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Dental Hygiene A.A.S.

Associate in Applied Science
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This curriculum prepares individuals with the knowledge and skills to assess, plan, implement, and evaluate dental hygiene care for the individual and the community.

Students will learn to prepare the operatory, take patient histories, note abnormalities, plan care, teach oral hygiene, clean teeth, take x-rays, apply preventive agents, complete necessary chart entries, and perform other procedures related to dental hygiene care.

Graduates of this program may be eligible to take national and state/regional examinations for licensure, which are required to practice dental hygiene. Employment opportunities include dental offices, clinics, schools, public health agencies, industry, and professional education.

This program is accredited by the
American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA), 211 East Chicago Avenue,
Chicago, IL 60611, 1-800-621-8099, Ext. 2705,

Specific Requirements

  1. General college admission requirements.
  2. This program has a competitive selection process. See Selection Criteria and Procedures for Allied Health Programs on the College Admissions Office web page for full details.


  3. High school chemistry or equivalent from A-B Tech or other regionally-accredited college.
  4. Acceptable report of medical examination by the first day of class.
  5. Completion of required immunizations by first day of class, including first two doses of Hepatitis B vaccine.
  6. Students applying to the Dental Hygiene program are advised to have successfully completed all General Education requirements prior to program admission due to the rigorous nature of the Dental Hygiene curriculum.

  7. The North Carolina Board of Dental Examiners may deny a license to individuals convicted of a felony or any other crime involving moral turpitude. 

Courses requiring a grade of “C” or better: DEN, BIO 

First Semester (Fall)

Second Semester (Spring)

Fourth Semester (Fall)

Fifth Semester (Spring)

Semester Notes
  • PHI 240 may be substituted for HUM 115

Total Credit Hours Required


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