Dental Hygiene, Associate in Applied Science

Forest Park

This program prepares students to practice dental hygiene under the supervision of a practicing dentist. Through classroom work and laboratory and clinical experience in the on-campus public dental hygiene clinic, students learn to conduct patient assessments, take medical and dental histories, perform diagnostic tests and examinations, instruct patients in preventive dental health practices, perform various dental procedures, and to design and implement community and school health programs. Persons interested in this program should enjoy working with people from all age groups. An interest in biology and the health sciences is important. Good eye/hand coordination and attention to detail is necessary.

Graduates are qualified for positions as dental hygienists and may serve as clinical practitioners in general or specialty dental practice, or as educators, researchers, administrators, managers, program developers, consultants or dental product sales representatives. Employment is available in the military, health maintenance organizations, community health agencies, private industry, and abroad with the Peace Corps or World Health Organization. This program has many prerequisites based on professional standards. See an advisor for further information.

Dental Hygiene Program Prerequisites

BIO 207Anatomy and Physiology I4
BIO 208Anatomy and Physiology II4
CHM 101Fundamentals of Chemistry I5

(These prerequisites must be satisfied prior to entry in the program.)

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Program of Study

Career General Education
BIO 203General Microbiology I4
COM 101Oral Communication I3
ENG 101College Composition I3
PSY 200General Psychology3
SOC 101Introduction to Sociology3
XXX xxxMissouri State Requirement3
Physical Education Activity
Select 2 credit hours2
Program Requirements
DHY 120Concepts of Pre-Clinical Dental Hygiene I3
DHY 121Clinical Applications Lab I1
DHY 125Periodontics I2
DHY 126Dental Radiology I2
DHY 127Oral Anatomy3
DHY 128Biomedical Sciences for the Dental Hygienist2
DHY 129Dental-Medical Emergencies1
DHY 130Concepts of Clinical Dental Hygiene II3
DHY 131Clinical Applications Lab II1
DHY 132Clinical Dental Hygiene II4
DHY 136Dental Nutrition and Biochemistry3
DHY 137Anatomy and Embryology of the Head and Neck2
DHY 138General and Oral Pathology2
DHY 142Clinical Dental Hygiene Summer2
DHY 215Pain Control2
DHY 220Concepts of Clinical Dental Hygiene III2
DHY 221Clinical Applications Lab III1
DHY 222Clinical Dental Hygiene III4
DHY 223Community Public Health2
DHY 225Periodontics II2
DHY 226Dental Radiology II1
DHY 228Dental Pharmacology2
DHY 230Transition into Professional Dental Hygiene Practice2
DHY 232Clinical Dental Hygiene IV4
Total Credit Hours74