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Dental Hygienist

Associate Degree Program (349P) - Harrisburg
The program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association (CODA)

After completing academic and clinical requirements, students are awarded an Associate in Arts degree. The successful completion of the National Dental Hygiene Board and Northeast Regional Board Examinations are required for state licensure. Licensed dental hygienists are capable of providing clinical, educational, and therapeutic services that promote optimum oral health. Graduates have found employment opportunities as clinicians, educators, and public health advocates.

About the career

HACC's Dental Treatment Facility

Dental Hygiene and Assisting Positions and Volunteer Opportunities

Course Requirements/Suggested Schedule (rev 5/12) 
Sample Fall Schedule (rev 5/13)

Admission Criteria, Point System and EQ (pdf) - (rev 3/14)

The clinical application is available via HACCweb Jan 15-Feb 15.

Dental Hygienist Shadowing Form (pdf) rev 2/28/14
Verification of Clinical Dental Assisting Hours (pdf) 2/14

Estimated Expenses (pdf) rev 5/13
Program Mission Statement
Competencies for Entry into the Profession of Dental Hygiene (pdf)
Program Faculty and Staff
CODA Complaint Policy

Continuing Education for Dental Hygienists

Expanded Functions Dental Auxiliary Program (EFDA)
Local Anesthesia for Dental Professionals (pdf) rev 11/20/13

Length of Program and College Degree Conferred - The dental hygiene program is 83 credits with the awarding of an associate in arts degree upon successful completion. Completion time can vary depending on a candidate's background and need for identified preparatory skills and coursework and the student's rate of study. The complete program is available only at the Harrisburg Campus. Some required courses offered at other campuses and sites. Students are responsible for recruiting their own clinic clients in the second through fifth clinical semesters.

Dental hygiene clinical students see patients at the Harrisburg Campus dental clinic during the first and second year. Second year students attend "rotation sites" one-half day a week.  One rotation that all students attend is a half-day observational assignment at Lancaster Cleft Palate Clinic.  Current rotation sites are located in Gettysburg, Harrisburg, Lancaster, and Lebanon.

Graduates of the Dental Hygiene program must successfully complete two exams before they can receive a license to practice dental hygiene. They are the American Board of Dental Examiners, Inc. (ADEX) Dental Hygiene Examination administered by the North East Regional Board of Dental Examiners (NERB) and the National Dental Hygiene Board Examination. The NERB Exam has two parts, a clinical exam on a live patient taken during the last clinical semester, and a Computer Simulated Clinic Exam (CSCE) taken at a Pro-Metric Test Center. The CSCE is a 100 question multiple choice exam. The National Board Exam is a 350 question multiple choice test and is taken at a computerized site after the students graduate from the program. It is required for licensure in all 50 states. The program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association (CODA).

* This is a highly competitive program that requires completion of general education courses prior to beginning the clinical portion, which increases the number of semesters required to complete the program.

Dental Hygiene Contacts
For additional information, contact Health Careers
Health Careers
717-780-1988 or 800-222-4222, ext. 211988

Dental Hygiene Program Office:
Select Medical Health Education Pavilion (SMHEP) Room 104
HACC Harrisburg Campus
1 HACC Drive
Harrisburg, PA 17110
717-780-2490 ext. 212490

Mail clinical program addendum to the above address Attention: DH Secretary



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