Academics :: School of Health Professions

Dental Hygiene

Associate of Applied Science Degree

The curriculum is designed to prepare students as primary preventive oral health professionals licensed to practice dental hygiene.  Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will be eligible to take national, regional, and state board examinations leading to licensure as a registered dental hygienist (RDH).

Mission Statement

The mission of the dental hygiene program is to prepare students to become self-directed primary providers of oral health care services, capable of collaborating with the client and other health care professionals to enhance the client's oral and total wellness.


To effectively implement the program mission, the college and program faculty have made a commitment to:

  • Provide the educational setting and experiences necessary to develop the competencies required for entry into dental hygiene practice.
  • Provide an academic environment that promotes, models, and facilitates critical thinking, problem solving, effective communication, self-assessment, and ethical behaviors.
  • Provide quality oral health services, applying the dental hygiene process of care and current standards of practice, to residents of the communities served by the college and joint-venture distance program sites.
  • Foster an interest in life-long learning and maintaining professional competence through professional activities, continuing education, research, and community service.

Contact Information

Health Professions Information Office

If you are interested in applying to the VWCC Dental Hygiene program, we encourage you to explore the information links on this page to learn more about the process.  Once your application and transcripts have been reviewed, our office can provide academic guidance to help prepare students for possible entry into this program.  If you need further assistance, you may contact our office. 

CSHP 339

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

School of Health Professions



This program is fully accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association, a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education,

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