It's a job that students can really sink their teeth into. The dental hygiene program at Virginia Western Community College is popular with many students but it's also very competitive.
More than 200 applied for next school year but only 18 will get in.
"We're limited because we only have 10 chairs," says Program Head Marty Sullivan.
The two-year program requires all students to put in between 9 and 12 hours every week in clinics. Patients get a free dental check-up and students get the experience.
"We schedule our own patients," says Emily Maas who is finishing her second year in the program, "We find them and we are responsible for them coming and showing up for appointments."
The building they currently work in was built in 1969. As you can imagine the technology is dated.
That's why Virginia Western is constructing a new 66-thousand square foot building for the health science programs.
"The most lacking thing is new technology," says Sullivan, "The digital charting, the digital x-rays. So for us we're really excited to bring the students up to the 21st century."
It will give students the experience they need to get a job after school.