Dental Hygiene - Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer (AAOT)


While Central Oregon Community College does not offer a dental hygiene program, many students begin their course work at COCC with the Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer (AAOT) degree with the intent of transferring to another college to earn a dental hygiene degree.

Statewide General Education Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of general education courses, students will be able to:

Arts & Letters

  1. Interpret and engage in the arts & letters, making use of the creative process to enrich the quality of life; and
  2. Critically analyze values and ethics within a range of human experience and expression to engage more fully in local and global issues.

Cultural Literacy

  1. Identify and analyze complex practices, values, and beliefs and the culturally and historically defined meanings of difference.


  1. Explain the relationship between human behavior and health.


  1. Use appropriate mathematics to solve problems; and
  2. Recognize which mathematical concepts are applicable to a scenario, apply appropriate mathematics and technology in its analysis, and then accurately interpret, validate, and communicate the results.

Science or Computer Science

  1. Gather, comprehend, and communicate scientific and technical information in order to explore ideas, models and solutions and generate further questions;
  2. Apply scientific and technical modes of inquiry, individually, and collaboratively, to critically evaluate existing or alternative explanations, solve problems, and make evidence-based decisions in an ethical manner; and
  3. Assess the strengths and weaknesses of scientific studies and critically examine the influence of scientific and technical knowledge on human society and the environment.

Social Science

  1. Apply analytical skills to social phenomena in order to understand human behavior; and
  2. Apply knowledge and experience to foster personal growth and better appreciate the diverse social world in which we live.

Speech/Oral Communication

  1. Engage in ethical communication processes that accomplish goals;
  2. Respond to the needs of diverse audiences and contexts; and
  3. Build and manage relationships.

Writing and Information Literacy

  1. Read actively, think critically, and write purposefully and capably for academic and, in some cases, professional audiences;
  2. Recognize and articulate the need for information, and then locate, evaluate, and ethically utilize that information to communicate effectively; and
  3. Demonstrate appropriate reasoning in response to complex issues.

Entrance Requirements

While this program has no formal entrance requirements, individual courses may have prerequisites which must be met before enrollment.

Course Requirements

Course Title Credits
General Education/Foundational
Choose 3 credits 13
Choose one course4
Recommend: MTH 111
Oral Communication:
Choose one course3-4
Recommend: COMM 111
WR 121Academic Composition4
WR 122Argument, Research, and Multimodal Composition4
or WR 227 Technical Writing
General Education/Discipline Studies
Cultural Literacy:
One course from the following categories must be designated as cultural literacy on the Discipline Studies list (credits count once).
Arts and Letters:
Choose at least three courses from at least two prefixes9-12
Social Science:
Choose at least four courses from at least two prefixes12-16
Recommend: SOC 201
Science/Math/Computer Science12-20
Choose at least four courses from at least two prefixes including at least three laboratory courses in biological and/or physical science
Choose any college-level course that brings the total credits to 90 quarter hours 239
Total Credits90-106

Advising Notes

Information about accredited dental hygiene programs can be found at the American Dental Association's webpage.

Students should consult the prerequisite requirements for their dental hygiene program of interest as specific requirements vary by school and program.

If transferring to Lane Community College (LCC), PSY 201 Mind and Brain or PSY 202 Mind and Society and WR 227 Technical Writing are recommended. LCC gives additional application points for Spanish language proficiency (completion of SPAN 102 First Year Spanish II or CLEP test score of 50 or higher). See LCC’s catalog and website for details.

If transferring to Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC), a psychology elective is recommended. See the MHCC catalog and website for details.

If transferring to Oregon Institute of Technology (OIT), DHE 100 Introduction to Dental Hygiene (an online OIT course) is required. OIT requires completion of CH 104 Introduction to Chemistry I. See OIT’s catalog and website for details.

If transferring to Portland Community College (PCC), a psychology elective is recommended. See PCC’s catalog and website for details.

Performance Standards

  • Academic Requirements:
    • Students must have a 2.0 cumulative GPA to earn a COCC certificate or degree.
    • Options for additional standards:
      • All courses in the program must be completed with a grade of C or higher.

Sample Plan

Sample Plan Grid
First TermCredits
Discipline Studies Arts & Letters3-4
Mathematics (recommend MTH 111)4
Oral Communication (recommend COMM 111)4
WR 121Academic Composition4
Second Term
Discipline Studies Social Science (recommend SOC 201)3
Health (3 credits with HHP or HHPA prefix) 13
Discipline Studies Arts & Letters3-4
Elective (recommend AH 111) 23
WR 122Argument, Research, and Multimodal Composition4
Third Term
Discipline Studies Arts & Letters3-4
Discipline Studies Social Science 3-4
Discipline Studies Science/Math/Computer Science (recommend BI 231)4
Elective (recommend BI 234) 24
Elective 23-4
Fourth Term
Discipline Studies Science/Math/Computer Science (recommend BI 232)4
Discipline Studies Social Science 3-4
Elective (recommend CH 104) 24
Elective 23-4
Fifth Term
Discipline Studies Science/Math/Computer Science (recommend BI 233)4
Discipline Studies Social Science3-4
Elective (recommend CH 105) 24
Elective 23-4
Sixth Term
Discipline Studies Science/Math/Computer Science (recommend FN 225)4
Elective (recommend CH 106) 24
Elective 23-4
Elective 23-4
 Total Credits90-101

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