2362 Clinical Dental Hygiene II 3
DHYG 1315 Community Dentistry 3
DHYG 2201 Contemporary Dental Hygiene Care I 2
SOCI 1301* Sociology 3
  13 sem. hrs
Sophomore Year, Second Semester
DHYG 2363 Clinical Dental Hygiene III 3
DHYG 2231 Contemporary Dental Hygiene Care II 2
DHYG 1223 Dental Hygiene Practice 2
DHYG 1271 Service Learning for Local Need 2
Speech SPCH 1315, 1318, or 1321 3
PSYC 2301* Psychology 3
  15 sem. hrs

Capstone Experience: During the last semester of the program, the capstone experience consists of a Mock National Board Dental Hygiene Examination that tests comprehensive cognitive abilities. The Mock examination assesses the ability to understand important information from basic biomedical, dental, and dental hygiene sciences and also the ability to apply such information in a problem-solving context. Successful completion of the Mock examination is a prerequisite to taking the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination prior to graduation.

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