Dental Hygiene

Associate of Science
in Dental Hygiene

Prerequisite courses:

  • Comm 100 Oral Communications
  • Eng 101 College Composition (WI)
  • Math 030 Intermediate Algebra (or higher)
  • Kine 103 Lifetime Wellness
  • Bio 121 Human Anatomy & Physiology I
  • Bio 221 Human Anatomy & Physiology II
  • Bio 231 General & Medical Microbiology
  • Chem 120 Chemistry for Allied Health Sciences

Requirements

The Associate of Science in Dental Hygiene requires a minimum of 90 credit hours, including the prerequisite courses. All dental hygiene courses must be completed in the prescribed sequence. Course grades of "C" or above in dental hygiene and supporting science courses are necessary for acceptance and retention in the dental hygiene program.

Associate of Science Degree
in Dental Hygiene

Dental Hygiene Course Descriptions  
Major Code DH00 Credit Hours
General Education Requirements* 19-20
Dental Hygiene Requirements 70
DH 101 Fundamentals of Dental Hygiene 2  
DH 103 Fundamentals of Dental Hygiene-Lab 2  
DH 105 Fundamentals of Instrumentation** 2  
DH 120 Medical Emergencies 1  
DH 140 Dental Morphology 1  
DH 150 Oral Histology and Embryology 3  
DH 160 Dental Radiology Lecture 2  
DH 165 Dental Radiology Lab 1  
DH 190 Clinical Dental Hygiene I** 4  
DH 210 Pain Management 1  
DH 220 Dental Materials 2  
DH 280 Periodontics I 2  
DH 290 Clinical Dental Hygiene II** (WI) 4  
DH 295 Seminar in Dental Hygiene I 1  
DH 300 Community Dental Health Education 3  
DH 301 Community Health Practicum 1  
DH 310 Nutrition 2  
DH 320 Pharmacology 2  
DH 340 Oral Pathology 3  
DH 350 Periodontics II 2  
DH 390 Clinical Dental Hygiene III** 4  
DH 395 Senior Seminar 1  
Bio 121 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4  
Bio 221 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 5  
Bio 231 General & Medical Microbiology** 5  
Bio 240 Radiation Biology 3  
Chem 120 Chemistry for Allied Health Sciences* 5  
Soc 110 Introduction to Sociology** 3  
Psy 100 General Psychology** 3  
Total 90-91
 
*SOC or PSY course satisfies three hours of
General Education Requirement and CHEM 120 satifies five hours.
**See course descriptions for prerequisites. Associate of Science
degree students must meet the Missouri Constitution Requirement
by completing PSC 120 or the Missouri Constitution Test.

Successful Progress:
The dental hygiene program is a sequential course of study. Upon acceptance into the dental hygiene program, the student must maintain a grade of 75% of better in the laboratory sections and lecture courses in order to proceed to the the next dental hygiene course. Students who fail a laboratory section, will not be allowed to reapply to the program.

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