Prerequisite Courses


Beginning with the 2020 application cycle, students anticipating entering the program in the fall of 2020, Anatomy and Physiology I and II (3 semester credits each) will be required prerequisite courses.  Labs for A & P are not required.  The 6 SC upper level electives will no longer be prerequisites. These 6 semester credit hours will be included in the dental hygiene program curriculum.

The following 51 credits are required for admission.  All listed courses are required from a regionally accredited post-secondary academic institution, and must fulfill all College requirements regarding acceptance of transfer credit. If in doubt of the suitability of the following prerequisite courses, please contact the CHP Office of Admissions.

For a list of eligible prerequisite courses at institutions around Arkansas, see our Dental Hygiene Prerequisite Guide for Fall 2019

Area/Typical Course TitleMinimum Semester Credit
English Composition
Two-semester sequence of English Composition6
Speech Communication
Fundamentals of Speech or Speech Communication*3
College Algebra (or higher level Mathematics)3
Principles of chemistry course with laboratory4
Principles of biology course with laboratory (A Zoology course with laboratory is also acceptable)4
Microbiology with laboratory4
Fine Arts
Music, Art, Theater3
Philosophy, Political Science, Literature, or Humanities3
History of the United States or National Government3
General Psychology3
Introduction to Sociology3
Lower Level Electives6
Upper Level Electives6

*Due to rules set forth by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association, Speech Communication is a required prerequisite and cannot be substituted by an additional Fine Arts/Humanities course.

Chemistry, biology, and microbiology courses must include laboratory sections and must have been completed not more than seven years prior to entry into the program.  Credit by examination will not be given for science courses.  A course grade of “C” or higher must be achieved to satisfy program prerequisite and core curriculum requirements.

Proof of successful completion of course work taken in a semester immediately preceding entry into the professional curriculum must be presented before registration.