Dental Hygiene (BS)

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 time students earn an associate in 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.

The Vermont Tech entry-level Dental Hygiene program consists of a 3-year Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA)-approved associate degree followed by a final year accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), resulting in a bachelor of science degree in Dental Hygiene. Upon successful completion of either the associate or bachelor’s degree, the student is eligible for application for dental hygiene licensure.

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. In addition, graduates may wish to pursue a bachelor’s degree, which will provide opportunities to work in alternative settings such as public health, education, research, and dental sales.

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.

Graduates will:

  • Competently perform the role of a dental hygienist in varied situations and settings
  • Have the functional acuity and rationale for performing dental hygiene 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
  • Have a basic knowledge of legal responsibilities and ethical considerations of patient care
  • Develop a commitment to continuous and lifelong learning

The normal number of credits required for the associate degree is 93; for the bachelor’s degree, 120 credits is required.

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


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


Percent Job and Advanced Education Placement Rate in Dental Hygiene

Vermont Tech Dental Hygiene student outcomes are strong. The class of 2015 had a 100% job and advanced placement rate within six months of graduation. Many students have internships while they’re in college that lead to full-time employment after graduation.

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