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Dental Hygienist

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Dental Hygienist

Learn more about our Dental Hygiene Associate in Science Degree program.

Download the Dental Hygiene Mandatory Application Information Session-Open House and Point System Change September 2017 letter (pdf) (includes a copy of the new point system and TEAS information)

Download the Fall 2018 admission criteria/point system (pdf).
Download TEAS information for Fall 2018 application (pdf)

Download Lancaster Campus TEAS Test Schedule - SPRING (with links to reserve a seat) (pdf)
Download Lancaster Campus TEAS Test Schedule - SUMMER (with links to reserve a seat) (pdf)

Download Harrisburg Campus TEAS prep academic coaching flyer (pdf)
Download Harrisburg Campus TEAS Reading Comprehension Skills Workshop flyer - May 16 (pdf)
Download Lancaster Campus TEAS Prep Workshops  (pdf)
Download York Campus TEAS Prep Workshops (pdf) See the flier for workshop dates. 

Attend a workshop to…

  • Review ATI TEAS test sections
    • types of questions in each section
    • time allowances per section
  • Review test prep strategies and resources
  • Learn test day strategies

What does a dental hygienist do?

A dental hygienist is qualified by education and licensure to provide:

  • Patient assessment - including reviewing health history, recording vital signs, radiographic examination, and charting
  • Treatment planning
  •  Patient education
  • Administration of local anesthesia
  • Removal of deposits and stains from teeth
  • Placement of sealants

Learn more about the career (American Dental Association website).

Where do dental hygienists work?

Graduates have found employment opportunities as

  • clinicians
  • educators
  • public health advocates

How much does the program cost?

Download the Estimated Expenses  (pdf).


What degree will I earn?  Will I be eligible for credentials?

Upon successful completion, you will:

What are the required courses and what is the suggested schedule?  How long does the program take to complete? Where are the clinical classes held? 

  • Download a list of Required Courses, which includes a sample schedule (pdf).
  • Dental Hygiene classes are held at the Harrisburg Campus. Prerequisite courses are offered at other campuses and sites.
  • Download a Sample Fall Schedule (pdf).


What are the program clinical admission criteria and how do I apply for clinicals?

Is the program accredited?

The program is accredited by The Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association (CODA).


Can I advance my education?


What are the program goals?

What is the most current (2016) program effectiveness data?

  • Five-year completion rate 85%
  • Program performance on national board exams (five years) 87% success rate at second attempt is 100%
    • Clinical examination 90% pass rate
    • Written exam portion 97% pass rate
  • Job placement 100%

How can I get more information?

Who can I contact for more information? Please contact an Admissions Counselor, by phone at 800-ABC-HACC, or by email at

Dental Hygiene Program Office

Select Medical Health Education Pavilion (SMHEP), Room 104
HACC Harrisburg Campus
1 HACC Drive
Harrisburg, PA 17110

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