Dental Hygiene, A.A.S.

Associate of Applied Science
Campuses: Medical Education (Springfield)

The program is designed to prepare students to serve in a dynamic and growing health profession as members of the dental health team. After successful completion of the program, the student will be eligible to take the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination and professional licensure examinations. Upon successful completion of the licensing process, the title 'Registered Dental Hygienist' (R.D.H.) is awarded.

Transfer Information

Transfer is not the primary purpose of an A.A.S. program, but NOVA has articulation agreements that facilitate the transfer of this and other career-oriented programs to selected senior institutions. Students interested in transfer should contact a counselor or their academic advisor early in their program.

Course Curriculum

Below is a table that shows the courses needed to satisfy this program. Please speak with an advisor to ensure you meet your program requirements.

Two Years Credits
Prerequisites
BIO 141 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4
BIO 142 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
BIO 150 Introductory Microbiology 4
ENG 111 College Composition I 3
SDV 101 Orientation to (a Specific Discipline) 1
Total 16
1st Semester
DNH 111 Oral Anatomy 2
DNH 115 Histology/Head and Neck Anatomy 3
DNH 130 Oral Radiography for the Dental Hygienist 3
DNH 141 Dental Hygiene I 5
Total 13
2nd Semester
DNH 120 Management of Emergencies 2
DNH 142 Dental Hygiene II 5
DNH 145 General and Oral Pathology 2
DNH 146 Periodontics for the Dental Hygienist 2
DNH 216 Pharmacology 2
Total 13
3rd Semester
DNH 143 Dental Hygiene III 4
DNH 214 Practical Materials for Dental Hygiene 2
Total 6
4th Semester
DNH 150 Nutrition 2
DNH 226 Public Health Dental Hygiene I 2
DNH 235 Management of Dental Pain and Anxiety in the Dental Office 2
DNH 244 Dental Hygiene IV 5
SOC 200 Principles of Sociology 3
Total 14
5th Semester
DNH 227 Public Health Dental Hygiene II 1
DNH 230 Office Practice and Ethics 1
DNH 245 Dental Hygiene V 5
1 Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3
Total 10
Total credits for the Associate of Applied Science = 72
Two Years Credits
Prerequisites
BIO
141
4
BIO
142
4
BIO
150
4
ENG
111
3
Orientation to (a Specific Discipline)
SDV
101
1
Total 16
1st Semester
DNH
111
2
DNH
115
3
DNH
130
3
DNH
141
5
Total 13
2nd Semester
DNH
120
2
DNH
142
5
DNH
145
2
DNH
146
2
DNH
216
2
Total 13
3rd Semester
DNH
143
4
DNH
214
2
Total 6
4th Semester
DNH
150
2
DNH
226
2
DNH
235
2
DNH
244
5
SOC
200
3
Total 14
5th Semester
DNH
227
1
DNH
230
1
DNH
245
5
1
3
Total 10
Total credits for the Associate of Applied Science = 72

1 See humanities/fine arts courses listed under General Education Electives.

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