Dental Hygiene – Transfer Options

Articulation Agreements

Articulation Agreements are formal agreements between two or more Colleges and Universities documenting the transfer policies for a specific academic program or degree. Jackson College has articulation agreements in accounting with the following colleges and universities.

  • Dental Hygiene – University of Detroit Mercy

    Dental Hygiene Associate in Applied Science degree at Jackson College to a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene at University of Detroit Mercy

    JC Students who complete an associate degree, complete the courses outlined in the guidesheet with a grade of a “C” or better, and satisfy University of Detroit Mercy’s admissions requirements will be accepted into the articulation agreement.

    Under this agreement, University of Detroit Mercy will waive the 60-hour rule and require a minimum of 45 credits to be completed in courses offered by University of Detroit Mercy. This allows students to complete more than 60 credit hours at JC, and have those hours applied toward their bachelor’s degree.
    Students with a community college GPA of 2.0 or higher and at least 24 transferable credits completed can be accepted as transfer students to UDM. Students must apply and be admitted to University of Detroit Mercy.

    Articulation Effective Dates: October 1, 2019 through October 1, 2024.

    General Education/Dental Hygiene Prerequisites

    Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
    BIO 220 Microbiology 4 ENG 085* and MAT 020* or higher

    Basic structure and function of microorganisms with special emphasis on recent advances in microbiology, pathogens, disease, control and immunity. Strong biology background recommended. Course includes a laboratory component.

    BIO 253 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4 ENG 085* and MAT 020* or higher

    This is the first course of a two-semester course sequence in which students study the anatomy and physiology of the human body. The course includes introductions to basic chemistry, biology and histology and extends to the survey of the integumentary, skeletal, muscular and nervous systems. This course includes a laboratory component in which students are responsible for performing dissections and making original observations on dissected material. The laboratory experience culminates with the use of a plastinated human specimen for observation. A strong background in biology and/or chemistry is highly recommended.

    BIO 254 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4 BIO 253

    This is the second course of a two-semester course sequence in which students study the anatomy and physiology of the human body. The course includes the autonomic nervous system, sensory, motor, and integrative systems, special senses, endocrine system, cardiovascular systems, lymphatic system and immunity, respiratory systems, digestive system, metabolism and nutrition, urinary system and reproductive systems. This course includes a laboratory component in which students are responsible for performing dissections and making original observations on dissected material. The laboratory experience culminates with the use of a plastinated human specimen for observation. Because physiological processes are based on the principles of chemistry, prior chemistry coursework is strongly recommended for this course.

    CEM 131 Fundamentals of Chemistry 4 ENG 085* and MAT 033* or higher

    Fills requirement for some non-science majors. Provides background for CEM 141 for those with no recent high school chemistry. Fundamental principles of chemistry such as states of matter, simple atomic and molecular structure, and the periodic classification of elements. The study of water emphasizes the properties of solutions and acid-base relations. Course includes a laboratory component.

    COM 231 Communication Fundamentals 3 ENG 085, ENG 091

    Students will learn the basic principles of speech communication including speech development and delivery, interpersonal message, non-verbal messages, and small group dynamics. The course is designed to prepare students to be effective communicators in a diverse global society. Student speeches will be evaluated for effectiveness.

    ENG 131 Writing Experience I 3 ENG 085 and ENG 091

    This is an intensive writing course. Narrative and descriptive modes are stressed. Basic research strategies are introduced. An end-of-the-semester portfolio is required.

    HIS 211 Minority Groups in America 3 ENG 085* and ENG 090*

    Sociology of dominant-minority relations in contemporary American society. Attention to specific ethnic, religious, and racial minorities in terms of prejudice and discrimination.

    HUM 131 Cultural Connections 3 ENG 085 and ENG 091

    This interdisciplinary course examines contemporary issues, their human and technological components, and their historical precedents through art, music, literature and philosophy.

    MAT 133 Introduction to Probability & Statistics 4 MAT 033* or MAT 131 or higher

    (FORMERLY MTH 133) (SAME AS CIS 203 AND PSY 144) This course is an introduction to experimental design, data representation, basic descriptive statistics, probability theorems, frequency distributions and functions, binomial and normal probability distributions and functions, probability density functions, hypothesis testing, statistical inference, Chi-square analysis, linear regression, correlation and application of the above in making informed, data driven decisions in real-world contexts. Both graphing calculators and computer-based statistical software (Microsoft® Excel) will be used. If the prerequisite is more than two years old, then the mathematics department recommends the course placement exam be taken or the prerequisite be retaken to ensure the success of the student.

