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The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree in Dental Hygiene prepares students to practice entry-level dental hygiene. Dental hygiene students will provide preventive and therapeutic services, and will develop a commitment to the community through extramural opportunities serving diverse populations. The program is a blend of academic and clinical coursework that requires attention to detail and motivation to complete tasks on a timeline. Graduates are employed in private dental offices, hospitals, schools, and clinics, within their community.

The Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association (211 E. Chicago Ave., Chicago, Ill. 60611-2678 (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 50 states.

Applicants who are accepted and enroll in a MCCCD Dental Hygiene program will be exposed to blood-borne 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.

CIPS Code: 51.0602

Program Notes:

  • Students must complete the Basic Science and General Education courses with a grade of B or better as indicated in the Program Prerequisites.
  • Basic Science course 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.
  • *Indicates course has prerequisites and/or corequisites.
Admission Criteria:
  • A high school diploma or GED equivalency is required.
  • 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.

Associate in Applied Science in Dental Hygiene

Program Prerequisites
The credit hour ranges are subject to change depending on the students' educational experiences. Students must select one of the following two options.
40-44.5
Option 1:
Biology courses (BIO156 and BIO181) and HCC course (HCC109) may be waived by the Program Director for the student who has one year of high school biology and the current CPR certification at the health care provider or professional rescuer level.
40
BIO156*
BIO181*
Introductory Biology for Allied Health (4) OR
General Biology (Majors) (4) Shared Unique Number Number BIO1181 OR
One year of high school biology
0-4
BIO202* Human Anatomy and Physiology II Shared Unique Number Number BIO2202 4
BIO205* Microbiology Shared Unique Number Number BIO2205 4
CHM138* Chemistry for Allied Health 3
CHM138LL* Chemistry for Allied Health Laboratory 1
HCC109 CPR for the Health Care Provider (0.5) OR
Current CPR certification at the health care provider professional rescuer level
0-0.5

 
OR

Option 2: 44.5
BIO156*
BIO181*
Introductory Biology for Allied Health (4) OR
General Biology (Majors) (4) Shared Unique Number Number BIO1181 OR
One year of high school biology
4
BIO202* Human Anatomy and Physiology II Shared Unique Number Number BIO2202 4
BIO205* Microbiology Shared Unique Number Number BIO2205 4
CHM138* Chemistry for Allied Health 3
CHM138LL* Chemistry for Allied Health Laboratory 1
HCC109 CPR for the Health Care Provider (0.5) OR
Current CPR certification at the health care provider professional rescuer level
0.5

 

General Education Requirements: 28
General Education Core: 15
First-Year Composition
Any approved general education courses in the First-Year Composition area.*
6
Oral Communication
Any approved general education course in the Oral Communication area.
3
Critical Reading
CRE101* College Critical Reading (3) OR
Equivalent as indicated by assessment.
3
Mathematics
MAT102* Mathematical Concepts/Applications (3) OR
Equivalent course OR
Satisfactory completion of a higher-level mathematics course
3
General Education Distribution: 13
Humanities and Fine Arts
Any approved general education course in the Humanities and Fine Arts area.
3
Natural Sciences
BIO201* Human Anatomy and Physiology I Shared Unique Number Number BIO2201 4
Social and Behavioral Sciences
PSY101
SOC101
Introduction to Psychology (3) Shared Unique Number Number PSY1101 AND
Introduction to Sociology (3) Shared Unique Number Number SOC1101
6
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

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 98-102.5.
    Minimum GPA: 2.00