Dental Hygiene AAS Program

Dental Hygiene AAS Program

Dixie State University offers an Associate of Applied Science degree in Dental Hygiene. The program is accredited by the American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation.

The vision of the Dental Hygiene program is to provide a progressive atmosphere that meets the needs of culturally diverse population through excellence in clinical care, disease prevention and health promotion. Our comprehensive education atmosphere fosters effective, positive teamwork and emphasized open lines of communication. Our vision is to have a student selection process which is competitive, fair, and ethical, allowing for a diverse population to be selected, with each contributing positively to the dental team in order to further the advancement of dental health. The Dixie State University Dental Hygiene Program values teamwork, communication and mutual respect and promotion of life-long learning opportunities for our students, patients, faculty, and community dental health professionals.

Students are instructed in the theoretical knowledge and clinical skills essential for dental hygiene practices. This includes anesthesia procedures and limited expanded functions. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates must pass the national written exam, and regional and state clinical board examinations to apply to become a registered dental hygienist (RDH).

The AAS DHYG program is a 2 year program (fall, spring, fall, and spring semesters).

Applications will be kept for 2 years only.

20-24 students are accepted every year.

Applicants should be aware that in addition to the regular student tuition and fees for Dixie State University there is a lab fee which covers clinical supplies and instruments needed to complete the courses, as well as various other additional fees. These fees are subject to change every year. For more information, contact the Department Secretary.

DSUDH program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation

AAS Program Prerequisites


These courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better,
if taken more than once, then most recent grade will be accepted.
Course Number Course Name Credits
CHEM 1110* Elementary General/Organic Chemistry 4
CHEM 1115* Elementary General/Organic Chemistry Lab 1
BIOL 2420* Human Physiology 3
BIOL 2425* Human Physiology Lab 1
BIOL 2320* Human Anatomy 3
BIOL 2325* Human Anatomy Lab 2
NFS 1020 Scientific Foundations of Nutrition 3
These courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better
prior to beginning the Dental Hygiene Program.
If this is not accomplished, the student's position will go to an alternate.
ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing 3
ENGL 2010 Intermediate Writing 3
MATH 1030 -OR-
MATH 1040 -OR-
MATH 1050
Quantitative Reasoning -OR-
Intro to Statistics -OR-
College Algebra/Pre-Calculus
SOC 1010 -OR-
SOC 1020
Introduction to Sociology -OR-
Social Problems
PSY 1010 General Psychology 3

Scholarships & Financial Aid

There are a few departmental scholarships available for both first and second year Dental Hygiene students. Application information will be given at program orientation upon acceptance into the program.

If you are interested in looking into any of Dixie State University’s scholarships, visit the Scholarship page. The deadline for most scholarships is March 1st. You may contact Financial Aid at (435) 652-7575 or visit the Financial Aid page for more information.