Purpose: 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.
Applicants must do the following:
• Comply with all General Admission Requirements for Allied Health Programs.
• Be eligible to sit for the licensure exam, which will require the student to present documentation of legal status in the US.
• Pass NAS 161-162 Health Science I-II with a grade of "B" or higher prior to being admitted to the program.
• Pass ENG 111 College Composition I and SDV 101 Orientation to Health Care with a "C" or higher prior to being admitted to the program. (For admission in Fall 2009 or later)
• Be willing to repeat courses or to complete evaluative testing for credits earned more than ten years ago.
• Look for the competitive admission and deadlines for applications on the Dental Hygiene web site at www.nvcc.edu/campuses-and-centers/medical/academic-divisions/allied-health/dental-hygiene/index.html.
Special Program Requirements: The The Virginia Board of Dentistry reserves the right to deny licensure to any candidate who has been convicted of a crime involving moral turpitude or the use of drugs or alcohol to the extent that such use renders him/her unsafe to practice dental hygiene. Any applicant who has been found guilty of a misdemeanor or felony must consult with the Dental Hygiene assistant dean prior to admission.
Special Accreditation Status: The Dental Hygiene Program is accredited by the American Dental Association’s 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 60611-2678. The Commission’s web address is www.ada.org/100.aspx.
Bloodborne Pathogens and Infectious Diseases Statement: By nature of the profession, students accepted into the Dental Hygiene Program may be exposed to blood and body fluids while practicing dental hygiene skills or providing services during clinical, preclinical, and laboratory sessions. Policies and procedures have been established to ensure the working environment is safe in order to minimize disease transmission. Prospective students may request a copy of the policy on bloodborne infectious diseases by calling 703-822-6627.
1 Although students who have graduated with a transfer-oriented A.A., A.S., or A.A. & S. degree or any baccalaureate or higher degree from a regionally accredited United States institution of higher education will have most of their general education considered as fulfilled, they must meet the math and science requirements specified for this program. Exceptions must be approved by the division dean responsible for the student’s curriculum.
2 See humanities/fine arts courses listed under General Education Electives.