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2024-2025 WNCC College Catalog 
2024-2025 WNCC College Catalog

Health Sciences, Dental Hygiene (Pre) Emphasis Area, AS

Location(s): Scottsbluff

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The health sciences emphasis areas focus on the mechanics of the human body and the application of this knowledge in a clinical setting. The tracks below provide the first two years of background necessary to successfully transfer to a four-year college or university or pre-professional program.

Program Outcomes

At the conclusion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the mastery of course work considered fundamental to the training of a scientist. Required competencies may include the accumulation of knowledge in general biology, botany, zoology, microbiology, physiology, ecology, genetics, evolution, chemistry, and physics.
  • Research program requirements at transfer institutions and implement into the planning of their programs, courses and activities appropriate for transfer to four-year institutions to continue their chosen field of study.
  • Demonstrate the ability to transfer into equivalent program at a four-year institution specifically for continuation and study of a chosen field.
  • Use knowledge of basic scientific principles to summarize and support a critical analysis of current scientific advances (primary literature and popular accounts), legislative issues, environmental issues, biotechnological advances, and demonstrate knowledge of contemporary social and ethical issues related to science and the professional responsibilities of a scientist.
  • Understand the relationship between science and other subject areas, including interdisciplinary approaches to global issues and the relationship of core concepts from chemistry, mathematics, and other disciplines to scientific concepts.
  • Demonstrate the ability to find, read, and critically evaluate appropriate scientific literature and resources.
  • Be able to function successfully within laboratory and field settings, including use of basic equipment (microscopes, measurements devices, and computer technologies); developing and utilizing appropriate safety protocols; and putting into practice conceptual understandings of the research process illustrated by the scientific method.
  • Utilize a variety of skills to communicate scientific information effectively, including gathering of data/information; oral and written communication skills clarifying concepts and confirming understandings; and utilization of computer resources including computer presentation.
  • Demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to complete the College’s general education requirements for the AS degree.


  • Placement test scores dictate English and math course entry levels. It is important to note that MATH - 1010 Intermediate Algebra  is the prerequisite CHEM 1090 .
  • Students who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university should consult their faculty and transfer advisors early in their WNCC career to determine a curriculum best suited to their transfer goals.
  • Dependent upon the choice of electives, it is possible that the total credits earned for the AS degree will exceed 60 credit credits.
  • Students should understand that the courses included in the lists of core requirements and recommended electives will be required by receiving institutions at some point in their journey to the bachelor’s or professional degree.

Dental Hygiene (Pre) Emphasis Area

AS.5106 (65 credits)

The pre-dental hygiene program is designed to provide students with a foundational course of study preparing them for admission to a four-year degree program at an accredited school or college of dental hygiene. A total of 65 credits are required for the Associate of Science degree in this emphasis area.

Program Requirements

In addition to the general education requirements for the AS degree, 26 credits of core courses and 15 credits of electives are required for the degree in pre-dental hygiene.

AS General Education Core: 33-34 Credits

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  • Written Communication Credits: 6
  • Oral Communication Credits: 3
  • Humanities Credits: 3
  • Math Credits: 3-4 *
  • Lab Sciences Credits: 4 *
  • Personal Development Credits: 3
  • Social Science Credits: 3

* A total of 15-16 combined math/science credits are the minimum requirement for an AS degree. This must include a minimum of three (3) credits of math and four (4) credits of science from BIOS, CHEM, or PHYS options.

Note: Some general education requirements may be satisfied by program requirements. Please consult with an advisor for details.

Core Program Requirements: 26 Credits

Recommended Electives Courses for Transfer: 15 Credits

  • UNMC requires a “12-hour series” to be completed in a specific area of study. These 12 credits represent a “minor” to be completed along with the prerequisites for the Dental Hygiene program. UNMC does not specify what discipline the 12 credits should be in.
  • UNMC requires an additional six (6) credits of social science credit and three (3) credits of humanities credit.

Total AS Requirements: 65 Credits

Recommended Plan of Study

1st Semester

Total Semester Credits: 15

2nd Semester

Total Semester Credits: 16

3rd Semester

Total Semester Credits 17

4th Semester

Total Semester Credits: 17

Total AS Credits: 65

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