ATTENTION: This program has been inactivated by the department for Fall 2018 and will no longer be available for new student enrollments. Interested new students should consider reviewing the Dental Hygiene AS degree (major code #3416) - new Fall 2018.
Are you looking for a career in dentistry that provides flexible work hours and varied employment opportunities? Do you enjoy one-on-one interactions with individuals where you can use education to improve their health?
If you’re passionate about helping others achieve better oral health, we want to help you turn that passion into a rewarding career as a dental hygienist. A dental hygienist is a vital member of the dental health team as the person provides preventive dental services and oral health education to patients.
What can I do with this in the workforce?
By earning an Associate in Arts (AA) in dental hygiene, you will be prepared to enter the workforce as a dental hygienist. You will be able to work in private offices or public health clinics. You may also gain employment with dental equipment manufacturers, dental product sales, insurance departments, researchers or educators.
This may be your ideal career choice if you are:
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What is HACC’s program like?
As a dental hygienist, you will provide patients with preventive dental services and oral health education. Therefore, we teach you to:
As you complete our program, you will:
Our program is selective, which means your admission into HACC does not guarantee admission into the program. Before you begin the clinical portion of our program, you must complete and pay for the following tests and complete other criteria.
Pennsylvania Dental Law #216 states that the State Board of Dentistry may refuse to license a person who has a crime or misdemeanor conviction involving a morally corrupt act or a felony.
If you have any questions about these entry requirements, please visit the health careers section of our website or email us.
Our program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA), which is a specialized body recognized by the US Department of Education.
What classes will I take?
Can I transfer my credits to a four-year college or university?
Yes! Although our program is designed to lead you directly into the workforce, transfer opportunities are available if you wish to continue your education and pursue a bachelor’s degree. Affordably YOURS, our programs are designed to be flexible enough to transfer to a wide variety of colleges and universities with no loss of credit. However, each individual college has its own unique program. Therefore, we encourage to select a four-year school as soon as possible. This will allow you to learn the transfer college’s program requirements so that you can take the proper classes at HACC.
Browse our various transfer options:
|Bloomsburg University of PA:||Bachelor of Applied Science Technical Leadership (ONLINE & campus) (pdf)
|Pennsylvania College of Technology:||Dental Hygiene (pdf)
|Siena Heights University Online:||Dental Hygiene into Bachelor Degree Applied Science (ONLINE) (pdf)
Where can I complete this program?
We offer the clinical portion of the program at our Harrisburg Campus.
Does HACC offer scholarships?
Yes! Thanks to the HACC Foundation, scholarships are available. Please visit hacc.edu/scholarships for details and to apply.
When can I apply?
HACC offers courses in the spring, summer and fall, and you can submit your application online anytime. When enrolling into the Dental Hygiene Program, you must apply to the non-clinical component of the program first. Please use the program code 349P with your application to ensure that you apply to the correct one.
How can I learn more?