Dental Programs

Dental Assisting

Germanna offers a Certificate in Dental Assisting. The program consists of a combination of traditional and clinical learning modalities.

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  • Requirements

    Admission requirements

    • Be admitted to Germanna Community College
    • Must have a high school diploma or GED.
    • MTE 1 and 2 or appropriate placement scores within five years.
    • A 2.0 average in academic work is necessary for consideration.
    • Applicants must attend a dental assisting program information session.
  • Submitting the application

    Submitting the application

    • Completed application
    • TEAS exam results
    • Answered essay questions
    • Official transcripts of all secondary and postsecondary courses

    Due October 1st 

  • Competitive & selective admissions

    Competitive & selective admissions

    Admission is offered on first come first serve unless there are more the 12 applicants by the October 1 deadline. In the event that there are more that 12 applicants the application process becomes selective via competitive admissions.

    The applicants are  ranked using:

    • The most credits completed toward the Certificate in Dental Assisting
    • Answers to short essay questions
    • 2 letters of recommendation
    • The highest GPA
    • The highest TEAS  exam scores

Special accreditation status

The program in dental assisting is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and has been granted the accreditation status of “approval without reporting requirements”. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611. The Commission’s web address is: Germanna’s next site visit is scheduled for November 21-22, 2019.

  • Third party comments

    Third party comments

    The Commission currently publishes, in its accredited lists of programs, the year of the next site visit for each program it accredits. In addition, the Commission publishes in its spring and fall newsletter, Communications Update, those programs being site visited January through June or July through December. Developing programs submitting applications for initial accreditation may be scheduled for site visits after the publication of Communications Update; thus, the specific dates of these site visits will not be available for publication. These programs will be listed in Communications Update with a special notation that the developing programs have submitted applications for initial accreditation and may or may not be scheduled for site visits. Parties interested in these specific dates (should they be established) are welcomed/encouraged to contact the Commission office. The United States Department of Education (USDE) procedures now also require accrediting agencies to provide an opportunity for third-party comment, either in writing or at a public hearing (at the accrediting agencies’ discretion) with respect to institutions or programs scheduled for review. All comments must relate to accreditation standards for the discipline and required accreditation policies. In order to comply with the department’s requirement on the use of third-party comment regarding program’s qualifications for accreditation or pre-accreditation, the following procedures have been developed.

  • Who can submit comments

    Who can submit comments

    Third-party comments relative to the Commission’s accredited programs may include comments submitted by interested parties such as faculty, students, program administrators, Commission consultants, specialty and dental-related organizations, patients, and/or consumers.

  • How comments can be solicited

    How comments can be solicited

    The Commission will request written comments from interested parties in the spring and fall issues of Communications Update. In fairness to the accredited programs, all comments relative to programs being visited will be due in the Commission office no later than 60 days prior to each program’s site visit to allow time for the program to respond. Therefore, programs being site-visited in January through June will be listed in the fall issue of CU of the previous year and programs scheduled for a site visit from July through December will be listed in the spring issue of the current year. Any unresolved issues related to the program’s compliance with the accreditation standards will be reviewed by the site visit team while on-site. Those programs scheduled for review are responsible for soliciting third-party comments from students and patients by publishing an announcement at least 90 days prior to their site visit. The notice should indicate the deadline of 60 days for receipt of third-party comments in the Commission office and should stipulate that comments must pertain only to the standards for the particular program or policies and procedures used in the Commission’s accreditation process. The announcement may include language to indicate that a copy of the appropriate accreditation standards and/or the Commission’s policy on third-party comments may be obtained by contacting the Commission at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611, or by calling 1/800-621-8099, extension 4653.

  • Types of comments considered

    Types of comments considered

    All comments submitted must pertain only to the standards relative to the particular program being reviewed or policies and procedures used in the accreditation process. Comments will be screened by Commission staff for relevancy. For comments not relevant to these issues, the individual will be notified that the comment is not related to accreditation and, where appropriate, referred to the appropriate agency. For those individuals who are interested in submitting comments, requests can be made to the Commission office for receiving standards and/or the Commission’s Evaluation Policies and Procedures (EPP).

