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  • Dental Hygiene
  • Program Requirements

    Entrance requirements: You must complete a current Dental Hygiene program application and meet all minimum requirements and application timelines. The application is available through the Dental Hygiene program, at the PCC Dental Hygiene website, or in Admissions & Records. You should seek advisement from program faculty for assistance with applications, minimum requirements, and required general education courses for admissions. If you are an AAS Dental Hygiene student, you must complete all General Education/Related Requirements prior to admission to the program.

    Note: All students are accepted provisionally pending completion of a drug screening and criminal background check.

    Disclaimer: The Colorado Board of Dental Examiners requires a dental hygienist applying for licensure to answer questions concerning felony history, excessive use or abuse of controlled substances/alcoholic beverages (within the last five years), and any physical or mental condition that may affect the ability to practice dental hygiene. Other questions asked by the State Board pertain to an applicant’s history of malpractice judgment and any disciplinary action by any government or private agency. The PCC Department of Dental Hygiene assumes no responsibility for the denial of licensure by the Colorado State Board of Dental Examiners.

    ASSOCIATE (AAS) DEGREE (Dental Hygiene)
    TOTAL CREDITS 93.5

    29 General Education Requirements

    • 4 BIO 201 Human Anatomy and Physiology I*
    • 4 BIO 202 Human Anatomy and Physiology II*
    • 4 BIO 204 Microbiology *
    • 5 CHE 102 General, Organic, and Biochemistry
    • 3 COM 115 Public Speaking
    • 3 ENG 121 English Composition I
    • 3 PSY 101 General Psychology I
    • 3 SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology I

    *Within five years of application 


    64.5 Core Curriculum Requirements


    First Year-Fall Semester 

    • 2 DEH 101 Preclinical Dental Hygiene Lecture 
    • 3 DEH 102 Preclinical Dental Hygiene Care
    • 3 DEH 103 Dental Anatomy and Histology
    • 3 DEH 104 Dental Radiology
    • 1 DEH 105 Introduction to Dental Hygiene
    • 2 DEH 202 Applied Nutrition in Dentistry


    First Year-Spring Semester 

    • 2 DEH 111 Dental and Medical Emergencies
    • 2 DEH 122 Periodontics I 
    • 1 DEH 123 Head and Neck Anatomy 
    • 2 DEH 126 Dental Materials 
    • 2 DEH 153 Clinical Theory of Dental Hygiene I
    • 4.5 DEH 170 Clinical Practice of Dental Hygiene I


    Second Year-Summer Semester 

    • 2 DEH 133 Local Anesthesia
    • 1 DEH 134 Advanced Clinical Skills 
    • 1 DEH 138 Nitrous Oxide/Oxygen Sedation 
    • 2 DEH 171 Clinical Practice of Dental Hygiene 1-A 


    Second Year-Fall Semester

    • 2 DEH 132 Applied Pharmacology 
    • 2 DEH 204 Community Dental Health I
    • 3 DEH 213 General and Oral Pathology
    • 2 DEH 242 Periodontics II
    • 2 DEH 268 Clinical Theory of Dental Hygiene II
    • 6 DEH 270 Clinical Practice of Dental Hygiene II 


    Second Year-Spring Semester

    • 2 DEH 221 Ethics and Practice Management 
    • 1 DEH 225 Community Dental Health II: Field Experience
    • 2 DEH 259 Advanced Dental Hygiene Theory 
    • 6 DEH 271 Clinical Practice of Dental Hygiene III
    • 1 DEH 282 Periodontics III
    • 2 DEH 285 Clinical Theory of Dental Hygiene III
    • **.5 DEH 136 Clinical Dental Roentgenology
    • **2 DEH 266 National Boards Review 


    MINI-CERTIFICATE PROGRAM

    Local Anesthesia and Nitrous Oxide/Oxygen Sedation

    TOTAL CREDITS 3

    • 3 Certificate Requirements 
    • 2 DEH 133 Local Anesthesia
    • 1 DEH 138 Nitrous Oxide/Oxygen Sedation 


    **Optional recommended courses