Dental Hygiene

Associate of Applied Science (AAS) - 88 credits

About this program
The Dental Hygiene program provides knowledge and skills to perform critical dental services that detect, prevent and treat diseases of the mouth while working as part of a dental team. Students who complete the program will leave with the skills to provide current, comprehensive dental hygiene services and may find employment in a variety of settings including private dental offices, schools, hospitals and public health clinics. Students interested in an advanced degree in dental hygiene or a related field have a number of transfer options to four-year colleges and universities. The Minnesota Board of Dentistry requires BCA and FBI criminal background checks and fingerprint analysis prior to initial licensure in the state of Minnesota.
Program outcomes
  1. Demonstrate clinical competence required to provide current comprehensive dental hygiene services.
  2. Communicate effectively with patients, peers and dental health team providers by utilizing professional written and oral communication.
  3. Exhibit ethical behavior consistent with dental professional conduct.
  4. Utilize current technology relevant to the dental profession.
  5. Demonstrate basic dental office management skills.
  6. Apply current concepts of infection control and occupational safety.
Accreditation
Minnesota State Community and Technical College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. More information can be found at www.minnesota.edu/accreditation.
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Curriculum overview

Credits Requirement type
88 Required courses
88 Total

Dental Hygiene - Associate of Applied Science (AAS)

Required Courses:

Subj. Number Course Credits
BIOL2202 Principles of Nutrition 3
BIOL2260 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 3
BIOL2262 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 3
BIOL2267 Medical Microbiology 3
CHEM1100 Fundamental Concepts of Chemistry 3
DENT1100 Biomaterials 3
DENT1102 Dental Anatomy 2
DENT1103 Introduction for Dental Health Care Providers 2
DENT1104 Dental Health Care Providers II 1
DENT1106 Dental Radiology Lecture 3
DENT1122 Dental Ethics and Jurisprudence 1
DNHY1104 Dental Anatomy Lab 1
DNHY1106 Head and Neck Anatomy 2
DNHY1108 Oral Histology and Embryology 2
DNHY1109 Radiology Lab 2
DNHY1110 Principles I 2
DNHY1112 Dental Hygiene Practice I 3
DNHY1118 Oral Pathology 2
DNHY1119 Dental Hygiene Principles II 4
DNHY1123 Dental Hygiene Practice II 5
DNHY1124 Pain Control Lab 2
DNHY1130 Dental Hygiene Principle III 1
DNHY1132 Dental Hygiene Practice III 1
DNHY1136 Dental Pharmacology 2
DNHY2210 Dental Hygiene Principle IV 2
DNHY2213 Dent Hygiene Prac IV 6
DNHY2219 Periodontology 2
DNHY2220 Dental Hygiene Principle V 1
DNHY2223 Dental Hygiene Practice V 6
DNHY2226 Community Dental Hygiene 4
DNHY2240 Clinical Affiliation I 1
DNHY2246 Clinical Affiliation II 1
ENGL1101 College Writing 3
PSYC1200 General Psychology 3
SOC1111 Introduction to Sociology 3
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1st Summer Term - 28 credits

Subj. Number Course Credits
BIOL2202 Principles of Nutrition 3
BIOL2260 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 3
BIOL2262 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 3
BIOL2267 Medical Microbiology 3
CHEM1100 Fundamental Concepts of Chemistry 3
DENT1102 Dental Anatomy 2
DENT1103 Introduction for Dental Health Care Providers 2
ENGL1101 College Writing 3
PSYC1200 General Psychology 3
SOC1111 Introduction to Sociology 3

1st Fall Term - 17 credits

Subj. Number Course Credits
DENT1100 Biomaterials 3
DENT1104 Dental Health Care Providers II 1
DENT1106 Dental Radiology Lecture 3
DNHY1104 Dental Anatomy Lab 1
DNHY1106 Head and Neck Anatomy 2
DNHY1109 Radiology Lab 2
DNHY1110 Principles I 2
DNHY1112 Dental Hygiene Practice I 3

1st Spring Term - 15 credits

Subj. Number Course Credits
DNHY1108 Oral Histology and Embryology 2
DNHY1119 Dental Hygiene Principles II 4
DNHY1123 Dental Hygiene Practice II 5
DNHY1136 Dental Pharmacology 2
DNHY2219 Periodontology 2

2nd Summer Term - 4 credits

Subj. Number Course Credits
DNHY1124 Pain Control Lab 2
DNHY1130 Dental Hygiene Principle III 1
DNHY1132 Dental Hygiene Practice III 1

2nd Fall Term - 15 credits

Subj. Number Course Credits
DNHY1118 Oral Pathology 2
DNHY2210 Dental Hygiene Principle IV 2
DNHY2213 Dent Hygiene Prac IV 6
DNHY2226 Community Dental Hygiene 4
DNHY2240 Clinical Affiliation I 1

2nd Spring Term - 9 credits

Subj. Number Course Credits
DENT1122 Dental Ethics and Jurisprudence 1
DNHY2220 Dental Hygiene Principle V 1
DNHY2223 Dental Hygiene Practice V 6
DNHY2246 Clinical Affiliation II 1