Prerequisite Courses

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.  Applicants must have completed College Algebra and three out of the five science prerequisite courses with a grade of “C” or better prior to the application deadline.

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Dental Hygiene Prerequisite Guide
Area/Typical Course TitleMinimum Semester Credit
ENGLISH/COMMUNICATION
English Composition
Two-semester sequence of English Composition6
Speech Communication
Fundamentals of Speech or Speech Communication*3
MATHEMATICS
College Algebra (or higher level Mathematics)3
SCIENCE
Chemistry
Principles of chemistry course with laboratory4
Biology
Principles of biology course with laboratory (A Zoology course with laboratory is also acceptable)4
Microbiology
Microbiology with laboratory4
Anatomy & Physiology
Two-semester sequence of Anatomy & Physiology (labs not required)6
FINE ARTS/HUMANITIES
Fine Arts
Music, Art, Theater3
Humanities
Philosophy, Political Science, Literature, or Humanities3
SOCIAL SCIENCES
History
History of the United States or National Government3
Psychology
General Psychology3
Sociology
Introduction to Sociology3
Lower Level Electives6
TOTAL51

*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.  Anatomy & Physiology courses do not require a lab, but 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.