NVCC 1997-1998 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.

Students must comply with all General Requirements for Annandale Campus Health Technology Programs.

Additional Admission Requirements:

1. Students must pass NAS 150, Human Biology, 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, 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 Sem.2nd Sem.3rd Sem.

   DNH112Oral Anat./Tooth Morphology3
   DNH113General & Oral Histology2
   DNH141Dental Hygiene I5
   ENG111College Composition I3
   DHN147Oral Microbiology1
   DNH114Head/Neck Anatomy 2
   DNH130Oral Radiography for the Dental Hygienist 3
   DNH142Dental Hygiene II 5
   DNH145General & Oral Pathology 2
   DNH146Periodontics for the Dental Hygienist 2
   DNH143Dental Hygiene III  4
   DNH150Nutrition  2

Total Credits/Semester14146

Second Year1st Semester2nd Semester

   IST113Computers & Information Syst.1
   DNH215Dental Materials3
   DNH220Community Dental Health2
   DNH244Dental Hygiene IV5
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 
   SPD126Interpersonal Communication 3

Total Credits/Semesters1815

Total credits for the A.A.S. Degree in Dental Hygiene = 67 (71 with 4 credit NAS prerequisite).

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

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