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The Dental Hygiene program at Columbus State Community College is designed to prepare graduates for successful entry into the oral health profession. The dental hygienist is a member of the dental health team and provides a variety of quality oral hygiene services including health education, prevention, and treatment of oral disease to a wide variety of patients.

The Columbus State dental hygiene program emphasizes the didactic and clinical skills required to meet ever-changing oral health care needs. Admission to the program is both limited and selective. Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the state, regional, and national examinations for licensure. The Ohio State Dental Board requires a full FBI background check for initial application for licensure.

In Ohio, licensure from the Ohio State Dental Board is needed for employment.

This program is fully accredited by the American Dental Association’s Commission on Dental Accreditation. The commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611.

Upon completion of the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Dental Hygiene, the graduate will:

  • Possess the skills and knowledge to manage the ethical and professional issues of dental hygiene practice.
  • Be able to acquire and analyze information in a scientific and effective manner using critical thinking skills.
  • Be able to demonstrate written comprehension, critical thinking, and skills for the application of assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation related to the provision of optimal preventive, therapeutic, and educational dental hygiene services to individuals of diverse populations.
  • Be able to demonstrate knowledge of safe and effective patient care by adherence to proper infection control, HIPAA requirements, and emergency protocol during the provision of client care.
  • Be able to initiate and assume responsibility for general health promotion and oral disease prevention through participation in community activities using appropriate interpersonal communication and educational strategies.
  • Be able to apply self-assessment skills in preparation for life-long learning.

Degree Completion Requirements

All general education courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or higher.

Specific Program Admissions Information

The following list details additional requirements for admission to the Dental Hygiene program.

  • The annual application deadline is Jan. 31, with the last mandatory information session being held by November each year.
  • Applications to the Dental Hygiene program are provided only at the information session.
  • Acceptance is conditional on submission and clearance of student background check and drug screening.

Students can obtain additional information by visiting or by contacting Donald Durst, (614) 287-3655, or

Admissions Requirements

  • Attend one mandatory Dental Hygiene Information Session within 12 months before applying to the program to obtain current admission information and application.
  • Achievement of a minimum overall GPA of 2.95 on a 4-point scale based upon the completion of the last 12 credit hours of courses at the college most recently attended or Columbus State Community College.
  • Placement into MATH 1148 Completion of the Health Occupation Basic Entrance Test (HOBET).
  • Placement into ENGL 1100.
  • Placement into “No Reading Required” or completion of DEV 0145.
  • BIO 2300 Human Anatomy with grade of “C” or better.
  • BIO 2232 Human Physiology with grade of “C” or better.
  • CHEM 1113 Elements of Organic and Biochemistry with a grade of “C” of better.
  • Mandatory observation (20 hours) of a dental hygienist working in a dental office. Detailed specific information is given during the information sessions.
  • Students applying to the Dental Hygiene program must submit official high school and college transcripts to Columbus State Community College, Records and Registration Office, by December 30 so that transcripts may be evaluated and posted.
  • International students or students who have international transcripts must submit official transcripts to an official transcript evaluation agency by October 30. Records and Registration may have other requirements for international students, thus international students should contact them in advance of October 30.
  • ALL admission criteria MUST be turned in by January 31 of the application year.

Statement Regarding Infectious Diseases

Students in any of the Allied Health Professions Programs, including Dental Hygiene, perform their clinical work on real people. Columbus State does not discriminate against students, faculty, or patients in any way, or based on color, creed, national origin, gender, disability or sexual preference. The patient populations with whom we work come from all walks of life, and students may therefore be exposed to many types of communicable diseases. These are not limited to but may include hepatitis (A, B, C or D), HIV/AIDS, herpes, tuberculosis, measles, mumps, rubella, etc.

NOTE: All students are required to have appropriate immunizations including influenza vaccine after being admitted to the program (information is provided to all admitted students). Additionally, although all precautions are taken to minimize exposure and risk, there is always a slight possibility that precautions may fail or that a student may accidentally expose him/herself. All students entering the Dental Hygiene program must be aware of this slight, but real, potential. Students are required to maintain personal health insurance for the duration of enrollment in the program.

Dental Hygiene Associate Degree

COURSE]Course Name CR
Semester 1 . .
BIO 2263 Human Pathophysiology  3
COLS 1100 First Year Experience Seminar  1
DHY 1100 Introduction to Dental Hygiene  3
DHY 1200 Dental Hygiene Pre-Clinic  3
DHY 1140 Dental Anatomy & Histology  3
DHY 1130 Dental Radiography  3
DHY 1260 Periodontology I  1
Semester 2 . .
BIO 2215 Introduction to Microbiology  4
ENGL 1100 Composition I  3
DHY 1161 Techniques I  1
DHY 1861 Clinic I  3
DHY 1250 Oral Pathology  1
DHY 1261 Peridontology II  1
DHY 1300 Community Health Concepts  1
Summer Semester . .
SOC 1101 Introduction to Sociology  3
HOSP 1153 Nutrition for a Healthy Lifestyle  3
DHY 2262 Techniques II  1
DHY 2862 Clinic II  3
DHY 2240 Dental Materials  1
DHY 2260 Pharmacology & Pain Management  3
Semester 3 . .
MATH 1148 College Algebra  4
PSY 1100 Introduction to Psychology  3
DHY 2263 Techniques III  1
DHY 2863 Clinic III  4
DHY 2300 Community Health  2
Semester 4 . .
COMM 1105 Oral Communication 3
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COMM 1110 Small Group Communication  3
HUM XXXX Refer to approved list  3
DHY 2264 Techniques IV  1
DHY 2275 Dental Hygiene Case & Concept Review  1
DHY 2864 Clinic IV  4

GE-ART/HUMANITIES REQUIREMENT (SELECT ONE)                                                                                                                        

HART 1201 History of Art I  3
HART 1202 History of Art II  3
HIST 1111 European History to 1648  3
HIST 1112 European History since 1648  3
HIST 1151 American History to 1877  3
HIST 1152 American History since 1877  3
HIST 1181 World Civ I: Non-Western/Non-Amer/1500  3
HIST 1182 World Civ II: Non-Western/Non-Amer/Since 1500  3
HIST 2223 African American History I: 1451-1876  3
HIST 2224 African American History II: 1877-Present  3
HUM 1100 Introduction to Humanities  3
HUM 1270 Comparative Religions  3
MUS 1251 Survey of Music History  3
PHIL 1101 Introduction to Philosophy  3
PHIL 1130 Ethics  3