Instructional Service Agreement with Halifax Community College
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.
Employment opportunities include dental offices, clinics, schools, public health agencies, industry, and professional education.
BIO 168 Anatomy & Physiology I
BIO 169 Anatomy & Physiology II
*BIO 175 General Microbiology
CHM 130 General, Organic & Biochemistry
CHM 130A Lab
ENG 111 Expository Writing
ENG 114 Prof. Research & Reporting
PSY 150 General Psychology
*SOC 240 Social Psychology
HUM/FA Humanities/Fine Art Elective
Major Core Courses and Hour Requirements offered at Halifax Community College:
*DEN 110 Orofacial Anatomy
*DEN 111 Infection/Hazard Control
*DEN 112 Dental Radiography
*DEN 120 Dental Hyg Preclinic Lec
*DEN 121 Dental Hygiene Preclin Lab
*DEN 123 Nutrition/Dental Health
*DEN 124 Periodontology
*DEN 130 Dental Hygiene Theory I
*DEN 131 Dental Hygiene Clinic I
*DEN 140 Dental Hygiene Theory II
*DEN 141 Dental Hygiene Clinic II
*DEN 220 Dental Hygiene Theory III
*DEN 221 Dental Hygiene Clinic III
*DEN 222 General & Oral Pathology
*DEN 223 Dental Pharmacology
*DEN 224 Materials and Procedures
*DEN 230 Dental Hygiene Theory IV
*DEN 231 Dental Hygiene Clinic IV
*DEN 232 Community Dental Health
*DEN 233 Professional Development
<*Courses with an asterisk (*) are not offered at Nash Community College and must be taken at Halifax CC.
ART 111 Art Appreciation HUM 160 Introduction to Film
ENG 233 Major American Writers MUS 110 Music Appreciation
ENG 243 Major British Writers MUS 210 History of Rock Music
HUM 115 Critical Thinking REL 110 World Religions
HUM 120 Cultural Studies REL 211 Introduction to Old Testament
HUM 122 Southern Culture REL 212 Introduction to New Testament
HUM 150 American Women’s Studies
Important Information from Halifax Community College
The HCC Dental Hygiene Program is an ADA Accredited Program
The ADA has a uniform curriculum with similar learning experiences, admission and graduation standards. Graduates of the associate degree dental hygiene program will receive an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Dental Hygiene from Halifax Community College. Graduates of this program may be eligible to take national and state/regional examinations for licensure which are required to practice dental hygiene.
Admission for Associate Degree dental hygiene student:
Students are admitted to the Halifax Community College dental hygiene program in accordance with recommendations by the American Dental Association (ADA) Commission on Dental Accreditation. The college does not guarantee admission to every student who seeks admission. Completion of the dental hygiene curriculum does not guarantee success in passing the licensure exam.
A dental hygiene student must be admitted to the dental hygiene program in order to take courses for credit in any dental hygiene (DEN) course.
1. Submit a completed Halifax Community College application
Applications may be obtained on campus at the admissions office or online at www.halifaxcc.edu/StudntRe/ApplicationForAdmission/index.htm. Transcripts from high schools and/or other colleges or universities that you have attended must be submitted with the application. Only official transcripts will be accepted by HCC in a sealed envelope. Transcripts for courses taken at HCC do not have to be requested. On the application, indicate your chosen program of study by putting a check in the box beside Dental Hygiene A45260. A signed copy of social security card is required for application to be considered complete.
2. Complete requirements for DRE 098, DMA 010 through DMA 050 or the equivalent course with a C or better.
Students without credit for college courses should call the testing coordinator at Halifax Community College at 252-536-7254 to schedule an appointment for testing.
(Nash Community College testing is available Monday – Thursday, 9:00am to 4:00pm with no appointment necessary. Please be prepared to submit a transfer of placement scores request in WebAdvisor to send to Halifax).
If placement tests (ASSET, COMPASS, ACCUPLACER) have been taken at another community college, it is the students’ responsibility to ensure their scores are submitted to HCC by the application deadline.
