Dental Hygiene

Dental Hygiene Students

Prepare to be an Integral Part of a Dental Health Team With NOVA

Receive the well-rounded and comprehensive education you need to be an integral part of a dental health team with NOVA’s dental hygiene associate degree program.


Associate Degree in Dental Hygiene

NOVA’s Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Dental Hygiene degree program will prepare you to become a dental hygiene professional who has the knowledge, skills and abilities to provide clinical, therapeutic and educational services under the direction of a dentist. You’ll be ready to serve in a dynamic and growing health profession as a valued member of a dental health team. After successfully completing the program, you’ll be eligible to take the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination and professional licensure examinations so you can become a registered dental hygienist (RDH).

Two Years
Medical Education
Curriculum Details

Why Study Dental Hygiene at NOVA?

Competent Dental Hygiene Faculty

You’ll learn from NOVA faculty with a broad range of qualifications and experience in the field. They’ll help prepare you for licensure exams and for success in your dental hygiene career.

Quality Dental Hygiene Courses

You’ll take rigorous courses like human anatomy and microbiology so you gain the broad knowledge and skill set you need to excel in your work as a dental hygienist.

Economical Dental Hygiene Program

You’ll receive an affordable dental hygiene education. You may be eligible for NOVA scholarships to offset the cost of your associate degree.


Northern Virginia Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award the associate degree in dental hygiene. The dental hygiene program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA).

Dental Hygiene Program Career Outcomes

By successfully graduating from NOVA’s associate degree in dental hygiene program, you’ll be prepared for a satisfying dental hygienist career. You may work in a variety of settings, such as private dental offices, public health clinics, schools, hospitals and nursing homes.

Credits and
Transfer Info

Credit for Prior Learning

Credit for prior learning (CPL) generally refers to the process of granting college credit for learning gained in nontraditional ways, including but not limited to: certifications, AP or IB exams, military training, or life experience.


Learn more about possible transfer opportunities associated with this program of study. Students interested in transferring should contact an advisor or counselor to further discuss their plans.

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