Dental Assisting and Hygiene Education in Virginia

These are exciting times for anyone embarking on a career in dental assisting or dental hygiene in the state of Virginia. Employment growth in these fields is expected to be the highest in the US. [Seguir leyendo en español]

The US Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics foresees a ten year increase in dental assistant jobs of 37.3%, taking total employment for this profession in Virginia to over 11,500 people. The story for dental hygienists is even more encouraging with growth expected to hit 48%. This is good news indeed.

Not only that, Forbes cites Virginia as the second best state to make a living.

Requirements

The Virginia Board of Dentistry is the body responsible for the registration of dental assistants in accordance with the state’s dental practice act.

In Virginia there are two classes of Dental Assistant: Dental Assistant I (DA I) and Dental Assistant II (DA II). The duties that each class may or may not perform are summarized here.

A DA I may perform basic chairside supporting procedures under the direct supervision of a licensed dentist. There are no specific education requirements for this level of dental assistant under current Virginia regulations.

To become a DA II by examination, you must be a graduate of a CODA-accredited dental assisting program and attain DANB Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) certification. You may also earn DA II status by endorsement if you qualified in another state. All applicants must attest that they have read, understood and will remain current with state dental laws and regulations.

In order to assist in the monitoring or administration of sedation you must have either undergone Basic Cardiac Life Support training or similar from a Board-approved provider, or hold a current certification as a Dental Anesthesia Assistant by the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) or the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology (ADSA).

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)

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Salaries in Virginia

Dental Assistant Salaries by Area

The average salary for Dental Assistants in Virginia, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, is $33,394, or $16.05 per hour.

AreaTotal EmployedMean Hourly WageMean Annual Salary
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV6,500$19.98$41,550
Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA80$18.93$39,360
Charlottesville, VA220$18.55$38,590
Harrisonburg, VA150$18.99$39,510
Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA300$15.68$32,610
Lynchburg, VA230$16.66$34,640
Richmond, VA1,010$19.08$39,690
Roanoke, VA340$17.08$35,540
Staunton-Waynesboro, VA120$18.40$38,270
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC2,070$15.48$32,190
Winchester, VA-WV120$18.21$37,880

Dental Hygienist Salaries by Area

The average salary for Dental Hygienists in Virginia, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, is $73,687, or $35.43 per hour.

AreaTotal EmployedMean Hourly WageMean Annual Salary
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV3,370$42.43$88,250
Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA160$25.91$53,890
Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA80$39.73$82,640
Charlottesville, VA160$37.39$77,770
Harrisonburg, VA**$35.68$74,220
Lynchburg, VA100$35.24$73,300
Richmond, VA670$39.79$82,770
Roanoke, VA140$33.36$69,390
Staunton-Waynesboro, VA60$41.91$87,170
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC1,030$33.95$70,620
Winchester, VA-WV60$33.60$69,880
 

Dental Assisting

Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA

Virginia Highlands Community College

100 VHCC Drive, Abingdon, Virginia 24212-0828
(276) 739-2400
http://www.vhcc.edu/index.aspx?page=175

Virginia Highlands Community College’s diploma program is offered at their campus in Abingdon in Washington County, VA. The college has about 2,570 students in total, with the majority of students on 2-year programs. Typical in-state tuition is approximately $3,990 per year. The fees for students from outside the state of Virginia are $9,828.

Washington County Adult Skill Center

848 Thompson Dr, Abingdon, Virginia 24210
(276) 676-1948
http://wcskillcenter.org/dental.html

The Certificate program at Washington County Adult Skill Center is offered at their campus in Abingdon in Washington County. Most of the school’s 73 students are on < 2-year programs. The retention rate of full-time students at this college is over 80%. Annual fees for the dental assisting program are $4,575 and books and supplies costs of $160. The average completion time for the program is 9 months.

Northwestern Virginia nonmetropolitan area

Germanna Community College

2130 Germanna Hwy, Locust Grove, Virginia 22508-2102
(540) 423-9030
http://www.germanna.edu/programs/dental-assisting-certificate.asp

Germanna Community College’s diploma program is offered at their campus in Locust Grove in Orange County, VA. The program is accredited by the American Dental Association. The college has around 7,520 students in total, with the majority of students on 2-year programs. In-state tuition is approximately $4,170 per year. Tuition for students from outside Virginia is $10,008.

