Dental Hygiene - Course Planning

Seattle Central College's Bachelor of Applied Science in Allied Health - Dental Hygiene track will provide you with the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in the ever-changing field of oral healthcare. You will receive a rich variety of learning experiences including hands-on training in the Dental Education Center and community dental clinics. This 8-quarter, full–time applied bachelor's degree will help you prepare for an exciting career in oral health as a practicing dental hygienist.

View or download the Student Handbook (pdf) and Course Planning (pdf).

Program Prerequisites
Prefix Course Credits
BIOL& 160 General Biology 5
BIOL& 241 Human Anatomy & Physiology I 5
BIOL& 242 Human Anatomy & Physiology II 5
BIOL& 260 Microbiology 5
CHEM& 121 Intro to Chemistry 5
CHEM& 122 Intro to Organic Chemistry 5
MATH& 146 & 136 Descriptive Statistics or Statistics 5
PSYC& 100 General Psychology 5
ENGL& 101 Composition I 5
ENGL& 102 Composition II 5
NUTR& 101 Human Nutrition 5
HUM 105 Intercultural Communication 5
Humanities Elective Courses in languages, communication, arts or film for example 65
Associate's Degree Courses: Quarter 1
Prefix Course Credits
AHE 128 Introduction to Healthcare Practice (4 hr lecture) 4
AHE 129 Introduction to Healthcare Practice (2 hr lab) 1
DHY 250 Oral Biology (2 hr online) 2
DHY 251 Human Pathophysiology (3 hr online) 3
DHY 254 Health Promotion (2 hr didactic) 2
DHY 257 Head and Neck Anatomy 2
Associate's Degree Courses: Quarter 2
Prefix Course Credits
DHY 252 Fundamentals of Dental Hygiene I 3
DHY 253 Clinical Dental Hygiene I (6 hr lab) 3
DHY 261 Preventive Dentistry (2 hr didactic) 2
DHY 255 Dental Radiology I (2 hr didactic) 2
DHY 256 Dental Radiology I Practice (4 hr lab) 2
DHY 258 Dental Anatomy and Morphology (2 hr didactic) 2
DHY 259 Dental Anatomy and Morphology Practice (2 hr lab) 1
DHY 260 Emergency Management (1 hr didactic) 1

Associate of Applied Science-Transfer (AAS-T) in Allied Health Degree Awarded

Total Program Credits: 95

BAS Degree Courses: Quarter 3
Prefix Course Credits
DHY 300 Clinical Dental Hygiene II (8 hours lab) 4
DHY 303 Fundamentals of Dental Hygiene II 3
DHY 306 Restorative Practice and Materials I 2
DHY 307 Restorative Practice and Materials I Practice (2 hr lab) 1
DHY 323 Pharmacology (3 hr online) 3
DHY 313 Periodontology I 3
DHY 314 Dental Radiology II 2
DHY 315 Dental Radiology II Practice (2 hours lab/clinic) 1
BAS Degree Courses: Quarter 4
Prefix Course Credits
AHE 401 Research Methods in Allied Health 5
DHY 301 Clinical Dental Hygiene III (8 hours lab/clinic) 4
DHY 311 Pain Control Anesthesia  2
DHY 312 Pain Control Anesthesia Practice (4 hr lab) 2
DHY 304 Fundamentals of Dental Hygiene III 2
DHY 308 Restorative Practice and Materials II 2
DHY 309 Restorative Practice and Materials II Practice (2 hr lab) 1
BAS Degree Courses: Quarter 5
Prefix Course Credits
DHY 302 Clinical Dental Hygiene IV (16 hours lab/clinic) 8
DHY 305 Fundamentals of Dental Hygiene IV 2
DHY 310 Advanced Restorative Practice I (4 hours in lab/clinic) 2
DHY 318 Oral Pathology (2 hr online) 2
BAS Degree Courses: Quarter 6
Prefix Course Credits
DHY 391 Community Dental Health I 1
DHY 400 Advanced Practicum in Dental Hygiene I 8
DHY 404 Principles of Dental Hygiene Practice I 3
DHY 407 Strategies of Capstone Project 1
DHY 410 Advanced Restorative Practice II 2
DHY 413 Periodontology II 2
DHY 419 Community Dental Health II 2
BAS Degree Courses: Quarter 7
Prefix Course Credits
DHY 401 Advanced Practicum in Dental Hygiene II 8
DHY 405 Principles of Dental Hygiene Practice II 2
DHY 409 Ethics and Jurisprudence (2 hours online) 2
DHY 411 Advanced Restorative Practice III 2
DHY 414 Selective Populations 1
DHY 415 Selective Populations Practice (2 hour lab/clinic) 1
DHY 419 Community Dental Health III 2
BAS Degree Courses: Quarter 8
Prefix Course Credits
DHY 402 Advanced Practicum in Dental Hygiene III 8
DHY 406 Principles of Dental Hygiene Practice III 1
DHY 408 Capstone 1
DHY 412 Advanced Restorative Practice IV 2
DHY 416 Professional Issues 1
DHY 420 Community Dental Health III 1

Bachelor of Applied Science in Allied Health - Dental Hygiene Degree

Total Program Credits: 195

Questions about course planning? Contact the Allied Health counselor, Hannah Markwardt, at Hannah.Markwardt@seattlecolleges.edu. In addition, you can contact the Allied Health staff and faculty for help.

Class Schedule

Note: The educational environment contains multiple latex products and exposure to potential blood borne pathogens and that all treatment conforms to current infection control standards as designated by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the United States Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA).