Associate of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene (AAS)

This Missouri College program is designed to provide students with a comprehensive and interdisciplinary plan of studies, through applied theory and practical applications, to become entry-level dental hygienists qualified for employment in clinical practice and alternative career settings. Students receive training in general education, biomedical sciences, dental sciences and dental hygiene sciences.

The core curriculum of the Missouri College AAS in Dental Hygiene is structured to include a lecture component, a laboratory component and a clinical component. The final 45 weeks of the curriculum include supervised experiences in a clinical environment which requires competencies, logs and evaluations completed by the student. At the conclusion of the program, graduates who have diligently attended class and completed their clinical duties should have the skills to seek entry-level employment as dental hygienists.

In addition to educating students to provide quality patient care, the goals of the Missouri College Dental Hygiene Program are to:

  • Educate dental hygienists who will be committed to providing quality patient care and comprehensive oral health and health promotion education services to the general public, focused on meeting community needs.
  • Promote scholarly research and community service activities, while demonstrating critical thinking and problem solving skills.
  • Provide educational foundations to students to meet the minimum eligibility requirements for state, national and regional dental hygiene board examinations and licensing agencies.
  • Serve as a member of the oral healthcare team in areas inherent to clinical practice, education, research, administration, and educational program development


Licensure and/or registration requirements are controlled by the individual states and are subject to change without notice. Any person who is of good moral character and reputation and who has satisfactorily completed a course in dental hygiene in an accredited dental hygiene school may apply to the board for examination and registration as a dental hygienist in Missouri. Missouri College does not control state licensure, certification and/or registration requirements and cannot guarantee that graduates will be eligible to work as dental hygienists in Missouri or other states, at all or at any specific time, regardless of their eligibility status upon enrollment.

Coursework in this program is conducted in a modern building. The dental hygiene clinic at Missouri College will be the primary clinical site for student instruction. The clinic houses fifteen treatment operatory rooms; eight digital radiography units; a digital panorex; two laboratory stations; a sterilization and disinfection area and a copying/fax station. Core courses include:

  • In Preclinical Dental Hygiene, students can learn concepts, knowledge and skills needed to provide prevention and patient services in the clinical setting. Students will have the opportunity to gain an understanding of the patient’s personal, medical and dental health history; the importance of the prevention of caries and periodontal disease in the clinical setting; the basic instrumentation procedures for plaque and calculus removal; and the principles of periodontal patients and instrumentation of multi-rooted teeth, root concavities and furcation areas.
  • In Community Dental Health, an introduction is offered to the concepts of Dental Public Health, the role of the dental hygienist in promoting dental health and community assessment and health education program management. It will provide an opportunity for the Dental Hygiene student to practically apply concepts and in a clinical, community and/or educational setting, including a service learning opportunity.
  • In Clinical Periodontology, coursework immerses students into the clinical aspects of treating the periodontally compromised patient. Students will have the opportunity to participate in the evaluation, diagnosis, treatment and management of the periodontal patient in the clinic setting.

Other core requirements in this program include:

  • Student Success and Career Development
  • Dental Anatomy and Morphology
  • Biochemistry for Allied Health Professions
  • Oral Microbiology and Immunology
  • General and Oral Pathology
  • Health Prevention and Promotion in Dentistry I
  • Oral Anatomy, Embryology and Histology
  • Life Support, Dental and Medical Emergencies and Infection Control Management
  • Pharmacology for Dental Hygiene
  • Health Prevention and Promotion in Dentistry II
  • Dental Materials
  • Dental Radiology I
  • Dental Radiology II
  • Clinical Dental Hygiene I
  • Clinical Dental Hygiene II
  • Nutrition and Health
  • Pain Management and Special Patient Dental Care
  • Ethical Issues for the Dental Profession
  • Clinical Dental Hygiene III

Course curriculum is subject to change.