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Dental Hygienist

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Dental Hygienist

Learn more about our Dental Hygiene Associate in Arts 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)

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).


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: and include your name, HACCID, phone number, email address & the date and time you plan to attend. -  Wednesday, Nov. 22 -  THIS SESSION IS FULL; Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, 6 - 8 p.m., 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?


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.