Pierce College Dental Hygiene students

BASDH Prerequisite Courses

Pre-College Courses

If required by institution or placement testing:

  • MATH 54 OR MATH 96
  • ENGL 98 OR ENGL 99

Prerequisite College Courses

If required by institution. You can also test out of these; see your advisor.

  • COLL 110: required at Pierce College if you have not completed college level courses ever before.
  • ENGL& 101
  • Natural Sciences: CHEM& 100 AND BIOL& 160

BASDH Prerequisite College Courses for Application to Program

See sample schedule below this section.

  • Math (5 quarter credits):
    • MATH& 107 OR MATH& 146 
  • English (5 quarter credits):
    • ENGL& 102 OR ENGL& 235 
  • Natural Sciences (30–33 quarter credits):
    • CHEM& 121
    • CHEM& 131
    • BIOL& 241
    • BIOL& 242
    • BIOL& 260
    • NUTR& 101
  • Humanities (10 quarter credits):
    • CMST 105 OR CMST& 101 OR CMST& 220
      PHIL 230 OR PHIL 110
    • CMST& 220 AND PHIL 230
      PHIL 101
  • Social Sciences (10 quarter credits)
    • PSYC& 100 OR PSYC 210
    • SOC& 201 OR SOC& 101

BASDH Sample Prerequisite Schedule (Over Two Years)

Year 1

Fall 1 Winter 1 Spring 1 Summer 1 (optional)
*ENGL& 101
MATH& 146
CHEM& 121
ENGL& 102
CMST 105
CHEM& 131
SOC& 201
NUTR& 101
BIOL& 260

Year 2

Fall 2 Winter 2 Spring 2 Summer 1 Quarter
BIOL& 241
PHIL 230
Optional AA-DTA Humanities
BIOL& 242
PSYC& 100
Optional AA-DTA Social Science
Optional AA-DTA GER
Optional AA-DTA GER
Optional AA-DTA GER
If accepted, begin BASDH Program Curriculum DH Summer I Quarter
TOTAL MINIMUM PREREQUISITE COURSE HOURS: 68, including 600 lecture hours and and 160 lab hours.
TOTAL MINIMUM PREREQUISITE COURSES with AA-DTA: 90, including 820 lecture hours and 160+ lab hours.

Prerequisite Course Descriptions

See the Pierce College Academic Catalog for complete course descriptions.

Course Course Name and Description Hours Credits
Content Area: Communications. 10 quarter credits required for AA-DTA degree.
ENGL& 101 ENGL& 101 English Composition I (5)
Prereq: Place or ENGL 099 with a grade of 2.0 or higher. College Level reading ability.
A composition course focusing on writing academic essays, developing rhetorical knowledge and critical reading skills, and applying effectively the principles of college writing.
50 5
ENGL& 102


ENGL& 235
ENGL& 102 Composition II: Argumentation and Research (5) GER-CM
 (formerly ENGL 103)

Prereq: ENGL& 101 with 2.0 grade or better.

Writing and analyzing argumentative essays that logically support and develop a claim (thesis); writing a research paper using the MLA or APA style of documentation; researching data using the latest research tools available, including electronic data bases and the Internet; becoming information competent.

ENGL& 235 Technical Writing (5) GER-CM

Prereq: ENGL& 101 with grade of 2.0 or better.

Learn the principles of organizing, developing and expressing technical information. Study rhetorical patterns common to scientific and technical disciplines. Also understand technical writing conventions as they apply to students during their academic careers.
50 5
Content Area: Humanities. 15 quarter credits required from three different disciplines for AA-DTA degree.    
CMST 105
(meets EWU Cultural and Gender Diversity Requirement)


CMST& 101


CMST& 220
CMST 105 Intercultural Communication (5) GER-HM
The examination of the effects of culture upon the process of communication. Using theory and skill development, students are prepared to communicate effectively both within and across cultures. The course gives students the opportunity to analyze their own intercultural communication through experiential and interviewing formats. The course emphasis includes the influence of culture on non-verbal communication, language, perception, intercultural relationship development and conflict management.

CMST& 101 Introduction to Communications (5) GER-HM
An investigation into communication theory, including verbal and non-verbal communication. Communication barriers and processes will be studied. The student will also make presentations before the class.

CMST& 220 Public Speaking (5) GER-HM
A beginning course in public speaking emphasizing speech organization, audience analysis, organization and delivery. Frequent presentations will be made before the class in which the student will be given the opportunity to explore his/her own speaking capabilities. HM, GTE
 50  5
PHIL 230


PHIL 110
PHIL 230 Contemporary Moral Problems (5) GER-HM
This course introduces students to the most urgent moral problems of our day. It will provide students with an introduction to ethical theories and their application to contemporary moral problems. Topics covered may include just war, privacy rights, capital punishment, animal rights, cloning, environmental issues including sustainability, abortion and euthanasia.

PHIL 110 Introduction to Bioethics (5) GER-HM
An introduction to the important problems and figures of philosophy. Students will examine what philosophers are trying to find out and how a philosophical project differs from the projects of other disciplines. Questions posed may include, among others: Do we have free will? What can we know? What makes right acts right?
50 5
Choice of Humanities in third discipline for AA-DTA degree   50 5
Content Area: Quantitative Skills. 5 quarter credits required for AA-DTA degree.
MATH& 146


MATH& 107
MATH& 146 Introduction to Statistics (5) GER-NS, QS
Prereq: MATH 096 or MATH 098 or equivalent with a grade of at least 2.0 or satisfactory placement test score.
Introduction to the analysis of data using descriptive statistics, probability and inferential statistics. Topics include: data collection methods; measures of center and variation; graphical presentation of data; probability; binomial and normal distributions; confidence intervals; hypothesis tests of one and two parameters using the normal, Student-t, and chi-square distributions; linear correlation and regression.

