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 on our Williston campus and in our state-of-the-art mobile hygienist office. 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.
The Vermont Tech entry-level Dental Hygiene program consists of a 3-year CODA-approved associate degree followed by a final year accredited by NEASC, 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-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.
A student with a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene will be able to:
Competently perform the role of a dental hygienist in varied situations and settings
Demonstrate the functional acuity and rationale for performing 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
Demonstrate a basic knowledge of legal responsibilities and ethical considerations of patient care
Demonstrate 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