Sep 24, 2020  
2017-2018 College Catalog 
2017-2018 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Dental Hygiene (118), Associate of Applied Science Degree

To remain compliant with the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) the Dental Hygiene program has been updated, effective October 2017.

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 Health Professions program admissions section of this catalog for admissions requirements and process.

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 without 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

Articulation Agreement: Students who are interested in transferring to Old Dominion University to continue the AAS Dental Hygiene to BSDH 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

1Students intending to pursue a bachelor’s degree should complete BIO 141 -BIO 142  instead of BIO 145.
2Students must complete BIO courses with grade of “B” or better in all science courses to be awarded points.
3Students intending to pursue a bachelor’s degree may opt to complete HLT 230   instead of HLT 138.
4Students will be required to submit a course substitution form to the Dean of Health Professions upon completion of alternate courses.

CHM 260 HLT 110 , and MTH 240  are recommended courses for students intending to pursue a bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene. 

Program Information (HP)

For additional information about this program visit the Health Professions Division web page, stop by room 313 Historic Triangle Campus, phone 757-825-2808 or 757-258-6531, or email