  • Management of comments

    Management of comments

    All relevant comments will be referred to the program at least 50 days prior to the site visit for review and response. A written response from the program should be provided to the Commission office and the site visit team 15 days prior to the site visit. Adjustments may be necessary in the site visit schedule to allow discussion of comments with proper personnel. Adopted: (07/95) Revised: (01/97) Updated: (08/02) Reaffirmed: (01/03)

Certified background check

Your criminal history record

A criminal history record must be submitted with the nursing program application. Admission to the program will be contingent upon the results of the background check. Please see the information below for acquiring a background check.

Misrepresentation on the application will result in dismissal from the Dental Assisting Program.

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  • Learn more about the background check


    Background check required

    The facility where you have dental assisting clinicals requires that each student purchase a background check through Castlebranch

    About Certified Profile is a background check service that allows students to purchase their own background check.

    The results of a background check are posted to the website in a secure, tamper-proof environment, where the student, as well as organizations can view the background check.

    To order your background check from, please follow below instructions.


    1. Go to (follow instructions on website)
    2. In the Package code box, enter package codeEM47
    3. Select a method of payment. We accept Visa, MasterCard and money orders.

    Once your order is submitted, you will receive a password to view the results of your background check. The results will be available in approximately 48-72 hours.

    Once your background check is complete, please make a copy for your records and bring it to the Dental Programs Office for review. You will retain your record.

    The following package is required for Germanna Community College Students. This package is a Virginia Statewide Criminal Search, NW-Sexual Offender Index, NW-Healthcare Fraud & Abuse Scan, NW-Patriot Act, Social Security Alert, Residency History, and an Extensive Review, $46.00.

    Immunization tracking system

    Students are required to utilize the immunization tracking system. This system will automatically notify students of impending due dates for TB, CPR, etc.

    Students will go into the website and select student immunization tracker.

    The program code for the immunization tracking system is EM47.

    Once you register and pay, you can upload your physical, immunization and CPR documents. If you need assistance, please contact Certified Profile at (888) 666-7788 or via e-mail at and a Student Support Representative will be available Monday to Friday 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. EST.

    Phone: (888) – 666 – 7788

More information about the programs

  • TEAS test

    TEAS test

    Registering for your exam

    1. Create an account
    2. Contact LGC Testing Center to schedule your test.
    3. Review the TEAS testing information


    Payment is expected at time of test online through ATI website.

    The cost of the exam is approximately $70.00. (Payment will require knowledge of how to make an online payment using a credit card)

    • Three chances to pass each of the required categories of the preadmission test.
    • Students must wait a week (7 calendar days) between each retake, and may opt to only re‐take the unsuccessful sections of the test.
    • Pre‐admission computer based test takes approximately 4  hours to complete all sections of the test.
  • Career opportunities

    Career opportunities

    Additional training for the DA II

    At least 50 hours of didactic course work in dental anatomy and operative dentistry Laboratory/Clinical Training

    • placing, packing, carving and polishing of amalgam restorations = 120 hours
    • placing and shaping composite resin restorations = 180
    • taking final impressions and use of a non-epinephrine retraction cord = 60
    • final cementation of crowns and bridges after adjustment and fitting by the dentist = 90 hours

    More career opportunities

    • Office/practice management
    • Registered Dental Hygienist
    • DDS or DMD
    • Consulting
  • Blood-borne pathogens

    CDC and OSHA compliance

    Germanna complies with all recommendations and requirements issued by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA). Any prospective students interested in receiving a copy of the program’s policies on blood-borne pathogens should contact Misty L. Mesimer at 540-423-9823 or

Code of ethics

  • Abide by the bylaws and regulations
  • Maintain loyalty to the Association
  • Follow Association objectives
  • Respect members & employees, serve, and act cooperatively with them
  • Refrain from spreading malicious information regarding the ADAA
  • Utilize sound business principles related to the organization
  • Serve the Association and instill public confidence in it
  • Uphold high personal standards of conduct
  • Hold separate personal opinions from those endorsed by the ADAA
  • Refrain from acceptance of compensation from other members
  • Try to influence relevant legislation in a legal and ethical way

Dental Hygiene

Germanna partners with Northern Virginia Community College to offer an Associate’s of Applied Science Degree in Dental Hygiene

Degree completion in Conjunction with ODU

  • Read more about the Dental Hygiene program

    The Dental Hygiene 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 the Dental Hygiene Pathway 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.).

