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Dental Hygiene

 

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Earn Your Dental Hygiene Degree!

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.

CIPS Code: 51.0602

Program Notes:

  • Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses in the program.
  • Students must complete the Basic Science courses with a GPA of 3.5 or better and GeneralEducation courses with a GPA of 3.25 or better as indicated in the Program Prerequisites.
  • Basic Science courses must have been completed within the last five years upon application submission or as determined by the Program Director.
  • Students must earn a grade of 75% or better in the Required Courses area within the core program.
  • Students should consult with an advisor prior to applying to the program.
  • + indicates course has prerequisites and/or corequisites.

For students pursuing a Concurrent Enrollment Program (CEP) or to complete an AGEC-A:

  • MHL155 and PHI213 are recommended for the Humanities, Arts and Design area for a total of 6 credits in this area.
  • COM225 with the [L] designation is recommended for the Oral Communication area.
  • PSY101 and SOC101 are recommended for the Social Behavioral area.
  • MAT140 or MAT141 or MAT142, MAT145 or MAT146 or higher level is required for the Mathematics area.
  • An additional course, MAT206 OR PSY230, is required to meet the Computer/Statistics area.

Note: Total credits to obtain a Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene through NAU as part of the CEP program are 124-129. Some of the courses listed in the prerequisites area are for students pursuing the CEP, and thus are not counted as part of the AAS total program credits.
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.

Associate in Applied Science in Dental Hygiene

Program Prerequisites
The credit hour range is subject to change depending on the students' educational experiences.
34 - 44.5
BIO156*
BIO181*
Introductory Biology for Allied Health (4) OR
General Biology (Majors) I (4) Shared Unique Number Number BIO1181 OR
One year of high school biology
0-4
HCC/RES109 CPR for Health Care Provider (0.5) OR
Current CPR certification at the health care provider
Professional rescuer level
0-0.5
Students must complete the following Basic Science courses with a GPA of 3.50:
BIO201* Human Anatomy and Physiology I Shared Unique Number Number BIO2201 4
BIO202* Human Anatomy and Physiology II Shared Unique Number Number BIO2202 4
BIO205* Microbiology Shared Unique Number Number BIO2205 4
CHM130*
CHM130LL*
Fundamental Chemistry (3) AND
Fundamental Chemistry with Lab (1)
4
Students who have completed CHM138 and CHM138LL, or CHM230 and CHM230LL, prior to Fall 2019 have fulfilled the CHM requirement for acceptance into the MCCCD Dental Hygiene program.
Students must complete the following General Education courses with a GPA of 3.25:
Program Prerequisites
The credit hour range is subject to change depending on the students' educational experiences.
34 - 44.5
ENG101*
ENG107*
ENG102*
ENG108*
First-Year Composition (3) Shared Unique Number Number ENG1101 OR
First-Year Composition for ESL (3) AND
First-Year Composition (3) Shared Unique Number Number ENG1102 OR
First-Year Composition for ESL (3)
6
COM100
COM110
COM225*
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication Shared Unique Number Number COM1100 (3) OR
Interpersonal Communication (3) Shared Unique Number Number COM1100 OR
Public Speaking (3) OR
Small Group Communication Shared Unique Number Number COM2271 (3)
COM225 is recommended for students pursuing a CEP or to complete the AGEC-A to meet the Oral Communication and the Literacy [L] designation.
3
MAT112*
MAT140*
MAT141*
MAT142*
MAT145*
MAT146*
Mathematical Concepts and Applications (3) OR
College Mathematics (5) OR
College Mathematics (4) OR
College Mathematics (3) OR
College Mathematics with Review (5) OR
College Mathematics with Review (6) OR
Satisfactory completion of higher level Mathematics course
MAT140 or MAT141 or MAT142 or MAT145 or MAT146 or Higher course in the Mathematical Applications [MA] area is required for students pursuing a CEP or to complete the AGEC-A.
3-6
MAT206*
PSY230*
Elements of Statistics (3) OR
Introduction to Statistics (3)
MAT206 or PSY230 is required for students pursuing a CEP or baccalaureate
degree to meet the [CS] designation.
0-3
PSYxxx Any PSYxxx meeting the Social Behavioral [SB] designation. 3
SOCxxx Any SOC+++ meeting the Social Behavioral [SB] designation.
For students pursuing a CEP or a baccalaureate and selecting PSY230 to meet the [CS] designation, complete PSY101 to meet the [SB] designation and to fulfill the prerequisite for PSY230.
3
CRE101* College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking (3) 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.
0-3
Any approved general education course from the Humanities, Arts and Design area
MHL155 and PHI213 for a total of 6 credits are recommended for the Humanities, Arts and Design area for students pursuing a CEP or to complete the AGEC-A.
3

Required Courses: 58
DHE110* Pharmacology 3
DHE112* Oral Pathology 3
DHE115* Emergency Medicine 2
DHE117* Dental Radiography 2
DHE119* Head and Neck Anatomy 3
DHE120* Pre-Clinical Dental Hygiene 6
DHE121* Dental Anatomy, Embryology and Histology 2
DHE125* Dental Radiography Laboratory 1
DHE127* Prevention of Dental Disease 3
DHE132* Dental Hygiene Theory I 3
DHE133* Dental Hygiene Clinic I 3
DHE201* Dental Materials 2
DHE202* Dental Materials Laboratory 1
DHE212* Dental Hygiene Theory II 2
DHE213* Dental Hygiene Clinic II 5
DHE219* Practice Management 2
DHE225* Periodontics 3
DHE227* Dental Anesthesia 2
DHE229* Community Oral Health 3
DHE232* Dental Hygiene Theory III 2
DHE233* Dental Hygiene Clinic III 5
 *Indicates course has prerequisites and/or corequisites.  
General Education Requirements: 0
General Education Core: 0
First-Year Composition
Met by ENG101 or ENG107 and ENG102 or ENG108 in the Program Prerequisites area 0
Oral Communication
Met by COM100 or COM110 or COM225 or COM230 in Program Prerequisites area
COM225 with the [L] Literacy tag is recommended for students pursuing a CEP or to complete the AGEC-A.
0
Critical Reading
Met by CRE101 or equivalent as indicated by assessment in the Program Prerequisites area 0
Mathematics
Met by MAT112 if only completing the AAS or met by MAT140 or MAT141 OR
MAT142 or MAT145 or MAT146 or Higher course in the Mathematical Applications [MA] area if pursing a CEP or an AGEC-A.
0
General Education Distribution: 0
Humanities, Arts and Design
Met by any approved general education course from the Humanities, Arts and Design area in Program Prerequisites
MHL155 and PHI213 are recommended for the Humanities, Arts and Design area for students pursuing a CEP or to complete the AGEC-A.
0
Social-Behavioral Sciences
Met by PSYxxx and SOCxxx in the Program Prerequisites area 0
Natural Sciences
Met by BIO201 in the Program Prerequisites area 0

Additional Notes

  • ** Individuals interested in applying to the Dental Hygiene program are strongly encouraged to contact Rio Salado College academic advisor at 480.517.8580. Admissions criteria, prerequisites and core courses are subject to change without notice.
  • The total amount of credits required for this degree is 92-102.5.
    Minimum GPA: 2.00

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