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Curriculum

Dental Hygiene Program – Cooper Campus

General Education Core – Total Hours Needed 29 - 32

Course Description Credit Hours
Computer literacy must be demonstrated either by competency exam or a computer literacy course such as CIT 105 (3) (0)>
BIO 137 Anatomy & Physiology Part I* or equivalent ANA 209 (3) 4
BIO 139 Anatomy & Physiology Part II* or equivalent PGY 206 (3) 4
BIO 226 Principles of Microbiology or BIO 225 Medical Microbiology (4) 3
PSY 110 General Psychology or equivalent 3
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology or equivalent 3
Heritage/Humanities/Foreign Languages (any 3 hour course from this area) 3
Mathematics (any math course approved for an AAS degree) 3
Area I: Writing/Accessing Information (ENG 101 or equivalent) 3
Oral Communication (COM 181 or COM 252 or equivalent) 3

4 Semesters of Technical Courses - (taken if accepted into program)

Course Description Credit Hours
DHP 120 Dental Hygiene I 4
DHP 121 Oral Biology I 3
DHP 122 Dental Nutrition 2
DHP 130 Dental Hygiene II 3
DHP 131 Oral Biology II 5
DHP 135 Dental Radiology 3
DHP 136 Periodontics I 2
DHP 220 Dental Hygiene III 3
DHP 222 Special Needs Patients 3
DHP 224 Dental Materials 2
DHP 226 Periodontics II 2
DHP 230 Dental Hygiene IV 3
DHP 235 Principles of Practice 1
DHP 238 Community Dental Health 3
Total Credit Hours Required for AAS in Dental Hygiene 68

Recommended Electives – total hours – (0 – 11)

Course Description Credit Hours
DHP 229 Local Anesthesia (2)
DHP 299 Independent Study Dental Hygiene (1-4)
ENG 102 Writing II (3)
NFS 101 Human Nutrition and Wellness (3)

The Dental Hygiene Program at BCTC (Cooper Campus):

  • Requires that BIO 137/139 or their equivalent be successfully completed prior to beginning DHP 120.
  • The science courses (anatomy, physiology and microbiology) must be taken within the last 10 years.
  • CPR Certification for the Healthcare Provider and computer literacy must be obtained prior to enrolling in DHP 120 and certification must be kept current throughout the Program.

Applicants to the selective admission dental hygiene program usually have an ACT of 21 or above and at least a 3.0 GPA on all college work. The first preference group is a 3.5 GPA on at least 18 credit hours which includes at least 2 of the science courses completed with a grade of B or above.

Mandatory Attendance at One Preadmission Conference is Required Prior to Program Application.