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Dental Hygiene

Associate of Applied Science Degree

A dental hygienist is a licensed healthcare professional that provides treatment and educates patients in the control and prevention of oral diseases for the purpose of supporting the total well-being of the person.

The Dental Hygiene Program at ACC is accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation, 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60611-2678; Telephone: 1-(800) 621-8099 extension 4653; or 1-(312) 440-2500; http://www.ada.org

ADMISSION TO THE COLLEGE DOES NOT GUARANTEE ADMISSION TO THE PROGRAM. ENROLLMENT TO THE PROGRAM IS LIMITED.

Upon successful completion of the dental hygiene curriculum, graduates will be awarded the Associate of Applied Science Degree and will be eligible to take national and regional credentialing examinations to become registered and licensed dental hygienists.

In order to meet requirements of clinical agencies, criminal background checks and drug screenings for all Health Sciences students are now required as part of the admissions process.

Program changes may not be reflected in the current ACC Catalog publication. Please access the most up to date information on the Program's web page at www.austincc.edu/health/ or by contacting the Health Sciences Admissions Offices at Eastview Campus, Room 8356 or Round Rock Campus, Room 3105.

  Prerequisites Credit Hours
  BIOL 2304 Human Anatomy Lecture1 3
  BIOL 2101 Human Anatomy Lab1 1
  BIOL 2305 Human Physiology Lecture1 3
  BIOL 2102 Human Physiology Lab1 1
  BIOL 2421 Microbiology1
  CHEM 1305 Introductory Chemistry I - Lecture 3
  CHEM 1105 Introductory Chemistry I -- Lab OR 1
  CHEM 1311 General Chemistry I - Lecture
  CHEM 1111 General Chemistry I - Lab 1
  ENGL 1301 English Composition I 3
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  20
  Semester I
  DHYG 1227 Preventive Dental Hygiene Care 2
  DHYG 1301 Orofacial Anatomy, Histology and Embryology 3
  DHYG 1304 Dental Radiology 3
  DHYG 1331 Preclinical Dental Hygiene 3
    PSYC 2301 Introduction to Psychology 3
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  14
  Semester II
  DHYG 1207 General and Dental Nutrition 2
  DHYG 1260 Clinical - Dental Hygiene/Hygienist I 2
  DHYG 1319 Dental Materials 3
  MATH 1342 Elementary Statistics3 3
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  12
  Semester III
  DHYG 2201 Contemporary Dental Hygiene Care I 2
    SPCH 1315 Public Speaking OR 3
    SPCH 1311 Introduction to Speech Communication OR
    SPCH 1321 Business and Professional Communication
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  5
  Semester IV
  DHYG 1239 General and Oral Pathology 2
  DHYG 1311 Periodontology 3
  DHYG 1315 Community Dentistry 3
  DHYG 2261 Clinical -- Dental Hygiene/Hygienist II 2
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  10
  Semester V
  DHYG 2153 Dental Hygiene Practice 1
  DHYG 2231 Contemporary Dental Hygiene Care II 2
  DHYG 2362 Clinical -- Dental Hygiene/Hygienist III 3
    SOCI 1301 Introduction to Sociology 3
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  12
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  TOTALS 73

  +Prerequisites: See Course Descriptions
  1Must be taken within the last 5 years.
  2HPRS 1273 or HPRS 2300 may substitute for DHYG 1235 if completed prior to fall 2014.
  3The only substitutes allowed are SOC 2743 and a college level Math; or PSYC 2317 and a college level Math.
  4Select from the appropriate section in the General Education Course List.