VCU School of Dentistry
W. Baxter Perkinson, Jr. Building, Suite 3100
1101 East Leigh Street
P.O. Box 980566
Richmond, Virginia 23298-0566
Phone: (804) 828-9096
Fax: (804) 827-0969
Michelle McGregor, RDH, B.S., M.Ed.
Director, Dental Hygiene Program
Chair, Dental Hygiene Admissions Committee
The Dental Hygiene Program, established in 1969, offers courses leading to a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene. The program requires two years of liberal arts study, with a minimum of 60 semester hours, followed by two years of study focusing on basic and dental sciences, dental hygiene science and theory, community health and pre-clinic and clinical experiences. The Dental Hygiene Program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates are eligible for national, regional and state board licensing examinations.
Policy on blood-borne and infectious diseases
By the nature of the profession, oral health care providers are routinely exposed to blood and body fluids during the treatment of patients in a clinical environment. In accordance with Section 32.1-45.1 of the Code of Virginia, the School of Dentistry requires that if a health care provider is exposed to body fluids in a manner that may transmit blood-borne or infectious disease, both the health care provider and the patient will be tested for disease.