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nova 2011-2012 college catalog: Programs of Study

Associate of Applied Science Degree MEC

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.).

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 faculty advisor early in their program.

Admission Requirements: 

Students must:

  • 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

Special Program Requirements: The Commonwealth of 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 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.

ENG 111 College Composition I 3
NAS 161 Health Science I 4
NAS 162 Health Science II 4
SDV 101 Orientation to Health Care 1
Total   12
Two Years Credits
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 Mgmt of Pain & Anxiety in the Dental Office 2
DNH 244 Dental Hygiene IV 5
PED 116 Lifetime Fitness & Wellness 1
PSY 201 Intro to Psychology I 3
Total   15
5th Semester
1___ ___    Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3
CST 229 Intercultural Communication 3
DNH 227 Public Health Dental Hygiene II 1
DNH 230 Office Practice & Ethics 1
DNH 245 Dental Hygiene V 5
Total   13
Total credits for the Dental Hygiene A.A.S.=72 (includes 12 prerequisite credits)

1 Humanities/fine arts elective may be selected from the humanities/fine arts courses listed under General Education Electives.