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Associate Degree Program

The program is two years in length and consists of 80 credits. The curriculum provides a mix of general education, allied and dental sciences as well as clinical courses.

Admission Requirements: Applicants applying from high school directly: 2 units of Laboratory Biology and Laboratory Chemistry required. 2 units of Sequential 1 and 2 or Elementary Algebra and either Intermediate Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry or College Math.

Admission Requirements: Applicants not applying directly from high school must have completed the above plus: EGL 101 - Composition: Rhetoric; BIO 166 - Anatomy and Physiology; CHM 140 - Introduction to General Organic and Biochemistry.

Deadline: All applications submitted to the program by January 15th receive equal consideration.

Contact: Admissions Department, Laffin, (631) 420 - 2200, Fax (631) 420 - 2633.


Liberal Arts and Sciences (30 credits)

BIO 166 Anatomy and Physiology 4
CHM 140 Intro to General, Organic and Biochemistry 4
BIO 220 Medical Microbiology 4
EGL 101 Composition:Rhetoric 3
EGL 102 Composition: Literature 3
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology 3
SOC 122 Introductory Sociology orSOC 228 Society and Health 3
SPE 202 Interpersonal Communication

*General Education Elective by advisement


Dental Hygiene (50 credits) Credits

DEN 102 Dental Materials & Expanded Functions 3
Den 105 Dental & Oral Anatomy 3
DEN 106 Oral Radiology I 3
DEN 108 Oral Histology & Embryology 2
DEN 110 Preventive Oral Health Concepts I 2
DEN 115 Clinical Dental Hygiene I 3
DEN 126 Periodontology 2
DEN 201 Pain Management 2
DEN 203 Principles of Nutrition for Oral Health Professionals 2
DEN 205 Oral Pathology 3
DEN 207 Oral Radiology II 1
DEN 212 Pharmacology 2
DEN 220 Preventive Oral Health Concepts II 2
DEN 221 Oral Health Education 2
DEN 222 Community Oral Health 2
DEN 225 Clinical Dental Hygiene II 3
DEN 230 Preventive Oral Health Concepts III 2
DEN 235 Clinical Dental Hygiene III 4
DEN 240 Dental Practice Management, Ethics & Jurisprudence 2
DEN 245 Clinical Dental Hygiene IV 5


Total Credits:

The nature of this program will expose students to bodily fluids and blood borne pathagens.The Dental Hygiene Department adheres strictly to the Occupational and Safety Health Administration (OSHA) Guidelines for infectious disease control.

Students must be certified in basic life support procedures prior to entering the clinical sequence.

Once a student has been admitted to DEN 105, courses must be completed in semester sequence, without interruption. Any student who misses a semester will not be permitted to continue in the program until approval has been obtained (if granted) from the Admissions and Academic Standards Committee of the Dental Hygiene Department. Procedural information may be obtained from the Department Chairperson of Dental Hygiene in Gleeson Hall.

A grade of "C" (2.0) or better must be maintained in all courses with a DEN, BIO, or CHM prefix. A failure in a clinically related area constitutes withdrawal from the Dental Hygiene Curriculum.

The TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Examination with a minimum score of 500 or 218 will be required as a condition for entrance into the Dental Hygiene program for:

a) applicants who are foreign born high school seniors and have ESL (English as a Second Language) courses in high school and

b) applicants with secondary credentials from a foreign country whose language of instruction was not English, regardless of any coursework completed in the United States.