Programs And Courses

Dental Hygienist

Dental Hygienist

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

Read about admission criteria changes for Fall 2017 clinicals. (pdf) 11/16/16


March 25 – April 9, 2017, Local Anesthesia for the Dental Professional”, A course designed to provide the licensed dental hygienist with the knowledge and skills to administer safe and effective local anesthesia in a clinical setting. Didactic content with hands-on training will include: neuroanatomy and pain physiology, armamentarium and local anesthesia administration, pharmacology and systemic complications. The specific requirements of the State Board of Dentistry of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania will be addressed.

Saturday and Sunday March 25 & 26, 7:30AM-5:00PM
2 Sundays, April 8 & 9, 7:30AM-5:00PM
Lunch will be provided each course day.

To register or for more information, please call 717-780-2414 or email
The registration form can be found online HERE or by downloading it HERE


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, 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, rev 5/13).


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?

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.