    PSY 140 Introduction to Psychology 4 ENG 085* and ENG 090*

    Overview of the field of psychology, including learning, development, emotion, motivation, personality, abnormal behavior and psychotherapy.

    SEM 140 Seminar in Life Pathways 3

    Seminar in Life Pathways is a gateway course to Jackson College. This course is designed to help all students develop the skills, inner qualities and external behaviors needed to take charge of their academic and career success. Students will be guided through an extensive process in making career choices and selecting an academic program of study at Jackson College and beyond. With the exception of second-admit programs, SEM 140 is required of all students.

    Core Requirements

    Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
    DHY 101 Principles in Dental Hygiene 2 Admission into the DENT.AAS program

    This course introduces the profession of dental hygiene, the dental hygiene code of ethics, principles of infection and exposure control and the CDC Bloodborne Pathogens Standard. Fundamental concepts on dental hygiene process of care including patient management, dental hygiene diagnosis, oral health education techniques, and disease prevention strategies will be discussed. Additionally, dental instrumentation and oral deposits are discussed.

    Corequisites: DHY 102, DHY 103, DHY 104 and DHY 105

    DHY 102 Preclinical Dental Hygiene 2 Admission into the DENT.AAS program

    The principles, protocols, and components learned in DHY 101 will be performed in this clinical setting with an introduction in dental hygiene procedures, basic instrumentation, and development of manual dexterity, dental charting, and preventive education.

    Corequisites: DHY 101, DHY 103, DHY 104 and DHY 105

    DHY 103 Head, Neck, and Oral Anatomy 3 Prerequisites: Admission into the DENT.AAS program

    This course is designed for first-semester dental hygiene students. The topics include anatomy of the teeth and dental nomenclature, the development, eruption, function, and morphological characteristics of the human deciduous and secondary dentition, and a review of the bones and muscles of the orofacial complex. This examination of the temporomandibular joint and function, and dental occlusion classification will complete this course.

    Corequisites: DHY 101, DHY 102, DHY 104 and DHY 105

    DHY 105 Medical Emergencies in the Dental Office 1 Admission into the DENT.AAS program

    Familiarity with critical steps in prevention, preparation, early recognition, and appropriate management of common medical emergencies in the dental office.

    Corequisites: DHY 101, DHY 102, and DHY 104

    DHY 111 Principles in Dental Hygiene II 2 DHY 101, DHY 102, DHY 104 and DHY 105

    The development of a theoretical framework of dental hygiene treatment to begin attainment of proficiency in all areas of dental hygiene treatment. Presentation and discussion of case histories from patients and preventive measures employed against disease with emphasis on special needs patients.

    Corequisites: DHY 112, DHY 113, and DHY 114

    DHY 112 Clinical Dental Hygiene I 2 DHY 101, DHY 102, DHY 104 and DHY 105

    The principles, protocols and components of dental hygiene process of care are introduced in this clinical setting emphasizing patient care. The development of skills includes ultrasonic instrumentation, case management, treatment planning and dental hygiene prevention services.

    Corequisites: DHY 111, DHY 113, and DHY 114

    DHY 113 Dental Radiology 3 DHY 101, DHY 102, DHY 104 and DHY 105

    This course is designed to provide the student with the theory and procedures used in dental radiography. Topics include history of the dental x-rays, radiation safety, and film exposure techniques, processing and mounting of radiographs, radiographic findings and patient management.

    Corequisites: DHY 111, DHY 112, and DHY 114

    DHY 114 Periodontology 3 DHY 101, DHY 102, DHY 104 and DHY 105

    This course is designed to provide advanced study of the periodontium and its relationship to the pathogenesis of periodontal disease. It focuses on the relationships between periodontal disease, systemic health, prevention, risk assessments, classifications, current modalities of treatment and management strategies.

