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Dental Hygiene

Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Workforce Development

Classes offered at following campus(es)

  • Metro

Contact Information:

(918) 595-7002
909 S. Boston Ave Tulsa OK 74119
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Dental hygienists clean teeth, examine patients for signs of oral diseases such as gingivitis, and provide other preventive dental, as well as dental education for patients. They also often earn higher than average salaries and work in professional environments.

If you aspire to a career as a dental hygienist, TCC’s accredited Dental Hygiene Program can help make your career plans a reality. Our program is nationally accredited by The Commission on Dental Accreditation, Chicago, Illinois.

Graduates of TCC’s Dental Hygiene program receive an Associate Degree in Applied Science and are eligible to take the national and state licensing and certifying examinations in Oklahoma or any other state. After passing these examinations, you may practice dental hygiene under the supervision of a licensed dentist.

New class every year

Our Dental Hygiene Program admits a new class of 14 students each year. Dental Hygiene courses are offered primarily in the daytime and some evenings with an occasional weekend obligation. To learn more about the program, review the prerequisites required for the program and the dental hygiene degree plan listed under Degrees and Certificates in the TCC catalog.

There are certain legal requirements for admittance into the program. If any of the following circumstances are true in your situation you may not be eligible for dental hygiene licensure in the state of Oklahoma.

  • been addicted to narcotics or alcohol;
  • received treatment for the habitual use of narcotics or alcohol;
  • been convicted for a narcotics-related offense;
  • been reprimanded, disciplined, disqualified or suspended from the practice of dentistry or another health-related field;
  • been a patient in a sanitarium or institution for the treatment of mental illness;
  • been arrested/convicted of any felony offense, including a deferred sentence, may not be eligible for dental hygiene licensure in the state of Oklahoma.

If any of these circumstances exist, we recommend that you discuss the situation with the Oklahoma Board of Dentistry (405) 524-3592, prior to making application to the program.

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General Education Requirements: 30 Hours

Biology 8 hours

º+BIOL 1314 Human Anatomy and Physiology
º+BIOL 1324 Basic Microbiology

Chemistry 4 hours

º+*CHEM 1134 General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry

Communication 6 hours

º COMM 1113 Public Speaking
+*ENGL 1113 Composition I

Psychology 3 hours

ºPSYC 1113 Introduction to Psychology

Social Science 6 hours

+POLS 1113 American Federal Government

and select one course from the following:
+HIST 1483 U.S. History 1492 to Civil War Era
+HIST 1493 U.S. History Civil War Era to Present

Sociology 3 hours

ºSOCI 1113 Introduction to Sociology

*Course has prerequisite.
+Prerequisite to Dental Hygiene Curriculum schedule. (21 hours).
ºCourse must be completed with a “C” or above.

Note: Higher level course of the same subject matter may be substituted for the required prerequisites. For example: BIOL 2134 Human Anatomy and BIOL 2154 Human Physiology may be substituted for BIOL 1314 Human Anatomy and Physiology

Specialized Course Requirements: 55 Hours

Dental Hygiene 55 hours

º*DHYG 1012 Dental and Oral Anatomy
º*DHYG 1022 Head and Neck Anatomy
º*DHYG 1302 Oral Embryology and Histology
º*DHYG 1333 Pathology, Etiology, and Immunology
º*DHYG 1353 Periodontology
º*DHYG 1363 Dental Hygiene Theory I
º*DHYG 1373 Dental Hygiene Theory II
º*DHYG 1384 Clinical Dental Hygiene I
º*DHYG 1394 Clinical Dental Hygiene II
º*DHYG 1412 Dental Radiography Foundation
º*DHYG 1421 Dental Radiography Techniques
º*DHYG 1512 Dental Pain Management
º*DHYG 1532 Dental Hygiene Pharmacology
º*DHYG 2022 Special Needs / Geriatrics
º*DHYG 2312 Community Dental Health I
º*DHYG 2321 Community Dental Health II
º*DHYG 2343 Dental Materials Techniques and Supportive Services
º*DHYG 2362 Dental Hygiene Theory III
º*DHYG 2382 Ethics, Law and Dental Practice Management
º*DHYG 2385 Clinical Dental Hygiene III
º*DHYG 2395 Clinical Dental Hygiene IV

Total Credit Hours: 85

*Course has prerequisite.
ºCourse must be completed with a grade of C or above.

Note: Higher level course of the same subject matter may be substituted for the required prerequisites. For example: BIOL 2134 Human Anatomy and BIOL 2154 Human Physiology may be substituted for BIOL 1314 Human Anatomy and Physiology

Workforce Development Degree Information

Workforce development degree and certificate programs are designed to prepare students for direct entry into the workforce. They may advance students within their current career positions or open doors to new career opportunities. Coursework may apply towards a degree at a four-year university; check with an advisor for further information. The number of hours that apply to a degree will vary from one university to another.

Information and Policies

Core Curriculum (pdf)

Dental Experience Verification Form (pdf)

Essential Skills (pdf)

Graduate-Student Learning Outcomes (pdf)

Dental Hygiene Packet (pdf)

Statement of Philosophy and Goals (pdf)

My Career: Dental Hygienist

Learn how Allen trained at Tulsa Community College to become a Registered Dental Hygienist. He now works at a dental office where he uses his skills to help people every day. 

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