Dental Hygiene

Start your future in Dental Hygiene!

A Partnership with Virginia Western Community College

This program is designed to prepare students as primary preventive oral health professionals licensed to practice dental hygiene. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will be eligible to take national, regional, and state board examinations leading to licensure as a registered dental hygienist (RDH).

The program has been accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association; a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education.

Accreditation: This program has been granted the accreditation status of “approval with reporting requirements” by the Commission on Dental Accreditation, a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education.

Student Spotlight

Christin Yokiel

As a child, Christin Yokiel was scared of going to the dentist. Today, she spends her days polishing, X-raying, and examining dental patients. One of her main goals is to put her patients at ease.

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Associate of Applied Science Degree
2 Years (5 Full-Time Semesters)

Program Information and Curriculum


Explore Careers and Job Outlook

A dental hygienist may practice in any of the following settings:

  • Dental offices and dental clinics
  • Federal, state, and local health departments
  • Hospitals and nursing homes/home health organizations
  • School districts or departments of education
  • Educational programs for dental, dental hygiene, and dental assisting students
  • Correctional facilities
  • Private and public facilities for pediatric, geriatric, and other individuals/groups with special needs
  • Health maintenance organization/managed care organizations.

Visit EMSI Career Coach to explore the career possibilities in this field.

Tuition and Funding Options

Tuition rates for this program are approximately one-third the cost of attending a four-year college or university in Virginia. Compare savings now!

An estimated $15.2 million dollars in grants, loans, work-study and scholarships are awarded to Laurel Ridge Community College students each year. We are committed to using all available funds to help you gain access to a college education.

Payment plans are offered to break down tuition payments.

View all financial aid, payment options, and more HERE.

Dental Services

The college offers a variety of FREE Dental Services to those who qualify. Teeth are important. Personal appearance, chewing efficiency, and general health may be enhanced with healthy teeth and gum. Learn more HERE.

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