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Dental Hygiene
Associate of Applied Science (Two year program)

The mission of the Dental Hygiene Program is to educate and prepare students to become competent, licensed dental hygienists who will conduct themselves in an ethical manner while providing quality dental hygiene care to the community. The dental hygiene graduate will have the foundation to pursue the roles of administrator/manager, change agent, clinician, consumer advocate, educator/health promoter, and researcher in their professional activities.

This program provides the student the opportunity to:

  • Acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to pass all dental hygiene licensure examinations
  • Demonstrate entry-level proficiency for all dental hygiene competencies.

The graduate of this program is able to:

  • Provide comprehensive dental hygiene services based on the current standard of care.
  • Incorporate a high level ethical and professional conduct consistent with the principles of the dental hygiene profession.
  • Demonstrate a proficiency in critical thinking and communication skills in the provision of dental hygiene care.


Bloodborne Pathogen Policy
Interested applicants to the Dental Hygiene program need to be familiar with the Bloodborne Pathogen Policy. Read the policy here

Bloodborne Pathogen Policy
Interested applicants to the Dental Hygiene program need to be familiar with the Bloodborne Pathogen Policy. Read the policy here

Dental hygiene students take 3 exams in order to obtain a license: the ADEX clinical exam, the Comprehensive Simulated Clinical Exercise (CSCE) and the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination (NBDHE).

For the past 5 years, students have had a 99% pass rate for the ADEX and a 100% pass rate on the CSCE. LCCC's NBDHE pass rate for the past 34 years is 98%.

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Required Courses
BIO-135 - Anatomy & Physiology I, 4 credits
BIO-136 - Anatomy & Physiology II, 4 credits
BIO-251 - General Microbiology, 4 credits
DHY-100 - Fundamentals of Dental Hygiene, 2 credits
DHY-101 - Dental Hygiene Seminar I, 2 credits
DHY-102 - Dental Hygiene Clinic I, 3 credits
DHY-103 - Oral Histology & Embryology, 2 credits
DHY-104 - Dental Anatomy, 2 credits
DHY-105 - Dental Radiology, 3 credits
DHY-111 - Dental Hygiene Seminar II, 2 credits
DHY-112 - Dental Hygiene Clinic II, 3 credits
DHY-113 - Periodontics I, 3 credits
DHY-114 - Dental Materials, 3 credits
DHY-115 - Nutrition & Oral Health, 2 credits
DHY-122 - Advanced Dental Hygiene Procedures, 3 credits
DHY-201 - Dental Hygiene Seminar III, 2 credits
DHY-202 - Dental Hygiene Clinic III, 4 credits
DHY-203 - Dental Health Education, 2 credits
DHY-204 - Dental Pharmacology, 3 credits
DHY-205 - Oral Pathology, 3 credits
DHY-206 - Periodontics II, 2 credits
DHY-211 - Dental Hygiene Seminar IV, 1 credits
DHY-212 - Dental Hygiene Clinic IV, 4 credits
DHY-213 - Community Dental Health, 2 credits
EMS-207 - Cardio-Pulmoniary Resuscitation (CPR), 1 credits
or Elective - Health and Physical Ed Electives, 1 credits
ENG-101 - English Composition, 3 credits
FYE-101 - First Year Experience, 1 credits
PSY-103 - General Psychology, 3 credits
SOC-101 - Principles of Sociology, 3 credits
SPE-210 - Introduction to Interpersonal Communications, 3 credits
or SPE-125 - Fundamentals of Speech, 3 credits

Total Credits for Degree: 79

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