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.

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 2023 and are subject to change.)

Estimated In-State Tuition: $175.20 per credit hour 
Estimated Out-Of-State Tuition: $375.30 per credit hour

ItemFirst YearSecond Year
Tuition (In-State) **see note$7,008.00$3,854.40
Books (Dental Hygiene only)/Software1,400.00500.00
Instruments (the first year expenses include an initial kit purchase and additional instruments paid for in the 2nd semester) and typodonts and tripod rental non-refundable*2,500.00350.00
Computer Camera (if computer not already equipped)50.00
Clinic Lab Supplies*250.00200.00
Magnification Loupe/Light*1,400.00
Physical/PPD Hepavax Vaccine*200.0020.00
Criminal Background Check/Urine-Drug Screening*120.0085.00
CPR (Healthcare Provider)180.00
Malpractice Insurance (non-refundable)*45.00
SADHA dues*65.0065.00
National Board Review Course (optional)*400.00
National Board Exam Fee*550.00
Regional Clinical Exam*1,200.00
Virginia License*210.00

Note: Payment of tuition is on a semester by semester basis according to credit hours enrolled in. The curriculum is a total of 72 credits.

** The tuition for prerequisites BIO141-142 and SDV101 (10 cr. = $1,752) is not included in this table, as they are completed prior to the program. This does not include any costs for other prerequisites (such as Algebra I, Biology, and Chemistry) or developmental classes which may be needed prior to consideration for the program (varies by applicant).

* Financial Aid will not typically cover the cost


Est. Tuition*: $
Credits: 72 Hours
Time: 2 Years

*Estimated cost reflects in-state rate and is subject to change


The cost of attendance is an estimate of the costs a student may have while at Virginia Western.

Click here for the cost of attendance for financial aid.

 Fralin Center HP339
New Students: Chapman Hall
Fax: 540-857-6640

Mailing address:
School of Health Professions
3091 Colonial Ave., SW
Roanoke, VA 24015


Marlana Thomas
Administrative Officer, Dental Hygiene

B.S. Dental Hygiene – Old Dominion University, 2010
M.S. Education – Old Dominion University, 2011


Martha Sullivan, Dean