(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.
SEMESTER I (First Year)
SEMESTER II (First Year)
SUMMER (First Year)
SEMESTER I (Second Year)
SEMESTER II (Second Year)
||Clinical - Dental Hygiene/Hygienist
||Dental Hygiene Practice
|Minimum Hours Required
+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.