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Virginia Western Community College dental hygiene program

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Information about Virginia Western Community College dental hygiene program, registering for elective courses, and taking free practice exams online. Nursing is one of the fastest-growing job areas, and for good reason. As the population ages, medical care will continue to expand. If you complete the dental hygiene program, for example, there are a variety of dental assisting concentrations that may appeal to you, such as laboratory technology, dental office management, or occupational rehabilitation. Check with the dental hygiene department for an updated schedule of classes, registration deadlines, and a list of dental hygiene program requirements. Due to advances in medical systems, there is a growing skill-shortage of dental hygienists, and of qualified medical personnel in general. Please use the form above to request admissions info for Virginia Western Community College.

Within the dental hygiene program, there are three fast-growing employment areas. Dental assistants perform many tasks, ranging from providing patient care, to record-keeping and scheduling appointments. Dental lab technicians construct, or repair, dentures and prosthetics. Finally, dental hygienists clean teeth, examine patients for signs of oral diseases such as gingivitis, and apply sealants and fluorides to help protect teeth. They must also learn to take and develop dental x-rays. The median annual wage for graduates of the dental hygiene program was $52,330 in 2015, while dental assistants average $37,500 per year.

Dental hygienists need an associates degree from an accredited dental hygiene program. These programs typically take 2 to 3 years to complete, and offer laboratory classes in anatomy, physiology, nutrition, radiography, pathology, and periodontics. All states require dental hygienists to be licensed. The Commission on Dental Accreditation, part of the American Dental Association, has accredited more than 300 dental hygiene programs nationally.


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The NCLEX, National Council Licensure Examination, is a nursing certification exam for nurse licensing in the United States. To ensure high standards in the nursing profession, each state board of nursing requires candidates for licensure to pass the appropriate NCLEX examination, NCLEX-PN for vocational or practical nurses, and the NCLEX-RN for registered nurses. The NCLEX is administered as a computer-based exam, taken at a Pearson Professional Center. The Physiology category contains the majority of the questions on the exam. Topics may include growth disorders, human development, birth abnormalities, child abuse, common infectious diseases of children, and childhood traumas such as burn injuries and fractures. Effective Care Practices make up 30% of all NCLEX questions, covering safety issues in patient care, particularly in the administration of medicines.

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Healthcare jobs such as Registered Nurses, LPN's, LVN's and related Medical Technicians provide over 15 million jobs, and ten of the 20 fastest growing occupations are healthcare-related. Most healthcare workers have careers such as dental hygiene program, health technologists and technicians, medical records, billing and coding, diagnostic medical sonographers, radiologic technologists, and dental hygienists. As people age they have more medical problems, and hospitals will require more staff. Wages vary by the employer and area of the county. Aside from their salary, most medical jobs include excellent benefits, as well as retirement plans.

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Job listings below are updated hourly: Starting Salary
(up to)
10 Year Salary
(up to)
Dental Assistants$40,430$57,530
Dietitians$34,450$53,250
EMT, Paramedics$38,390$65,280
Fitness Trainers$34,710$49,750
Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVN)$51,480$76,780
Massage Therapists$36,200$62,670
Medical Assistants$30,980$42,140
Medical Lab Technicians$33,550$49,260
Mental Health Jobs$38,360$57,840
Nurse Aides$29,100$47,030
Occupational Therapist Assistants$42,110$58,270
Occupational Therapists$66,010$87,330
Pharmacy Tech$32,180$46,600
Physical Therapist Assistants$41,410$56,220
Public Health$52,250$72,250
Radiologic Technicians$52,110$77,160
Registered Nurses (RN)$59,730$83,440
Rehabilitation$48,350$62,940
Respiratory Therapy Technicians$39,860$56,220
Surgical Technologists$45,680$73,630
Ultrasound$41,090$68,520
Veterinary Assistants$24,060$39,510
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Virginia Western Community College dental hygiene program

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Virginia Western Community College dental hygiene program
3093 Colonial Ave
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