Pre-Dental Hygiene, Associate in Science

This program is designed to prepare students for transfer into Dental Hygiene programs. Students are encouraged to review unique admissions requirements for individual transfer institutions.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Use the scientific method to investigate phenomena in the natural world and use concepts, experiments, and/or theory to explain them.
  • Accurately assess knowledge, skills, and abilities in relationship to their educational, career, and/or personal goals.

Associate in Science Degree Major Requirements

Required Core
Select at least 18 units from the following:18
Human Anatomy with Cadaver Lab
Applied Microbiology Lecture
Applied Microbiology Laboratory
Introductory Chemistry for Health Sciences
Organic and Biological Chemistry for Health Sciences
Human Physiology
Human Physiology Lab
Additional Requirements42
Complete Competency Requirements, general education pattern (MPC General Education, CSU General Education, or IGETC), and electives, if needed, for a total of 60 degree-applicable units. 1
Total Units60

Contact an MPC counselor for major preparation at specific institutions.

Please refer to the graduation requirements section of the Catalog for information about degree and certificate requirements including Reading and Writing, Mathematics, Information Competency, and General Education requirements.  

The model sequence of coursework below is one pathway for students to complete the program. The information below is not an official educational plan. An MPC Counselor can assist you with creating a personalized education plan based on your academic, career, and personal goals. Visit MPC’s Counseling website for more information about Counseling and up-to-date program requirements.

Suggested Course Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
College Composition
or College Composition: Enhanced
LIBR 50 Introduction to Library and Research Skills 1
MPC GE Area A2 (MATH 16 Recommended) 4
MPC GE Area D (PSYC 1 Recommended) 3
Electives (ANAT 5 Recommended) 4
ANAT 1 Human Anatomy with Cadaver Lab 4
CHEM 30A Introductory Chemistry for Health Sciences 4
MPC GE Area C 3
MPC GE Area E (NUTF 1 Recommended) 3
Elective (COUN 10 Recommended) 1
Year 2
PHSO 1 Human Physiology 3
PHSO 2 Human Physiology Lab 2
MPC GE Area F (US-1 Course Recommended) 3
Electives (SOCI 1 or SOCI 2 Recommended) 3
Electives 4
BIOL 25 Applied Microbiology Lecture 3
BIOL 26 Applied Microbiology Laboratory 1
CHEM 30B Organic and Biological Chemistry for Health Sciences 4
Electives (SPCH 1 or SPCH 2 Recommended) 3
Electives 4
 Total Units60

Ready to Work!MPC “Ready to Work” Career Education programs offer students the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills needed for employment and job advancement.

All students should consult with a Counselor to discuss career pathways, for support with career exploration and planning, and to create a personalized education plan to help them meet their academic, career, and personal goals. Visit MPC’s Counseling website for more information about Counseling services provided by MPC and to connect with a Counselor.

Additional resources are available through MPC’s Career & Transfer Resource Center (CTRC). The CTRC offers career resources, workshops, guidance and referrals. Visit the CTRC for support finding online career information and other resources to explore majors, occupations, and employment information.