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School of Health Professions :: Programs of Study

Dental Hygiene :: Estimated Cost

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. In the last semester of the program, students taking the regional clinical exam will be required to travel to the exam site with a patient (an allowance has been included, but will vary depending on arrangements made by the student).

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 2020 and subject to change.)

Estimated In-State Tuition: $178.49 per credit hour 
Estimated Out-Of-State Tuition: $378.59 per credit hour

Item First Year Second Year
Tuition (In-State) **see note $7,139.60 $3,926.78
Books (Dental Hygiene only)/Software 1,400.00 500.00
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* 2,500.00 350.00
Computer Camera 50.00  
Clinic Lab Supplies* 250.00 200.00
Magnification Loupe/Light* 1,400.00  
Uniforms/Shoes* 300.00 50.00
Physical/PPD Hepavax Vaccine* 200.00 20.00
PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) 300.00 500.00
Criminal Background Check/Urine-Drug Screening* 120.00 85.00
CPR (Healthcare Provider) 180.00  
Malpractice Insurance (non-refundable)* 45.00  
SADHA dues* 65.00 65.00
National Board Review Course (optional)*   400.00
National Board Exam Fee*   450.00
Regional Clinical Exam*   1,200.00
Regional Clinical Equipment Rental*   200.00
Clinic Use Fee*   150.00
Virginia License*   210.00
TOTAL $13,949.60 $8,306.78

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. = $1,785) 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).

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