Programs And Courses

Dental Hygienist

Dental Hygienist

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

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, rev 5/14).


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)  

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?
  • Download the Program Mission Statement (pdf).

  • How can I get more information?


    Who can I contact for more information?

    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.