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Dental Hygiene (AS) Health Sciences Total Units: 97.5
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Term Effective: Fall 2010


The Dental Hygiene Associate Degree program at Santa Rosa Junior College is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education.

Students receive a comprehensive education in the health sciences and in clinical dental hygiene and are prepared for entry into the practice of dental hygiene. Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate will be able to apply knowledge and scientific concepts to assess needs, recognize problems, establish oral health goals and provide appropriate dental health care services and evaluate outcomes. The graduate will receive an Associate Degree from Santa Rosa Junior College, and will be eligible to take the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination and the California Dental Hygiene Board Examination.

The dental hygienist is a licensed professional oral health educator with specialized clinical and educational skills. The dental hygienist works as a co-therapist with the dentist in the prevention, recognition and treatment of dental and oral disease. The practicing dental hygienist may be expose to environmental hazards and infectious diseases including, but not limited to, Tuberculosis, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and HIV (AIDS). Dental hygienist are obligated to provide patient care with compassion and respect for human dignity and the rights of privacy and confidentiality of patients with infectious diseases.

Nationwide, employment of Dental Hygienists is expected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations through 2008.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this major, the student will be able to:

  1. Discern and manage the ethical issues of dental hygiene practice in a rapidly changing health environment;
  2. advance the profession through active participation and affiliation with professional and community service, and display lifelong professional growth and development;
  3. initiate and assume responsibility for health promotion and disease prevention activities for diverse populations;
  4. formulate comprehensive dental hygiene care plans that are patient centered and based on current scientific evidence;
  5. provide treatment that includes preventive and therapeutic procedures to promote and maintain oral health and assist the patient in achieving oral health goals; and
  6. evaluate the effectiveness of patient treatment, patient education, planned clinical and community educational services and make necessary modifications.

Students interested in a suggested order for taking classes in this program, can view the recommended course sequence. Click here for more information about the program, or contact the Health Sciences Department.

Licensure Note: The California Dental Board (CDB) may deny licensure for crimes substantially related to the practice of dental hygiene. This includes convictions involving sex crimes, drug crimes (including DUI), and crimes of violence. It is the responsibility of the applicant to present sufficient evidence of rehabilitation to the CDB prior to licensure application.

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the Dental Hygiene (AS) program are:

  • Complete 97.5 units from
    • Dental Hygiene Prerequisites
    • Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Assoc. Requirements
    • Dental Hygiene Core Requirements

