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Our hands-on program provides students with the clinical skills and knowledge required to earn a dental hygiene license and enter clinical practice. The first three years of coursework are completed on campus, after which students earn an associate of science degree. While on campus, students make full use of our state-of-the-art dental hygiene lab. The final year of the program is completed online; after successful completion of the fourth year, students earn a bachelor of science degree.
Because students enrolled in the program may be exposed to blood-borne pathogens, we provide students with a thorough understanding of infectious diseases, the mechanism of disease transmission, the OSHA blood-borne pathogen standards, and CDC guidelines for infection control.
Graduates of this program work directly with dental patients to promote optimum oral health. The dental hygiene profession is primarily educational and preventative in nature and offers opportunities to work in a variety of healthcare settings, including general and specialty dental practices, community health agencies, and public schools. Associate degree graduates should consider pursuing a bachelor’s degree, which will provide opportunities to work in alternative settings such as public health, education, research, and dental sales.
The Vermont Tech entry-level Dental Hygiene program consists of a 3-year CODA-approved associate degree followed by a final year accredited by NEASC, resulting in a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene. Upon successful completion of either the associate or bachelor’s degree, the student is eligible for application for dental hygiene licensure.
All dental hygiene professional courses must be taken in the prescribed six-semester sequence. The curriculum is time-intensive and the required courses are rigorous. Complete dedication to coursework is required for successful completion of the program.
A student with a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene will be able to:
All DHY/BIO course must be completed with a grade of C or better to continue in the program
Vermont Tech data: 6 Month Outcome Survey, Class of 2017 National Data: National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) First Destinations for the College Class of 2016 (October 2017)
2016 Median Pay (Dental Hygienists) vs. National Median for All occupations (2016), Source: BLS
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