Dental Hygiene Program Admissions

Applicants must meet the general admission requirements for admission to both Virginia Western Community College and Lord Fairfax Community College. Visit Virginia Western Community College for application materials and additional program information.

All application materials are required to be submitted in a single envelope to Health Technology at VWCC. Admission to the Dental Hygiene Program is on a selective basis. All admission requirements must be completed prior to the selection process. In all cases, the recommendation of the Dental Hygiene Admissions Committee is the final determinant for admission to the program.

Admission Guidelines:

Applicant must meet the general admission requirements for the college. Cumulative grade point average (GPA) must be ≥ 2.75 by the end of Fall 2019. We use the GPA calculated at the most recent institution/college you completed at least 12 college credit hours within a 12‐month period. If you have not taken 12 college credit hours by the end of fall 2017, the high school GPA must be ≥ 2.75. If your GPA is not above a 2.75, you are encouraged to seek advising from the dental hygiene advisor about how this will impact your eligibility and how to improve your GPA.  

In addition to the general admission requirements established for the College, entry into the Dental Hygiene Program requires:

  1. Graduation from high school (HS) or satisfactory completion of the General Educational Diploma (GED)
  2. One unit each of high school or college biology and chemistry with a “C” or better.
  3. Completion of BIO 141-142, Anatomy and Physiology with a grade of “C” or better by the end of the spring semester prior to beginning the program.
  4. Completion on SDV 101 (2 credits) with a grade of “C” or better by the end of the semester prior to beginning the program.
  5. Completion of LFCC placement/diagnostic tests in math. Must demonstrate competency in MTE 1-5.
  6. A grade of “C” or better is necessary in required high school/college units of math and science. (The applicant’s high school or college (if applicable) cumulative grade point average (GPA) must be at least 2.75 and is based on at least 12 credit hours of college credit in a 12-month timeframe. The GPA is determined at the end of fall semester prior to admission. Priority consideration will be given to applicants with a cumulative high school and/or college grade point average of 3.0 or above.
  7. A minimum of 16 hours of shadowing or observation of a licensed dental hygienist is required.
  8. Two letters of recommendation using the VWCC format. 
  9. Completed Dental Hygiene Program application.
  10. Take the TEAS test.

STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES AFTER ACCEPTANCE INTO THE PROGRAM:

  1. Admission is contingent upon a satisfactory medical examination indicating good general health. The medical examination must include evidence of a PPD skin test (or chest x-ray, and serology for the Hepatitis B surface antigen and antibody). The Heptavax vaccine is required. All documentation must be submitted to the head of the Dental Hygiene Program no later than August 1 in order for the student to continue in the program.
  2. Current certification in health care provider cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is required for both years of the program. No substitutions are accepted. Students are responsible for providing their own malpractice insurance coverage during the two years of the program. Insurance is available for purchase after admission to the program. This policy is nonrefundable. All documentation must be submitted to the head of the Dental Hygiene Program no later than August 1 in order for the student to continue in the program.
  3. All students admitted to the Dental Hygiene Program must attend dental hygiene orientation, register for all classes and pay their tuition prior to August 1. All students are required to purchase the instrument and supply kit, pay a lab usage fee and are expected to order uniforms at orientation. If a student withdraws from the program, the kit is nonrefundable.
  4. Students admitted to the program with academic contingencies in biology, chemistry or algebra must provide documentation of satisfactory completion of the contingency prior to the beginning of fall classes. Failure to meet a stated contingency will result in admission being rescinded.
  5. All students admitted to the program without prior experience in the dental field (chair-side dental assisting) are required to observe dental hygiene procedures in the dental office of their choice. 
  6. Students in the program are responsible for transportation to and from agencies utilized for clinical and community health rotation experiences.
  7. Acceptance into the Program is contingent upon a satisfactory annual criminal background check and annual negative drug screening test. Satisfactory completion of this is required for license eligibility. Costs of the tests are the responsibility of the student.
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