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Virginia Western Community College

Dental Hygiene/Hygienist (51.0602)
Associate's Degree - Applied
Enrollment, Awards, Wages, Debt, and Other Outcomes




Dental Hygiene
Program Status: Active/Approved to Enroll Students and Confer Degrees
Degree Title: AAS
2010 CIP Code: 510602

Credit HoursProgram Offered
On-Campus:YesYes
Off-Campus:YesNo

Date Progam Approved to Confer Degrees:  09/1975
Enrollments and Awards
Academic YearFall HeadcountAnnual FTEDegrees
2018-19854426
2019-201487929
2020-21663825
2021-22623625
2022-23644127

Average time-to-completion in yearsAverage credits-to-completionAverage monthly earnings six months after graduation
4.4460$ 5,070




The table to the right provides the degree award history of each the last five years, disaggregated by state residency. This breakout may may help explain why a relatively low percentage of program completers may appear to be working in Virginia.



Program Graduates by Domicile
YearIn-StateOut-of-StateTotal
2018-1925126
2019-2029029
2020-2123225
2021-2224125
2022-2327027
Five Year Summary1284132
Distribution by Gender and Race/Ethnicity within Five-year Totals,


YearForeign/ InternationalAfrican Am. or Black (NH)Am. Indian/ Native Am. (NH)Asian/ Pacific Islander (NH)HispanicWhite, Caucasian Am. (NH)Multi-Race (NH)Unknown/ Unreported (NH)Total
Sum of the Last 5 Years420213291101132



Wages Earned in 2020

The table below shows the wage data for the select program and places it in the context of all wages at the same degree level of this institution by graduates with at least three (3) quarters of employment.





Post-Completion Wage Outcomes, Earnings in 2022
Graduation YearGrads (n)Grads w/Wages (n)25th PercentileMedian Wage75th Percentile
2011-12 (10 years)14677%$46,916$65,068$78,565
2013-14 (8 years)14476%$51,901$63,075$78,336
2016-17 (5 years)13082%$52,472$62,556$73,760
2018-19 (3 years)14283%$55,302$64,664$75,581
2020-21 (18 months)26189%$106,721$127,854$147,652



Student Debt of Graduates
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Number of Borrowers and Known Debt at Graduation
Borrowers (n)Borrowers (%)25th PercentileMedianMean75th Percentile
2013-14 to 2017-189566.4%$ 9,649$ 15,602$ 18,056$ 21,406
2014-15 to 2018-198862.0%$ 9,922$ 15,301$ 19,010$ 25,975
2015-16 to 2019-209564.2%$ 9,400$ 15,000$ 18,624$ 25,730
2016-17 to 2020-219062.9%$ 9,400$ 14,722$ 18,820$ 26,222
2017-18 to 2021-227755.8%$ 9,402$ 17,300$ 19,879$ 27,000
Note: Student borrowing at graduation, excludes PLUS loans, in five-year rollups. Includes all known institutionally-processed borrowing occuring at all public and nonprofit institutions in Virginia. Debt accrued outside Virginia in prior postsecondary activity is not available.
Number of Borrowers and Known Debt at Graduation, Including Parent-PLUS and Grad-PLUS
Borrowers (n)Borrowers (%)25th PercentileMedianMean75th Percentile
2013-14 to 2017-189566.4%$ 10,195$ 16,012$ 20,075$ 25,728
2014-15 to 2018-198862.0%$ 10,389$ 16,418$ 21,330$ 27,911
2015-16 to 2019-209765.5%$ 9,400$ 15,602$ 21,286$ 27,165
2016-17 to 2020-219264.3%$ 9,400$ 15,755$ 22,725$ 27,924
2017-18 to 2021-228058.0%$ 9,401$ 17,718$ 25,151$ 30,895


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More Details on Degree Awards History.


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