Dental Hygiene Program Prerequisites
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The following courses must be completed prior to starting the dental hygiene program. All prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher. Natural Science and Statistics courses should be taken within the last seven years.
Natural Science - 14 semester credits or 20 quarter credits
- Chemistry with lab - 1 course
- Microbiology - 1 course
- Human Anatomy & Physiology with lab - Full Year-Long Series
Communication - 6 semester credits or 8 quarter credits
- English Composition or Writing - 1 course
- Interpersonal Communication - 1 course
- English/Writing/Communication Elective - 1 course (if needed to complete required credits)
Social Sciences - 6 semester credits or 8 quarter credits
- Psychology - 1 course
- Sociology - 1 course
- Psychology/Sociology Elective - 1 course (if needed to complete required credits)
Statistics - 3 semester credits or 3 quarter credits
- Statistics - 1 course (It is recommended that this be taken from a department of psychology, sociology, statistics or mathematics)
Arts - 3 semester credits or 3 quarter credits
- Art, Music OR Theater - 1 course
Humanities - 8 semester credits or 12 quarter credits
- Ethics, History, Language, Literature, Media Arts, Philosophy AND/OR Religion - approximately 5 courses
Nutrition - 2 semester credits or 2 quarter credits
Spanish - 3 semester credits or 3 quarter credits
Medical Terminology - 1 class
- You must have completed a minimum total of 48 semester hours prior to starting the dental hygiene program.
- For credits to be counted, the course must be 100-level or higher.
Credit Conversion Information:
Quarter Hour x .667 = Semester Hour
Example A: 3 Quarter Hours x .667 = 2 Semester Hours
Example B: 4 Quarter Hours x .667 = 2.67 Semester Hours
If you have questions about specific prerequisite requirements, please contact DHS Admissions at (800) 933-9308 email@example.com