Course Track

Associate in Science Degree in Dental Hygiene

Changes | General Info | General Requirements | Program Requirements | Sequence

Normandale offers the Associate in Science degree in Dental Hygiene as a 2-year program located within the Health Sciences Division.

NOTE: Most students complete their required science and liberal arts courses PRIOR to acceptance into the program.

The dental hygiene coursework requires 4 semesters to complete and begins each fall semester.

Graduates will be eligible to take the Dental Hygiene National Board Examination and Central Regional Clinical Licensure Examination.

Upon successful completion of the National Board Exam and Central Regional Clinical Licensure Exam, students will be qualified to take the Minnesota Board of Dentistry Jurisprudence Examination for Dental Hygiene licensure in the State of Minnesota.

Following graduation and licensure requirements of the State Board of Dentistry, the dental hygienist becomes a primary healthcare professional, oral health educator and clinician who may choose to work in a variety of settings.

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Curriculum Changes


Through a partnership with Metropolitan State University, we now offer the option of a dual admissions program.

This means that there is a simultaneous admittance to the Normandale Associate Degree program and Metropolitan State University Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene (BSDH) program if an applicant chooses this option.

For those who are anxious to obtain a BSDH, this can be accomplished within 1 to 2 semesters after completion of the Associate in Science Degree Program at Normandale.

More information about this option is available by meeting with the Health Sciences Enrollment Manager.

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General Information


In addition to general fees and books, admitted dental hygiene students purchase uniforms, instruments, clinic supplies, software and textbooks.

Each student is required to pay additional fees to take the National Board Exam, Central Regional Clinical Board Exam and State Jurisprudence examination during the spring semester of the second year of study.

Due to the nature of the dental hygiene profession,students will be participating in a learnign environment that has the potential of exposure to blood borne pathogens. Students accepted into the program are provided with written policies and instruction on infection control protocol to reduce the risk of disease transmission.

The program complies with all institutional local, state and federal policies.

Policies and procedures on the dental hygiene program's infection control protocol are available to applicants upon request.

All students must complete the following prior to entry in fall semester of the first year of study and must be maintained throughout enrollment in the program:

  • Physical examination
  • Immunizations
  • Optical examination
  • Successful Minnesota Department of Human Services background study
  • HIPAA training
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) for the healthcare provider.

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Progression through the program is dependent upon a grade of C or higher for each of the following courses:

General Education Requirements - 38 credits
Course Course Name Credits
BIOL 2041 Human Anatomy 4
BIOL 2042 Human Physiology 4
BIOL 2204 Microbiology 4
CHEM 1050 Foundations of Organic and Biochemistry 3
COMM 1111 Interpersonal Communication 3
ENGC 1101 Freshman Composition 4
HLTH 1107 Principles of Nutrition 3
PSYC 1110 General Psychology 4
SOC 1104 Introduction to Sociology 3
MATH 0700 Intermediate Algebra - Requirement can be met through testing. 3
MnTC Electives Choose two courses (at least 3 credits each) from 2 of the following MnTC Goal areas: 4, 6, 7, 8 ,9, 10.*  
* Students who are considering a bachelor's degree completion program are strongly encouraged to complete their Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) electives by take MATH 1080 (Goal 4) and one class from Goal 6 and/or 10. These courses will meet bachelor degree completion requirements at Metropolitan State University. For more information, click here.
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Specialized Career Program Requirements - 50 credits
Course Course Name Credits
DENH 1112 Oral and Facial Anatomy 3
DENH 1140 Pre-Clinic Theory 3
DENH 1141 Pre-Clinic Skill Development 4
DENH 1142 Clinic 1 Theory 2
DENH 1143 Clinic 1 4
DENH 1150 Dental Radiology 4
or DENH 1151 Accelerated Dental Radiology 2
DENH 1160 Dental Materials 2
or DENH 1161 Accelerated Dental Materials 1
DENH 1162 Pharmacology for the Dental Hygienist 2
DENH 2240 Clinic 2 Theory 2
DENH 2241 Clinic 2 6
DENH 2242 Clinic 3 Theory 2
DENH 2243 Clinic 3 6
DENH 2252 Clinical Radiology 1 1
DENH 2254 Clinical Radiology 2 1
DENH 2263 Pain Management 2
DENH 2264 Periodontics for the Dental Hygienist 2
DENH 2266 General and Oral Pathology 2
DENH 2281 Preventative Concepts in Community Dental Health 2
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Dental Hygiene Track by Year

First Year, Fall Semester - 13 credits

Course Course Name Credits
COMM 1111 Interpersonal Communication 3
DENH 1112 Oral and Facial Anatomy 3
DENH 1140 Pre-Clinic Theory 3
DENH 1141 Pre-Clinic Skill Development 4

First Year, Spring Semester - 18 credits

Course Course Name Credits
BIOL 2204 Microbiology 4
DENH 1142 Clinic 1 Theory 2
DENH 1143 Clinic 1 4
DENH 1150 Dental Radiology 4
DENH 1160 Dental Materials 2
DENH 1162 Pharmacology for the Dental Hygienist 2

Summer Sessions 1 & 2 - 8 credits

Course Course Name Credits
PSYC 1110 Introduction to Psychology 4
Electives   4

Second Year, Fall Semester - 18 credits

Course Course Name Credits
DENH 2240 Clinic 2 Theory 2
DENH 2241 Clinic 2 6
DENH 2252 Clinical Radiology 1 1
DENH 2263 Pain Management 2
DENH 2264 Periodontics for the Dental Hygienist 2
DENH 2266 General and Oral Pathology 2
HLTH 1107 Principles of Nutrition 3

Second Year, Spring Semester - 14 credits

Course Course Name Credits
DENH 2242 Clinic 3 Theory 2
DENH 2243 Clinic 3 6
DENH 2254 Clinical Radiology 2 1
DENH 2281 Preventative Concepts in Community Dental Health 2
SOC 1104 Introduction to Sociology 3