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Associate of Science (AS) in Dental Hygiene

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Dental Hygiene Associate of Science | Argosy University, Twin Cities Argosy University, Twin Cities in Eagan, Minnesota, offers an Associate of Science (AS) in Dental Hygiene degree program. The mission of this program is to provide the community with qualified dental hygienists prepared to perform effectively and productively within the allied health arena. Enrolled students will experience an integrated curriculum providing opportunities for building skills in assessment, cognitive, and lifelong learning, as well as technical skills. https://www.argosy.edu/locations/twin-cities/health-sciences-1/associate-of-science-in-dental-hygiene

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Argosy University, Twin Cities in Eagan, Minnesota, offers an Associate of Science (AS) in Dental Hygiene degree program. The mission of this program is to provide the community with qualified dental hygienists prepared to perform effectively and productively within the allied health arena. Enrolled students will experience an integrated curriculum providing opportunities for building skills in assessment, cognitive, and lifelong learning, as well as technical skills.

Course Format
The program includes 90 credit hours of study. In addition to the program-specific courses, students are required to complete 30 credit hours in General Education to fulfill the requirements of an AS degree. Students applying for this program will be selected for acceptance based on an objective point system.

Students have the option to matriculate into the program beginning with the summer semester to complete prerequisite requirements.

Students who enter during the summer semester and follow the recommended curriculum outline can complete the program in 24 months. The maximum allowable timeframe for students entering during the summer semester based upon full-time status is 36 months.

Students who enter during the fall semester and follow the recommended curriculum outline can complete the program in 20 months. The maximum allowable time frame for students entering during the fall semester based upon full-time status is 30 months.

Career Outcome
Graduates will be prepared to provide preventive dental services as dental hygienists under the supervision of the dentist.

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Launch your career by enrolling in the AS in Dental Hygiene degree program. You can learn more about specific financial aid programs (available to those who qualify) on our Financial Aid & Scholarships pages, or by contacting us to request more information.

Admissions Requirements

Students applying for this program will be selected for acceptance based on an objective point system.

Applicants must provide proof of high school graduation or GED and meet one of the following conditions:

  • ACT Composite score of 18 or above, or
  • Combined Math and Critical Reading SAT score of 870, or
  • Passing score on Argosy University entrance exam, or
  • Minimum High School or College GPA as follows:
    • For students with 12 or fewer college credit hours, cumulative High School GPA of 2.0 or above
    • For students with 13 or more college credit hours, cumulative College GPA of 2.0 or above
  • A minimum score on an Argosy University pre-approved English language proficiency test is required for all applicants whose native language is not English or who have not graduated from an institution at which English is the language of instruction as specified in Section Five, Admission Policies, "English Language Proficiency Policy."

All applications for admission to the AS in Dental Hygiene degree program must be submitted to the Admissions Department. An admissions representative will help interested applicants complete the following required documentation:

  • Student Information Form
  • Personal interview
  • Completed Application for Admission Form
  • Proof of high school graduation or GED, or proof of earned college degree
  • ACT or SAT or Argosy University Entrance Exam and pre-approved English language proficiency exam score (if applicable)
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended
  • Clinical Training Agreement
  • Technical Standards Form
  • Health forms

In addition, because this program is competitive, Argosy University, Twin Cities has established a set of objective criteria to identify applicants for admission acceptance. Applications will be evaluated by the Argosy University, Twin Cities Admissions Committee and representatives of the department. A wait list will be maintained.

Applicants accepted into the AS in Dental Hygiene degree program are required to remit a non-refundable deposit of $100.00 by the date stipulated on the written notification to reserve a place in the entering class. This deposit will be applied toward the tuition of the student's first semester. An applicant, if rejected, can reapply by following the reapplication policy.

