Note: This program may lead to an occupational license for which a prior criminal history may make a student ineligible. For more information, please visit: https://www.dcccd.edu/hb1508.
(Associate of Applied Science Degree)
El Centro only
- Students pursuing this award program are required to meet Texas Success Initiative (TSI) standards and course prerequisites.
- Students must earn at least 25% of the credit hours required for graduation through instruction by the college awarding the degree.
- Students who are accepted into this program must meet the required minimum passing score of "75" for specified courses within the degree plan.
Degree Plan Code: AAS.DENTAL.HYGIENE
The Dental Hygiene Program is a two-year 68 credit hour program leading to the Associate of Applied Science Degree. The program prepares graduates to be eligible to take the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination (NBDHE) and a regional clinical board in order to apply for licensure by the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners to become a Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH). The program is accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA): 211 East Chicago Ave.; Chicago, IL 60611; Telephone: 800-621-8099 or 312-440-4653; website: www.ada.org/en/coda.
The program applies classroom and laboratory skills to clinic experience in the on-site dental clinic.
Contact the Assessment Center at El Centro College for the pre-entrance assessment and, Health Occupations Admissions to receive an information packet.
|BIOL 2401||Anatomy and Physiology I||4|
|BIOL 2402||Anatomy and Physiology II||4|
|BIOL 2420||Microbiology for Non-Science Majors||4|
|CHEM 1406||Introductory Chemistry I OR||4|
|CHEM 1405||Introductory Chemistry I OR||(4)|
|CHEM 1411||General Chemistry I||(4)|
SEMESTER I (First Year)
|DHYG 1301||Orofacial Anatomy, Histology and Embryology||3|
|DHYG 1304||Dental Radiology||3|
|DHYG 1431||Preclinical Dental Hygiene||4|
|DHYG 1227||Preventive Dental Hygiene Care||2|
SEMESTER II (First Year)
|DHYG 1207||General and Dental Nutrition||2|
|DHYG 1235||Pharmacology for the Dental Hygienist||2|
|DHYG 1260||Clinical- Dental Hygiene/Hygienist||2|
|DHYG 2201||Dental Hygiene Care I||2|
|ENGL 1301||Composition I||3|
SUMMER (First Year)
|DHYG 1219||Dental Materials||2|
|DHYG 1161||Clinical - Dental Hygiene/Hygienist||1|
SEMESTER I (Second Year)
|DHYG 1239||General and Oral Pathology||2|
|DHYG 2231||Dental Hygiene Care II||2|
|DHYG 2361||Clinical - Dental Hygiene/Hygienist||3|
|SPCH 1311||Introduction to Speech Communication OR||3|
|SPCH 1315||Public Speaking OR||(3)|
|SPCH 1321||Business and Professional Communication||(3)|
SEMESTER II (Second Year)
|DHYG 1315||Community Dentistry||3|
|DHYG 2363||Clinical - Dental Hygiene/Hygienist||3|
|DHYG 2153||Dental Hygiene Practice||1|
|PSYC 2319||Social Psychology||3|
|Minimum Hours Required||68|
+Humanities/Fine Arts Elective - must be selected from the AAS Core Options for Humanities/Fine Arts.
NOTE: Students enrolling in this program who plan to transfer to a four-year insitution should consult an advisor or counselor regarding transfer requirements and the transferability of these courses to the four-year institution of their choice.