Minimum ACCUPLACER Scores Required for the Dental Hygiene Program:
Subject Area Minimum Score Course Required If Minimum Score Not Met
Reading & Sent. Skls Combined score of 166 or take DRE 098
Arithmetic Score of 55 or take *MAT060 (DMA 010-030)
Elementary Algebra: Score of 55 or take *MAT070 (DMA 040-050)
*DMA’s 10 through 50 are equivalent to MAT060 and MAT 070
3. Have coursework evaluated for transfer into the HCC dental hygiene program. It is advantageous (but not required) to take general education courses that are part of the dental hygiene course sequence prior to enrollment in the dental hygiene program. The general education courses marked with an asterisk (*) listed below must have been taken no earlier than 5 years prior to enrollment in the dental hygiene program.
General Education Courses:
*BIO 168 Anatomy and Physiology I ENG 111 Expository Writing
*BIO 169 Anatomy and Physiology II ENG 114 Professional Research/ Reporting
BIO 175 Microbiology HUM Humanities/Fine Arts electives
*CHM 130 Gen., Organic, & Biochem CIS 113 Computer Basics
SOC 240 Social Psychology
The possible transfer or substitution of General Education Courses must be evaluated by the Registrar’s Office. Call 252-536-7227 for information regarding transcript evaluation and credit transfer.
4. Submit a Career Readiness Certificate (CRC) at the silver level or above.
The CRC is available through HCC’s Continuing Education department. Students are tested in three areas: applied mathematics, reading for information, and locating information. A silver certificate indicates a score of four or better on each of the three test areas. Students may complete the certification testing at any time, and may remediate and re-test on any or all areas of the test. The cost for testing is $30 initially to complete all parts of the test, then $10 for any portion of the test that must be re-taken. Scores of 5 or better in all areas (gold certificate) or six or better in all areas (platinum certificate) will increase the overall points in the ranking process. The CRC test may be taken at any North Carolina college offering the test, but a copy of the certificate, with the certification number, must be submitted to the HCC admissions’ department by the deadline. To take the CRC at Halifax Community College, call 252-536-6393.
(If done through Nash Community College, Contact Charlene Harrison, 451-8389)
5. Provide evidence of an overall GPA of 2.5 at time of entry.
6. Attend a Halifax Community College dental hygiene information session.
Nash Community College hosts one of these annually in the Fall semester. See a counselor for details.
7. Submit one of the following documents:
- Dental assisting experience documentation
- Dental office observation documentation (four to six hours)
- Documentation of current enrollment in an ADA accredited dental assisting program
8. An additional allied health application for admission to the HCC dental hygiene program must be submitted. This application will be distributed at the dental hygiene program information sessions.
Upon acceptance into the dental hygiene program, the student must:
- Submit a completed physical examination form
- Provide evidence that the Hepatitis B series has been started or provide a signed declination form.
- Submit evidence of current CPR certification for health care provider
- Attend mandatory dental hygiene orientation
To obtain a complete information packet call 252-536-7225.
Nash Community College Transfer Information
Students desiring to transfer and apply to the dental hygiene program at Halifax Community College must fulfill the requirements above by the application deadline in February. To be eligible to gain one of Nash’s two seats in the program, student must notify the NCC Admissions department well in advance of the deadline.
Nash Community College Approved Substitutions & Course Information
- Nash can substitute PSY 150 & SOC 210 together to take the place of SOC 240.
- At NCC, BIO 168 has a prereq of BIO 094 or BIO 110 or BIO 111 or BIO 161 or BIO 163. BIO 094 has a corequisite of DRE 097. BIO 111 has a prerequisite of DRE 097. Taking BIO 110/111/163 will allow the student to take BIO 175 earlier – otherwise, BIO 094 is the best in preparing for BIO 168.
- At NCC, CHM 130 has to be taken with CHM 130A.
- For questions about classes offered at Nash Community College, please contact:
- Lindsay Stokes, Director of Counseling and Disability Services
- Sonya Small, Counselor, Career and Job Placement Coordinator
- Yalana Orr, Counselor / Recruiter
For questions about classes offered at Halifax Community College, please contact:
Verna High, Dental Hygiene Instructor, Program Head