Dental Hygiene A.A.S.

Associate in Applied Science
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The Dental Hygiene curriculum provides 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)
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Specific Requirements

  1. General college admission requirements.
  2. This program has a selective selection process. See Selective Allied Health Program Criteria on the Selective and Limited Programs page of the A-B Tech website.
  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 encouraged 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.

The Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree is designed for direct entry into the respective field.  Individuals wishing to pursue educational opportunities beyond the A.A.S., should refer to the “Transfer of Credit to Other Institutions” page on the website.

Dental Hygiene Program Goals

Patient Care
To prepare students through didactic, laboratory, and clinical experiences to provide dental hygiene services in a variety of dental settings while upholding professional standards.

To provide foundational knowledge through a strong curriculum that prepares students to assume responsibility for ethical dental hygiene care and helps develop the skills necessary to adapt to a rapidly changing healthcare environment.

To promote commitment to the profession through licensure, membership with professional organizations, continuing education and community service.

To provide curriculum that reflects relevant and current evidence-based dental hygiene care.

Employment Statistics


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

Preadmission Requirements

BIO 163
5 Credit Hour(s)
CHM 130
3 Credit Hour(s)
CHM 130A
1 Credit Hour(s)

First Semester

ACA 115
1 Credit Hour(s)
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

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)
ENG 111
3 Credit Hour(s)

Third Semester

COM 120
3 Credit Hour(s)
DEN 123
2 Credit Hour(s)
DEN 140
1 Credit Hour(s)
DEN 141
2 Credit Hour(s)
DEN 222
2 Credit Hour(s)

Fourth Semester

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

Fifth Semester

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

Curriculum is based on the 2020-21 catalog.

  • 72 Total Credit Hours Required
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