2023-2024 Catalog 
    Dec 04, 2023  
2023-2024 Catalog

Health Professions AAS - Dental Hygiene Program


The Dental Hygiene Program is designed to provide the student with both an academic and clinical education that prepares them for employment opportunities in the field of dental hygiene. The curriculum provides a variety of student activities and community outreach which enhances professional development and access to care. The program incorporates didactic, clinical, technological, and laboratory teaching approaches throughout the curriculum The program prepares the student to meet national, regional, and state licensing requirements and fulfills requirements for an Associate in Applied Sciences degree.

Program Length: 24 months;
Preadmission Test: Dental Hygiene Admissions Exam;
GPA for admissions eligibility: 2.50.

High school applicants must attain the age of 18 by the first day of the first semester of the program.

High School prerequisite courses: Chemistry, with lab; Biology, with lab; Algebra.
College requirements: BIO-109 , CHM-112 , and MAT-040  (if indicated by Placement Testing).
Application Deadline: February 1; Program Admits: Fall semester.

Eligible candidates are invited to sit for the Dental Hygiene Admissions Examination.

If a high school student is going to apply to the DHY program, they must complete CHM-112 , College Chemistry, before the application deadline, Feb 1. A junior or senior high school student, 16 years of age or older, may apply for the College Experience, with their guidance counselor’s or principal’s permission/endorsement. Then they can register for CHM-112  during the fall semester and successfully complete prior to the application deadline.

All core DHY courses MUST be taken in sequential order within the Bergen Community College Dental Hygiene Program. NO DHY courses may be transferred or taken at any other dental hygiene program. All core DHY courses are co-requisites for each other during every semester of the dental hygiene program.

The Dental Hygiene Program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation.

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

  1. Demonstrate the skills and knowledge to competently, legally, and ethically access, plan, implement, and evaluate dental hygiene services and promote access to care.
  2. Implement the skills and knowledge to provide dental hygiene services which meet professional standards and licensure eligibility.
  3. Formulate the skill set for lifelong learning and professional development.
  4. Support students to develop evidence-based decisions by acquiring, analyzing and documenting data utilizing current scientific research.


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Recommended Semester Sequence

General Education Requirements

Subtotal: 6 Credits

Humanities* and Social Sciences

One general education course selected from the Following fields: Arts (Art [ART], Music [MUS], Theatre Arts [THR], Cinema Studies [CIN]), History (HIS), Literature (LIT); Philosophy and Religion (PHR), World Languages and Cultures (LAN), Economics (ECO), . Geography (GEO), Political Science (POL), Sociology (SOC), Anthropology (ANT) 3

Subtotal: 6 Credits

Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Technology

Subtotal: 8 Credits

Subtotal: 20 Credits

Subtotal: 36 Credits

Subtotal: 10 Credits

Total Credit Hours: 66

Specific Program Notes

Students are encouraged to take their courses in semester sequence order.

Please note that required courses may have prerequisites. Click on each course to view details.

*General Education Course List .

The Basic Skills requirements must be completed and all Developmental English and Developmental Math courses must be completed PRIOR to the application deadline, February 1.