Dental Hygiene

Dental Hygiene Courses

Award: Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
Required number of credits: 86
Enrollment Status: Full-time only
Program Start: Fall only

The Dental Hygiene program requires a mix of general education and hands-on courses. The following list of courses is the suggested sequence of study for a full-time student.

When registering for classes refer to your Program Evaluation to see your specific program requirements and ensure proper registration.

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.

2015–2016 Suggested Sequence of Study and Course Cost

Courses and course cost calculations are subject to change.

BIO168 Human Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab 4 $638.00
BIO173 Human Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab 4 $638.00
BIO185 Microbiology with lab 3 $478.50
CHM122 Introduction to General Chemistry 4 $638.00
CHM132 Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry 4 $638.00
HSC108 Introduction to Health Professions 2 $319.00
HSC113 Medical Terminology for Health Sciences 2 $319.00

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Total Credits 23
Semester 1
DHY115 Head and Neck Anatomy for Dental Hygienist 2 $319.00
DHY116 Tooth Morphology 1 $344.50
DHY121 Oral Histology and Embryology 2 $319.00
DHY162 Oral Radiology 2 $409.00
DHY175 Fundamentals of Clinical Dental Hygiene 6 $3572.00

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Total Credits 13
Semester 2
DHY141 General and Oral Pathology 3 $478.50
DHY187 Clinical Dental Hygiene II 3 $528.50
DHY188 Clinical Dental Hygiene II Seminar 1 $159.50
DHY210 Introduction to Periodontology 1 $159.50
DHY222 Biomaterials for the Dental Hygienist 3 $478.50
DHY240 Ethics and Jurisprudence 1 $159.50
DHY262 Special Needs Patient Education 1 $159.50

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Total Credits 13
Semester 3 – Summer
PSY111 Introduction to Psychology [GEN ED] 3 $478.50
SOC110 Introduction to Sociology [GEN ED] 3 $478.50

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Total Credits 6
Semester 4
BIO151 Nutrition [GEN ED] 3 $478.50
DHY131 Pharmacology 2 $319.00
DHY211 Periodontology 2 $319.00
DHY254 Community Oral Health I 2 $319.00
DHY271 Pain Control 2 $319.00
DHY297 Clinical Dental Hygiene III 4 $2388.00
DHY298 Clinical Dental Hygiene III Seminar 2 $319.00

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Total Credits 17
Semester 5
DHY259 Community Oral Health Service Learning Experience 1 $159.50
DHY272 Interdisciplinary Health Care 2 $319.00
DHY307 Clinical Dental Hygiene IV 4 $1863.00
DHY308 Clinical Dental Hygiene IV Seminar 1 $989.50
DHY901 Independent Study Clinical Dental Hygiene (optional) 1 $159.50
ENG105 Composition I [GEN ED] 3 $478.50
SPC101 Fundamentals of Oral Communication [GEN ED] 3 $478.50

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Total Credits 14

Course Cost Calculation:
2015–2016 resident tuition and fees x course credits + course fee if applicable.

The course cost calculation does not include:

Program Contacts

Department Secretary

Linda Butler
Grundy Hall 135
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Emily Boge
Grundy Hall 138
319-296-2329 ext.1121
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