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Dental Hygiene :: Apply Now

Applications for the Fall 2021 Roanoke Class are being accepted now and all application material must be submitted by February 15, 2021. We will also be accepting applications for the 2021 Joint Venture with DCC and all material must be submitted no later than February 15, 2021. All application material is processed by Miss Woody at VWCC, regardless of which site you will be considered for. A class at LFCC/Middletown is accepted biennially in even numbered years.

How To Apply

We require all application material(s) be submitted directly to Health Professions. If you fail to do so, be aware we will not be responsible for any delays in processing your file. Complete the following and submit in one envelope to Pam Woody, VWCC - Health Professions, 3091 Colonial Ave., Roanoke, VA 24015. A meeting with the advisor is not required. If you have questions, it is suggested that any meeting not be conducted until after all transcripts have been submitted to the advisor. You may contact the advisor directly after that time by email, or if needed in her office, when visitors are permitted on campus. You should follow the steps below.

1. Apply to VWCC.

If you are not a current VWCC student, apply to the college by completing a VWCC college application. You are encouraged to complete the application online at Please make sure you indicate your plan of study as Career Studies Certificate: Introduction to Dental Hygiene (curricular/credit classes) on the college application. (Anyone asking for DCC consideration must also complete their college's application prior to February 15th, please contact their Admissions Office or visit their website for guidance.)

All NEW students intending to enroll in classes at Virginia Western are encouraged to consider contacting the Enrollment Center staff in Chapman Hall, if they have basic questions about placement testing, course requirements, financial aid, etc. You may become more familiar with the college at and plan your first visit. You must have an appointment to visit the enrollment center and it's a great way to learn more about what the college offers and available resources. They will refer you to a New Student Advisor, if needed, or to the pre-admission advisor for Dental Hygiene, when necessary.

Note: If you already attend a Virginia community college, you most likely do not need to do “VPT” placement testing at VWCC, unless the advisor requests in your initial advising form letter. If you attend another college or university, the official transcripts you provide will be evaluated to see if placement test can be waived. Again, the advisor will request in the advising form letter if you need to take it and why. Applicant's who need to begin prerequisite courses at Virginia Western (home college) should make it a priority to take the “VPT” as soon as possible after applying to the college or seek assistance from Chapman Hall, if a new student.

2. Apply to the Dental Hygiene Program.

Apply to the Dental Hygiene Program by completing a 2021 Dental Hygiene Application Form.

3. Obtain and submit your transcripts.

Have all official sealed transcripts (high school and college) and a copy of GED scores (if applicable) to submit in your application packet. We strongly suggest applicants request transcripts be sent to the applicant's mailing address, so you are fully aware of whether your request is filled and all material can be placed by you in one larger envelope for submission. Remember, do not open any envelope which contains a transcript, they are no longer "official" to us when you open. Official electronic transcripts are acceptable. Transcripts must be received by Miss Woody by Feb. 15.

If any school refuses to issue "official" transcripts directly to you, please request they be sent addressed directly to Pam Woody at the address above. Please do not request transcripts from VWCC or any other community college in Virginia. Transcripts must include Continuing Education courses. HS transcripts are required even if you are a college graduate. GED holders must also submit official high school transcripts if completed at least through the 9th grade. If you were home-schooled, a detailed academic curriculum report showing completion and signed by the school administrator is required (including a statement indicating if a lab component was completed for Biology and Chemistry).

Transcript Request Form (PDF)

4. Submit your application materials.

We suggest mailing your application packet to Miss Woody at the address above. Material being hand-delivered to campus should be brought to the 3rd floor of the Fralin Center, Room HP339, with an appointment made to do so when campus is restricted to visitors. The Health Professions office is usually accessible from 7:45 AM to 4:00 PM. If the office is closed, please slide the materials under the door of Fralin 339. The Dental Hygiene advising form letter is mailed, or scanned to your school email account, after your complete academic file is reviewed by the Advisor (usually within 3-4 weeks if received from May - December). It is the applicant's responsibility to request their own transcripts and pay any required fees. Faxed transcripts are not considered "official" for application. You can review the Dental Hygiene Overview (PDF) to learn more about the application process and eligibility. (Usually updated in June.)

Note:  Applicants should remember to update the advisor (Miss Woody) with any changes to their mailing address throughout the process.  We use the Dental Hygiene application form address and email address until we receive notification directly from the applicant to change it in their application file.  We do not receive notification about address changes from the college SIS student account information.  All future contact from the advisors office regarding the application and TEAS, will be sent (via US postal service) to the last address given to us directly from the applicant.

5. Review the Dental Hygiene Checklist

Details about other steps taken after the deadline are discussed, including the TEAS and Observation.

Dental Hygiene Checklist (PDF).

The pre-advisor will be in contact by letter, once an applicant has supplied all their transcripts. The pre-advisor does not have any input in the final admission decisions for a program, so face-to-face contact with the advisor is not a requirement.

Apply Early

By applying early to VWCC and submitting your high school/GED records and all college transcripts, Pam Woody (Advisor) will be able to provide answers to many of your questions and help guide you in making decisions for this restricted program. She will notify you of any prerequisite requirements you have not met and provide advising on how to meet those requirements, as well as selecting courses that can be utilized to increase your cumulative GPA by the end of the Fall semester. Current enrollment in missing prerequisites is not required to apply early, but they must all be completed by the end of Spring 2021 to be considered for Roanoke or DCC for Fall 2021.

Tuition: $
Credits: 72 Hours
Time: 2 Years


Location: Fralin Center HP 214A or HP 339
Phone: 540-857-6325, 857-6644 or 857-7307
Fax: 540-857-6640

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

Program Head

Colleen K. McGowan
Interim Co-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

Paula W. Derbyshire
Interim Co-Director, Dental Hygiene
B.S. - Longwood University, 1980
B.S.D.H. - Virginia Commonwealth University, 1983
M.S.H.Ed. - Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 1992

School of Health Professions

Martha Sullivan, Dean