Montco's Dental Hygiene associate's degree program prepares you to work as a dental hygienist in a variety of settings and to provide preventative and therapeutic oral care to the public. You'll receive extensive, hands-on training at Central Campus's new, state-of-the-art Health Sciences Center in its dental hygiene clinic. You'll also gain clinical experience at community-based sites.

Upon successful completion of the Dental Hygiene program, you'll receive an Associate of Applied Science degree. If you decide to continue your education, you can transfer your credits to a four-year institution. To make your transfer as smooth as possible, we have established transfer partnerships with several Pennsylvania colleges and universities. We also possess accreditation from The Commission on Dental Accreditation.

Program outcomes
  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of legal responsibilities and ethical considerations and apply those to dental hygiene care.
  • Demonstrate the knowledge and skills needed to provide dental hygiene care which meet professional standards and licensing examination eligibility.
  • Promote optimal oral health and disease prevention as related to general health and wellness for all patients.
  • Contribute as an integral member of the healthcare team and assess, plan, implement and evaluate oral health programs for diverse population groups while promoting access to care.
  • Value life-long learning and commitment to professional development.
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Accreditation

The program in dental hygiene is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and has been granted the accreditation status of “approval without reporting requirements.” The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education.

Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA)
211 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60611
phone: 312-440-2718
website: ada.org/en/coda

Mission Statement

The mission of the Dental Hygiene Program is to develop ethical and competent dental hygiene practitioners capable of integrating the varied roles of the dental hygiene profession. The program will strive to provide high quality, affordable and accessible educational opportunities to meet the educational needs of its students, while serving the community.

Special Admission Requirements

All applicants seeking admission to the clinical component of the Dental Hygiene Program are required to submit a completed Petition for Dental Hygiene Program Admission to the Office of Admissions, Records and Registration.

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Program Curriculum

Program effective Fall 2018
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General Education Requirements

Course ID Title Credits
ENG 101 English Composition I 3
Elective Choose from: ENG 201, ENG 202, ENG 211, ENG 212, ENG 221 or ENG 222 3
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology 3
CMS 110 Speech Communication 3
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology 3
ESW 206 Basic Nutrition 3

Major Requirements

Course ID Title Credits
BIO 131 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4
BIO 132 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
BIO 140 Microbiology and Immunology 4
DHG 100 Theory and Practice of Dental Hygiene I 4
DHG 111 Dental Anatomy 2
DHG 155 Dental Radiology 2
DHG 158 Theory and Practice of Dental Hygiene II 5
DHG 159 Histology and Pathology of Oral Tissues 3
DHG 161 Periodontics I 2
DHG 224 Materials in Dentistry 2
DHG 226 Dental Pain Control 2
DHG 228 Theory and Practice of Dental Hygiene III 8
DHG 253 Community Dentistry 2
DHG 258 Theory and Practice of Dental Hygiene IV 6
DHG 261 Periodontics II 2

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Full-time sample course schedule

Semester 1

Course ID Title Credits
BIO 131 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4
CMS 110 Speech Communication 3
ENG 101 English Composition I 3
ESW 206 Basic Nutrition 3

Semester 2

Course ID Title Credits
BIO 132 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
BIO 140 Microbiology and Immunology 4
ENG 201, ENG 202, ENG 211, ENG 212, ENG 221, or ENG 222 Literature Elective  3

Semester 3 (fall only)

COURSE ID TITLE CREDITS
DHG 100 Theory and Practice of Dental Hygiene I 4
DHG 111 Dental Anatomy 2
DHG 155 Dental Radiology 2
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology 3

Semester 4 (spring only)

Course ID Title Credits
DHG 158 Theory and Practice of Dental Hygiene II 5
DHG 159 Histology and Pathology of Oral Tissues  3
DHG 161 Periodontics I 2

Semester 5 (summer)

Course ID Title Credits
DHG 224 Materials in Dentistry 2
DHG 226 Dental Pain Control 2

Semester 6 (fall)

COURSE ID TITLE CREDITS
DHG 228 Theory and Practice of Dental Hygiene III 8
DHG 261 Periodontics II 2

Semester 7 (fall) 

COURSE ID TITLE CREDITS
DHG 253 Community Dentistry 2
DHG 258 Theory and Practice of Dental Hygiene IV 6
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology 3

Part-time sample course schedule

Semester 1

Course ID Title Credits
ENG 101 English Composition I 3
BIO 131 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4

Semester 2

Course ID Title Credits
ENG 201, ENG 202, ENG 211, ENG 212, ENG 221, or ENG 222  Literature Elective 3
BIO 132 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4

Semester 3

Course ID Title Credits
BIO 140 Microbiology and Immunology 4
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology 3

Semester 4

Course ID Title Credits
CMS 110 Speech Communication 3
ESW 206 Basic Nutrition 3

Semester 5 (fall only)

COURSE ID TITLE CREDITS
DHG 100 Theory and Practice of Dental Hygiene I 4
DHG 111 Dental Anatomy 2
DHG 155 Dental Radiology 2

Semester 6 (spring only)

Course ID Title Credits
DHG 158 Theory and Practice of Dental Hygiene II 5
DHG 159 Histology and Pathology of Oral Tissues 3
DHG 161 Periodontics I 2
Semester 7 (summer only)
Course ID Title Credits
DHG 224 Materials in Dentistry 2
DHG 226 Dental Pain Control 2
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology 3

Semester 8 (fall only)

Course ID Title Credits
DHG 228 Theory and Practice of Dental Hygiene III 8
DHG 261 Periodontics II 2

Semester 9 (spring only)

Course ID Title Credits
DHG 253 Community Dentistry 2
DHG 258 Theory and Practice of Dental Hygiene IV 6