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Dental Hygiene
As the state’s population grows and the average age of its residents increases, more demands are being placed on existing health service providers to satisfy clients’ needs. One health service area in need of additional support is dental services. With an aging population and increased emphasis being placed on preventive dentistry, the skills of dental hygienists are increasingly needed.

This program is accredited by the American Dental Association.

The dental hygiene program follows the TSTC health professions program grading scale. The student must maintain a numerical average of 78 or better in each required major course to receive the AAS degree.

Admissions Requirements

In addition to the admissions requirements listed under "Admissions Information," all applicants are required to take the Health Occupations Basic Entrance Test. Applicants will be notified of testing dates. Program applications may be obtained from the dental hygiene program and are due March 1st.

Clinical Entry Requirements

Before enrolling in clinical courses, a student must have on file with the department the following materials:

• Results of prescribed physical examination.
• Proof of required immunizations.
• Proof of liability insurance of at least $1 million, health and accident insurance and needlestick insurance (available through TSTC)
Associate of Applied Science Degree - 2013LecLabContCredit
Semester 1
BIOL2301  Anatomy & Physiology I † * 30483
BIOL2101  Anatomy & Physiology Laboratory I † * 03481
CHEM1311  General Chemistry I * 30483
CHEM1111  General Chemistry Lab I * 03481
Total Hours661928
Semester 2
BIOL2302  Anatomy & Physiology II † * 30483
BIOL2102  Anatomy & Physiology II Lab † * 03481
DHYG1227  Preventive Dental Hygiene Care13642
DHYG1301  Orofacial Anatomy, Histology & Embryology24963
DHYG1331  Preclinical Dental Hygiene161123
Total Hours71636812
Semester 3
BIOL2321  Microbiology for Science Majors † * 30483
BIOL2121  Microbiology for Science Majors Laboratory † * 03481
DHYG1235  Pharmacology for the Dental Hygienist12482
DHYG1260  Clinical - Dental Hygiene/Hygienist I0101602
DHYG1304  Dental Radiology23803
  Humanities/Fine Arts Elective30483
Total Hours91843214
Semester 4
DHYG1211  Periodontology12482
DHYG1261  Clinical - Dental Hygiene/Hygienist II0111762
DHYG1319  Dental Materials23803
SOCI1301  Introductory Sociology30483
Total Hours61635210
Semester 5
DHYG1215  Community Dentistry14802
DHYG1239  General & Oral Pathology12482
DHYG2301  Contemporary Dental Hygiene Care I22643
DHYG2360  Clinical: Dental Hygiene/Hygienist0142243
PSYC2301  General Psychology30483
Total Hours72246413
Semester 6
DHYG2153  Dental Hygiene Practice10161
DHYG1207  General & Dental Nutrition20322
DHYG2361  Clinical: Dental Hygiene/Hygienist ° 0142243
ENGL1301  Composition I30483
  Speech Elective † 30483
Total Hours91436812
Grand Totals4492217669
º This course is designated as the capstone course
† Courses articulated with high schools
‡ Course with external learning experience
* CHEM 1411 or (CHEM 1311 and CHEM 1111)
* BIOL 2401 or (BIOL 2301 and BIOL 2101)
* BIOL 2402 or (BIOL 2302 and BIOL 2101)
* BIOL 2421 or (BIOL 2321 and BIOL 2121)


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