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 advising page for full details about the prerequisite dental hygiene courses.

Bachelor of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene Curriculum

Course Number Course Name Credits Lec Hrs. Lab Hrs. Pre-Clinic/Clinic Hrs.
DH SUMMER 1
DHYG 271 HEALTHCARE FOUNDATIONS 4 36 8 0
DHYG 272 DENTAL IMAGING I 3 20 20 0
DHYG 273 ORAL DISEASE PREVENTION & CARIOLOGY I 2 18.5 3 0
DHYG 274 BIOLOGICAL STRUCTURES I 1 5 10 0
DHYG 277 RESTORATIVE DENTISTRY & DENTAL MATERIALS I 3 15 30 0
SUBTOTAL 13 94.5 71 0
Course Number Course Name Credits Lec Hrs. Lab Hrs. Pre-Clinic/Clinic Hrs.
DH FALL 1
DHYG 282 DENTAL IMAGING II 2 10 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 305 GENERAL PATHOLOGY 2 20 0 0
SUBTOTAL 17 83 74 104
Course Number Course Name Credits Lec Hrs. Lab Hrs. Pre-Clinic/Clinic Hrs.
DH WINTER 1
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 315 ORAL PATHOLOGY 2 20 0 0
DHYG 316 PHARMACOLOGY 3 30 0 0
DHYG 317 RESTORATIVE DENTISTRY I 1 0 20 0
DHYG 318 EDUCATION METHODOLOGIES I: PATIENT CENTERED CARE 1 10 0 0
SUBTOTAL 17 90 40 124
Course Number Course Name Credits Lec Hrs. Lab Hrs. Pre-Clinic/Clinic Hrs.
DH SPRING I
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 RESEARCH METHODOLOGIES 2 20 0 0
SUBTOTAL 17.5 97.5 35 124
TOTAL YEAR ONE 64.5 365 220 352
Course Number Course Name Credits Lec Hrs. Lab Hrs. Pre-Clinic/Clinic Hrs.
DH SUMMER 2
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
SUBTOTAL 14 65.5 29 124
Course Number Course Name Credits Lec Hrs. Lab Hrs. Pre-Clinic/Clinic Hrs.
DH FALL 2
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 EDUCATION METHODOLOGIES II: SERVICE LEARNING & SPECIAL POPULATIONS 3 30 0 0
SUBTOTAL 15.5 63 16 176
Course Number Course Name Credits Lec Hrs. Lab Hrs. Pre-Clinic/Clinic Hrs.
DH WINTER 2
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 SERVICE LEARNING: HEALTHCARE TEAMS PRACTICUM 2 15 10 0
DHYG 441 EXTRAMURAL PRACTICE I 2 0 0 40
SUBTOTAL 15 35 18 220
Course Number Course Name Credits Lec Hrs. Lab Hrs. Pre-Clinic/Clinic Hrs.
DH SPRING 2
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
SUBTOTAL 15 37 10 224
TOTAL YEAR TWO 59.5 200.5 73 744
TOTAL BASDH COURSES, EXCLUDING PREREQUISITES 124 565.5 293 1096
TOTAL BASDH COURSES, INCLUDING PREREQUISITES 192 1165.5 453 1096

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