If you have a passion for the dental industry and are looking to serve the oral health needs of your community, TJC can help you put those aspirations to work. Dental hygienists are licensed oral health professionals who focus on preventing and treating oral diseases that can affect the patient’s overall health. The AAS degree in dental hygiene can jumpstart your dental health career.
A state-of-the-art facility offers a setting where highly-trained faculty go above and beyond to provide the highest quality education. Students progress as they discover the science behind the practice and the skillful hands-on training that transfer directly into the dental hygiene profession.
Enrollment in this program is limited, and those applying for admission should submit application directly to the dental hygiene office. See the Selective Admissions requirements in the Admission section of this Catalog. This program is accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation.
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Major Courses 37 Credits DHYG 1201 Orofacial Anatomy, Histology & Embryology
DHYG 1207 General and Dental Nutrition
DHYG 1304 Dental Radiology DHYG 1431 Preclinical Dental Hygiene DHYG 1103 Preventive Dental Hygiene I DHYG 1215 Community Dentistry DHYG 2201 Dental Hygiene Care I DHYG 1260 Clinical Dental Hygienist DHYG 2133 Preventive Dental Hygiene II DHYG 1339 General and Oral Pathology DHYG 1211 Periodontology DHYG 1235 Pharmacology for the Dental Hygienist DHYG 2231 Dental Hygiene Care II DHYG 2360 Clinical Dental Hygienist DHYG 1219 Dental Materials DHYG 2153 Dental Hygiene Practice DHYG 2362 Clinical Dental Hygienist General Education Courses 31 Credits
Every Associate of Applied Science degree plan must contain at least 15 semester hours of general education courses. At least one course must be taken from each of the following areas: humanities/fine arts (language, philosophy & culture/creative arts), social/behavioral science (social and behavioral sciences/American history/ government/political science), and natural science/ mathematics (life and physical sciences/mathematics).
Major Courses: 37
General Education Requirements: 31
Total Semester Hours: 68
Recommended Course Sequence:
Prerequisites Credit Hours CHEM 1406 Fundamentals of Chemistry 4 BIOL 2401 Anatomy and Physiology I 4 BIOL 2402 Anatomy and Physiology II 4 BIOL 2420 Microbiology for Non-Science Majors 4 Summer I Credit Hours DHYG 1201 Orofacial Anatomy, Histology & Embryology 2 First Semester Credit Hours DHYG 1304 Dental Radiology 3 DHYG 1207 General and Dental Nutrition 2 DHYG 1431 Preclinical Dental Hygiene 4 DHYG 1103 Preventive Dental Hygiene I 1 ENGL 1301 Composition I 3 Second Semester Credit Hours DHYG 1215 Community Dentistry 2 DHYG 2201 Dental Hygiene Care I 2 DHYG 1260 Clinical Dental Hygienist 2 DHYG 2133 Preventive Dental Hygiene II 1 SOCI 1301 Introductory Sociology 3 DHYG 1339 General and Oral Pathology 3 Third Semester Credit Hours DHYG 1211 Periodontology 2 DHYG 1235 Pharmacology for the Dental Hygienist 2 DHYG 2231 Dental Hygiene Care II 2 DHYG 2360 Clinical Dental Hygienist 3 xxxx x3xx Lang., Philosophy and Culture Core OR
Creative Arts Core
3 Fourth Semester Credit Hours DHYG 1219 Dental Materials 2 DHYG 2153 Dental Hygiene Practice 1 DHYG 2362 Clinical Dental Hygienist 3 PSYC 2301 General Psychology OR
3 SPCH 1315 Public Speaking OR
3 Total Semester Hours 68
Courses titled in bold type represent general education requirements
Non-dental hygiene courses may be taken prior to placement in the dental hygiene program.
Special admission and retention rules apply. Department-specific courses must be taken in sequence and may have a prerequisite course.
- The prerequisite science courses must be completed with a “C” or better within five years prior to enrollment in the program.
- All four of the prerequisite sciences must be completed with a “C” or better prior to submitting application*.
All required courses of the associate degree curriculum must be completed with a “C” or better. Having not received a “C” or better in any required DHYG course, the student may not progress until the deficiency has been removed.
Graduates who successfully pass the Dental Hygiene National Board examination and regional and/or state licensing exams are eligible to apply for licensure in states where they plan to practice.
*Qualified applications will be accepted with 3 completed sciences. However, these applications will not be processed unless, on the rare occasion, the applicant pool is 40 or fewer.