May 27, 2024  
Catawba Valley Community College 2023-2024 General Catalog 
Catawba Valley Community College 2023-2024 General Catalog

Dental Hygiene, A.A.S. (A45260)

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Courses required to meet graduation requirements in this curriculum are offered during day hours only. Some general education courses are offered at night. Minimum time for completion: seven semesters. The Associate in Applied Science degree is awarded graduates of this curriculum.

The Dental Hygiene curriculum provides individuals with the knowledge and skills to assess, plan, implement, and evaluate dental hygiene care for the individual and the community.

Students will learn to prepare the operatory, take patient histories, note abnormalities, plan care, teach oral hygiene, clean teeth, take x-rays, apply preventive agents, complete necessary chart entries, and perform other procedures related to dental hygiene care.

Graduates of this program may be eligible to take national and state/regional examinations for licensure which are required to practice dental hygiene. Employment opportunities include dental offices, clinics, schools, public health agencies, industry, and professional education.

Background Check - A criminal background check is required for students to participate in some external rotations and for North Carolina Dental Hygiene Licensure.

General Education Courses:

Humanities/Fine Arts:

Humanities/Fine Arts Elective *  Credit Hours: 3 

*HUM 115 - Critical Thinking  preferred.

Natural Sciences/Mathematics:

Social/Behavioral Sciences:


General Education Course Requirements– Applicants must have completed the following courses required for the program, prior to the Dental Hygiene Program application deadline. Students must complete BIO 275 CHM 130  & CHM 130A , COM 110 , ENG 111 , ENG 114 , Humanities/Fine Arts Elective , and PSY 150 . Grades lower than “C” will not be accepted. Students must also be accepted into the Dental Hygiene program prior to taking DEN courses.

Other Required Hours:

Total Credit Hours Required: 76

Developmental Course Requirements:

Developmental coursework (both prerequisite and corequisite) will be required of students whose placement test measures indicate a need for greater proficiency in the areas of English and/or mathematics. Please refer to the Course Description section for prerequisite and corequisite course information.

Suggested Program Sequence:

Total Hours: Class 12 | Lab 5 | Clin/Wk Exp 0 | Credit 14

Spring – 1st year:

Total Hours: Class 12 | Lab 3 | Clin/Wk Exp 0 | Credit 13

Total Hours: Class 9 | Lab 8 | Clin/Wk Exp 0 | Credit 9

Total Hours: Class 8 | Lab 3 | Clin/Wk Exp 9 | Credit 12

Total Hours: Class 5 | Lab 2 | Clin/Wk Exp 6 | Credit 8

Total Hours: Class 6 | Lab 3 | Clin/Wk Exp 12 | Credit 11

Total Hours: Class 4 | Lab 3 | Clin/Wk Exp 12 | Credit 9

Grand Total Hours: Class 56 | Lab 27 | Clin/Wk Exp 39 | Credit 76

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