Rita Phillips
Interim Dean of Health Professions & Medical Services and Dental Assisting and Dental Hygiene Program Head
(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 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
19161
DNA  135-95 Course Materials
MTWRFSU 2021-03-09 - 2021-05-03 05:01:00 - 05:02:00 VIRTUAL Virtual 1 95 Online w/E-Rate Phillips,Rita A

Dental Hygiene

DNH 130: Oral Radiographic Techniques

DNH 130 Studies radiation physics, biology, safety, and exposure techniques for intra- and extra-oral radiographic surveys. Laboratory provides practice in exposure, processing methods, mounting, and interpretation of normal findings. Lecture: 2 per week Laboratory: 3 per week Total: 5 per week
Class Number Credits Days Dates Time Location Building Room Class Section Instruction Mode Instructor Class Notes
18660
DNH  130-95 Course Materials
MTWRFSU 2021-01-11 - 2021-05-10 05:10:00 - 05:11:00 VIRTUAL Virtual 1 95 Online w/E-Rate Phillips,Rita A

Health

HLT 228: Principles of Public Health

HLT 228 - Principles of Public Health Provides an overview of public health in America and globally with an emphasis on fundamental functions, essential services and health determinants. Explores the history, core areas and current trends within public health as well as how public health affects individuals and populations. Lecture 3 hours. Total 3 hours per week. 3 credits
Class Number Credits Days Dates Time Location Building Room Class Section Instruction Mode Instructor Class Notes
25983
HLT  228-95 Course Materials
3 MTWRFSU 2021-01-11 - 2021-05-10 04:13:00 - 04:14:00 VIRTUAL Virtual 1 95 Online w/E-Rate Phillips,Rita A

 

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