Dental Hygiene (BS)

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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:

  • Competently perform the role of a dental hygienist in varied situations and settings
  • Demonstrate the functional acuity and rationale for performing clinical techniques
  • Continually promote the most current concepts of disease control and prevention
  • Emphasize and promote ethical and responsible considerations in patient care
  • Make an essential and unique contribution as an integral member of a healthcare team
  • Demonstrate a basic knowledge of legal responsibilities and ethical considerations of patient care
  • Demonstrate a commitment to continuous and lifelong learning

All DHY/BIO course must be completed with a grade of C or better to continue in the program

Careers in Dental Hygiene

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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)

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Projected Employment Growth for Dental Hygienists, 2014-2024 (source: BLS). National data: Job openings for all occupations (source: BLS)

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2016 Median Pay (Dental Hygienists) vs. National Median for All occupations (2016), Source: BLS

Vermont Tech data: 6 Month Outcome Survey, Class of '12-'16
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News & Events

Delta Dental Plan of Vermont has awarded Vermont Technical College a $63,000 grant to expand the college’s Dental Hygiene program. The Dental Hygiene program operates out of Vermont Tech’s Williston Campus, where students get hands-on practice on both real and model patients. The college wants... Read More
A dental clinic in Morrisville, Vermont is notifying 61 patients that they may have been put at risk of disease. [Watch the video on NECN.] Community Health Services of Lamoille Valley told necn Thursday that people seen December 2 and December 5 may have been exposed to pathogens on... Read More
Vermont Technical College is laying out the groundwork for students to become dental therapists. It's a new position in Vermont, which aims to provide services to more patients. [View the feature on the My Champlain Valley website.] The Vermont legislature passed a bill this session to... Read More


Carly Tedesco

  • Clinical Dental Hygiene Instructor, Vermont Tech, Williston, Vermont
  • Tutor, Champlain and Addison County Head Start, Vermont
  • Graduated with a degree in Dental Hygiene, A.S., 2007; B.S., 2012

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