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2 Year – Associate of Art

Guaranteed Admission to the CNCC Dental Hygiene Program will be granted to students who attend Colorado Northwestern Community College, earn an Associate of Arts or Science Degree over the course of two consecutive academic years, and meet all the terms and conditions outlined below.

First Year Coursework

Fall Semester

Course Description Credits
BIO 1111 General College Biology I 5
ENG 1021 English Composition I* 3
PSY 1001 General Psychology* 3
AH or SS Arts and Humanities or Social and Behavioral Science – elective 3
Total Credits: 14

Spring Semester

Course Description Credits
BIO 2014 Microbiology* 4
MAT 1240+ Math for Liberal Arts (or higher) 3
ENG 1022 English Composition II 3
HIS History 3
Total Credits: 13

Second Year Coursework

Fall Semester

Course Description Credits
BIO 2011 Anatomy and Physiology I* 4
CHE 1011 Introduction to Chemistry I 5
COM 1015 Public Speaking* 3
AH Arts and Humanities Elective 3
Total Credits 15

Spring Semester

Course Description Credits
BIO 2012 Anatomy and Physiology II* 4
CHE 1012 Introduction to Chemistry II* 5
SOC 1001 Introduction to Sociology* 3
HWE 1000 Human Nutrition* 3
AH Arts and Humanities Elective 3
Total Credits 18

*Courses are required by the DH program to graduate with an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Dental Hygiene.

Download: Dental Hygiene Guaranteed Admission Plan

Terms and Conditions

  1. 1.  Student must declare intent to participate in the program by submitting a Guaranteed Admission Program Application, a Letter of Self-Recommendation and Letter of Recommendation from office which observation was complete.  Deadline is March 15th of the year preceding attending CNCC.  After acceptance to the GA Program a non-refundable $500 deposit is due April 15th, which will be applied to tuition and fees during the first term of enrollment in the CNCC Dental Hygiene Program. This deposit is non-refundable if the student fails to meet the terms and conditions of the Guaranteed Admission Program. Students must be registered for Fall semester courses by May 1st.

    2.  Student must demonstrate college readiness in English, Math and Reading through placement testing (Accuplacer, ACT or SAT) to be eligible for participation in the Accelerated Guaranteed Admission Program.

    3.  Students are recommended to have completed BIO 1111, General College Biology I, or successfully tested out of the course by completing CNCC's final examination for BIO 1111.

    4.  Guaranteed admission into CNCC's Dental Hygiene Program is dependent upon an earned grade point average of 2.8 or higher on all prerequisite courses and general education courses applicable to the Associate of Applied Science. A grade of ‘C’ in any required course is only acceptable if GPA remains at the minimum of a 2.8. Students must pass and complete every course they are registered for while in the GA program. Classes may not be repeated to earn more points. A received grade of a “D” or “F” will result in automatic dismissal of the program. A withdrawal (W) or an administrative drop (AD) is equivalent to a failure.   All classes must be complete and meet these standards by the end of spring semester preceding admission to the Dental Hygiene Program.

    5.  BIO 2101, BIO 2102, BIO 2104, and CHE 1012 must be completed at a CNCC campus.  Other prerequisite courses and general education courses applicable to the AAS in Dental Hygiene may be taken through online delivery (though CNCC), CLEP or through independent study under the Guaranteed Admission Program.

    6.  A maximum of nine (9) credits will be accepted in transfer under the Accelerated 1-year Guaranteed Admission Program, excluding BIO 2101, BIO 2102, BIO 2104, CHE 1012.  These science courses must be completed at a CNCC campus.

    7.  Students admitted to the GA program must be full time every semester. A student is considered full time if enrolled in at least 12 credits each semester.

    8.  Student must be in good academic standing to be admitted to the Dental Hygiene Program. Any form of academic disciplinary action will result in loss of position in the Dental Hygiene program.


Contact Information


Tiffany Douglas

Director of Dental Hygiene

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Dental Hygiene Program Coordinator & Advisor


About CNCC

Colorado Northwestern is one college in two Colorado communities. Depending on what you want to study, CNCC has the perfect surroundings and facilities to meet your needs. Founded in 1962 as “Rangely College,” CNCC now serves nearly 1,600 students on two campuses, two service centers and online. Our two campuses are located in Craig and Rangely and are 90 miles apart in the mountains and canyons of Northwestern Colorado.