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Dental hygienists are responsible for providing treatment to prevent oral and periodontal diseases and provide clinical, therapeutic and educational services under the direction of a dentist.

2021 Applicants: Due to the inability for students to access the testing sites, the Test for Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) and math placement testing will not be required for the Fall 2021 application cycle for the Health Sciences Division. You may submit an online Health Sciences and Nursing application for Fall 2021 without having TEAS scores or math placement scores attached to your application.

TEAS Information for Fall 2022 application will be posted to the website in Summer 2021.

Information Session

The first step to beginning health career training at NOVA/MEC is to attend a mandatory Information Session.

Please note that the online information sessions contain program information for the current academic year only.

Start the Information Session Online

There is no in-person Information Session for this program. You are required to include the code provided during the online session on your application as proof of completion.

Pre-Health students who have questions regarding program requirements, admission, transcript evaluation or students who need academic advising are encouraged to visit the MEC Student Services Center in room 202.

Phone: 703.822.6627, Medical Education Campus, Room 135

Program

About the Dental Hygiene Program

Dental hygienists provide preventive dental care. They are responsible for providing treatment to prevent oral and periodontal diseases. They provide clinical, therapeutic and educational services under the direction of a dentist. Dental Hygienist must graduate from an accredited dental hygiene program, successfully complete the National Board Exam and pass state clinical exams for licensure to practice.

DNH applications are scored according to the criteria elements presented in the online orientation. Higher scores are more competitive. Fully qualified scores that are less competitive are not placed.
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