Once admitted to the AS in Dental Hygiene degree program, the student must achieve a minimum grade of "C" in all General Education and dental hygiene courses. Any student who has been in the program and fails a course is dismissed from the program and can reapply and be considered with the other applicants at that time. Allied health professionals perform a wide range of physical tasks and assignments, and they must accept certain risks that are inherent in healthcare delivery. In applying for admission to Argosy University, prospective students are given information regarding these tasks, and applicants agree that they are capable of and willing to perform these tasks and assume these risks.

Students must successfully complete the American Heart Association two year CPR certification training in June, July, or August prior to enrolling in the technical dental hygiene courses offered during the Fall semester.

Course List

General Education Curriculum Requirements (30 Credit Hours)

Students enrolled in the AS in Dental Hygiene degree program are required to successfully complete 10 general education courses (30 credit hours) distributed as follows: communications requirements, 6 credit hours; humanities requirements, 6 credit hours; mathematics requirements, 3 credit hours; natural sciences requirements, 3 credit hours; social sciences requirements, 6 credit hours; and general education elective requirements, 6 credit hours.

Communications Requirements— Students Are Required to Take the Following

 

COM180 - Interpersonal Effectiveness
(3)

(3)

ENG101 - Composition I
(3)

(3)

Communications Requirements— 6 Credit Hours

 

Humanities Requirements— Students Are Required to Take the Following

 

HUM200 - Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
(3)

(3)

PHI101 - Ethics in Contemporary Society
(3)

(3)

Humanities Requirements— 6 Credit Hours

 

Mathematics Requirements— Students Are Required to Take the Following

 

MAT107 - College Algebra
(3)

(3)

Mathematics Requirements— 3 Credit Hours

 

Natural Sciences Requirements—Students Are Required to Take the Following

 

BIO110 - Understanding Human Anatomy
(3)

(3)

BIO115 - Fundamentals of Human Physiology
(3)

(3)

Natural Sciences Requirements— 6 Credit Hours

 

Social Sciences Requirements— Students Are Required to Take the Following

 

PSY101 - General Psychology
(3)

(3)

SOC110 - Sociology in a Global Perspective
(3)

(3)

Social Sciences Requirements— 6 Credit Hours

 

General Education Elective Requirements— Students Are Required to Take the Following
  • General Education Elective from any General Education Distribution Area (3)
General Education Elective Requirements— 3 Credit Hours

 

Core Course Requirements (60 Credit Hours)

Students enrolled in the AS in Dental Hygiene degree program are required to successfully complete 27 core courses (60 hours).

Core Course Requirements—Students Are Required to Take the Following

 

CHM100 - General Chemistry
(3)

(3)

COM110 - Medical Terminology
(1)

(1)

DEN100 - Dental Hygiene I
(2)

(2)

DEN107 - Dental Anatomy
(1)

(1)

DEN108 - Oral Embryology/Histology
(2)

(2)

DEN111 -  Head and Neck Anatomy
(2)

(2)

DEN119 - Instrumentation Clinic
(1)

(1)

DEN120 - Biomaterials
(3)

(3)

DEN121 - Clinic I — Preclinic
(3)

(3)

DEN122 - Clinic II
(3)

(3)

DEN125 - Dental Radiology
(3)

(3)

DEN127 - Radiographic Interpretation
(1)

(1)

DEN130 - Dental Hygiene II
(3)

(3)

DEN135 - Biochemistry/Microbiology
(2)

(2)

DEN150 - General and Oral Pathology
(2)

(2)

DEN160 - Pain Management
(3)

(3)

DEN171 - Periodontology I
(2)

(2)

DEN172 - Periodontology II
(1)

(1)

DEN185 - Clinic III
(3)

(3)

DEN190 - Dental Hygiene III
(1)

(1)

DEN205 - Dental Hygiene IV/Special Needs
(2)

(2)

DEN210 - Nutrition
(2)

(2)

DEN211 - Pharmacology
(3)

(3)

DEN221 - Clinic IV
(3)

(3)

DEN222 - Clinic V
(3)

(3)

DEN236 - Dental Hygiene V
(3)

(3)

DEN240 - Community Dental Health
(2)

(2)

Core Course Requirements— 60 Credit Hours

 

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