Catalog & Student Handbook 2018-2019 
    Oct 29, 2020  
Catalog & Student Handbook 2018-2019 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Dental Hygiene, AAS

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Degree: Associate of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene in Dental Hygiene

Length: Five-semester (two-year program)

Purpose: The two-year program is designed to prepare the student as a skilled, educated health care provider with the knowledge and skills necessary to become part of the dental health team. At the successful completion of the two-year program, graduates will be eligible to sit for national and regional examinations in dental hygiene leading to licensure as a registered dental hygienist.

Program Notes: The program in Dental Hygiene is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association, a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation and by the United States Department of Education.

Individuals who have a felony or misdemeanor conviction may not be allowed to take the licensing examination. The Virginia Board of Dentistry makes this decision. Any questions regarding this issue may be directed to the board at (804) 662-9906.

Board Success Rate



Graduate Success on
National Dental Hygiene

Board Examination

Graduate Success on

Clinical Board Examination




93.3% First Attempt

85.7% First Attempt



93.3% First Attempt

86.6% First Attempt



90.0% First Attempt

80% First Attempt



100% First Attempt

100% First Attempt


Occupational Objectives: A licensed dental hygienist, working under the general supervision of a dentist, may work in general or specialized dental offices, clinics, public health agencies, or teaching institutions.

Minimum Admission Requirements: (Please see the information below concerning selective admission.)

Applicants must be high school graduates or the equivalent. In order to meet the admission requirements, the applicant must have completed:

  1. A WCC application (including all high school and college transcripts or a copy of GED by February 15.
  2. Competency in English and Math Essentials MTE 1-5 as demonstrated through the placement and diagnostic tests, or by satisfactorily completing the required MTE units or equivalent.
  3. High school biology or equivalent (one unit) with at least “C”.
  4. High school chemistry or equivalent (one unit) with at least “C”.
  5. A 2.5 average for high school courses or a 2.5 cumulative average for all college coursework.
  6. Shadowing hours; 16 observation hours to be completed by Feb. 15.
  7. Take the Testing Essential Academic Skills test (TEAS) by Feb. 15.
  8. It is highly encouraged these courses be completed before entering dental hygiene program; BIO 141 , BIO 142 , and BIO 150 .

**If the student has completed a minimum of 12 college credits that are included in calculating the college GPA (non-developmental courses), the 2.5 high school GPA requirement will be waived.

Program Requirements: Upon admission, the student must have a complete medical examination, which must include a 2-step tuberculin skin test, a profile of medical condition, designated immunizations, and documentation of HBV and Varicella status. A chest x-ray is required only if the tuberculin test is positive. Costs for the medical examination and all necessary testing will be the responsibility of the student. Students must show evidence of current CPR Certification (Health Care Provider level) prior to the beginning of the fall term of each year. During the course of the program, the dental hygiene faculty will carefully observe and evaluate the student’s suitability for Dental Hygiene.

Background checks for criminal history and sex offender crimes and urine drug screens are required for admission to treat patients. Students with convictions and/or positive tests may be prohibited from clinical practice and may not complete the program. Any student with unfavorable findings on the background check will be referred to the WCC Threat Assessment Team to determine if the conviction prohibits the student from being admitted to the program. Costs for criminal background checks and urine drug screens will be the responsibility of the student.

Students enrolled in the program are responsible for transportation to and from agencies utilized for clinical experiences; purchase of student uniforms and accessories and purchase of required student instrument kits. Information about projected instruments and program cost is available through the program director.

A minimum of “C” must be maintained in each Dental Hygiene program course. A minimum of “C” must be maintained in BIO 141 -BIO 142 , Human Anatomy & Physiology, BIO 150 , Microbiology, ENG 111 , HUM ELE, PSY 230  and SDV 100 . Once admitted to the program, students must take and successfully complete all courses in the sequence stated, including non-dental hygiene courses. If unsuccessful in any course, the student will not be allowed to return to the Dental Hygiene program until the following year. The student must demonstrate a desire and capability of providing quality dental health care to patients.

Program Readmission: A student receiving a final grade lower than “C” in any of the dental hygiene (DNH series) BIO 141 , BIO 142 , BIO 150 , ENG 111 , HUM ELE, PSY 230  and SDV 100  courses will be ineligible to continue in the program. Students readmitted to the program are eligible to repeat a course, however, a dental hygiene course must be repeated during the semester in which it is offered. The student may not continue with other required dental hygiene courses until the course is repeated. In order to resume the dental hygiene course sequence a student must successfully meet the following criteria:

  1. Apply in writing to the Dental Hygiene program director at least one semester before the requested readmission date for permission to repeat in which a grade below “C” was awarded.
  2. Have at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA at the time of application for readmission.
  3. Interview with dental hygiene faculty to discuss the following subjects:
    1. personal and professional factors which may have an influence on the student’s successful completion of the program;
    2. academic or professional activities in which student may have engaged since interruption of program studies.

Readmission to the Dental Hygiene program is contingent upon the availability of a clinical slot in the desired class. Students readmitted to the program are responsible for any and all program requirements revisions made during their absence. If a student is unsuccessful and returns to the program, no clinical requirements will be carried over from previous clinical sessions. If the student is unsuccessful after two attempts, the student will no longer be eligible for readmission to the program. After beginning the program, it must be completed within four years. Notification of readmissions to the program will be made three to four weeks prior to the readmissions date.

Students desiring to transfer from another Dental Hygiene program must submit official transcripts to the Admissions office for credit evaluation. Students may be required to repeat courses or to complete evaluative testing for credits earned more than 10 years ago.

The following list is a suggested sequence in which students may plan their class schedules to ensure graduation in two years.

Suggested Credits for Semester: 17

Suggested Credits for Semester: 16

Suggested Credits for Semester: 10

Suggested Credits for Semester: 16

Fifth Semester

Suggested Credits for Semester: 13

Total Minimum Credits Required for this Curriculum: 72

Recommended Courses: The following courses are recommended by the program faculty to strengthen academic preparation: HLT 141  , ENG 112  and CST 110 .

1Humanities Electives:  ART 101  , CST 151  , HUM 100  , PHI 101 , REL 200  

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