College of Health and Human Services

2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Progression Plans are for planning purposes
only; see the catalog for official details.

Dental Hygiene, Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene

4YR Progression Plan-Classic

Campus Availability

  • Flagstaff

Year 1

Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. DH102 Orientation To Dental Hygiene 1
Description: Designed to acquaint pre-dental hygiene students with the professions of dental hygiene and dentistry. Surveys oral health and introduces patient education. DH 102 is a prerequisite for admission to the NAU Dental Hygiene program. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014 Spring 2015
2. BIO181 Unity Of Life I: Cell Life 3
Description: Introductory course for biology majors. Emphasizes the unifying molecular and cellular principles of all life on earth. 3 hrs. lecture. Letter grade only.. Course fee required. Prerequisites: high school algebra, biology, and chemistry.
Requirement Designation: Science and Applied Science
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014 Spring 2015 Summer 2015
3. BIO181L Unity Of Life I Lab 1
Description: Introduces experimental techniques in cellular and molecular biological sciences. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite or Corequisite: BIO 181 or BIO 181H
Requirement Designation: Lab Science
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014 Spring 2015 Summer 2015
4. CHM130 Fundamental Chemistry 4
Description: Principles of chemistry course for students requiring only one semester of chemistry and those proceeding to a one-semester organic (CHM 230) course. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: (MAT 108 or MAT 114 w/ a grade of C or better) or Math Placement Test Results (ALEKS 50+) or Pre- or Corequisite: STA 270
Requirement Designation: Science and Applied Science
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014
5. CHM151L General Chemistry I Lab 1
Description: Introduces important lab practices, stoichiometry, and the analysis of chemical unknowns. 2 hrs. lab including lecture time when appropriate. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Pre- or Corequisite: CHM 151
Requirement Designation: Lab Science
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014 Spring 2015 Summer 2015
6. STA270 Applied Statistics 3
Description: Graphical and quantitative description of data; binomial, normal, and t distributions; one- and two-sample hypothesis tests and confidence intervals; simple linear regression and correlation. Credit cannot be earned in both STA 270 and STA 275. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: NOT for Mathematics majors. (MAT 100 with a grade of P taken Fall 2013 or later) or (MAT 102X or MAT 108 or MAT 114 or higher w/ grade of C or better or Math Placement Test Results (ALEKS/MATHA 40+; MATHC 40+; PLACE 46+)).
Requirement Designation: Science and Applied Science
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014 Spring 2015 Summer 2015
Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. PSY101 Introduction To Psychology 3
Description: Surveys the science of psychology, including history of psychology, physiology, development, health, abnormal, learning, sensation, perception, motivation, personality, and intelligence. Letter grade only.
Requirement Designation: Social and Political Worlds
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014 Spring 2015 Summer 2015
2. BIO201 Human Anatomy/Physiology I 3
Description: Integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, and sensory systems in health and disease. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: (BIO 181 or BIO 181H) Corequisite: BIO 201L
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014 Spring 2015 Summer 2015
3. BIO201L Bio 201 Lab 1
Description: Examines histology and human organ systems including integumentary, skeletal, muscular and nervous. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Pre-or Corequisite: BIO 201
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014 Spring 2015
4. ENG105 Critical Read/Writng In Univ 4
Description: Writing skills for completing university coursework. Fulfills the liberal studies requirement for English composition. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: ((English Placement Test Results (ACT 17+; Accuplacer WR 4-7; IELTS 6+; PLACE 30+; SATI 340+, TOEFL PB 525+/CB 193+/IB 70+)) or (Test Results (ACT < 7; AccuplacerWR < 4; PLACE 10; SATI < 340) and Corequisite: ENG 107))
Requirement Designation: Foundation Requirement
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014 Spring 2015 Summer 2015
5. Choose one of the options below:
-Option A-
NTS135 Appld Nutrition & Food Selectn 3
Description: Introduces the study of nutrition, the value of foods, and problems in food selection. No credit given to food and nutrition science majors or minors or health science majors. Letter grade only.
Requirement Designation: Science and Applied Science
-Option B-
NTS256 Medical Nutrition 3
Description: Science of human nutrition, nutrient sources, functions and interactions; physiological needs throughout the life cycle; role of nutrition in health and disease. Letter grade only.
Prerequisite: BIO 201
Requirement Designation: Science and Applied Science
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014 Spring 2015
Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. BIO202 Human Anatomy/Physiology II 3
Description: Body fluid, cardiovascular, digestive, respiratory, urinary, reproductive, and endocrine systems in health and disease. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: BIO 201 and BIO 201L Corequisite: BIO 202L
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014 Spring 2015 Summer 2015
2. BIO202L Bio 202 Lab 1
Description: Examines human organ systems including endocrine, cardiovascular, immune, respiratory, urinary, digestive, and reproductive. Letter grade only.
Prerequisite: BIO 201 Pre- or Corequisite: BIO 202
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014 Spring 2015 Summer 2015
At this point students must be accepted into the Dental Hygiene Department. All prerequisite courses must be completed prior to entering the program.

