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Dental Hygiene
2014 - 2015 Dental Hygiene Program Information


Program Options:
AAS - Dental Hygienist

The Dental Hygiene Program is designed to prepare individuals to become licensed health care professionals who specialize in non-surgical periodontal therapy and oral health education. A broad-based education in biological sciences, humanities, dental sciences, and clinical technologies prepares the graduate for work, under the supervision of a dentist, in private practice and community settings as a member of the dental health team.

Dental Hygiene is a two-year program that begins during the fall semester each year. Classes are scheduled at the Central Park Campus in McKinney. Enrollment is limited, and admission to the program is competitive. Courses listed in the curriculum must be taken in sequence to assure progression in content from simple to complex. Clinical students are required to submit a physical, dental and visual acuity report on an annual basis.

Dental Hygiene students must meet eligibility requirements for licensure as established by the State Board of Dental Examiners ( in the State of Texas. If a student has reason to believe he/she is ineligible for licensure, he/she should contact the Board regarding their specific concerns prior to entrance into the program.

A drug scan, background check and CPR certification for health professionals will be required upon acceptance into the program. Requirements for dental hygiene licensure as set by the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners (TSBDE) defines that individuals be “of good moral character.” All individuals accepted into the program must meet licensure eligibility requirements. Information received from the background check or drug scan may result in dismissal from the program.

The applicant must be in good health and emotionally stable and must furnish physical, dental and eye examination records. Forms will be provided by the dental hygiene department. In addition, the state of Texas requires the applicant to provide proof of all immunizations required by the state as defined in the Texas Administrative Code. *Other requirements include Hepatitis B vaccination and annual TB testing. A letter of declination must be signed if the candidate is unable to receive the Hepatitis B series.

Applicants who believe they are at an increased risk of contracting an infectious disease should seek testing and counseling prior to making application to the Dental Hygiene Program. All students accepted into the program are expected to follow standard precautions and are financially responsible for any necessary testing / treatment resulting from an occupational incident and/or communicable disease exposure. No student is allowed to deliver patient care in any setting until he/she has mastered material on safety / standard precautions with satisfactory accuracy.

The student is awarded an AAS degree upon successful completion of the program. The graduate is eligible for national and regional examinations.

Students planning to transfer to a college or university should check with the Collin College academic advisor prior to beginning this program.

After initial acceptance to this program, all students are required to meet specific functional abilities with or without accommodations for successful completion of the program and to function safely and effectively in the variety of the profession’s settings. The specific functional requirements are found in “Functional Abilities / Core Performance Standards” documents provided in the program information and application packets. Students who think they may not be able to meet the functional standards and need accommodation are encouraged to contact the college ACCESS department as soon as this program is of interest.

Collin’s Dental Hygiene Program is accredited by the American Dental Association’s Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) and has been granted the accreditation status of approval without reporting requirements. The council is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Department of Education.

Admission to this program is selective. Admission to the college does not guarantee admission to the Dental Hygiene Program. Registration is by permission only. Information and applications may be obtained from the Dental Hygiene Program Director or dental hygiene website at .

  • Provide proof of high school graduation or GED
  • Earn a GPA of 2.5 or greater on all courses applicable to the Dental Hygiene program
  • Submit official copies of all college transcripts
  • Complete pre-entrance course requirements with a minimum GPA of 2.5
  • Complete the PSB exam with a satisfactory result
  • Completion of immunizations required by the Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS) *.
  • Submit a handwritten, one- to two-page essay that discusses why dental hygiene has been selected as a profession
  • Submit two reference forms: one from an employer and one from an educator

 * It is important to note that one of the required vaccinations, Hepatitis B, consists of a three dose series, which can take up to 7 months to complete. Individuals unable to receive the HBV must inform the Program Director. In such cases the applicant must sign a declination form. All immunizations must be complete before the first clinical visit.

Health Insurance – All Dental Hygiene students are required to show proof of health insurance prior to starting clinical rotations each semester.

AAS – Dental Hygienist

72 credit hours

BIOL      2401       Anatomy and Physiology I1
BIOL      2402       Anatomy and Physiology II1
CHEM     1405       Introduction to Chemistry I 

First Semester

BIOL      2420       Microbiology for Non-Science Majors
DHYG    1301       Orofacial Anatomy, Histology and Embryology
DHYG    1304       Dental Radiology
DHYG    1331       Preclinical Dental Hygiene
ENGL     1301       Composition I

Second Semester
DHYG    1207       General and Dental Nutrition
DHYG    1227       Preventive Dental Hygiene Care
DHYG    1235       Pharmacology for the Dental Hygienist
DHYG    1261       Clinical I - Dental Hygienist
DHYG    1319       Dental Materials
PSYC     2301       General Psychology1

First Semester

DHYG    1215       Community Dentistry
DHYG    1311       Periodontology
DHYG    1339       General and Oral Pathology
DHYG    2153       Dental Hygiene Practice
DHYG    2201       Contemporary Dental Hygiene Care I
DHYG    2361       Clinical II - Dental Hygienist

Second Semester
DHYG    2231       Contemporary Dental Hygiene Care II
DHYG    2275       Community Dental Health Applications
DHYG    2363       Clinical III - Dental Hygienist
DHYG    2375       Strategies of Oral Medicine (Capstone)
HUMA   1301       Introduction to Humanities I
                              (See Humanities / Fine Arts Options)
SOCI      1301       Introduction to Sociology

1.  No course substitutions

Note: The communication competency is met throughout the degree.



Note: The second digit in a course number indicates the number of credit hours
for that course.

Dental GKAS115
Contact Information

Program Director:
Christine McClellan, RDH, MSEd

Academic Advisor:
Lisa Gibbs

Department Website: