Dental Hygiene

Have you ever seen the way that a perfect smile can change a person’s life? Are you the kind of person who can help calm and soothe others during times of minor stress? Do you have that gentle touch, easy way of talking, and the desire to create a perfect smile? Danville Community College has partnered with Virginia Western Community College to bring dental hygiene education to our region. Students attend classes through lectures provided through VTEL instruction and are supervised for clinical instruction in the new DCC dental clinic. Half of the courses are registered at DCC and the other half at VWCC. DCC admits a class of 20 every odd year whereas VWCC admits a class of 18 students every year.

NOTE:  Students who have a felony conviction, or a conviction for assault, will not be allowed into clinical facilities in allied health programs.  They are thus advised to choose a non-allied health field.

Program Outcomes

  1. Students will demonstrate a thorough understanding of infection control. 
  2. Students will demonstrate the ability to achieve a dental hygiene license.
  3. Graduates of the dental hygiene program will express satisfaction with the VWCC Joint Venture Dental Hygiene Program.

VWCC Dental Hygiene Application

DCC Dental Hygiene Personnel - Community Activities

For more information consult the College Catalog.

Course Sequence

      Lecture 
Hours
Lab 
Hours
Course 
Credits
Prior to First Semester (Required for Admission)      
BIO 141   Human Anatomy and Physiology I 3 3 4
BIO 142   Human Anatomy and Physiology II 3 3 4
SDV 101   Orientation to Health Professions 2 0 2
           
First Semester      
DNH 111   Oral Anatomy 2 0 2
DNH  115   Histology/Head and Neck Anatomy 3 0 3
DNH 120   Management of Emergencies 2 0 2
DNH 130   Oral Radiography for the Dental Hygienist 2 3 3
DNH 141   Dental Hygiene I 3 6 5
    Total 12 9 15
           
      Lecture 
Hours
Lab 
Hours
Course 
Credits
Second Semester      
DNH 142*   Dental Hygiene II 2 9 5
DNH 145*   General and Oral Pathology 2 0 2
DNH 146   Periodontics for the Dental Hygienist 2 0 2
DNH 216   Pharmacology 2 0 2
BIO 150*   Introductory Microbiology (BIO 205) 3 3 4
    Total 11 12 15
           
      Lecture 
Hours
Lab 
Hours
Course 
Credits
Third Semester (Summer )      
DNH 150   Nutrition 2 0 2
DNH 143   Dental Hygiene III 2 6 3
DNH 235*   Management of Dental Pain and Anxiety 1 2 2
ENG 111   College Composition I 3 0 3
    Total 8 8 10
           
      Lecture 
Hours
Lab 
Hours
Course 
Credits
Fourth Semester      
DNH 214   Practical Materials for Dental Hygiene 1 2 2
DNH 226   Public Health Dental Hygiene I 2 0 2
DNH 244   Dental Hygiene IV 1 12 5
PSY 230*   Developmental Psychology 3 0 3
    Total 7 14 12
           
      Lecture 
Hours
Lab 
Hours
Course 
Credits
Fifth Semester      
DNH 227*   Public Health Dental Hygiene II 0 3 1
DNH 230   Office Practice and Ethics 1 0 1
DNH 245*   Dental Hygiene V 1 12 5
PHI 220   Social Ethics (or PHI 226) 3 0 3
    Total 5 15 10