Dental Hygiene Schools In Virginia VA

How to become a Dental Hygienist in Virginia

If you are interested in training to become a dental hygienist in Virginia you will need to graduate from an accredited dental hygiene program.

Requirements for entry into accredited programs include a high school diploma or equivalent and, depending on the school, you may need to pass entrance exams and complete an entry interview. Medical and legal clearances may also be required.

Below we provide details of the top accredited dental hygienist programs in Virginia, as well as licensing requirements and salary and employment data for the state.

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Top 6 Accredited Dental Hygienist Schools Virginia

StateSchoolAreaMore Information
VirginiaThomas Nelson Community CollegeHamptonLearn More
VirginiaOld Dominion UniversityNorfolkLearn More
VirginiaVirginia Commonwealth UniversityRichmondLearn More
VirginiaVirginia Western Community CollegeRoanokeLearn More
VirginiaNorthern Virginia Community CollegeSpringfieldLearn More
VirginiaWytheville Community CollegeWythevilleLearn More

Schools offering dental hygiene programs which have been accredited  by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) are recognized to maintain a high standard of education by the American Dental Association (ADA).

There are currently 6 CODA accredited programs in Virginia.

Once you have graduated from an accredited program you will be required to sit some additional state and/or national certification exams before you are eligible to apply for your dental hygienist license.

Virginia Dental Hygienist License Requirements

Once you have successfully graduated from an accredited program and have passed all additional certification exams it is a requirement of Virginia law that you obtain a license to work as a dental hygienist there.

The Virginia Board of Dentistry governs the licensing of dental hygienists in Virginia. You can contact the Board directly using the contact details below:

State Board: Virginia Board of Dentistry
Phone: (804) 367-4538

Dental Hygienist Salary in Virginia

Hourly Wage$39.09
Bottom 10% of Earners$51,090
Top 10% of Earners$110,000
# Employed5,430

The average dental hygienist salary in Virginia is $81,300  –  9% more than the national average of $74,680.

This  represents an hourly wage of $39.09.

There are currently 5,430 persons employed as dental hygienists in the state.

Virginia Dental Hygienist Employment and Salaries by Metro Area

It is a great time to train to become a dental hygienist in Virginia given the strong salary levels and jobs growth for the career.

Dental hygiene salaries are among some of the highest in the healthcare industry and it is projected that an additional 30,000 positions will be created in the sector between 2016 and 2024 representing an almost 15% increase in employment.

The table below provides a breakdown of salaries and employment of dental hygienists across the main towns, cities and non metro areas in Virginia;

AreaNumber EmployedSalary
Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA80$82,640
Charlottesville, VA160$77,770
Harrisonburg, VANot Avalable$74,220
Lynchburg, VA100$73,300
Richmond, VA670$82,770
Roanoke, VA140$69,390
Staunton-Waynesboro, VA60$87,170
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC1,030$70,620
Winchester, VA-WV60$69,880
Southwest Virginia nonmetropolitan area130$62,190
Southside Virginia nonmetropolitan area80$66,790
Northeast Virginia nonmetropolitan area40$79,010
Northwest Virginia nonmetropolitan area90$69,020

Related Healthcare Career Comparisons in Virginia

The table below provides a comparison between income and employment of dental hygienists and related healthcare careers in Virginia;

CareerNumber EmployedSalary
Dental Hygienists6,020$88,870
Physician Assistants2,010$108,480
Respiratory Therapists1,990$67,660
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers1,480$85,120
Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics2,880$58,370
Pharmacy Technicians7,320$40,980
Surgical Technologists1,960$53,000
Veterinary Technologists and Technicians1,850$36,530
Home Health Aides7,610$25,720
Nursing Assistants24,920$29,430
Occupational Therapy Assistants400$60,070
Physical Therapist Assistants1,290$57,680
Massage Therapists4,090$53,780
Dental Assistants9,870$40,660
Medical Assistants12,880$36,400
Medical Transcriptionists1,610$42,790

***Page Updated October 2018***