School of Health Professions :: Programs of Study
Dental Hygiene - Associate of Applied Science
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.
Mission & Goals
The mission of the dental hygiene program is to empower students to become ethical, self-directed primary care providers, encompassing a critical thinking evidence-based approach to oral health services within the scope of dental hygiene practice. Students will provide services that enhance oral and total wellness for culturally diverse populations in both traditional and non-traditional settings.
The Goals of the dental hygiene program are to effectively implement the program mission, the college and program faculty have made a commitment to:
- Provide the educational setting and experiences necessary to develop the competencies required for entry into dental hygiene practice.
- Provide an academic environment that promotes, models, and facilitates critical thinking, problem solving, effective communication, self-assessment, and ethical behaviors.
- Provide quality oral health services, applying the dental hygiene process of care and current standards of practice, to residents of the communities served by the college and joint-venture distance program sites.
- Foster an interest in life-long learning and maintaining professional competence through professional activities, continuing education, research, and community service.
Local Job Opportunities
This program is fully accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association, a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education, http://www.ada.org/117.aspx.
Possible Career Paths (from the ADHA)
The Commission on Dental Accreditation will review complaints that relate to a program's compliance with accreditation standards. The Commission is interested in the sustained quality and continued improvement of dental and dental-related education programs but does not intervene on behalf of individuals or act as a court of appeal for individuals in matters of admission, appointment, promotion or dismissal of faculty, staff or students. Only written, signed complaints will be considered by the Commission; oral and unsigned complaints will not be considered. The Commission strongly encourages attempts at informal or formal resolution through the program's or sponsoring institution's internal processes prior to initiating a formal complaint with the Commission. The dental hygiene program will maintain a record of student complaints related to the Commission's accreditation standards and/or policy. A copy of the appropriate accreditation standards and/or the Commission's policy and procedure for submission of complaints may be obtained by contacting the Commission at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611 or by calling 1-800-621-8099 extension 4653.
The Virginia Western Community College Student Conduct policy can be found at: http://www.virginiawestern.edu/about/policies/I-21.php. This policy includes exemptions for restricted admissions programs, such as dental hygiene, to enact program specific policies. This manual serves as notice of the dental hygiene policies. Students are required to sign a form acknowledging that they have received the policies.
Credits: 72 Hours
Time: 2 Years
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Location: Fralin Center HP 214A or HP 339
Phone: 540-857-6325, 857-6644 or 857-7307
3091 Colonial Ave., SW
Roanoke, VA 24015
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, Interim Dean