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Dental Hygiene Program

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Phone: (804) 828-9096

The Dental Hygiene Program in the Department of Oral Health Promotion and Community Outreach offers courses leading to a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene. The Dental Hygiene Program, which began in 1969, requires two years of liberal arts study, with a minimum of 60 semester hours, followed by two years of study focusing on basic and dental sciences, dental hygiene science and theory, community health, and preclinical and clinical experiences. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates are eligible for national, regional and state board licensing examinations.

The Dental Hygiene Program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association.  

The VCU Dental Hygiene Program Advantage

Attending the only dental hygiene program located within a dental school in the Commonwealth of Virginia, dental hygiene students at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry have a unique opportunity to work in integrated clinical settings alongside DDS students as well as with faculty members from dental hygiene, dentistry and specialty areas -- gaining invaluable experiences as they learn the practice of dental hygiene while treating a highly diverse patient population. Academic excellence and clinical expertise are further supported by rotations through specialty areas (orthodontics, periodontics, oral surgery, and pediatric dentistry) and community-based and private-practice clinics at collaborative service-learning sites throughout Virginia.


Virginia Commonwealth University
School of Dentistry
Lyons Dental Building
520 North 12th Street, Fourth Floor
Box 980566
Richmond, Virginia 23298-0566
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