Mission and goals

Mission and goals

The Virginia Commonwealth University Dental Hygiene Program is committed to excellence in education, patient care, service, and professionalism. The focus of the program is to prepare future practitioners to deliver healthcare services in an interdisciplinary, culturally-sensitive manner. The mission is to provide an exceptional education to empower students to become lifelong learners, devoted to scientific inquiry and service to the local, national, and global community.

Program goals

The following program goals reflect the mission of Virginia Commonwealth University, VCU School of Dentistry, and the Dental Hygiene Program competencies:


  • Prepare dental hygiene graduates who possess the knowledge, skills, and attributes to provide quality dental hygiene care
  • Provide students with an interdisciplinary, evidence-based curriculum, reflective of contemporary healthcare delivery
  • Educate a diverse population of learners in a patient-centered, student-friendly atmosphere that fosters active and self-directed learning, critical thinking and self-assessment

Patient care

  • Prepare dental hygiene graduates who are competent to provide patient-centered, comprehensive, evidence-based dental hygiene care in an ethical and professional manner
  • Provide a clinical education based on a model of prevention designed to promote optimal oral and systemic health


  • Prepare dental hygiene graduates to respond to the evolving oral health care needs of a culturally-diverse society by demonstrating a commitment to civic engagement
  • Provide students with opportunities for service-learning activities in the community that promote the mission of the school, university and profession


  • Provide students with the skills to advance the foundation and practice of dental hygiene through a commitment to scientific inquiry and life-long learning
  • Prepare dental hygiene graduates to assume leadership roles in professional organizations
  • Model professional behaviors consistent with ethical and legal expectations of the dental hygiene profession