Year 2

Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. BIO205 Microbiology 3
Description: Fundamental microbiology emphasizing structure and function of organisms, aspects of microbial diversity, pathogenic microorganisms, disease mechanisms and immune response. For students majoring in microbiology and those in the health professions. Recommended: CHM 130 or CHM 151. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: (BIO 181 or BIO 181H) Corequisite: BIO 205L
Requirement Designation: Science and Applied Science
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014 Spring 2015
2. BIO205L Microbiology Lab 1
Description: Examines the function of organisms, aspects of microbial diversity, pathogenic microorganisms, disease mechanisms and immune response. Letter grade only.
Prerequisite: (BIO 181 or BIO 181H) and Pre- or Corequisite: BIO 205
Requirement Designation: Lab Science
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014 Spring 2015
3. DH227 Preclinical Dental Hygiene 3
Description: Professional roles of the dental hygienist. Theory and practice of dental hygiene, emphasizing prevention and individualized care. 2 hrs. lecture, 2 hrs. lab. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: Dental Hygiene Milestone
4. DH208 Dntl Anatomy, Oral Embry/Hist 3
Description: Development of teeth and oral structures including embryology and histology. 2 hrs. lecture, 3 hrs. lab. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: Dental Hygiene Milestone
5. SOCELECTIVE Sociology Elective 3
6. LS/DIVCOURSE Liberal Studies/Diversity Course 3
Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. DH235 Head And Neck Anatomy 2
Description: Studies gross structures and tissues of the human head and neck, including functional anatomy. Letter grade only.
Prerequisite: Dental Hygiene Milestone
2. DH235L Head And Neck Anatomy Lab 1
Description: Focuses on gross structures and tissues of the human head and neck, including functional anatomy. 4 hrs. lab. Instructor's consent required. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
3. DH228 Clinical Dental Hygiene I 5
Description: Continuation of the theory and practice of dental hygiene, focusing on achieving optimal oral health. 2 hrs. lecture, 6 hrs. lab. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
4. DH338 Oral Radiology 3 DH338 Notes
Description: Fundamentals of radiation, radiation biology, radiographic techniques, and normal radiographic anatomy. 2 hrs. lecture, 3 hrs. lab. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: DH 302 with grade of C or better
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014
Notes: Lab included in course.
5. DH370 Professionalism 1
Description: Integration of ethical, legal, and practical aspects of professional roles of student, team member, and dental hygienist. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: Dental Hygiene Milestone
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014
6. BIO320 General Pathology 3
Description: Surveys disease processes affecting body systems; cell death and inflammation; emphasizes altered physiological mechanisms in cells and organ systems. Letter grade only.
Prerequisite: BIO 202 and BIO 205
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014 Spring 2015 Summer 2015
Students must see an academic advisor before enrollment for the 6th term in preparation for graduation.
Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. DH340 Oral Pathology & Rad Interpret 3
Description: Studies significant pathology of the mouth and adjacent structures, including clinical and radiographic recognition, description, and treatment modalities to aid in the examination and treatment planning for the dental hygiene patient. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: DH 312 with grade of C or better
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2015
2. Choose one of the options below:
-Option A-
LIBSTAHI Liberal Studies (AHI) Course 3
-Option B-
LIBSTCU Liberal Studies (CU) Course 3
-Option C-
LIBSTSPW Liberal Studies (SPW) Course 3

