Dental Hygiene

Dental Hygiene Courses

Award: Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
Program Start: Fall only
Enrollment Status: Full-time only

The Dental Hygiene program requires a mix of general education and hands-on courses. The following list of courses is from the current catalog year, organized in the suggested sequence of study for a full-time student, and is subject to change.

If you are a current student your program requirements may be different than those listed for the current catalog year. View your Program Evaluation to see your specific program requirements and to search and register for classes.

Required Background Screenings to Participate in Clinicals

As a student in a health program at Hawkeye Community College you will be required to complete:

  • a criminal background check,
  • sex offender registry,
  • child abuse registry, and
  • dependent adult registry.

The outcome could possibly affect your opportunities to participate in the clinical setting.

Program Course Notes

  • Students are not eligible for the Iowa Vocational Technical Tuition Grant while taking the prerequisite courses.

  • Students must achieve a minimum "C" grade in all courses that are required to complete the program.

  • We strongly advise students to complete all of the general education courses, marked with the gen ed icon , prior to full admission into the program.

BIO168 Human Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab 4
BIO173 Human Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab 4
BIO185 Microbiology with lab 3
CHM122 Introduction to General Chemistry 4
CHM132 Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry 4
HSC108 Introduction to Health Professions 2
HSC113 Medical Terminology for Health Sciences 2

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Total Credits 23
Semester 1
DHY115 Head and Neck Anatomy for Dental Hygienist 2
DHY116 Tooth Morphology 1
DHY121 Oral Histology and Embryology 2
DHY162 Oral Radiology 2
DHY175 Fundamentals of Clinical Dental Hygiene 6

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Total Credits 13
Semester 2
DHY141 General and Oral Pathology 3
DHY187 Clinical Dental Hygiene II 3
DHY188 Clinical Dental Hygiene II Seminar 1
DHY210 Introduction to Periodontology 1
DHY222 Biomaterials for the Dental Hygienist 3
DHY240 Ethics and Jurisprudence 1
DHY262 Special Needs Patient Education 1

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Total Credits 13
Semester 3 – Summer
PSY111 Introduction to Psychology [GEN ED] 3
SOC110 Introduction to Sociology [GEN ED] 3

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Total Credits 6
Semester 4
BIO151 Nutrition [GEN ED] 3
DHY131 Pharmacology 2
DHY211 Periodontology 2
DHY254 Community Oral Health I 2
DHY271 Pain Control 2
DHY297 Clinical Dental Hygiene III 4
DHY298 Clinical Dental Hygiene III Seminar 2

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Total Credits 17
Semester 5
DHY259 Community Oral Health Service Learning Experience 1
DHY272 Interdisciplinary Health Care 2
DHY307 Clinical Dental Hygiene IV 4
DHY308 Clinical Dental Hygiene IV Seminar 1
DHY901 Independent Study Clinical Dental Hygiene (optional) 1
ENG105 Composition I [GEN ED] 3
SPC101 Fundamentals of Oral Communication [GEN ED] 3

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Total Credits 14

Program Contacts

Department Secretary

Linda Butler
Grundy Hall 159
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Program Advisor

David Reff
Grundy Hall 156
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Candace Croft
Grundy Hall 159
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