AAS in Dental Hygiene

Our program grants a two year AAS degree in dental hygiene. This is a four (4) semester program that totals 81 credits. The 19 credits of college pre-requisites are part of these 81 total credits.

The overwhelming majority of dental hygienists nationwide have a two year degree. The two year degree provides the training and knowledge needed to be an excellent practicing dental hygienist. The program prepares the graduate to take various licensing boards in order to practice dental hygiene.

The majority of dental hygiene graduates work for dentists in private practice. There are other opportunities open to a dental hygienist such as:

  • teaching
  • research
  • government and insurance
  • private business, such as dental manufacture´s sales reps and trainers

For more detailed information, please view the AAS Program Bulletin.

Catalog Listing for AAS in Dental Hygiene (pdf)

2012-2013 Curriculum Plan for the Associate in Applied Science Degree in Dental Hygiene

For students doing all course work at UVU. Courses requiring pre-requisites should not be taken until prerequisites have been met. Prerequisites cannot be taken concurrently with courses requiring the prerequisites.

Pre-requisites for Program Admission

MATH 1050 College Algebra 4.0
ENGL 1010 Intro to Writing 3.0
CHEM 1110 Elem. Chemistry for Health Sciences 4.0
ZOOL 2320 Human Anatomy 4.0
ZOOL 2420 Human Physiology 4.0
  Total 19.0


Fall Semester - Year 1

MICRO 2060 Microbiology for Health Professions 4.0
DENT 1010 Dental Hygiene I 4.0
DENT 1020 Oral Anatomy and Physiology 4.0
DENT 1030 Dental Materials 2.0
  Total 14.0

Spring Semester - Year 1

DENT 2060 Community Dental Hygiene 3.0
DENT 1040 Dental Hygiene II 6.0
DENT 1050 Clinical Dental Radiography 2.0
DENT 1060 General and Oral Pathology 3.0
PSY 1010 General Psychology 3.0
  Total 17.0

Fall Semester - Year 2

DENT 3010 Dental Hygiene III 6.0
DENT 2020 Dental Pharmacology 3.0
DENT 3030 Periodontology 3.0
NUTR 1020 Foundations of Human Nutrition 3.0
COMM 1050 or 2110 Intro to Speech Communications or Interpersonal Communications 3.0
  Total 18.0

Spring Semester - Year 2

DENT 3040 Dental Hygiene IV 6.0
DENT 3050 Dental Hygiene Seminar 1.0
PHIL 2050 Ethics and Values 3.0
SOC 1010 or 1020 Intro to Sociology or Modern Social Problems 3.0
  Total 13.0


  1. All non-dental hygiene courses may be taken before admission to the program but may not be taken at a later time than shown in the curriculum schedule.
  2. All courses must be completed with a grade of C- or better for retention in the program.
  3. Course pre-fixes and numbers may change from those listed in this bulletin and the corresponding application form. It is the applicant's responsibility, not the Department of Dental Hygiene's, to take the correct pre-requisite courses.


Program Objectives for the AAS Program

  1. Graduates will be competent enough in knowledge and skills to graduate the program and pass the National and Regional licensing boards.
  2. Graduates will be prepared to enter private practice as competent, licensed, practicing dental hygiene professionals and/or continue in their dental hygiene education.
  3. Dental hygiene students will successfully integrate and apply a variety of appropriate skills, techniques, knowledge and principles gained in areas to include basic/dental/dental hygiene sciences, infection control, communication skills and professionalism as evidenced in their treatment planning and clinical patient care/management, in a clinically competent manner meeting the standard of care.
  4. Dental hygiene students will utilize the four (4) step dental hygiene process of care to include:
    1. Assessment
    2. Planning
    3. Implementation
    4. Evaluation
  5. The program is student centered and focuses on developing the knowledge and skill needed in dental hygiene while striving to develop the students´ problem solving and critical thinking skills, communication skills and teaching/education skills.
  6. The curriculum also focuses on developing the students´ professionalism; promoting life-long learning, community awareness and service, all in a caring and empathetic way.