Year 3

Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. DH300 Oral Medicine & Pharmacology I 2
Description: Overview of oral medicine and pharmacology with emphasis on application to dental hygiene care. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: Dental Hygiene Milestone
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2015
2. DH319 Clinical Dental Hygiene II 2
Description: Applies theory and techniques of oral hygiene therapy in a clinical environment. 2 hrs. lecture, 9 hrs. clinic. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: DH 228 and Corequisite: DH 319L
3. DH319L Clinical Dental Hygiene II Lab 1
Description: Focuses on dental hygiene science with experiences in clinical procedure. Letter grade only. May be repeated for a maximum of 3 units.
4. DH316 Periodontics I 3
Description: Anatomy and histology of normal periodontal tissues. Etiology of periodontal diseases and resulting tissue changes. Includes assessment, diagnosis, and initial treatment of periodontal diseases. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: DH 306 with a grade of C or better
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2015
5. DH369 Oral Pain Management 1
Description: Didactic and clinical instruction in the administration of local anesthetics and nitrous oxide. 2 hrs lecture, 3 hrs. clinic. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: DH 302 with grade of C or better
6. DH369L Pain Management Lab 1
Description: Clinical experience in administering local anesthetics and nitrous oxide. 2 hrs. lab. Letter grade or pass-fail.
7. DH339 Radiographic Interpretation 1
Description: Focuses on interpretation of oral radiographs. Topics include normal radiographic anatomy, hard tissues, caries, periodontal conditions, anomalies, and pathologies. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. DH320 Clinical Dental Hygiene III 2
Description: A continuation of DH 319. Applies theory and techniques of oral hygiene therapy in a clinical environment. 2 hrs. lecture, 9 hrs. clinic. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
2. DH320L Clinical Dental Hyg III Lab 1
Description: Applies theory and techniques of oral hygiene therapy in a clinical environment. Letter grade only. May be repeated for a maximum of 3 units.
3. DH450 Oral Health Research Evaluatn 3
Description: Introduces skills and tools that enable the oral health professional to read and apply scientific literature to dental hygiene practice. Letter grade only.
Prerequisite: STA 270 or PSY 230
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014 Spring 2015
4. DH419 Periodontics II 3
Description: Periodontal treatment and outcomes. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: (Dental Hygiene Milestone and DH 418) or Admission to Dental Hygiene Degree Completion Program
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014
5. DH373W Commun Health Assess/Prog Pl 3
Description: Dental public health, oral epidemiology, and prevention and control of oral disease through community interventions. This course fulfills NAU's junior-level writing requirement. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: STA with a grade of C or better and Dental Hygiene Milestone and (ENG 105 or HON 190 or English Placement Test Results (PLACE 60+))
Requirement Designation: Junior Writing Requirement
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014 Spring 2015
Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. DH408 Public Health Externship 3
Description: Clinical fieldwork experience (90 hours total). Students provide dental hygiene clinical services and preventive oral education at an external site. Pass-fail only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: DH 312 with grade of C or better
Currently Scheduled: Summer 2015

