Introduction to Dental Hygiene

Did you know that Dental Hygiene at Virginia Western Community College prepares you to work in a number of settings such as private practice, hospitals, universities, and community clinics? Other career opportunities include public health, research, and teaching. Begin your journey today to a career that offers a good income, flexibility, and fulfillment.

This curriculum is designed to academically prepare students to apply for the restricted admissions AAS Dental Hygiene program and to gain a job ready skill in health professions. Students will either prepare to take the National Registry of EMT certification exam or prepare to work in a medical office. Students should be aware that completion of this program does not guarantee admission into the AAS Dental Hygiene program.


Est. Tuition*: $
Credits: 27 Hours
Time: 1 year

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

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

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


Colleen K. McGowan
Director, Dental Hygiene

A.S. – Richard Bland College, 1980
A.S. – Virginia Western Community College, 1994
B.S. – Old Dominion University, 2008
M.Ed. Mary Baldwin University, 2016


Martha Sullivan, Dean