Associate of Applied Science
Possible occupations for graduates: 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.). 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.
The Northern Virginia Community College Associate of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene program is available to Germanna Community College students through distance learning technology. Students may complete general education courses at Germanna. Dental hygiene courses are offered through Northern Virginia Community College as 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.
Transfer Information: Although not the primary purpose of the Associate of Applied Science program, this 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. Students interested in transfer should contact a counselor or faculty advisor early in their program. View more about the Dental Hygiene Program
The goals of the Northern Virginia/Germanna Community College Dental Hygiene Program are:
- To prepare students to assess, plan, implement, and evaluate dental hygiene care for all types of patients.
- To prepare students to successfully complete the National Dental Hygiene Board Examination.
- To prepare students to pass regional professional licensure examinations.
- To prepare students to obtain employment as dental hygienists.
- To prepare students to recognize the need for a commitment toward professional growth through life-long learning and participation in professional activities.
Special Accreditation Status: The curriculum has been accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association, a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council on Post-Secondary Accreditation and by the U.S. Department of Education.
For complete information visit Admissions, requirements and scheduling. or call the Germanna Community College Dental Hygiene Department office at (540) 423-9823 or (540) 423-9833