Pierce College Dental Hygiene students

Dental Hygiene Program Curriculum

  • There are 68 credits of prerequisite dental hygiene courses.
  • The prerequisite dental hygiene courses are required for application and entrance into the Dental Hygiene Program.
  • Please see the Prerequisite Courses page for full details about the prerequisite dental hygiene courses.

Bachelor of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene Core Curriculum (Post Acceptance into BASDH Program)

Course Course Name Credits Lecture
Hours
Lab
Hours
Pre-Clinic/
Clinic Hours
In-Class
Hours/
Week
DHYG 271 HEALTHCARE FOUNDATIONS 4 36 8 0  
DHYG 272 DENTAL IMAGING I 3 10 20 0  
DHYG 273 ORAL DISEASE PREVENTION & CARIOLOGY I 2 18.5 3 0  
DHYG 274 BIOLOGICAL STRUCTURES I 1 5 10 0  
DHYG 276 PHARMACOLOGY I 2 20 0 0  
DHYG 277 RESTORATIVE DENTISTRY & DENTAL MATERIALS I 3 15 30 0  
DENTAL HYGIENE SUMMER 1 TOTAL 14 104.5 71 0 22
DHYG 282 DENTAL IMAGING II 3 20 20 0  
DHYG 283 ORAL DISEASE PREVENTION & CARIOLOGY 1 8 4 0  
DHYG 284 BIOLOGICAL STRUCTURES II 2 10 20 0  
DHYG 287 RESTORATIVE DENTISTRY & DENTAL MATERIALS II 3 15 30 0  
DHYG 300 FUNDAMENTALS OF DENTAL HYGIENE THEORY I 2 20 0 0  
DHYG 301 FUNDAMENTALS OF DENTAL HYGIENE PRACTICE I 5 0 0 104  
DHYG 306 PHARMACOLOGY II 1 10 0 0  
DENTAL HYGIENE FALL 1 TOTAL 16 73 74 104 25
DHYG 310 FUNDAMENTALS OF DENTAL HYGIENE THEORY II 2 20 0 0  
DHYG 311 FUNDAMENTALS OF DENTAL HYGIENE PRACTICE II 6 0 0 124  
DHYG 314 BIOLOGICAL STRUCTURES III 2 10 20 0  
DHYG 305 GENERAL PATHOLOGY 2 20 0 0  
DHYG 315 ORAL PATHOLOGY 2 20 0 0  
DHYG 317 RESTORATIVE DENTISTRY I 1 0 20 0  
DHYG 318 COMMUNITY ORAL HEALTH EDUCATIONAL PRACTICUM 1 7 6 0  
DENTAL HYGIENE WINTER 1 TOTAL 16 77 46 124 25
DHYG 320 FUNDAMENTALS OF DENTAL HYGIENE THEORY III 2 20 0 0  
DHYG 321 FUNDAMENTALS OF DENTAL HYGIENE PRACTICE III 6 0 0 124  
DHYG 325 INTRODUCTION TO PERIODONTOLOGY I 3 30 0 0  
DHYG 326 PAIN MANAGEMENT I: LOCAL ANESTHESIA 3 20 20 0  
DHYG 327 RESTORATIVE DENTISTRY II 1.5 7.5 15 0  
DHYG 328 EDUCATION METHODOLOGIES: PATIENT CENTERED CARE 1 10 0 0  
DENTAL HYGIENE SPRING 1 TOTAL 16.5 87.5 35 124 25
TOTAL YEAR ONE 62.5 342 226 352  
DHYG 400 DENTAL HYGIENE THEORY & NUTRITION 1.5 15 0 0  
DHYG 401 DENTAL HYGIENE PRACTICE 6 0 0 124  
DHYG 405 INTRODUCTION TO PERIODONTOLOGY II 2 15 10 0  
DHYG 406 PAIN MANAGEMENT II: NITROUS OXIDE SEDATION 1 8 4 0  
DHYG 407 RESTORATIVE DENTISTRY III 1.5 7.5 15 0  
DHYG 409 ETHICS & CRITICAL REASONING 2 20 0 0  
DENTAL HYGIENE SUMMER 2 TOTAL 14 65.5 29 124  
DHYG 410 ADVANCED DENTAL HYGIENE THEORY & PRACTICE MANAGEMENT I 1 10 0 0  
DHYG 411 ADVANCED DENTAL HYGIENE PRACTICE I 7 0 0 144  
DHYG 415 ADVANCED PERIODONTOLOGY 2 20 0 0  
DHYG 416 PAIN MANAGEMENT III: ADJUNCTIVE TECHNIQUES 0.5 3 4 0  
DHYG 417 CLINICAL RESTORATIVE DENTISTRY I 2 0 12 32  
DHYG 418 SERVICE LEARNING AND SPECIAL POPULATIONS 2 20 0 0  
DENTAL HYGIENE FALL 2 SUBTOTAL 14.5 53 16 176 25
DHYG 420 ADVANCED DENTAL HYGIENE THEORY & PRACTICE MANAGEMENT II 2 20 0 0  
DHYG 421 ADVANCED DENTAL HYGIENE PRACTICE II 7 0 0 144  
DHYG 427 CLINICAL RESTORATIVE DENTISTRY II 2 0 8 36  
DHYG 428 RESEARCH METHODOLOGIES 3 30 0 0  
DHYG 441 EXTRAMURAL PRACTICE I 2 0 0 40  
 DENTAL HYGIENE WINTER 2 TOTAL 16 50 8 220 28
DHYG 430 ADVANCED DENTAL HYGIENE THEORY & PRACTICE MANAGEMENT III 2 20 0 0  
DHYG 431 ADVANCED DENTAL HYGIENE PRACTICE III 7 0 0 144  
DHYG 437 CLINICAL RESTORATIVE DENTISTRY III 2 0 4 40  
DHYG 438 COMMUNITY ORAL HEALTH PRACTICUM 1 7 6 0  
DHYG 439 SENIOR SEMINAR CAPSTONE 1 10 0 0  
DHYG 451 EXTRAMURAL PRACTICE II 2 0 0 40  
DENTAL HYGIENE SPRING 2 TOTAL 15 37 10 224 28
TOTAL YEAR TWO 59.5 205.5 63 744  
TOTAL BASDH COURSES, EXCLUDING PREREQUISITES 122 547.5 289 1096  
TOTAL BASDH COURSES, INCLUDING PREREQUISITES 190 1147.5 449 1096  

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