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2023-2024 College Catalog 
2023-2024 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Dental Hygiene (118) Associate of Applied Science Degree

Purpose: The Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) program in Dental Hygiene is designed to prepare knowledgeable, competent, entry-level dental hygienists. Students who successfully complete program requirements and attain licensure as dental hygienists are prepared to enter the workforce as members of the dental healthcare team. While designed to prepare graduates for immediate entry into the workforce, the program is articulated with select four-year institutions to benefit those seeking baccalaureate-level study in the field.

Admission Requirements: The Dental Hygiene program requires an application process beyond admission to the College. See the Dental Hygiene program admissions section of our webpage for admissions requirements and processes.

Financial Requirements: In addition to college tuition, fees, and course textbooks, the Dental Hygiene program has additional costs for which students will be responsible. Costs may include but are not limited to admissions testing, criminal background check, medical examination, immunizations/titers, CPR certification, uniforms, dental care instrumentation and supplies, transportation to and from clinical sites, and certification and licensure fees. Contact the Health Professions division office for additional information.

Accreditation: The program in Dental Hygiene is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation [and has been granted the accreditation status of “approval with reporting requirements”]. The Commission is a specialized body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at 312-440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611. The Commission’s web address is http://www.ada.org.

Articulation Agreement: Students who are interested in transferring to Old Dominion University to continue the Dental Hygiene Dental Hygiene Health Sciences , or Dental Hygiene Post-Licensure  plan should meet with Academic Advising early to determine and discuss requirements. 


To Complete Before Applying to the Dental Hygiene Program

The following courses are included in the total number of credits required for the A.A.S. in Dental Hygiene degree but must be completed before applying to the Dental Hygiene Program.

Semester Total Credits 19

Semester Total Credits 12

Semester Total Credits 13

Semester Total Credits 4

Semester Total Credits 14

Semester Total Credits 10

Total Minimum Credits 72

 1The following courses are recommended for students intending to pursue a bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene.   
BIO 141  - BIO 142  (8 credits) instead of BIO 145  
HLT 230  (3 credits) instead of HLT 138  
MTH 245  (3 credits) 

NOTE: Students who select courses from the footnote list, please seek academic and financial aid advising prior to registering for classes.

Program Information (PSAHHS)

For additional information about this program visit the Public Safety, Allied Health and Human Services Division web page, stop by Hampton Campus, Hampton III - Suite 747, phone 757/825-2808 or email psahhs@vpcc.edu.

Articulation Agreement(s)

Dental Hygiene Associate of Applied Science to BS Dental Hygiene (118) (ODU Articulation)