Mission and goals 

The Dental Hygiene program at Virginia Commonwealth University is committed to excellence in education by considering each student's individual abilities as future clinicians and by providing an environment where students can thrive and be inspired every day. The program will prepare a diverse student body to become future practitioners who deliver health care services and oral health education in an interdisciplinary, culturally-sensitive manner. The program will offer exceptional educational opportunities empowering students to become competent clinicians and 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 VCU, VCU School of Dentistry and the Dental Hygiene program competencies:

Professional roles of the dental hygienist

The dental hygienist plays an integral role in assisting individuals and groups in achieving and maintaining optimal oral health. The American Dental Hygienists’ Association describes the professional roles of the dental hygienist as a clinician, an educator, a researcher, an administrator and an entrepreneur. Each state practice act outlines the scope of practice for dental hygiene. Information on practice in Virginia can be found at the Virginia Board of Dentistry.