Feb 25, 2020  
2017-2018 Catalog 
2017-2018 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Dental Hygiene, AAS

This program in Dental Hygiene is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association, a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation and by the United States Department of Education.

Admission into the program is based on a point system that takes into consideration several factors:


Completion (“C” or higher) of the following courses is recommended prior to acceptance:

  • English Composition (ENGL 1301 )
  • General Psychology (PSYC 2301 )
  • Introductory Sociology (SOCI 1301 )
  • Public Speaking (SPCH 1315 
  • Language, Philosophy, and Culture OR Creative Arts Elective
  • A program application must be completed on-line (www.howardcollege.edu) by February 1 of the year applying. Address completed Howard College Dental Hygiene paper application to: Howard College Dental Hygiene, 1001 Birdwell Lane, Big Spring, TX 79720.

Promotion/Graduation Policy

The student MUST receive a MINIMUM grade of “C” and maintain a 2.5 overall GPA in EACH support (non-dental hygiene) course as well as EACH dental hygiene course. The student must attain and maintain minimum competencies in all laboratory and clinical skills.

Liability Insurance

Dental hygiene students are required to purchase liability insurance prior to the beginning of clinical laboratory experience. Arrangements to purchase insurance at a reduced group rate will be made through the Howard College Business Office in conjunction with the payment of other required fees.

Additional Cost

Dental hygiene students must also purchase an instrument kit and uniforms through the department. For information on current estimated costs for these items, click on the Dental Hygiene Program costs link.

First Year

First Semester

Total: 15 Hours

Total: 10 Hours

Summer Session

Total: 6 Hours

Second Year

Total Hours in AAS Degree (including Prerequisites): 68

*Co-requisite courses
Courses marked with * are considered co-requisite courses. Please see Dental Hygiene Student Policies regarding co-requisite course guidelines.