Learn more about our Dental Hygiene Associate in Arts Degree program.
Download the Fall 2018 admission criteria/point system (pdf).
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
- public health advocates
How much does the program cost?
What degree will I earn? Will I be eligible for credentials?
Upon successful completion, you will:
- earn a Dental Hygiene Associate in Arts degree
- be eligible to sit for licensing exams to become Registered Dental Hygienists (RDH)
- find out about credentialing from the American Dental Hygiene Association (ADHA) and the Pennsylvania State Board of Dentistry.
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, rev 5/12).
- 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?
- Admission to HACC does not guarantee admission to the clinical component of the program. You begin as a pre-clinical student and work closely with your advisor to prepare to apply to the clinical/core component.
- You are required to meet with a Health Careers advisor and complete general education courses before applying for the clinical portion.
- Download Admission Criteria, Point System and Essential Qualifications (pdf).
- The clinical application for Fall 2018 will be available in Spring 2018. Check back.
- Attend a dental hygiene program mandatory information session held in the Select Medical Health Education Pavilion (SM), Harrisburg Campus
Students who are planning to apply for admission to the clinical program in February for the Fall 2018 class are required to attend one of these sessions (without exception). Each session will be followed by a tour of the dental clinic and lab areas.Send your RSVP to: firstname.lastname@example.org and include your name, HACCID, phone number, email address & the date and time you plan to attend. - Wednesday, October 4, 6-8 pm, SM 104; Thursday, October 19, 8-10 am, SM 211; Monday, November 6, 6-8 pm, SM 105; Wednesday, November 22, 8-10 am, SM 203; Tuesday, January 16, 2018, 6-8 pm, SM 107
- Download the Competencies for Entry into the Profession of Dental Hygiene
- Download the Dental Hygienist Shadowing Form
- Download the Verification of Clinical Dental Assisting Hours Form (pdf)
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?
- This program leads directly to an occupation
- Learn more about the Local Anesthesia for Dental Hygienists Course - Offered occasionally (pdf).
- Learn more about Expanded Functions Dental Auxiliary Program (EFDA).
- Learn more about Local Anesthesia for Dental Hygienists - next course Spring 2017
- Students can pursue
What are the program goals?
- Download the Program Mission Statement (pdf).
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?
- Download a Sample Fall Schedule (pdf, rev 5/13).
- View a list of available scholarships.
- Review the CODA Complaint Policy.
- Download HACC's Dental Treatment Facility.
- Download the Program Faculty and Staff (pdf).
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.