Community Dental Health Coordination


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This award is not eligible for Financial Aid

The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Community Dental Health Coordination (CDHC) program is designed to provide students with a practical and theoretical basis for assisting in the reduction of disparities in dental health. Program will cover advocacy, intercultural communication, and finance in addition to dental health coordination, documentation, and reporting procedures. Legal and ethical issues will also be covered.

This is a Fast Track Certificate, which can be completed in two semesters or less.


Field of Interest
Health Sciences
Degree Type
Certificate of Completion (CCL)
Academic Plan
Community Dental Health Coordination (CER)
Academic Plan Code
Total credits required
Catalog Year
Effective Term
Fall 2022
Admissions criteria

Ability to fully participate in classroom, laboratory, and clinical setting program activities.

Complete and submit required MCCCD Non-Academic Allied Health Program Policy documents.

Submit current Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) Level One fingerprint card AND a supplemental background check.

Applicants who are accepted and enroll in the Community Dental Health Coordination (CDHC) 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.

Formal application and acceptance into the Community Dental Health Coordination program is required.


This program is not eligible for Title IV Federal Financial Aid.
Students must earn a grade of C or better for all courses within the program.

What You'll Learn

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

  1. Create and maintain social networks.
  2. Develop and implement community based oral health prevention and promotion programs.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge and skills required to collect diagnostic data.
  4. Explain the role of the Community Dental Health Coordinator (CDHC).
  5. Create and maintain social networks.
  6. Demonstrate effective communication skills in the healthcare setting.
  7. Review teaching and learning skills as they apply to the dental healthcare setting.
  8. Demonstrate effective communication skills in the healthcare setting.
  9. Describe major components of care/case management.
  10. Review legal and ethical issues related to community dental health.
  11. Explain CDHC responsibilities in the area of dental care finance.
  12. Demonstrate the role of advocacy within the scope of practice of the CDHC.
  13. Identify leadership skills within community members to improve oral health.
  14. Assess and prioritize oral and general healthcare needs and assets of the community.

Successful completion of this certificate may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Arizona-based annual median wages* for this program. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information.

* Wage information sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2021.

Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • Students should meet with an academic advisor to develop an individual education plan that meets their academic and career goals. Use the Pathway Planner tool in your Student Center to manage your plan.
  • 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 current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include FYE101 and FYE103. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.

Part-time Sequence

Part-time status is 11 credit hours or less.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
CDH105 Community Oral Health Project Planning 3
CDH110 Oral Health Communication 1
CDH115 Interviewing Skills For Dental Health Advocate 2
CDH130 Dental Health Legal and Ethical Issues 2
CDH240 Dental Care Finance 0.5
CDH245 Community Dental Health Coordinator Internship 3

Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses 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.

This certificate is not eligible for Title IV Federal Financial Aid.

View MCCCD’s curriculum website for the Certificate of Completion in Community Dental Health Coordination (

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.