Dental Hygiene - Associate of Applied Science
NOTE: Students must receive a final grade of C (75%) or higher to remain in the program. Clinical courses have additional requirements that must be met in addition to the grade of C (75%).
Students must complete all University degree requirements, which include: General Education requirements and elective credits to total at least 99 credits. Developmental coursework will not count towards the degree requirements and/or elective credits, but may be needed in order to take the necessary English and Mathematics coursework.
All General Education and Core Requirements must be met before formally applying to the program.
|Select one course from four of the following six content areas for a total of 12-14 credits 1, 2||12-14|
|This degree requires courses from Areas I, II, III and IV; students do not need to take additional courses to complete the General Education requirements.|
Area I: Communications
|Rhetoric and Composition (Core Requirement) 3||4|
Area II: Mathematics
|College Algebra (Core Requirement) 3||3|
Area III: Laboratory Sciences
|Principles and Applications of Chemistry (Core Requirement) 3||4|
Area IV: Social/Behavioral Sciences
|Introduction to Psychology (Core Requirement) 3||3|
Area V: Humanities
Area VI: Creative and Fine Arts
|General Education Elective|
|COMM 253G||Public Speaking (Core Requirement) 3||3|
|or COMM 265G||Principles of Human Communication|
& 221 L
and Introductory Microbiology Laboratory 3
|BIOL 225||Human Anatomy and Physiology I 3||4|
|BIOL 226||Human Anatomy and Physiology II 3||4|
|CHEM 210||Chemistry for the Allied Health Sciences 3||3|
|HNDS 251||Human Nutrition 3||3|
|SOC 101G||Introductory Sociology 3||3|
|Technical Requirements 4|
|DHYG 110||Preclinical Dental Hygiene||3|
|DHYG 112||Preclinical Dental Hygiene Lab||3|
|DHYG 114||Oral Histology and Embryology||2|
|DHYG 116||Head and Neck Anatomy||3|
|DHYG 117||Dental Anatomy||2|
|DHYG 118||Dental Radiology||3|
|DHYG 120||Dental Hygiene Theory I||3|
|DHYG 122||Clinical Dental Hygiene I||3|
|DHYG 124||General and Oral Pathology||3|
|DHYG 132||Clinical Dental Hygiene II||2|
|DHYG 134||Dental Materials||3|
|DHYG 210||Dental Hygiene Theory III||2|
|DHYG 212||Clinical Dental Hygiene III||4|
|DHYG 214||Dental Pharmacology||3|
|DHYG 215||Medical and Dental Emergencies||2|
|DHYG 217||Research Methodology||2|
|DHYG 218||Pain and Anxiety Management||2|
|DHYG 219||Pain and Anxiety Management Clinical||1|
|DHYG 220||Dental Hygiene Theory IV||3|
|DHYG 222||Clinical Dental Hygiene IV||4|
|DHYG 224||Principles of Practice||2|
|DHYG 225||Dental Public Health Education||3|
Each course selected must be from a different area and students cannot take multiple courses in the same area.
See the General Education section of the catalog for a full list of courses.
Courses are identical to those offered at New Mexico State University Las Cruces (main) Campus.
All DHYG classes are restricted to students who have been accepted into the Dental Hygiene program.