Whether your plan is to take classes and transfer to a four-year university or enter one of our career programs designed to get you into the workforce right away, Rock Valley College has what you are looking for. Select from one of our more than 60 transfer areas or more than 30 career programs.
Whether you are new to the college or know your way around, we have a variety of services designed to help you succeed. We're here for you every step of the way.
Have fun. Try stuff. RVC gives you opportunities to get involved. There are lots of student activities to choose from. We offer more than 20 clubs and organizations. Try your hands at student government. Join the staff of our campus newspaper. What's it going to be?
At Rock Valley College, you're not just a number. Our highly respected faculty have master's degrees, doctorates and real-world experience. You won't be competing for attention in a huge lecture hall. Our average class size is 21, so you'll get a chance to interact, challenge and be challenged by your instructors.
The Estelle M. Black Library at Rock Valley College features nearly 75,000 volumes and more than 650 periodicals, and access to the interlibrary loan system. It also features spaces for individual and group study, and if you get thirsty, there's a coffee shop in the lobby!
RVC competes in NJCAA Division III in men's and women's basketball, women's volleyball, golf, baseball, softball, men's and women's tennis, and men's and women's soccer. Not to brag, but we're pretty good at it. Our teams have won 11 national championships and we have had more than 130 All-Americans.
Degree conferred: Associate in Applied Science -81 Credits
Program contact: Dental Hygiene Program office, (815) 921-3235
Graduates of this program have acquired skills to provide care that supports optimal oral health, including educational, clinical and therapeutic services. Skills are mastered through classroom, laboratory and clinical experiences to provide well-rounded career preparation.
A career in dental hygiene offers opportunities in multiple settings. Registered Dental Hygienists are part of a dental health team. Dental hygienists work in private and corporate dental offices, where they provide treatment and services that help to prevent oral disease such as dental caries and periodontal disease and educate the client about maintenance of optimal oral health. They also work in hospitals, nursing homes, extended care facilities, schools, correctional facilities, health maintenance organizations and higher education institutions where they serve as faculty members.
|BIO-281||Anatomy and Physiology I||(4)|
|BIO-282||Anatomy and Physiology II||(4)|
|SPH-131||Fundamentals of Communication||(3)|
|SOC-190||Introduction to Sociology||(3)|
One 3-credit elective in Humanities and Fine Arts is also required.
|DNT-112||Clinical Dental Hygiene I||(2)|
|DNT-113||Dental Hygiene Theory I||(1)|
|DNT-114||General and Oral Pathology||(3)|
|DNT-115||Dental Hygiene Lab I||(1)|
|DNT-116||Dental Radiology Theory||(2)|
|DNT-117||Dental Radiology Lab||(1)|
|DNT-120||Introduction to Periodontics I||(2)|
|DNT-215||Pain Management Dental Hygiene Practice||(3)|
|DNT-216||Clinical Dental Hygiene II||(4)|
|DNT-217||Dental Hygiene Theory II||(1)|
|DNT-218||Dental Ethics, Jurisprudence & Practice||(2)|
|DNT-220||Community Dental Health||(2)|
|DNT-221||Community Dental Health Practicum||(1)|