    Corequisites: DHY 111, DHY 112, and DHY 113

    DHY 120 Dental Materials 2 DHY 111, DHY 112, DHY 113, and DHY 114

    This course is designed for dental hygiene students and is the study of dental materials including their biological, physical, mechanical and chemical properties. The lab portion of this course includes proper manipulation and technique, handling, and storage of dental materials. The course is designed to discuss commonly used dental products.

    Corequisites: DHY 121 and DHY 122

    DHY 121 Pharmacology for the Dental Hygienist 2 DHY 111, DHY 112, DHY 113, and DHY 114

    Classifications and varieties of drugs, pharmacologic effects, adverse reactions, usual indications and contraindications. Discussion of drugs utilized to treat common diseases. Pharmacokinetics of local and general anesthetic agents and their use.

    Corequisites: DHY 120 and DHY 122

    DHY 122 Clinical Dental Hygiene II 1 DHY 111, DHY 112, DHY 113, and DHY 114

    The principles, protocols and components of dental hygiene process of care are continued in this clinical setting emphasizing patient care. The continued advancement of skills includes sealant placement, ultrasonic instrumentation, case management, treatment planning and dental hygiene prevention services.

    Corequisites: DHY 121 and DHY 122

    DHY 201  Principles in Dental Hygiene III 2 DHY 120, DHY 121 and DHY 122

    Continued development of a theoretical framework of dental hygiene treatment with advancement of dental hygiene proficiency in all areas of dental hygiene treatment. Presentation and discussion of case histories from patients and preventive measures employed against disease with emphasis on special needs patients.

    Corequisites: DHY 202, DHY 203, and DHY 204

    DHY 202 Clinical Dental Hygiene III 3 DHY 120, DHY 121 and DHY 122

    The principles, protocols and components of dental hygiene process of care are continued in this clinical setting emphasizing patient care. The continued advancement of skills includes non-surgical periodontal treatment, ultrasonic instrumentation, case management, treatment planning and dental hygiene prevention services.

    Corequisites: DHY 201, DHY 203, and DHY 204

    DHY 203 Pain Management 2 DHY 120, DHY 121 and DHY 122

    This course will provide the student with basic and current concepts of local anesthesia and pain control for the safe and effective administration of local anesthesia and nitrous oxide/oxygen sedation. Instruction in local anesthetic technique and an introduction to the use of nitrous oxide as an analgesia is included. Successful completion of this course confers eligibility to take the CDCA exams for Local Anesthesia and Nitrous Oxide/Oxygen sedation with program director approval.

    Corequisites: DHY 201, DHY 202, and DHY 204

    DHY 204 Oral Pathology 2 DHY 120, DHY 121 and DHY 122

    This course is designed for dental hygiene students. The topics incorporate important concepts in general pathology and their relationship to the oral cavity. Fundamental concepts stress comprehensive oral examination procedures, disease recognition, and identification of pathological conditions that affect the patient’s systemic health in relation to the oral cavity.

    Corequisites: DHY 201, DHY 202, and DHY 203

    DHY 211 Principles in Dental Hygiene IV 2 DHY 201, DHY 202, DHY 203 and DHY 204

    Ethics, jurisprudence, and practice management concepts, including a study of state practice acts and business management procedures. Comprehensive review of formats and procedures involved in national, regional, and state board examinations. Guidance will be given in developing employment-seeking skills, including résumé writing. The course includes case-based study questions relative to dental hygiene with emphasis on content and test-taking strategies.

    Corequisites: DHY 212 and DHY 213

    DHY 212  Clinical Dental Hygiene IV 4 DHY 201, DHY 202, DHY 203 and DHY 204

    The principles, protocols and components of dental hygiene process of care are continued in this clinical setting emphasizing patient care. The continued advancement of skills includes non-surgical periodontal treatment, ultrasonic instrumentation, case management, treatment planning and dental hygiene prevention services.

    Corequisites: DHY 211 and DHY 213

    DHY 213 Community Dental Health 2 DHY 201, DHY 202, DHY 203 and DHY 204

    This course is designed for the dental hygiene student to review the history, philosophy, administration and current events of community oral health. Topics include emphasis on health promotion, epidemiology of dental disease, community service, designing, implementing and assessing a community health project.

    Corequisites: DHY 211 and DHY 212

    Students must graduate with an associate degree in dental hygiene to qualify for transfer under this agreement.