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Dental Hygiene

Associate of Applied Science Degrees

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Germanna Community College and Northern Virginia Community College jointly offer the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Dental Hygiene through a distance learning partnership. Students may complete general education courses at Germanna. Dental hygiene courses are offered through NVCC utilizing distance learning technology. This program is an expansion of the Northern Virginia Community College Dental Hygiene Program located in Springfield, Virginia. The program consists of a combination of traditional and distance learning modalities. The curriculum is designed to prepare selected students to serve in a dynamic and growing health profession as valuable members of the Dental Health team. The program is also designed to accommodate those students who wish to transfer to a four-year college or university to complete the baccalaureate degree in a health-related field.

Graduates of this Dental Hygiene Program will receive an Associate of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene from Northern Virginia Community College. After successful completion of the program and national and regional dental hygiene board examinations, the student will be eligible for licensure as a Registered Dental Hygienist (R.D.H.).

The goals of the Northern Virginia /Germanna Community College Dental Hygiene Program are:

  1. To prepare students to assess, plan, implement, and evaluate dental hygiene care for all types of patients.
  2. To prepare students to successfully complete the National Dental Hygiene Board Examination.
  3. To prepare students to pass regional professional licensure examinations.
  4. To prepare students to obtain employment as dental hygienists.
  5. To prepare students to recognize the need for a commitment toward professional growth through life-long learning and participation in professional activities.

Purpose: The curriculum is designed to prepare selected students to serve in a dynamic and growing health profession as valuable members of the Dental Health team. At the successful completion of the program, the student will be eligible to take the national board and regional board examinations in Dental Hygiene leading to licensure as a Registered Dental Hygienist (R.D.H.).

Occupational Objectives: Dental hygienists can work as clinicians, educators, researchers, administrators, managers, preventive program developers, consumer advocates, sales and marketing managers, editors, and consultants. Clinical dental hygienists may work in a variety of health care settings such as private dental offices, schools, public health clinics, hospitals, managed care organizations, correctional institutions, or nursing homes.

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Suggested Scheduling


ENG 111 College Composition I3

NAS 161 Health Science I4

NAS 162 Health Science II4

SDV 101 Orientation to Health Care1

First Year

First Semester

DNH 111 Oral Anatomy2

DNH 115 Head and Neck Anatomy/Histology3

DNH 130 Oral Radiology for the Dental Hygienist3

DNH 141 Dental Hygiene I5

Total Credits14

Second Semester

DNH 120 Management of Emergencies2

DNH 142 Dental Hygiene II5

DNH 145 General and Oral Pathology2

DNH 146 Periodontics for the Dental Hygienist2

DNH Pharmacology2

Total Credits13


DNH 143 Dental Hygiene III4

DNH 214 Practical Materials for Dental Hygiene2

Total Credits6

Second Year

First Semester

DNH 150 Nutrition2

DNH 226 Public Health Dental Hygiene I2

DNH 235 Management of Pain and Anxiety
in the Dental Office

DNH 244 Dental Hygiene IV5

PED 116 Lifetime Fitness & Wellness1

PSY 2011 Introduction to Psychology I3

Total Credits15

Second Semester

CST 229 Intercultural Communication3

DNH 227 Public Health Dental Hygiene II2

DNH 230 Office Practice & Ethics1

DNH 245 Dental Hygiene V5

Humanities/Fine Arts Elective23

Total Credits14

Total credits for the A.A.S. Degree in Dental Hygiene = 61 (72 with 8 credit NAS, 3 credit ENG, and 1 credit SDV prerequisites).

1 PSY 200 is offered by Germanna Community College, which may be accepted as a transfer credit in place of PSY 201.
2 Humanities/Fine Arts Elective may be selected from the humanities/fine arts courses listed under General Education Electives listed in the NVCC College Catalog.