Dental Hygiene (Degree Completion Program)

  • Type of Degree: Bachelor of Science (BS)
  • Location: Online
  • Credit Requirements: 120

Our online degree-completion program is intended for hygienists who already hold an associate degree to earn a bachelor’s degree. This two-year program is designed to provide a convenient option for students who plan to work while earning their degree.

Graduates of this Bachelor of Science degree-completion program have access to more educational and career opportunities than students who have only completed an associate degree in Dental Hygiene. Career areas for bachelor-level grads include jobs in dental hygiene research, sales, public health, and education.

All courses are completed online, no campus visits are required, and the student has six years to complete the required courses for the bachelor’s degree.

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

  • Earn a bachelor’s degree while employed as a practitioner or full-time student
  • Explore various occupational settings such as public health, education, sales, and research
  • Prepare for further study at the graduate level
  • Broaden the knowledge base and education experience in dental hygiene and general education courses
  • Demonstrate skills in critical thinking and evidence-based research
  • Demonstrate a commitment to lifelong learning

This program holds articulation agreements with Bristol Community College, Cape Cod Community College, Cuyahoga Community College, Middlesex Community College, Monroe Community College, Mount Wachusett Community College, New Hampshire Technical Institute, Quinsigamond Community College, Springfield Technical Community College, and Tunxis Community College associate degree dental hygiene programs. These agreements are designed to maximize the number of credits students will be able to transfer to Vermont Tech.

In addition to the associate requirements, bachelor’s students must complete a minimum of two Arts and Humanities (AH) or Social Sciences (SS) courses, including one at the 3000 level

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

  • Scholarships: While there are no program-specific scholarships available at this time, additional scholarships are available.  

Careers in Dental Hygiene

Placement Rate
Vermont Tech

Vermont Tech data: 6 Month Outcome Survey, Class of 2017. National Data: National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) First Destinations for the College Class of 2016 (October 2017)

Job Projections
National Avg.
Dental Hygienists
Job projections




Projected Employment Growth for Dental Hygienists, 2014-2024 (source: BLS). National data: Job openings for all occupations (source: BLS)

Median Pay
All Occupations

2016 Median Pay (Dental Hygienists) vs. National Median for All occupations (2016), Source: BLS

Vermont Tech data: 6 Month Outcome Survey, Class of '12-'16
  • Timberlane Community Health Centers
  • of Burlington Essex Family Dental
  • Heaton & Fisch Middlebury Dental Group
  • Dental Hygienist Dental Assistant
  • Surgical Assistant Program Coordinator
  • Medical Assistant

News & Events

Delta Dental Plan of Vermont has awarded Vermont Technical College a $63,000 grant to expand the college’s Dental Hygiene program. The Dental Hygiene program operates out of Vermont Tech’s Williston Campus, where students get hands-on practice on both real and model patients. The college wants... Read More
A dental clinic in Morrisville, Vermont is notifying 61 patients that they may have been put at risk of disease. [Watch the video on NECN.] Community Health Services of Lamoille Valley told necn Thursday that people seen December 2 and December 5 may have been exposed to pathogens on... Read More
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


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

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