Dental Hygiene – Associate in Science Degree, Certificate of Achievement

Top Code: 1240.00

This two-year curriculum prepares a student to provide educational, clinical, and therapeutic services supporting oral health. Studies include the biological basis of the health of the teeth and oral cavity, as well as procedures used to prevent decay and to maintain dental health. Employment opportunities include working as a licensed dental hygienist in dental offices, public clinics, schools, industry, research, and community health. Participation of all off-campus assigned sites are required for program completion. Students must provide their own transportation to some off-campus clinical sites. Some off campus sites require homeland security screening and verification of legal status.

The program is approved by the Dental Hygiene Board of California (DHBC) and is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association. Upon successful completion of the Dental Hygiene National Board examination and the dental hygiene curriculum, the student receives a Certificate of Achievement, an Associate in Science Degree, and is eligible to take any applicable regional or state board examination(s) to obtain licensure as a Dental Hygienist. Applicants for Dental Hygiene licensure are required to submit official fingerprints. The law provides for denial of licensure for crimes or acts which are related to dental hygiene, qualifications and/or duties.

Requirements for selection and acceptance into the Dental Hygiene program

  1. Graduation from High School or the equivalent
    1. Minimum grade of C in:  
      ENGL 001A
      PSYC 001
      SPCH 001
      SOC 001
      MATH 003 or STAT 050
      Humanities
      U.S. History (one course) and Political Science

      or AMER 125
      Physical Activity (2 units)
  2. Minimum grade of C in these science courses (It is recommended that they be taken within the last five years):
    MICR 002
    NUTR 011
    ANAT 025
    PYSO 001

    or PYSO 002AB
    CHEM 001A and CHEM 001B

    or CHEM 002A  and CHEM 002B
  3. Overall GPA of 3.0 for all prerequisite college work.
  4. Completed application for selection and acceptance into the program.
  5. Dental Hygiene students must have the ability to communicate effectively.
  6. After acceptance into the program, submit a completed health data form evidencing physical and emotional health, including required immunizations/chest x-ray or Mantoux test.
  7. Current CPR/Basic Life Support (BLS) card that must be maintained while in the program.

Recommended preparation

High school courses in biology or physiology, algebra and chemistry with a laboratory. It is strongly recommended that general education requirements for the Associate in Science Degree be satisfied prior to enrolling in the program. Degree requirements must be met to be eligible to sit for license exams.

Acceptance to the program is competitive. Selection is based upon a combination of academic work completed, and grades earned. Other criteria such as work experience may also be are also considered. Please see Pasadena City College Dental Hygiene Information Brochure for current application instructions and selection criteria.

Program Outcomes

  1. Acquire the theoretical knowledge that will allow students to provide comprehensive dental health care to their clients/patients.
  2. Apply the dental hygiene process of care to provide competent dental hygiene care as specified by the Dental Practice Act.

Requirements for the Certificate of Achievement

ANAT 115HEAD AND NECK ANATOMY, HISTOLOGY AND EMBRYOLOGY3
DH 101AFUNDAMENTALS OF DENTAL HYGIENE5
DH 101BFUNDAMENTALS OF DENTAL HYGIENE THEORY AND PRACTICE5
DH 104ACLINICAL DENTAL HYGIENE THEORY AND PRACTICE: PAIN CONTROL2
DH 104BCLINICAL DENTAL HYGIENE THEORY AND PRACTICE7
DH 104CADVANCED CLINICAL DENTAL HYGIENE THEORY AND PRACTICE7
DH 105PATHOLOGY3
DH 107INTRODUCTION TO ORAL HEALTH RESEARCH2
DH 108PHARMACOLOGY2
DH 109DENTAL HEALTH EDUCATION, COMMUNICATION AND DIVERSITY2
DH 111CURRENT ISSUES IN DENTAL HYGIENE2
DH 113APERIODONTICS2
DH 113BADVANCED PERIODONTICS1
DH 116DENTAL MATERIALS2.5
DH 117DENTAL MORPHOLOGY AND OCCLUSION2
DH 119ACOMMUNITY DENTAL HEALTH2
DH 121CLINICAL PRACTICE IN ALTERNATIVE SETTINGS1
DH 121CLINICAL PRACTICE IN ALTERNATIVE SETTINGS1
DH 122MEDICAL EVALUATION OF DENTAL HYGIENE PATIENTS2
DH 141ORAL RADIOLOGY3
DH 200ADIRECTED STUDIES IN CLINICAL DENTAL HYGIENE1
DH 200BADVANCED TECHNIQUES IN CLINICAL DENTAL HYGIENE1
DH 201DENTAL HYGIENE SKILLS ENHANCEMENT LAB1
Total Units59.5

Recommended Electives

DH 120INDEPENDENT STUDY1
DH 200CCLINICAL BOARD PREPARATION1

Visit the Program Mapper for a suggested sequence of courses.

General Education Requirements for the Associate in Science Degree