Award Type: AAS
The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Dental Hygiene degree prepares students to practice entry-level dental hygiene. Dental hygiene students will provide preventive and therapeutic services, and will develop a commitment to the community through extramural opportunities serving diverse populations. The program is a blend of academic and clinical coursework that requires attention to detail and motivation to complete tasks on a timeline. Graduates are employed in private dental offices, hospitals, schools, and clinics within their community.
The Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association (211 E. Chicago Ave., Suite 1900, Chicago, IL 60611-2637; (312) 440-4653) grants accreditation to the Phoenix College, Rio Salado, and Mesa programs. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. Graduates are eligible for board examinations and licensure in all fifty states.
Applicants who are accepted and enroll in a MCCCD Dental Hygiene program will be exposed to blood-borne and infectious diseases. The program strictly adheres to established policies and procedures regarding infection control as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American Dental Association, The Organization for Safety and Asepsis Procedures, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
Students must complete the Basic Science with a GPA of 3.5 or better and General Education courses with a GPA of 3.25 or better as indicated in the Program Prerequisites. Basic Science courses must have been completed within the last five years or as determined by the Program Director. Students must earn a grade of C or better in the Required Courses area within the program. Students should consult with an advisor prior to applying to the program.
For students pursuing a Concurrent Enrollment Program (CEP) or a baccalaureate degree, MHL155 and PHI213 are required for the Humanities, Arts and Design area, COM225 for the Oral Communication area, and MAT140 or MAT141 or MAT142 for the Mathematics area.
A high school diploma or GED equivalency is required. Ability to fully participate in classroom, laboratory, or clinical setting program activities. Submit current CPR card for Health Care Provider and maintain current status throughout the program. Complete and submit the required proof of immunity and health declaration form signed by a licensed health care provider. Submit to a drug screening and demonstrate negative results. Completion of Dental Experience/Verification Form. Completion of program prerequisites. Formal application and acceptance to the program is required.
Background Check Requirements Admission to an Allied Health program requires that students be in compliance with the Maricopa County Community College District Supplemental Background Check policy. Program applications will not be accepted without a copy of an Arizona Department of Public Safety Level One Fingerprint Clearance Card. Upon conditional program admission, the student must comply with all requirements of the current MCCCD background check policy.