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Are You Interested in Becoming a Dental Hygienist?

Dental hygienists are an essential part of any dental practice - serving as a bridge between the dentist and patient.  They examine patients for oral diseases, clean teeth, apply sealants/fluorides and take dental x-rays.

Take Your Prerequisites at FRCC

Dental hygiene programs require general education courses as prerequisites. You can now take these at FRCC.

Below is a list of courses, dental hygiene programs typically require. Because dental hygiene programs are competitive and have application processes that are unique to each program and school, it is important to consult with your school of choice to ensure you are taking the general education courses they require.

ENG 1021 English Composition I, 3 credits
PSY 1001 General Psychology I, 3 credits
BIO 2101 Human Anatomy & Physiology I with Lab, 4 credits
COM 1150 Public Speaking, 3 credits
BIO 2102 Human Anatomy & Physiology II with Lab, 4 credits
BIO 2104 Microbiology with Lab, 4 credits
SOC 1001  Introduction to Sociology, 3 credits 
CHE 1009* General, Organic & Biochemistry, 4 credits


*To meet the course requirements of all Colorado dental hygiene programs, you can take CHE 109/1009 at those colleges, or take CHE 101/1001 (5) and CHE 102/1012 (5). 
*FRCC only offers CHE 1009 in the spring semester.

Quick Facts 

2021 Dental Hygienist Median Pay 

$77,810 per year
The lowest 10% earned less than $60,100 and the highest 10% earned more than $100,200.


Required Entry Level Education


Associate's Degree
2021-2031 Job Outlook
9% growth (faster than average)

Ready to Get Started?

Here's a list of your next steps to get started on your dental hygiene prerequisites at FRCC:

  • Determine the application requirements for the college you are interested in attending
  • Enroll as an FRCC student
  • Meet with a FRCC Advisor
  • Register for classes


One of our academic advisors can answer any questions you may have.

Contact Us:

Program Chair
Angie Peach

Larimer Campus Advising
970-204-8332 | Email