Associate of Applied Science
Learn dental hygiene and dental health education. This program is accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation. Complete this program in a combination of day, evening and weekend classes. Learn more about your future in dental hygiene.
Selective Admissions Program: In order to be fully admitted to this program, you must fulfill the requirements listed in Program Admissions. See an advisor for details.
What can I do with this degree?
Career Options: Take national and regional exams in preparation for state licensure, then work in general or specialty dental offices, hospitals, schools, public health and government agencies.
Academic Options: Continue your studies at Northern Arizona University for a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene or other online baccalaureate opportunities.
Students must have completed the following basic requirements before they may begin the application process.
|REA 112 Critical Reading OR REA 112HP Critical Reading for Health Professions OR an Accuplacer Reading score of 108 or higher||0-4|
|CHM 130IN* Fundamental Chemistry [SUN# CHM 1130]||5|
|CHM 140IN* Fundamental Organic and Biochemistry [SUN# CHM 2230]||5|
|BIO 201IN* Human Anatomy and Physiology I [SUN# BIO 2201] OR BIO 201IH* Human Anatomy, Physiology and Histology||4-5|
|BIO 202IN* Human Anatomy and Physiology II [SUN# BIO 2202]||4|
|Complete the BIO 156IN prerequisite if needed
General Education Requirements
This section lists general education requirements that are not fulfilled by core or support courses.**
|Humanities and Social Science Requirement: Select a course from the Humanities/Fine Arts or Leadership/Ethics category.||3|
Required Core Courses
|DHE 101/101LC||Dental Hygiene I/Dental Hygiene I Clinical||5|
|DHE 104/104LB||Dental and Oral Morphology/Dental and Oral Morphology Lab||2|
|DHE 107||Oral Embryology and Histology||2|
|DHE 112||Preventive Dentistry||3|
|DHE 116/116LC||Oral Radiography/ Oral Radiography Clinical||3|
|DHE 120||Oral Pathology||2|
|DHE 132/132LB||Dental Materials/Dental Materials Lab||3|
|DHE 150/150LB/150LC||Dental Hygiene II/Dental Hygiene II Lab/Dental Hygiene II Clinical||5.5|
|DHE 208/208LC||Pain and Anxiety Control for Dental Hygiene/Pain and Anxiety Control for Dental Hygiene Clinical||2|
|DHE 209||Ethics and Practice Management||1|
|DHE 212||Nutrition for Oral Health||1|
|DHE 213/213CA/213CB||Advanced Periodontal Services/Advanced Periodontal Services Clinical -A/Advanced Periodontal Services Clinical -B||4|
|DHE 216||Community and Dental Health Education||3|
|DHE 250/250LC||Clinical Dental Hygiene III/Dental Hygiene III Clinical||7|
|DHE 255/255LC||Clinical Dental Hygiene IV/Dental Hygiene IV Clinical||4|
Required Support Courses
|BIO 205IN||Microbiology [SUN# BIO 2205]||4|
|CMN 120||Business and Professional Communication||3|
|CSA 100***||Computer Literacy||1|
|MAT 142****||Topics in College Mathematics [SUN# MAT 1142]||3|
|PSY 101||Introduction to Psychology [SUN# PSY 1101]||4|
|SOC 101||Introduction to Sociology [SUN# SOC 1101]||3|
|WRT 101||English Composition I [SUN# ENG 1101]||3|
|Total credits (not including preparatory coursework)||75.5|
|Total credits (including preparatory coursework)||93.5-102.5|
* These science courses must have been completed within the last six years with a combined average grade of B or better.
** Other general education requirements are fulfilled by required core and support courses: Communication Requirement - WRT 101 and CMN 120 fulfill this requirement; Analysis & Critical Thinking - MAT 142 or higher, BIO 201IN and 202IN; Humanities and Social Science Requirement - SOC 101 fulfills 3 credits of this requirement from the Social Science category; Computer and Information Literacy Requirement - CSA 100 fulfills this requirement; Special Requirements - SOC 101 fulfills this requirement.
*** CIS/CSA 104 can be used to substitute for this requirement.
**** MAT 141, or MAT 151 or higher will also fulfill this requirement. The requirement may also be waived for students who place into MAT 189 or higher.