NVCC 1999-2000 Catalog
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Associate in Applied Science Degree AN  

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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.). 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.

Transfer Information: NVCC has formal articulation agreements for transfer to the B.S. in Health Sciences-Health Care Management at Old Dominion University TELETECHNET and the B.S. in Health Occupations Education at Virginia Tech.

Students must comply with all General Admission Requirements for Annandale Campus Health Technology Programs. (See page 86.)

Additional Admission Requirements:

1. Students must pass NAS 161, Health Science I, 4 credits, with a grade of C or better prior to being admitted to the program.

2. Students may be required to repeat courses or to complete evaluative testing for credits earned more than ten years ago.

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 program head 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.

First Year1st Semester2nd Semester3rd Semester

   DNH111Oral Anat./Tooth Morphology2
   DNH113General & Oral Histology2
   DNH141Dental Hygiene I5
   ENG111College Composition I3
   DNH114Head/Neck Anatomy 2
   DNH130Oral Radiography for the 
   Dental Hygienist 2
   DNH142Dental Hygiene II 5
   DNH145General & Oral Pathology 2
   DNH146Periodontics for the 
   Dental Hygienist 2
   NAS162Health Science II 4
   DNH143Dental Hygiene III 4  
   DNH150 Nutrition  2

Total Credits/Semester12176

Second Year1st Semester2nd Semester

   DNH215Dental Materials3
   DNH220Community Dental Health2
   DNH244Dental Hygiene IV5
   IST113Computers & Information Sys.1
PED116Lifetime Fitness & Wellness1
   PSY201Intro. to Psychology I3
   DNH225Community Dental Health Ed. 2
   DNH230Office Practice & Ethics 1
   DNH245Dental Hygiene V 5
___Social Science Elective 3
   SPD110Intro. to Speech Communication or 
   SPD126 Interpersonal Communication 3

Total Credits/Semesters1815

Total credits for the A.A.S. Degree in Dental Hygiene = 68 (72 with 4 credit NAS prerequisite).

To graduate from a degree program, students entering NVCC Fall 1999 or later must demonstrate computer competency skills as described in the Degree Requirements section of the Instructional Programs of this catalog.

1 The PED requirement may be met by one of the following options: PED 116, 2 cr.; PED 220, 2 cr.; PED 116, 1 cr. plus a PED activities course, 1 cr.; or PED 116, 1 cr. plus RPK 205, 207, 208, 216, or 225. PED 116 is offered as both a 1-credit and a 2-credit course.

2 The social science elective may be selected from the following: economics, geography, history, political science, psychology, or sociology (includes anthropology). SOC 201 is recommended.

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