    For further information on specific courses and general admissions requirements, please refer to the current Northern Virginia Community College Catalog.

    Dates and times for advising students interested in applying for admission into the Dental Programs can be obtained from the Germanna Community College Local Coordinator at (540) 423-9823 or the Assistant Coordinator at (540) 423-9833.

    Applications for the Dental Hygiene Program are accepted annually January 15 – February 15 for the NVCC Medical Education.  Admissions are only offered at the GCC distant site in odd numbered years.

Patient & clinic information

  • Clinical experience

    Clinical experience

    The Germanna Dental Hygiene and Dental Assisting Programs partner with the  Lloyd F. Moss Free Clinic to provide preventative dental hygiene services as well as restorative services.  This service is offered so that the students may fulfill the clinical requirements of their college degree program. Students work with patients under the supervision of a registered dental hygienist and/or dentists. All work is checked carefully and frequently by instructors who are registered dental hygienists, assistants or licensed dentists. Anyone interested in becoming a patient must qualify for services at the Lloyd F. Moss Free Clinic.  Please contact eligibility services at (540) 741 – 1061.

  • Clinic address

    Clinic address

    Lloyd F. Moss Free Clinic
    1301 Sam Perry Boulevard
    Fredericksburg, VA 22401

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  • Available services

    Available services

    The following are available services at Northern Virginia/Germanna College’s Dental Hygiene Clinic.

    • Taking and Recording of Vital Signs
    • Oral Examinations and Oral Cancer Screenings
    • Charting of Oral Conditions
    • Assessment and Charting of Periodontal Conditions
    • Positioning, Exposing, and Processing of Radiographs
    • Dental Hygiene Treatment Planning
    • Plaque Indices
    • Oral Health Education and Nutritional Counseling
    • Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing
    • Ultrasonic Scaling
    • Coronal Polishing
    • Air Abrasive Polishing
    • Application of Pit and Fissure Sealants
    • Fluoride Treatments
    • Application of Chemotherapeutic Agents
    • Pain Management
    • Polishing of Restorations
    • Cleaning Removable Appliances and Prostheses
    • Evaluation of Dental Hygiene Services

    Currently, services are provided at no charge to the patient. Several visits may be necessary to complete patient care. The Dental Hygiene Students receive the necessary training during classroom and preclinical/laboratory sessions before performing these services on patients.

  • Clinic hours

    Clinic hours

    The clinic is normally open Monday – Thursday.

  • Appointments


    For an appointment, please call (540) 741 – 3709 to be placed on the treatment request list. Should you get the voicemail, please leave your name, address, and phone number. The Dental Care Coordinator will call you to confirm eligibility and/or schedule an appointment.

  • Cancellations


    Please make cancellations 24 – 48 hours in advance so that students have time to schedule another patient and fulfill their academic requirements.

    Expect to spend 3-4 hours for your initial and subsequent appointments. Remember that the student’s work must be checked at each step by an instructor and that students may tend to work more slowly and more thoroughly because they are being graded. Complete treatment may involve more than one appointment.

Scheduling a session

Students seeking interest in Dental Hygiene or Dental Assisting should schedule an advising session with:

Dental Assisting Program Director
Misty L. Mesimer, RDH, MSCH, CDA
Dental Hygiene Program Local Coordinator
(540) 423 – 9823

Dental Programs Instructor
Rebecca Murray, BS, RDH, CDA
(540) 423-9833