Associate of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene

The Associate of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene degree has three basic components:

  1. General Education Requirements
  2. Prerequisite Courses
  3. Discipline Core Requirements

Graduation Requirements

General Education Requirements
ENGL 1010Introduction to Writing3
or ENGL 1010D Introduction to Writing
ENGL 2010Interm Writing Selected Topics:3
CHEM 1110
CHEM 1115
Elem General/Organic Chemistry
and Elem General/Organic Chemistry Lab
or higher
FSHD 1020Sci Foundations of Nutrition3
Complete one of the following:
MATH 1030Quantitative Reasoning3
MATH 1040Introduction to Statistics (recommended)3
MATH 1050College Algebra / Pre-Calculus4
or higher
Prerequisite Courses
BIOL 2320
BIOL 2325
Human Anatomy
and Human Anatomy Lab
BIOL 2420
BIOL 2425
Human Physiology
and Human Physiology Lab
PSY 1010General Psychology3
Complete one of the following:
SOC 1010Introduction to Sociology3
SOC 1020Social Problems3
Discipline Core Requirements
First Semester (Fall)
DHYG 1010Dental Hygiene Theory I4
DHYG 1015Dental Hygiene Clinic I3
DHYG 2020Radiology2
DHYG 2025Radiology Clinic1
DHYG 2035Head/Neck Anatomy3
DHYG 2040Tooth Morphology1
DHYG 2045Tooth Morphology Lab1
DHYG 2052Oral Histology/Embryology2
DHYG 2062Care of Medically Complex Patients3
Second Semester (Spring)
DHYG 2510Dental Hygiene Theory II3
DHYG 2517Dental Hygiene Clinic II4
DHYG 2520General/Oral Pathology3
DHYG 2530Pharmacology2
DHYG 2540Periodontics I3
DHYG 3590Oral Microbiology2
DHYG 3890Pain Control Methodology1
DHYG 3895Pain Control Methodology Clinic1
Third Semester (Fall)
DHYG 2580Dental Materials1
DHYG 2585Dental Materials Lab1
DHYG 3015Dental Hygiene Clinic IV5
DHYG 3030Periodontics II3
DHYG 3050Legal & Ethical Issues2
DHYG 3055Expanded Functions Clinic I1
DHYG 3060Community Oral Health2
DHYG 3065Community Health Services Lab1
Fourth Semester (Spring)
DHYG 3020Special Care Populations and Cultural Diversity2
DHYG 3515Dental Hygiene Clinic V5
DHYG 3555Expanded Functions Clinic II1
DHYG 3560Community Public Health Administration2
DHYG 3565Community Oral Health Lab1
DHYG 3570Dental Hygiene Practice Management1

Graduation Requirements

  1. Complete a minimum of 96 college-level credits (1000 and above).
  2. Complete at least 20 lower-division credits (below 3000) at DSU for institutional residency.
  3. Cumulative GPA 2.0 or higher.
  4. Grade C or higher in all General Education courses, Prerequisite Courses, Discipline Core Requirements.