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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.

Fall 2022 Applications for Dental Hygiene: TEAS testing will be required for the Fall 2022 application cycle. The Medical Education Campus Testing Center will reopen on August 2, 2021. Sign-ups for TEAS testing will resume when the MEC Testing Center reopens. Refer to the Take TEAS Test step for more information on TEAS.

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 or students who need academic advising are encouraged to visit Advising & Counseling.

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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