Dental Hygiene

Students who complete the Dental Hygiene Program at Amarillo College and pass their licensure exams are equipped to provide preventive, educational, and therapeutic services that support disease prevention and total oral health in a dental setting. Amarillo College has a superlative record of student success, which is mirrored in the program’s uninterrupted string of full and unconditional reaccreditation efforts. This includes consecutive and rare perfect scores on site visits by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA). The U.S. Department of Education recognizes CODA as the sole agency to nationally accredit dental and dental related education programs conducted at the post-secondary level.  The mission of AC’s Dental Hygiene Program is to provide quality technical education that leads students to academic excellence and inclusion in community service, and it does that as well as any such program in the nation.

Dental Hygiene

What can you do with a Dental Hygiene degree?


Dental hygienists clean teeth, examine patients for signs of oral diseases such as gingivitis, and provide other preventive dental care. They also educate patients on ways to improve and maintain good oral health. A dental hygienist most often works in general or specific oral health practices, but other areas of employment are possible – from professional education and federal programs to the armed services. Employment of dental hygienists is projected to grow faster than the average for all occupations. Ongoing research linking oral health to general health will continue to spur demand for the preventive dental services provided by dental hygienists.

  Dental Hygiene

Enter the Workforce with a Two Year Degree 

First Semester Prior to Admission

 

ENGL 1301 - Composition I

3 hrs

PSYC 2301 – General Psychology

3 hrs

BIOL 2401 - Anatomy and Physiology I

4 hrs

CHEM 1406- General Organic & Biological Chemistry

4 hrs

Second Semester Prior to Admission

 

BIOL 2402 -Anatomy and Physiology II

4 hrs

PHIL 2306 -Introduction to Ethics

3 hrs

BIOL 2420-Microbiology for Non-Science Majors

4 hrs

SOCI 1301 -Introduction to Sociology

3 hrs

Fall semester accepted in program

 

SPCH 1318- Interpersonal Communication

3 hrs

DHYG 1201 Orofacial Anatomy, Histology and Embryology

2 hrs

DHYG 1207 -General and Dental Nutrition

2 hrs

DHYG 1219 - Dental Materials

2 hrs

DHYG 1331 Preclinical Dental Hygiene

3 hrs

Spring Semester  

 

DHYG 1260 Clinical Dental Hygienist

2 hrs

DHYG 1235 Pharmacology for the Dental Hygienist

2 hrs

DHYG 1239 General and Oral Pathology

2 hrs

DHYG 1304 Dental Radiology

3 hrs

DHYG 2201 Dental Hygiene Care I

2 hrs

Summer Semester

 

DHYG 1360 Clinical Dental Hygienist II

2 hrs

2nd Fall  Semester

 

DHYG 2260 Clinical Dental Hygienist III

2 hrs

DHYG 1211 Periodontology

2 hrs

DHYG 1227 Preventive Dental Hygiene Care

2 hrs

DHYG 2231 Dental Hygiene Care II

2 hrs

2nd Spring Semester

 

DHYG 2360 Clinical Dental Hygienist IV

2 hrs

DHYG 1215 Community Dentistry

2 hrs

DHYG 2153 Dental Hygiene Practice

2 hrs