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Dental Hygiene :: Estimated Cost

This is provided as an estimate of some expenses that will be incurred by students upon entering and during the program. They are subject to change. Items that have a * are typically not covered by financial aid funds. Details about many of these items are discussed in the summer orientation for accepted students. Please note there is an initial prepackaged instrument kit that must be purchased during orientation, which is the majority of the instruments. However, additional instruments are necessary and paid for separately in the spring (2nd semester). Additional instruments are also needed in the second year of the program as the student progresses. In the last semester of the program, students taking the regional clinical exam will be required to travel to the exam site with a patient (an allowance has been included, but will vary depending on arrangements made by the student).

Tuition is estimated in the table below based off the following criteria. For more accurate information please visit the tuition rates and fees site.

(Tuition rates below are as of Fall 2017 and subject to change.)

Estimated In-State Tuition: $174.24 per credit hour 
Estimated Out-Of-State Tuition: $371.84 per credit hour

Item First Year Second Year
Tuition (In-State) $8,712.00 $3,833.28
Books (Dental Hygiene only) 1,600.00 500.00
Instruments (the first year expenses include an initial kit purchase and additional instruments paid for in the 2nd semester) non-refundable 1,700.00 250.00
Clinic Lab Supplies* 400.00 200.00
Magnification Loupe/Light* 1,400.00  
Uniforms/Shoes* 250.00 50.00
Physical/PPD Hepavax Vaccine* 330.00 20.00
Criminal Background Check/Urine-Drug Screening* 85.00 85.00
CPR (Healthcare Provider) 175.00  
Malpractice Insurance (non-refundable)* 45.00  
SADHA dues* 65.00 65.00
National Board Review Course (optional)*   400.00
National Board Exam Fee*   450.00
Regional Clinical Exam*   1,200.00
Regional Clinical Equipment Rental*   200.00
Clinic Use Fee*   100.00
Virginia License*   210.00
TOTAL $14,762.00 $7,383.28

Note: Payment of tuition is on a semester by semester basis according to credit hours enrolled in. The total estimated tuition (in-state) is based on 72 credits. This does include the tuition for BIO 141-142 (8 credits) which are required prerequisites completed prior to the program. It does not include any costs for other prerequisites (such as Algebra I-II, Biology, and Chemistry) or developmental classes which may be needed prior to consideration for the program (varies by applicant).

Advising/Info Office

Location: Fralin Center HP339
Phone: 540-857-7306
Fax: 540-857-6640

Mailing address:
3091 Colonial Ave., SW
Roanoke, VA 24015

Program Head

Martha H. Sullivan
Administrative Officer for Dental Hygiene, Associate Professor

A.S. - University of Louisville, 1982
B.A. - Mary Baldwin College, 1998
M.S.H.A. - Virginia Commonwealth University, 2001

College Catalog

School of Health Professions

Carole S. Graham, Dean
Administration & business contacts
Location: Fralin Center HP214C
Phone: 540-857-6717