Dental Hygiene (Degree Completion Program)

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  • Type of Degree: Bachelor of Science (BS)
  • Location: Online
  • Credit Requirements: 120

Our degree completion program is intended for hygienists who already hold an associate degree and are interested in earning a bachelor’s degree. This two- year program is offered online and is designed to provide a convenient option for students who plan to continue working while earning their degree.

Graduates of this bachelor of science degree completion program have access to more educational and career opportunities than students who have only completed an associate degree in Dental Hygiene. Career areas where the advanced degree would be advantageous include jobs in dental hygiene research, sales, public health, and education.

The Vermont Tech bachelor of science degree program holds articulation agreements with Quinsigamond Community College, Tunxis Community College, Mount Wachusetts Community College, Bristol Community College, Cape Cod Community College, Middlesex Community College, Springfield Technical Community College, and the New Hampshire Technical Institute associate degree dental hygiene programs. These agreements are designed to maximize the number of credits students will be able to transfer to Vermont Tech. Specific details regarding these agreements can be obtained by contacting Vermont Tech’s Department of Dental Hygiene.

All courses are completed online and no campus visits are required.

Students have six years to complete the required courses for the bachelor’s degree.

Intended outcomes for the Dental Hygiene degree completion program are to:

  • Provide a vehicle in which graduates of the associate degree program may earn a bachelor’s degree while employed as practitioners or full-time students
  • Provide opportunities for students to explore various occupational settings such as public health, education, sales, and research
  • Prepare graduates for further study at the graduate level
  • Broaden the student’s knowledge base and education experience in dental hygiene and general education courses
  • Provide students with knowledge to develop skills in critical thinking and evidence-based research while fostering lifelong learning

In addition to the associate requirements, bachelor’s students must complete a minimum of two Arts and Humanities (AH) or Social Sciences (SS) courses, including one at the 3000 level

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

  • Scholarships: While there are no program-specific scholarships available at this time, additional scholarships are available.  


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

Education & Career Opportunities


For the past five years, U.S. News & World Report has listed Vermont Tech among the top 15 best public colleges in the North. This year, we're ranked #8.

Dental hygienists who earn a bachelor’s degree have numerous new career options, including positions in:
• Dental hygiene faculties
• Public health settings
• Dental hygiene consulting
• Head Start programs
• Academic/corporate research
• Sales/marketing
• Hospitals
• Continuing education

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We would love to meet you and personally introduce you to the Vermont Tech community.