Curriculum and Requirements

The program in dental hygiene is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association, a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation and by the United States Department of Education.

This is a limited access program with documents required for admission listed in the application materials.

The purpose of this program is to prepare students for employment as a dental hygienist. Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate receives an Associate in Science degree in Dental Hygiene. Students who wish to transfer any credits from this program to another institution must accept the responsibility for securing approval in advance from that institution.

Note: For 2015 only, any student applying to the Dental Hygiene program will not have to take SPC 2608 as a prerequisite, but will have to take it within their first year of the program.

Program Code: APP-DH


Total Hours: 25


*These 25 hours of prerequisites must be successfully completed before application to the program and are included in the 40 hours of General Education Requirements and Support Courses.

Freshman—Session I

Session I Total Hours: 14.5

Freshman—Session II

Session II Total Hours: 13

Freshman—Session III

Session III Total Hours: 7.5

Sophomore—Session I

Session I Total Hours: 13.5

Sophomore—Session II

Session II Total Hours: 14.5


CPR certification, PHSC course NCH 0050, American Heart Association, "Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers," is a requirement of this program.

General Education and Support Courses: 40 Semester Hours

Dental Hygiene Education: 48 Semester Hours

Total Hours: 88 Semester Hours

Special Program Requirements

An academic average of "C" or higher and/or a grade of "Pass" must be earned in each dental science and dental health course in order to continue in the program. Satisfactory completion of 88 semester hours of approved credit with a grade of "C" or higher in required general science, dental science and dental hygiene courses is necessary for graduation. Dental hygiene courses may be repeated only with the recommendation of dental faculty, dental programs co-coordinator, dean of health occupations and approval of the vice president of instruction/provost, West Campus and if class space is available.

A minimum of 15 hours of credit in dental hygiene must be completed in residence in classroom instruction at PHSC in 2000-level courses.