Dental Hygiene A.A.S.

Credential: 
Associate in Applied Science
Program Code: 
A45260

The Dental Hygiene curriculum provides individuals with the knowledge and skills to access, 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. 

Preadmission Requirement

BIO 163  Basic Anatomy and Physiology I

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

First Semester

DEN 110
3 Credit Hour(s)
DEN 111
2 Credit Hour(s)
DEN 112
3 Credit Hour(s)
DEN 120
2 Credit Hour(s)
DEN 121
2 Credit Hour(s)

Second Semester

ENG 111
3 Credit Hour(s)
BIO 175
3 Credit Hour(s)
DEN 124
2 Credit Hour(s)
DEN 125
1 Credit Hour(s)
DEN 130
2 Credit Hour(s)
DEN 131
3 Credit Hour(s)
DEN 223
2 Credit Hour(s)

Third Semester

CHM 130
3 Credit Hour(s)
CHM 130A
1 Credit Hour(s)
COM 120
3 Credit Hour(s)
DEN 140
1 Credit Hour(s)
DEN 141
2 Credit Hour(s)
DEN 222
2 Credit Hour(s)

Fourth Semester

DEN 123
2 Credit Hour(s)
DEN 220
2 Credit Hour(s)
DEN 221
4 Credit Hour(s)
DEN 224
2 Credit Hour(s)
DEN 232AB
2 Credit Hour(s)
SOC 240
3 Credit Hour(s)

Fifth Semester

DEN 230
1 Credit Hour(s)
DEN 231
4 Credit Hour(s)
DEN 232BB
1 Credit Hour(s)
DEN 233
2 Credit Hour(s)
HUM 115
3 Credit Hour(s)

PHI 240 may be substituted for HUM 115

Curriculum is based on the 2015-16 catalog.


  • 71 Total Credit Hours Required