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Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene

Graduates of this bachelorís 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.

Current Vermont Tech students may continue into the bachelorís degree program with departmental approval and do not have to make the decision until the spring of the sophomore year. Students will complete the bachelorís level curriculum through a combination of online and transfer courses. Students have six years to complete the required courses for the bachelorís degree.

The Vermont Tech bachelor of science degree program holds articulation agreements with Quinsigamond Community College, Community College of Rhode Island, Tunxis Community College, Mount Wachusetts Community College, Bristol Community College,  Middlesex 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 Techís Department of Dental Hygiene at (802) 879-5643. 

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 bachelorís 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 studentís 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
The minimum number of credits for the degree is 120.

First Year

Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits
BIO 1030  Nutrition 3 BIO 2012  Human Anatomy & Physiology II 4
BIO 2011  Human Anatomy & Physiology I 4 DHY 1012  Clinical Dental Hygiene I 5
DHY 1011  Pre-clinical Dental Hygiene 4 DHY 1022  Oral Tissues II /Medical Emergencies 3
DHY 1021  Oral Tissues I 3 DHY 1030  Dental Radiography 3
ENG 10XX  English 3 PSY 1010  Introduction to Psychology 3
  17   18

Second Year

Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits
BIO 2120  Elements of Microbiology 4 DHY 2210  Community Oral Health 3
DHY 2010  Dental Materials 3 DHY 2220  Oral Pathology 2
DHY 2020  Pathology & Pharmacology 3 DHY 2722  Clinical Dental Hygiene III 6
DHY 2030  Periodontics 3 ENG 2080  Technical Communication 3
DHY 2721  Clinical Dental Hygiene II 5 MAT 1040  Mathematics for Allied Health 2
  18 ELE XXXX  AH elective 3

Third Year

Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits
DHY 3010  Evidence Based Decision Making 3 CHE 1020  Introduction to Chemistry 4
DHY 3015  Issues in Dental Hygiene 3 CIS XXXX  IT elective 2-4
ELE XXXX  AH/SS elective 3 DHY 3020  Advanced Periodontics 3
PSY 1050  Human Growth & Development 3 DHY 3030  Educational Methods/Leadership 3
  12   12-14

Fourth Year

Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits
DHY 4010  Advanced Community Oral Health 3 DHY 213  Practice Management 3
ELE XXXX AH/SS elective 3 DHY 4237  Intro to Hygiene Research 3
Select one:   ELE 3XXX  Upper level AH/SS elective 3
HUM 2020  Bioethics (AH) 3 POS XXXX  Political science elective 3
PHI 1040  Introduction to Ethics (AH) 3    12
Select one:      
XXX XXXX  Critical thinking elective 3    
MAT XXXX  Mathematics elective 3    

Note: In addition to the associate requirements, bachelorís students must complete a minimum of two Arts and Humanities (AH) or Social Sciences (SS) courses, including one at the 3XXX level.

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

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