Associate of Science - Dental Hygiene

Location: RDMT 415-A
Phone: 775-673-8247
Fax: 775-673-8242

Accreditation and Regulation

The TMCC Dental Hygiene Program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) 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.

The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at 312-440-4653 or at
211 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611.


The application is available on the Dental Hygiene Program website. 

Degree Outcomes

Students completing the degree will be:

  • Eligible to apply for and take the written National Board Dental Hygiene Examination (NBDHE).
  • Eligible to apply for and take the ethics examination for state licensure.
  • Eligible to apply for and sit for a state or regional clinical examination.

Note: It is highly recommended that all prospective Dental Hygiene students complete all general education courses in addition to the degree requirement courses prior to applying for admission to the program.

General Education Requirements
Must include ENG 102 or ENG 114 1
Fine Arts3
Theater: a Cultural Context
Introduction to Ethics
Pre-Calculus I (or higher)
Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology
and Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology Laboratory
General Chemistry I
Social Science3
General Psychology
Additional College Requirements
Diversity 2[3]
Science courses fulfilling the 6 units include:
Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology (1 unit from General Education)
Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology Laboratory (1 unit from General Education)
General Microbiology (4 units)
U.S. and Nevada Constitutions3
Degree Requirements
BIOL 223Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
BIOL 224Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
CHEM 220Introductory Organic Chemistry4
COM 113Fundamentals of Speech Communications3
SOC 101Principles of Sociology3
Emphasis Requirements
DH 102Oral Biology4
DH 103Head and Neck Anatomy2
DH 104Dental Hygiene I3
DH 105Intro to Clinical Practice2
DH 107Legal and Ethical Implications in Dental Hygiene1
DH 110Concepts of Oral Health2
DH 112Oral Radiology3
DH 113General and Oral Pathology3
DH 115Clinical Practice I3
DH 118Advanced Clinical Topics in Dental Hygiene2
DH 120Fundamentals of Nutrition in Dentistry3
DH 202Pharmacology2
DH 203Special Patients2
DH 205Clinical Practice II5
DH 207Periodontics I2
DH 208Community Dental Health I2
DH 209Pain and Anxiety Control3
DH 211Dental Materials and Techniques2
DH 214Periodontics II1
DH 215Clinical Practice III5
DH 218Community Dental Health II2
DH 299Independent Study4
Total Units109

If you place into ENG 102 or ENG 114 there will be no additional electives required. The total degree units will be 106. 


May also count toward degree requirements. Please consult with Academic Advisement.

Plan of Study Grid
1st semesterUnits
COM 113 Fundamentals of Speech Communications 3
ENG 101
Composition I
or Composition I for International Students
Fine Arts/Diversity 4 3
MATH 126 Pre-Calculus I 3
 Semester Total12
2nd semester
BIOL 190
Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology
and Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology Laboratory
CHEM 121 General Chemistry I 4
ENG 102
Composition II
or Composition II For International Students
 Semester Total11
3rd semester
BIOL 223 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4
CHEM 220 Introductory Organic Chemistry 4
PHIL 135 Introduction to Ethics 3
PSY 101 General Psychology 3
 Semester Total14
4th semester
BIOL 224 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
BIOL 251 General Microbiology 4
SOC 101 Principles of Sociology 3
U.S. and Nevada Constitutions 3 3
 Semester Total14
5th semester
DH 102 Oral Biology 4
DH 103 Head and Neck Anatomy 2
DH 104 Dental Hygiene I 3
DH 105 Intro to Clinical Practice 2
DH 110 Concepts of Oral Health 2
DH 112 Oral Radiology 3
DH 299 Independent Study 1
 Semester Total17
6th semester
DH 113 General and Oral Pathology 3
DH 115 Clinical Practice I 3
DH 118 Advanced Clinical Topics in Dental Hygiene 2
DH 120 Fundamentals of Nutrition in Dentistry 3
DH 202 Pharmacology 2
DH 209 Pain and Anxiety Control 3
DH 299 Independent Study 1
 Semester Total17
7th semester
DH 203 Special Patients 2
DH 205 Clinical Practice II 5
DH 207 Periodontics I 2
DH 208 Community Dental Health I 2
DH 211 Dental Materials and Techniques 2
DH 299 Independent Study 1
 Semester Total14
8th semester
DH 107 Legal and Ethical Implications in Dental Hygiene 1
DH 214 Periodontics II 1
DH 215 Clinical Practice III 5
DH 218 Community Dental Health II 2
DH 299 Independent Study 1
 Semester Total10
 Total Units109

See approved General Education list for the AA/AS Degree.


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