Dental Hygiene - Curriculum

Offered through a Collaborative Program Agreement with Halifax Community College

The Dental Hygiene curriculum provides individuals with the knowledge and skills to access, 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.

Curriculum Plan

Dental Hygiene Degree

For current course work required for the Dental Hygiene degree, please visit the Program Completion Guide.

Upon successful completion of the course requirements, the Associate in Applied Science degree in Dental Hygiene will be awarded by Halifax Community College.

Curriculum Plans


Dental Hygiene - Schedule

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Dental Hygiene - Program Outcomes

Halifax Community College Dental Hygiene Program Mission

The mission of the Dental Hygiene Program is to facilitate the development of professional, ethical, and competent dental hygienists that exhibit the following:

  • An awareness of their present and future roles and responsibilities within the profession and the community served.
  • The knowledge and clinical skills necessary to provide comprehensive care to patients/clients.
  • A commitment to lifelong learning and professional development.

The dental hygiene curriculum provides the dental hygiene student with the knowledge and skills to assess, plan, implement, and evaluate dental hygiene care for the individual and the community. The curriculum also teaches the dental hygiene student to collaborate with the dentist, the patient, and other health professionals to provide comprehensive patient care. Graduates will receive an Associate of Applied Science Degree and will be eligible to take National and State/Regional Dental Hygiene Board Examinations.

Dental Hygiene - Contact

Tony Rook

Dean of Enrollment Management

Office 114, McIntyre Building, Tarboro Campus
(252) 618-6669