What will I learn?

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Dental Hygiene degree prepares students to practice entry-level dental hygiene. Dental hygiene students will provide preventive and therapeutic services, and will develop a commitment to the community through extramural opportunities serving diverse populations. The program is a blend of academic and clinical coursework that requires attention to detail and motivation to complete tasks on a timeline. Graduates are employed in private dental offices, hospitals, schools, and clinics within their community.

Applicants who are accepted and enroll in a MCCCD Dental Hygiene program will be exposed to blood-borne and infectious diseases. The program strictly adheres to established policies and procedures regarding infection control as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American Dental Association, The Organization for Safety and Asepsis Procedures, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

A Dental Hygienist is a licensed preventive oral health care professional who provides educational, clinical, and therapeutic services to the public.

As part of clinical dental hygiene services, dental hygienists may:

Perform oral health care assessments
Expose, process, and interpret dental x-rays
Remove plaque and calculus from above and below the gumline
Apply cavity-preventive agents
Administer local anesthetic and/or nitrous oxide analgesia
Educate patients on proper oral hygiene techniques and proper nutrition for oral health

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree in Dental Hygiene prepares students to practice entry-level dental hygiene. Dental Hygiene students will provide preventive and therapeutic services, and will develop a commitment to the community through extramural opportunities serving diverse populations. The program is a blend of academic and clinical coursework that requires attention to detail and motivation to complete tasks on a timeline.

Career and Employment Outlook:

Employment is found in a variety of health care settings such as private dental offices, schools, public health clinics, hospitals, managed care organizations, correctional institutions, nursing homes or in a corporate environment.

Which department am I in?

Department of Dental

Study options

Full Time (92-102.5 credits)

Tuition fees
US$8,010.00 per year
Start date

Expected January, August 2022

Venue

Department of Dental

Healthcare Education 3144 North Seventh Avenue,

PHOENIX,

Arizona,

85013, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have graduation from secondary school equivalent to an American high school is required.

For international students

PC's open admission policy means that anyone can attend Phoenix College who:

Is a graduate of a high school, which is accredited by a regional accrediting association as defined by the United States Office of Education or approved by a State Department of Education or other appropriate state educational agency

Has a high school certificate of equivalency (GED)

Is at least 18 years of age and demonstrates evidence of potential success in the community college

as a transfer student in good standing from another college or university.

TOEFL - A minimum score on the Internet Base test (IBT) - 61, or Paper Base test (PBT) - 500

IELTS - A minimum score of 5.5

Application Deadlines are July 1 for Fall Semester and November 1 for Spring Semester

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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