Richmond, VA

Fortis College-Richmond

2000 Westmoreland Street, Suite A, Richmond, Virginia 23230
(804) 323-1020
http://www.fortis.edu/campuses/career-training/dental-assisting/2000-westmoreland-street-suite-a-richmond-va.aspx

Fortis College’s diploma program is offered at their campus in Richmond in Henrico County, VA. Most of the school’s 534 students are on 2-year programs. Tuition fees at this college are about $13,815 per year, while tuition for out-of-state students is $13,815.

Fortis College-Richmond

2000 Westmoreland Street, Suite A, Richmond, Virginia 23230
(804) 323-1020
http://www.fortis.edu/campuses/career-training/dental-assisting/2000-westmoreland-street-suite-a-richmond-va.aspx

The Associate’s degree program is imparted at the college’s Richmond campus. The college has about 534 students in total, with the majority of students on 2-year programs. Tuition fees at the college are about $13,815 per year. The fees for students from outside Virginia are $13,815.

Southwestern Virginia nonmetropolitan area

Wytheville Community College

1000 E Main Street, Wytheville, Virginia 24382-3308
(276) 223-4700
http://www.wcc.vccs.edu/program/dental-assisting

Wytheville Community College’s diploma program is offered at their campus in the town of Wytheville, VA. The program is accredited by the American Dental Association. This public college has around 3,717 students in total, with the majority of students on 2-year programs. Typical in-state tuition is approximately $3,990 per year, while out-of-state students will pay $9,828.

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC

Everest College-Chesapeake

825 Greenbrier Circle Suite 100, Chesapeake, Virginia 23320
(757) 361-3900
http://www.everest.edu/campus/chesapeake/program/dental-assistant

Everest College’s diploma program is offered at their campus in Chesapeake in Chesapeake City County, VA. The majority of the school’s 725 students are on 2-year programs. Tuition fees at this college are about $11,700 per year, while the fees for students from other states are $11,700.

Centura College-Norfolk

7020 North Military Highway, Norfolk, Virginia 23518-4833
(757) 853-2121
http://centuracollege.edu/college-programs/dental-assistant-college/

Centura College’s diploma program is offered at their campus in the city of Norfolk, VA. This private, for-profit college has around 411 students in total, with the majority of students on 2-year programs. Fees at the college are around $15,027 per year, while the fees for students from other states are $15,027.

Fortis College-Norfolk

6300 Center Dr Bldg 22, Norfolk, Virginia 23502-4101
(757) 499-5447
http://www.fortis.edu/campuses/career-training/dental-assisting/6300-center-drive-suite-100-norfolk-va.aspx

The Associate’s program at Fortis College is taught at their Norfolk campus. This private, for-profit college has about 392 students in total, with the majority of students on 2-year programs. Fees at the college are about $18,170 per year. Tuition for students from outside the state of Virginia is $18,170.

Fortis College-Norfolk

6300 Center Dr Bldg 22, Norfolk, Virginia 23502-4101
(757) 499-5447
http://www.fortis.edu/campuses/career-training/dental-assisting/6300-center-drive-suite-100-norfolk-va.aspx

The Certificate program at Fortis College is taught at their Norfolk campus. This private, for-profit college has approximately 392 students in total, with the majority of students on 2-year programs. Tuition fees at the school are approximately $18,170 per year. Fees for out-of-state students are $18,170.

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

Everest College-Woodbridge

14555 Potomac Mills Rd, Woodbridge, Virginia 22192
(571) 408-2100
http://www.everest.edu/campus/woodbridge/program/dental-assistant

The Certificate program at Everest College is offered at their campus in Woodbridge in Prince William County. The college has around 163 students in total, with most students on programs that last under 2 years.Annual fees for the dental assisting program are $16,675 and books and supplies costs of $957. On average the program takes 8 months to complete.

Dental Hygiene

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

Northern Virginia Community College

4001 Wakefield Chapel Rd, Annandale, Virginia 22003-3796
(703) 323-3000
http://www.nvcc.edu/campuses-and-centers/medical/academic-divisions/allied-health/dental-hygiene/index.html

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
http://hs.odu.edu/dental/academics/bs/about.shtml

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
http://tncc.edu/about-2/departments-initiatives/dental-hygiene-program/

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
http://tncc.edu/about-2/departments-initiatives/dental-hygiene-program/

Thomas Nelson Community College’s diploma program 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
http://www.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.

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