Dental Hygiene (Associate of Applied Science)

Joint Venture with DCC & LRCC

Virginia Western Community College began delivery of the Associate of Applied Science Degree Dental Hygiene Program to Danville Community College via distance learning in 1997, graduating the first class in 1999. The program expanded to include Laurel Ridge Community College in 2000, graduating the first class in 2002. Students are admitted to the distance sites biennially. The program is designed to prepare qualified 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).

How does the distance program operate?

The Joint Venture programs are a distance satellite of VWCC’s accredited dental hygiene program. Students enroll in the same classes and have clinical experiences just like students on the Roanoke campus. The dental hygiene classroom environment consists of various modalities. While most courses originate from the main campus at VWCC, some courses may originate from one of the distance campuses or be in an on-line format. The dental hygiene lecture is delivered “live” to the other classroom site by compressed video (VTEL); students can see and talk to the classroom instructor and to students at the Roanoke site. Preclinical, clinic, and laboratory courses will take place at the clinical facility developed by the Joint Venture site. DCC has a new facility in the Foundation Hall on the Danville campus. LRCC students attend and have a clinical site on the Middletown campus. Students may complete any remaining general support courses in the curriculum (English, Microbiology, Psychology, etc.) at DCC or LRCC while completing the program. (BIO 141 and 142 or equivalents must be completed as prerequisites.)

How do LRCC, and DCC students communicate with VWCC faculty who teach distance courses?

Students can talk with the instructor during class sessions using the compressed video. In addition, weekly conference time will be provided for students at the joint venture site as “office hours” for faculty-student communication. Students will have individual email accounts. Other communication can be done by phone or fax. A local program coordinator is employed at the DCC and LRCC sites to serve as a clinical faculty member and academic advisor for students. This individual is a dental hygienist with an education background.

How can I learn more about the student experience at the joint venture site?

For specific questions about the distance classroom and clinical experiences of the students at Joint Venture sites, you may be able to speak with the following Site Coordinators during the Fall or Spring semester: 

LRCC campus: Lori Ellington 540-868-7187
DCC campus: Robin Mitchell 434-797-8517 (126 Foundation Hall)

To apply for admission, send all application materials directly to: Pamela Woody, VWCC, 3091 Colonial Ave., Roanoke, VA 24015. She is your assigned advisor at VWCC who will review your application material for completeness and provide guidance on the admission requirements. You may reach out to Ms. Rhonda Perdue (rperdue@virginiawestern.edu) or Ms. Jalen Levisy for course suggestions and other information as well as healthprofessions@virginiawestern.edu.  Early application is encouraged for advising purposes.

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

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

ADVISING

healthprofessions@virginiawestern.edu
 Fralin Center HP339
New Students: Chapman Hall
 540-857-6644
Fax: 540-857-6640

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

PROGRAM HEAD

Marlana Thomas
Administrative Officer, Dental Hygiene

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

SCHOOL OF HEALTH PROFESSIONS

Martha Sullivan, Dean