Dental Hygiene Education in Virginia

There were 4,970 Dental Hygienists working in the State of Virginia as of May 2016, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data. The outlook for professionals in this field is promising, with total jobs expected to grow by 24.43% between 2014 and 2024, according to the Virginia Employment Commission. [Seguir leyendo en español]

Moreover, MoneyRates.com cites Virginia as the tenth best state to make a living. [Get data for Dental Assisting schools and careers in Virginia here.]

Requirements

To become a dental hygienist in the state of Virginia, you must have completed a CODA-accredited dental hygiene program, passed the National Board Dental Hygiene Exam and a clinical exam (SRTA, CRDTS, WREB, NERB, ADEX, or CITA)

Dental Hygienist Salaries by Area

The average salary for Dental Hygienists in Virginia in 2016, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, was $82,690, or $39.76 per hour. Dental hygienist jobs in Virginia are concentrated in the Washington, Arlington and Alexandria area in the border area of DC, Maryland, West Virginia and Virginia.

AreaTotal EmployedMean Hourly WageMean Annual Salary
Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA80$33.98$70,680
Charlottesville, VA170$37.84$78,720
Harrisonburg, VA70$33.03$68,700
Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA170$27.36$56,910
Lynchburg, VA80$36.59$76,110
Richmond, VA840$36.99$76,950
Roanoke, VA180$36.14$75,160
Staunton-Waynesboro, VA**$36.95$76,850
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC1,200$34.17$71,070
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV3,470$43.57$90,620
Winchester, VA-WV70$34.57$71,900

Popular Programs

Well-known DH schools in Virginia

There are 18 educational programs/majors in the state of Virginia. Of those, 12 dental hygiene programs (and 7 dental assistant programs) are accredited by the American Dental Association’s (ADA) Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA). Some of those institutions naturally provide both types of dental programs.

Springfield, VA

Northern Virginia Community College: NOVA’s dental hygiene program provides clinical, therapeutic, and educational services at the Medical Education Campus at 6699 Springfield Center Drive, Springfield, VA 22150 (tel. 703-323-3000). To qualify for their CODA-accredited 2-year AAS program, applicants must have passed ENG 111 College Composition I and SDV 101 Orientation to Health Care with a “C” or higher, AND NAS 161-162 Health Science I-II with a grade of “B” or higher (72 total credits include 12 prerequisite credits). Federal financial aid requires you to be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, asylee, or refugee, while state aid requires that you be a VA resident (financial aid info here)

Norfolk, VA

Old Dominion University offer B.S. and M.S. dental hygiene degrees both online as well as at their campus at 5115 Hampton Blvd, Norfolk, VA 23529 (Registrar at register@odu.edu or 757-683-4425). The way the courses are structured, you can earn both degrees, BS to MS, in accelerated time and with less money using a common 12-hour credit core toward each degree. To be eligible to enroll in graduate courses, students must have a 3.2 grade point average, senior standing, and permission of your Program Advisor. Qualifying is not easy: a 3.25 or better average in all high school work, rank in the top 25% of your class, and achieve an SAT score of 1100+.

Hampton, VA

Thomas Nelson Community College offer a 5-semester, 2-year AAS Degree program at their campus at 99 Thomas Nelson Dr., Hampton, VA 23666, tel. 757-825-2700 (registration info here). Thomas Nelson’s Educational Foundation awards scholarships throughout the year. A minimum 2.0 GPA is required to receive and maintain scholarship funds which can be used for tuition, fees, books, supplies, and other expenses, while Federal and state aid funds can be used to pay remaining expenses.

Other public schools in Virginia

Virginia Commonwealth University, with 2 main campuses in Richmond, VA, offers a Bachelor’s Degree in dental hygiene with prerequisites that include 60 semester hours of course credits (admissions information here). Virginia Western Community College, in Roanoke, VA, has an AS Degree program with articulation agreements with several 4-year colleges with the possibility of transferring to BS programs. Lord Fairfax Community College in Middletown, VA, offers a five-semester AAS Degree in dental hygiene. LFCC’s program is small, with about 18 students only selected every 2 years. The school boasts a 100% employment accomplishment for those who graduated in the class of 2012-2014.

Dental Hygiene

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV

Northern Virginia Community College

4001 Wakefield Chapel Rd, Annandale, Virginia 22003-3796
(703) 323-3000
https://www.nvcc.edu/catalog/cat2018/academics/programs/programdetail.aspx?prog_id=1420&subprog_id=0&level=1

The Associate’s program at Northern Virginia Community College is offered at their campus in Annandale in Fairfax County. This program of study is ADA accredited. The majority of the school’s 51,864 students are on 2-year programs. Typical in-state tuition fees are approximately $3,677 per year. Tuition for students from outside the state of Virginia is $8,411.

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC

Old Dominion University

5115 Hampton Blvd, Norfolk, Virginia 23529
(757) 683-3000
https://www.odu.edu/dental

The Bachelor program at Old Dominion University is taught at their Norfolk campus. This program of study is accredited by the American Dental Association. This is a full, 4-year private college with 24,670 students, of which 79% are undergraduates. In-state tuition is approximately $8,550 per year, while tuition for out-of-state students is $24,210.

Thomas Nelson Community College

99 Thomas Nelson Drive, Hampton, Virginia 23666
(757) 825-2700
https://tncc.edu/programs/dental-hygiene-associate-degree

The Associate’s program at Thomas Nelson Community College is taught at their Hampton campus. The college has approximately 10,942 students in total, with the majority of students on 2-year programs. Typical in-state tuition fees are approximately $3,981 per year. Tuition for students from outside Virginia is $9,819.

Thomas Nelson Community College

99 Thomas Nelson Drive, Hampton, Virginia 23666
(757) 825-2700
https://tncc.edu/programs/pre-dental-hygiene-certificate

Thomas Nelson Community College’s diploma program – a pre-dental hygiene certificate – is offered at their campus in the city of Hampton, VA. The college has approximately 10,942 students in total, with the majority of students on 2-year programs. Typical in-state tuition is approximately $3,981 per year. Tuition for students from other states is $9,819.

Richmond, VA

Virginia Commonwealth University

910 W Franklin St, Richmond, Virginia 23284-2512
(804) 828-0100
https://dentistry.vcu.edu/programs/dentalhygiene/

The Bachelor’s degree program is imparted at the college’s Richmond campus. This program of study is ADA accredited. Of the 31,445 students, about 25% are postgraduates. In-state tuition is approximately $12,002 per year. Tuition for out-of-state students is $29,473.

Roanoke, VA

Virginia Western Community College

3093 Colonial Ave, Roanoke, Virginia 24015
(540) 857-7311
http://www.virginiawestern.edu/academics/health/dental/index.php

The Certificate program at Virginia Western Community College is offered at their campus in the city of Roanoke. The program is ADA accredited. This private, not-for-profit college has around 8,440 students in total, with most students on 2-year programs. In-state tuition fees are approximately $4,004 per year. Tuition for students from outside Virginia is $9,436.

see our preferred schools