Year 4

Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. DH410 Oral Med & Pharmacology II 2
Description: Overview of oral medicine and pharmacology with emphasis on application to dental hygiene care. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: DH 300 with grade of C or better
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014
2. DH354 Dental Materials 2 DH354 Notes
Description: Surveys dental materials used in dental hygiene and dentistry. 1 hr. lecture, 2 hrs. lab. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: DH 320 and Dental Hygiene Milestone
Notes: Lab included in course.
3. DH425 Clinical Dental Hygiene IV 2
Description: Integrates dental hygiene sciences and advanced clinical procedures. 2 hrs. lecture, 2 hrs. lab, 12 hrs. clinic. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: DH 320 and DH 320L with grades greater than or equal to C and Corequisite: DH 425L
4. DH425L Clinical Dental Hygiene IV Lab 1
Description: Integrates dental hygiene science with clinical experience. Letter grade only. May be repeated for a maximum of 4 units.
Prerequisite: DH 320 and DH 320L with grades greater than or equal to C and Corequisite: DH 425
5. DH495C Oral Health Outcomes 3
Description: Basic, behavioral, and clinical sciences applied to assess needs, provide intervention, and evaluate oral health outcomes. Case/project documentation becomes part of the professional portfolio. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: DH 450 or DH 451 with a grade of C or better
Requirement Designation: Senior Capstone
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2015
6. LIBSTCOURSE Liberal Studies Course 3
Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. DH426 Clinical Dental Hygiene V 1
Description: Continuation of DH 425. Integrates dental hygiene sciences and advanced clinical procedures. 2 hr. lecture, 12 hrs. clinic. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: DH 425 and DH 425L with grades of C or better and Corequisite: DH 426L
2. DH426L Clinical Dental Hygiene V Lab 1
Description: Continuation of DH 425L. Integrated dental hygiene sciences and advanced clinical procedures. Letter grade only. May be repeated for a maximum of 4 units.
Prerequisite: DH 425 and DH 425L with grades of C or better and Corequisite: DH 426
3. DH416 Career Management 2
Description: Dental hygiene career management in a variety of settings regarding the business of dental hygiene. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: DH 411 with a grade of C or better
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2015
4. DH371 Communication And Behavior 1
Description: The study of practical aspects of dental hygiene practice, including development of skills in communication, motivation, educational principles, and behavior change. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: DH 370 with a grade of C or better
5. LIBSTCOURSE Liberal Studies Course 3
6. LS/DIVCOURSE Liberal Studies/Diversity Course 3

University Requirements Specified by Major

University requirements includes 35 units of liberal studies and 6 units of diversity coursework. The courses listed below are required for the major, but may also be used to satisfy liberal studies and/or diversity. Know that if a course is used to satisfy more than one requirement it is only counted once in the cumulative totals. The sections that are blank can be satisfied with any course from the approved list of liberal studies or diversity.
Foundation Requirements:English (FNRQ:ENG) (4 units) ENG 105 (4)
Foundation Requirements:Math (FNRQ:MAT) (3 units) STA 270 (3)
Aesthetic and Humanistic Inquiry (AHI) (6 units) Student Choice (6)
Social and Political Worlds (SPW) (6 units) PSY 101 (3)
Cultural Understanding (CU) (6 units) Student Choice (6)
Science/Applied Science (SAS/LAB) (7 units) CHM 130 (4)
Liberal Studies Elective (3 units) Student Choice (3)
Diversity:U.S. Ethnic (DIV:ETHN) (3 units) Student Choice (3)
Diversity:Global (DIV:GLBL) (3 units) Student Choice (3)

Program Information

College of Health & Human Services
Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene
2011-2012

 
Application Process
The Dental Hygiene program at NAU adheres to a 1+3 curriculum, where one year of prerequisite course work is combined with three years of dental hygiene coursework at NAU. Students must have completed (or be in the process of completing) 32 units of coursework including completion of 7 credit units of CHM 130 and lab plus BIO 181 prior to applying to the program. The prerequisites are listed in the degree progression plan as the courses to be taken during the freshmen year.
The application, tips to completing the application, and criteria for scoring the application can all be found at the Dental Hygiene website. http://jan.ucc.nau.edu/~hp-p/dh/application/index.php

All students are required to complete at least 120 units and the required 35 units of liberal studies and 6 units of diversity courses to graduate from NAU
Dee Washington
Academic Advising Coordinator
Nurse Sciences, Building # 72 Room 206
(928) 523-6198
Dee.Washington@nau.edu

Jodie Brown
Administrative Assistant, Dental Hygiene
(928) 523-5122
Jodie.Brown@nau.edu

General Information

Progression Plans are intended to provide a general road map related to the sequencing of courses. 

For a full description of degree requirements, review the university catalog.  To determine what requirements you may have already met through transfer credits, AP/IB courses, or test credits review your degree progress report.

Some courses may have pre-requisites and/or require appropriate placement scores in Mathematics and English.  If you do not have the appropriate placement or pre-requisite courses, you may have to take more courses than are presented on the Progression Plan. 

Not all classes are offered every term so use caution when changing the sequencing of courses.

For further clarification, refer to the catalog (link provided at the top of this page) or speak with an academic advisor.