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 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 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.

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

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

News & Events

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
When it comes to her regular teeth cleaning, Allison Van Akkeren has been going to the same place for the last 15 years-- Vermont Technical College's dental hygiene training program in Williston. Patients pay $25 a visit and get supervised treatment from students in the school's three-year... Read More
Professor Sheila Bannister is the legislative chairperson for the Vermont Dental Hygienists' Association and faculty in the Vermont Tech dental hygiene program. NPR's Marketplace reporter, Dan Gorenstein, reached out to the Professor Bannister with his interest in covering the proposed... 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

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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