Rita Phillips
Professor, Dental Assisting & Hygiene
(276) 223-4831
125 Galax
Office Hours: 
Monday: 8:15AM-8:30AM; 11:30AM-1PM
Tuesday: 8:15AM-8:30AM; 10:20AM-12PM; 12:50PM-2:30PM
Wednesday: 8:15AM-8:30AM; 11:30AM-1PM
Thursday: 8:15AM-8:30AM; 9:20AM-12PM

Personal Information

Hometown: 
Tazewell, VA
High School Attended: 
Tazewell High School
Degrees and Certifications: 
Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum & Instruction; Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University; Blacksburg, VA, December 2008.
Master of Science in Health & Physical Education/Health Promotion; Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University; Blacksburg, VA, May 2001.
Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene, Cum Laude, Medical College of Virginia/Virginia Commonwealth University, School of Dentistry, Division of Dental Hygiene, Richmond, Virginia. May 1989.
Certified Telehealth Clinical Presenter
Licensed to practice dental hygiene in Virginia and Tennessee
Certification in Local Anesthesia
Certification in Nitrous Oxide
Certification in CPR
Certification in Perioscopy
Virginia Tech Institute for Distance & Distributed Learning- Master Online Instructor Certification
Quality Matters Program (QM) Certification of Completion: Applying the Quality Matters Rubric & Peer Reviewer Course
Awards: 
VCU-Dr. Franci Stavropoulos Outstanding Dental Hygiene Alumnus Award
Johnson & Johnson/ADHA Award of Excellence in Dental Hygiene National Award
VCU School of Dentistry Division of Dental Hygiene’s Top 40 Outstanding Alumnae
VDHA Component Recognition Award-Southwest
Virginia Dental Hygienists’ Association Outstanding Member Award
Virginia Dental Hygienists’ Association Award of Dedication
Community Service Activities: 
Board Chair-Brock Hughes Medical Center
Board Secretary-Foundation for Excellence
VP of Students-Spiller Elementary PTA
Member Services Council Chair-VDHA
Board Member-Virginia Oral Health Legislative Committee
The best thing about working at WCC is...: 
...working with so many great people.

Current Teaching Schedule

Dental Assisting

DNA 103: Introduction to Oral Health

DNA 103 Introduction to Oral Health ( 1 CR) - Teaches anatomy of the head and neck, the oral cavity hard and soft tissues, as well as tooth morphology. Includes dental terminology, deciduous and permanent dentition as well as pathology. Lecture 1 hour per week.
Class Number Credits Days Dates Time Location Building Room Class Section Instruction Mode Instructor Class Notes
40442
DNA  103-95 Course Materials
1 MTWRFSU 2020-08-24 - 2020-09-30 04:07:00 - 04:08:00 VIRTUAL Virtual 1 95 Online w/E-Rate Phillips,Rita A

DNA 135: Dental Radiation Safety

DNA 135 Dental Radiation Safety ( 2 CR) - Studies techniques and devices used for protection from ionizing radiation. Teaches biological effects, cell sensitivity and genetic effects of ionizing radiation. Includes practice of bisection and parallel techniques on manikins. Prepares employed dental staff to meet the Virginia Board of Dentistry's regulations for certification in dental radiation safety hygiene. Lecture 1 hour. Laboratory 3 hours. Total 4 hours per week.
Class Number Credits Days Dates Time Location Building Room Class Section Instruction Mode Instructor Class Notes
40450
DNA  135-95 Course Materials
MTWRFSU 2020-10-13 - 2020-12-14 04:11:00 - 04:12:00 VIRTUAL Virtual 1 95 Online w/E-Rate Phillips,Rita A

Dental Hygiene

DNH 111: Oral Anatomy

DNH 111 Studies the morphology and function of the oral structures with emphasis on the primary and permanent dentition, eruption sequence, occlusion, and intra-arch relationships. Lecture 2 hours per week.
Class Number Credits Days Dates Time Location Building Room Class Section Instruction Mode Instructor Class Notes
40415
DNH  111-95H Course Materials
2 M~W~~~~ 2020-08-24 - 2020-12-21 09:50:00 - 10:40:00 MAIN Galax Hall 0102 95H Hybrid Phillips,Rita A

DNH 120: Management of Emergencies

DNH 120 Studies the various medical emergencies and techniques for managing emergencies in the dental setting. Additional practical applications and simulations of emergencies maybe conducted to enhance basic knowledge from the one hour lecture component.
Class Number Credits Days Dates Time Location Building Room Class Section Instruction Mode Instructor Class Notes
40419
DNH  120-95H Course Materials
2 ~T~R~~~ 2020-08-24 - 2020-12-21 12:00:00 - 13:00:00 MAIN Galax Hall 0102 95H Hybrid Phillips,Rita A

DNH 150: Nutrition

DNH 150 Studies nutrition as it relates to dentistry and general health. Emphasizes the principles of nutrition as applied to the clinical practice of dental hygiene. Lecture 2 hours per week.
Class Number Credits Days Dates Time Location Building Room Class Section Instruction Mode Instructor Class Notes
40420
DNH  150-95 Course Materials
2 MTWRFSU 2020-08-24 - 2020-12-21 04:15:00 - 04:16:00 VIRTUAL Virtual 1 95 Online w/E-Rate Phillips,Rita A

DNH 226: Public Health Dental Hygiene I

DNH 226 Studies and compares concepts of delivery of health care, applying the public health delivery model. Utilizes epidemiologic methods, research and biostatistics as applied to oral health program planning, implementation, and evaluation. Incorporates and applies current health issues and trends. Lecture 2 hours per week.
Class Number Credits Days Dates Time Location Building Room Class Section Instruction Mode Instructor Class Notes
40421
DNH  226-95 Course Materials
2 MTWRFSU 2020-08-24 - 2020-12-21 04:16:00 - 04:17:00 VIRTUAL Virtual 1 95 Online w/E-Rate Phillips,Rita A

DNH 235: Management of Dental Pain and Anxiety in the Dental Office

DNH 235 - Management of Dental Pain and Anxiety in the Dental Office (2 credits) Provides a study of anxiety and pain management techniques used in dental care. Students will understand the necessary theory to appropriately treat, plan and successfully administer topical anesthesia, local anesthesia, and nitrous oxide/oxygen analgesia. Includes the components of pain, pain control mechanisms, topical anesthesia, local anesthesia and nitrous oxide/oxygen analgesia. Prerequisites: DNH 115, DNH 120 and DNH 216. Lecture 1 hour. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 3 hours per week.
Class Number Credits Days Dates Time Location Building Room Class Section Instruction Mode Instructor Class Notes
40422
DNH  235-95 Course Materials
MTWRFSU 2020-08-24 - 2020-12-21 04:18:00 - 04:19:00 VIRTUAL Virtual 1 95 Online w/E-Rate Phillips,Rita A
40424
DNH  235-10L Course Materials
2 M~~~~~~ 2020-08-24 - 2020-12-21 08:00:00 - 10:00:00 MAIN Galax Hall 0128 10L In Person Phillips,Rita A

 

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