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Pre-Dental Hygiene

One year of academic coursework is required before a student is eligible to apply for entry into the DH program. Courses may be taken at Oregon Tech, Chemeketa Community College, or any other accredited college or university. The DH 100 Introduction to Dental Hygiene is available online as well.

Before you Apply

Before you apply to the Dental Hygiene program at Oregon Tech, read over "Things to Know Before You Apply" as it covers important topics such as program accreditation, philosophy, expectations, and ethics.

Pre-Dental Curriculum


Pre-Dental Hygiene (Klamath Falls)
Fall
BIO 200 Medical Terminology 2
BIO 231 Human Anatomy and Physiology 4
CHE 101 Elementary Chemistry 3
CHE 104 Elementary Chemistry Lab 1
DH 100 Introduction to Dental Hygiene 2
Fall Credit Hours 12
Winter
BIO 105 Microbiology 4
BIO 232 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
SOC 204 Introduction to Sociology
WRI 121 English Composition
Winter Credit Hours 14
Spring
BIO 205 Nutrition 3
BIO 233 Human Anatomy and Physiology III 4
SPE 111 Public Speaking 3
WRI 122 Argumentative Writing 3
Spring Credit Hours ​13
Pre-Dental Hygiene (Chemeketa)
Fall
HM 120 Medical Terminology I 3
DHE 100 Introduction to Dental Hygiene (Online) 2
CHE 110 Chemistry for Allied Health 5
BI 231 Human Anatomy and Physiology 4
Fall Credit Hours 14
Winter
BI 234 Microbiology 4
BIO 232 Human Anatomy and Physiology 4
SOC 204 General Sociology - Introduction 4
WRI 121 English Composition - Exposition
Winter Credit Hours 16
Spring
NFM 225 Nutrition 4
BIO 233 Human Anatomy and Physiology 4
COM 111 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 4
WRI 122 English Composition - Logic and Style 4
Spring Credit Hours ​16

Transfer Guide for Students with Previous College Credits


Visit the Oregon Tech transfer guide and transfer equivalency database to identify how courses from a partner community college or university will transfer to Dental Hygiene. For other inquiries or further questions, please contact an advisor at your school for help in scheduling or transfer questions, or contact these people at Oregon Tech:

Klamath Falls - Paula Russell, Dental Hygiene Department Chair, 541.885.1277, paula.russell@oit.edu
Salem - Tina Clarke, Program Director, 503.584.7102, tina.clarke@oit.edu

DH 100 Introduction to Dental Hygiene

If you are taking pre-dental hygiene courses at a community college and planning to transfer to one of Oregon Tech’s dental hygiene programs you will need to take DH 100 Introduction to Dental Hygiene. DH 100 is offered each term and you can view registration information here. You must have successfully completed or be in process of completing DH 100 at the time of program application or by the end of spring term of the year of application.

Dual Enrollment

Visit our Dual Enrollment page for more information on enrolling in a community college.

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