MATH& 107 Math in Society (5) GER-NS, QS
Prereq: MATH 096 or MATH 098 or equivalent, with a grade of at least 2.0 or satisfactory placement test score.
Contemporary mathematics applied to a variety of fields. Instructor-chosen topics will focus on graphical- and formula-derived solutions, statistics, applied problems and communicating solutions. Topics may include management science, statistics, social choice, patterns and financial applications.
50 5
Content Area: Social Sciences. 15 quarter credits required from three different disciplines for AA-DTA degree.
PSYC& 100


PSYC 210
PSYC& 100 General Psychology (5) GER-SS
Scientific study of animal behavior and experience. Both biological and social basics of behavior are covered with emphasis on heredity, neurology, motivation, emotion, perception, cognition, learning and intelligence.

PSYC 210 Social Psychology (5) GER-SS
Prereq: PSYC& 100
Social psychology surveys how people are affected by the world around them. Social influence includes obediency, conformity, and sales and negotiation strategies. Social relations includes stereotyping, love and liking. Social thinking includes identity, how we think about ourselves and how we explain the world.
SOC &201
(meets EWU International Studies Requirement)


SOC& 101

SOC& 201 Social Problems (5) GER-SS
A critical exploration of social problems using key sociological perspectives and research strategies. Includes exploration of cross-cultural and historical dimensions. Also looks into the influence of societies on the creation of social problems as well as the effects of social problems on these same societies and their social institutions.

SOC& 101 Introduction to Sociology (5) GER-SS
An introduction to sociology, the study of society and human interaction. Includes, but is not limited to, the systematic, or scientific, study of social phenomena, developing one’s “sociological imagination,” and exploring human relationships within the context of today’s rapidly changing world.
50 5
Choice of Social Science in the third discipline for AA-DTA degree.   50  5
Content Area: Natural Sciences. 15 quarter credit required for AA-DTA degree.    
CHEM& 121 CHEM& 121 Intro to Chemistry (5) GER-NS
Prereq: CHEM& 100 , high school chemistry or instructor permission. MATH 096 or MATH 098 or concurrent enrollment in MATH 098 and recommended for ENGL 101 on placement tests.
An introduction to general chemistry for health professionals or as chemical background for further studies in chemistry. Topics covered include unit conversions, atomic structures, periodic properties, chemical bonds, basic stoichiometry, states of matter, solutions, equilibrium, acid/base chemistry and oxidation/reduction. Lab included.
CHEM& 131 CHEM& 131 Intro to Organic/Biochemistry (6 or 5) GER-NS
Prereq: CHEM& 121 
Continuation of CHEM& 121 . The course includes an introduction to organize functional groups and a study of carbohydrates, optical isomerism, lipids, proteins, enzymes, nucleic acids and metabolism. Lab included.
70 6 or *5
BIOL& 241 BIOL& 241 Human Anatomy and Physiology 1 (6 or 5) GER-NS
Prereq: BIOL& 160 with a grade of 2.0 or better and CHEM& 100 with a grade of 2.0 or better or instructor permission.
First course of a two-quarter study of body structure and related physiology on cellular through system levels. Includes an in-depth study of cells and tissues; integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous and sensory systems. Lab includes in-depth study of cell physiology, microscopy, histology, human bone and bone marking identification, basic dissection techniques, cat and human musculature, and nervous and sensory function tests.
80 6 or *5 
BIOL& 242 BIOL& 242 Human Anatomy and Physiology 2 (6 or 5) GER-NS
Prereq: BIOL& 241 or instructor permission
Second course of a two-quarter study of body structure and related physiology on cellular through system levels. Includes an in-depth study of body organization and physiological processes of cardiovascular lymphatic (includes immunology), respiratory, digestive (includes metabolism), excretory, reproductive and endocrine systems. Lab includes cardiovascular system of the cat and human, human hematology, urinalysis, immunology, respiratory, digestive (including chemistry) and reproductive systems.
80 6 or *5
BIOL& 260 BIOL& 260 Microbiology (5) GER-NS
Prereq: BIOL& 160 and CHEM& 100 or instructor permission
Diversity, structure and physiology of beneficial and harmful microbes. Lab practice in identification of microbial species through culturing, staining and biochemical testing. Lab included.
70 5
NUTR& 101  NUTR& 101 Nutrition (5) GER-NS
Prereq: College level reading, by placement assessment or successful completion of READ 099
Introduction to the role of nutrition in human health with respect to essential nutrients, factors that affect eating habits, food advertising, nutrition and disease and establishing a healthy lifestyle.
50 5
Content Area: General Electives. Required to meet AA-DTA degree.
Choice of Transferable General Electives for AA-DTA Degree   220 12
TOTAL, without choice of Humanities, Social Sciences, or General Electives
760 68 *(65) 
TOTAL, with choice of Humanities, Social Sciences, and General Electives   980 90

*Some Washington State community colleges offer these courses for five (5) credits; Pierce College accepts these as equitable to the Pierce College courses.

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