Pre-program Curriculum Courses

Prerequisite courses must be completed before making application into the Dental Hygiene program with a grade of "C" or better.
Contact the CCC Registrar's Office to enroll, 785-460-5509 or registrar@colbycc.edu
Colby Community College offers all classes listed below.
  
PREREQUISITES
Course NumberCourse NameHours
CH176Chemistry (two semesters of high school or one semester of college chemistry with grades of "C" or better)5
BI276Anatomy & Physiology I with Lab and4
BI277Anatomy & Physiology II with Lab or4
BI278Anatomy & Physiology5
BI280Principles of Microbiology4
DH298Dental Hygiene Biochemistry (online)
OR
University Biochemistry with lab
3-4
  

5
EN176English Composition I OR
written communication course (3)
3
PS176General Psychology3
SO176Introduction to Sociology3
SP101Fundamentals of Oral Communication OR3
SP176Interpersonal Communication OR
SP176Public Speaking
PS276Developmental Psychology
OR
Diversity Studies
3
 
3
Anatomy and Physiology
Five-credit hour A & P with lab (5 credit hours)
OR
A & P I and A & P II with labs (8 total hours)

Chemistry
Two semesters of high school chemistry or a five-credit hour college chemistry course with a lab.

Dental Hygiene Biochemistry (3)
Offered ONLINE only through CCC, no lab required. This course is taught two times a year (January –March and June –July). It will not transfer out. Accepted from other colleges when taken for four or five credit hours.

Developmental Psychology (3)
OR
Human Growth and Development (3)

English Composition (3 credit hours)
May be accepted from other colleges.

General Psychology (3)
Must be General Psychology. 

Intro to Sociology (3)

Microbiology
A four (4) or five (5) credit hour course can be taken, may be accepted from another college.

Students who do not meet the minimum ACT Score may:

  • Retake the ACT to get a higher score.
  • Take the ACCUPLACER test get a higher score.
  • Take the Reading and Study Skills class to compensate for a low reading score (19 or higher).
  • Take a college English Composition class to compensate for a low English score (18 or higher).
  • Take a college math class (such as College Algebra) to compensate for a low math score (18 or higher).

Specialization & Related Contextual Courses

Note: Classes with * are lecture only that originate from NTC on CCC campus. 
  
YEAR ONE: FIRST SEMESTER
Course NumberCourse NameHours
DH100Dental Hygiene Orientation1
DH103Dental Health Safety    (summer)1
DH104Dental Hygiene Process I4
DH109Dental Radiography2
DH122Oral Anatomy, Embryology and Histology4
YEAR ONE: SECOND SEMESTER
Course NumberCourse NameHours
*10-508-107Dental Hygiene Ethics & Professionalism1
*10-508-109Cariology1
*10-508-110Nutrition & Oral Health2
*10-508-111General & Oral Pathology3
DH112Dental Hygiene Process II4
DH115Periodontology3
YEAR TWO: FIRST SEMESTER
Course NumberCourse NameHours
*10-508-114Dental Pharmacology2
*10-508-115Community Dental Health2
DH105Dental Materials2
DH210Dental Hygiene Process III5
YEAR TWO: SECOND SEMESTER
Course NumberCourse NameHours
DH203Transition into Dental Hygiene Practice1
DH212Dental Hygiene Process IV4
DH215Dental Anxiety and Pain Management2