Dental Hygiene (BS)

  • School of Nursing and Health Professions
  • Type of Degree: Bachelor of Science (BS)
  • Location: Williston Campus
  • Credit Requirements: 120

Learn while you earn with the only collegiate Dental Hygiene program in Vermont. Our unique approach to learning will have you developing your clinical skills on real patients in your first year. We will provide you with the clinical skills and knowledge required to earn a dental hygiene license and enter clinical practice.

The dental hygiene profession is primarily educational and preventative in nature and offers opportunities to work in a variety of healthcare settings. Jobs for dental hygienists are growing much faster than the national average.

The first three years of coursework are completed in our Dental Hygiene Clinic located on the Williston campus and students rotate to local schools and other organizations using our Molar Mobile van with mobile dental equipment. After the first three years, students earn an Associate of Science degree. 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’ national board pass rates and ADEX Clinical Board examination are higher than the national average. 


A student with a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene will be able to:

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

The Vermont Tech entry-level Dental Hygiene program consists of a three-year CODA-approved associate degree followed by a final online year accredited by NECHE, 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-term sequence. The curriculum is time-intensive and the required courses are rigorous. Complete dedication to coursework is required for successful completion of the program.

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

Careers in Dental Hygiene

Placement Rate
Vermont Tech

Vermont Tech data: 6 Month Outcome Survey, Class of 2018. National Data: National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) First Destinations for the College Class of 2017 (December 2017)

Job Projections
National Avg.
Dental Hygienists
Job projections




Projected Employment Growth for Dental Hygienists, 2016-2026 (source: BLS). National data: Job openings for all occupations (source: BLS)

Median Pay
All Occupations

2017 Median Pay (Dental Hygienists) vs. National Median for All occupations (2017), Source: BLS

Vermont Tech data: 6 Month Outcome Survey, Class of '12-'18
  • Timberlane Dental Community Health Centers
  • of Burlington Essex Family Dental
  • Heaton & Fisch Middlebury Dental Group
  • St. Johnsbury Dental Group Dr. Brian Huber
  • Court Street Family Dental Associates in Comprehensive
  • Dental Care Brigham Dental Care
  • Concord Pediatric Dentistry Champlain Valley Oral Surgery
  • DentaQuest Oral Health Center Vermont Department of
  • Oral Health Department of Public Health
  • Dr. Perry and Associates HealthWorks
  • Milton Dental Associates Richmond Family Medicine
  • Spencer Family Dental Southwestern VT Medical Center
  • Upper Valley Dental Colchester Family Dental
  • Aspen Dental Contemporary Dental Arts
  • Dr. Robert Munson, DDS
  • Dental Hygienist Dental Assistant
  • Surgical Assistant Program Coordinator
  • Medical Assistant

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