Dental Hygiene Prerequisites - complete 29.00 units
ANAT 1General Human Anatomy5.00
PHYSIO 1Human Physiology5.00
Complete a combination totaling at least 5.00 units from the following:
CHEM 60Chemistry for the Allied Health Sciences5.00
General Chemistry5.00
CHEM 8Introductory Organic Chemistry5.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 4.00 units from the following:
ENGL 1AReading & Composition4.00
ENGL 100College Reading and Writing4.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 4.00 units from the following:
HLC 55Medical Microbiology4.00
MICRO 5General Microbiology5.00
MICRO 60Fundamentals of Microbiology4.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 3.00 units from the following:
FDNT 10Elementary Nutrition3.00
FDNT 62Nutrition & Diet Therapy3.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 3.00 units from the following:
ENGL 5Advanced Composition and Critical Thinking3.00
PHIL 3Critical Thinking3.00
PHIL 5Critical Thinking/Writing3.00
SPCH 3AIntroduction to Argumentation3.00
SPCH 9Critical Thinking and Argumentation3.00
Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Assoc. Requirements - complete 9.00 units
Complete any combination totaling at least 3.00 units from the following:
COMM 5Group Discussion & Problem Solving3.00
COMM 6Interpersonal Communication3.00
SPCH 1AIntroduction to Public Speaking3.00
SPCH 60Communication Skills3.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 3.00 units from the following:
PSYCH 1AGeneral Psychology3.00
PSYCH 4Child and Adolescent Psychology3.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 3.00 units from the following:
SOC 1Introduction to Sociology3.00
SOC 2Modern Social Problems3.00
SOC 10Marriage & the Family3.00
SOC 30Race & Ethnic Relations3.00
Dental Hygiene Core Requirements - complete 59.50 units
DE 50Introduction to the Dental Profession2.00
DE 51Occupational Health & Safety2.00
DE 55AIntroduction to Dental Radiology 12.00
DE 55BDental Radiology 22.00
DH 69Medical Emergencies1.00
DH 70Dental Anatomy and Tooth Morphology2.50
DH 71AClinical Dental Hygiene Care and Theory 15.00
DH 71BClinical Dental Hygiene Care and Theory 25.00
DH 71CClinical Dental Hygiene Care and Theory 32.00
DH 71DClinical Dental Hygiene Care and Theory 47.00
DH 71EClinical Dental Hygiene Care and Theory 57.00
DH 72Oral Health Education2.00
DH 74Head & Neck Anatomy, Histology and Embryology3.00
DH 75Pharmacology for the Dental Hygienist2.00
DH 76Dental Materials for the Dental Hygienist2.00
DH 78Local Anesthesia/Nitrous Oxide Conscious Sedation1.00
DH 79Periodontics for the Dental Hygienist2.00
DH 80Oral Pathology for the Dental Hygienist2.00
DH 81Community Dental Health2.00
DH 83Ethics, Jurisprudence & Practice Mgmt for Dental Hygienist2.00
DH 85Advanced Periodontal Dental Hygiene Care2.00
DH 86Integration of Dental Hygiene and Dentistry2.00

Term Effective: Fall 2010

The requirements for this program of study are effective beginning the semester shown above. If you began working on this program before the effective semester, you may not be affected by the changes. Consult with the program contact person or the department chair to determine your eligibility to complete the program under previous requirements.

Term Inactive: Summer 2012

Previous Versions:

Dental Hygiene - effective Summer 2010
Dental Hygiene - effective Fall 2009
Dental Hygiene - effective Summer 2007
Dental Hygiene - effective Fall 2006
Dental Hygiene - effective Fall 2003

Program Requirements Notes:

The following Dental Hygiene major prerequisites must be completed within the past five years prior to the fall semester of the application period: ANAT 1, PHYSIO 1, MICRO 5 or MICRO 60 or HLC 55, and CHEM 60 or CHEM 1A and CHEM 8.

Note: The 5-year recency requirement for science courses will be eliminated beginning with the Fall 2012 application period.

Beginning with the class of 2011, only college transferable reading and composition courses (English 1A or equivalent) will be accepted to fulfill the English prerequisite requirement. English 100 and ESL 100 will no longer be accepted. This change is effective for students who apply Fall 2010 for the Fall 2011 Dental Hygiene program and beyond.

Associate Degree Requirements:

The major is one of several requirements students need to fulfill in order to be awarded the Associate Degree, the highest level of academic achievement recognized by Santa Rosa Junior College. Please note that all of the following requirements must be met in order for the degree to be conferred:

For all students admitted for the Fall 2009 term or any term thereafter, a grade of "C" or better, or "P" if the course is taken on a pass/no pass basis, is required for each course applied toward the major.

Course Prerequisites and Advisories:

Courses in a program of study may have prerequisites or advisories; that is, courses that must or should be completed before taking that course. Please check for prerequisites or advisories by clicking on the course numbers in the Program Requirements section.

It is important that students who are completing an Associate Degree and desire to transfer to a four-year institution meet with a counselor to plan their lower division coursework. While many majors at SRJC are intended to align with lower division major preparation required by California public universities, specific lower-division major requirements vary among individual campuses. See a counselor, visit the Transfer Center, and check Guides For Transfer in Specific Majors, and ASSIST to review transfer preparation guides for specific schools and majors.


All courses taken in conjunction with this program must be completed with a letter grade of 'C' or better.

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