Programs And Courses

Dental Hygienist

Dental Hygienist

Below is information on the Dental Hygiene Associate Degree program (349P) -Harrisburg Campus. 

What is a dental hygienist?

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). 

What are the required courses?

Download a list of Required Courses , which includes a suggested schedule (pdf, rev 5/12).


How do I  apply for clinicals? 

This is a highly competitive and selective program. To learn more about required qualifications:


Where does HACC hold Classes?

  • The complete program is available only at the Harrisburg Campus.
  • HACC offers some required courses at other campuses and sites.


How much does the program cost?

Download the Estimated Expenses  (pdf, rev 5/14).


Who accredits the program?

The Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association ( CODA ) accredits the program.

How can I learn more about the program?

How can I get licensed?

To obtain your state license after graduation, you need to successfully complete:
  • The National Dental Hygiene Board exam. This exam:
    • Is a 350-question multiple-choice test.
    • Is taken at a computerized site after you graduate from the program.


  • The American Board of Dental Examiners, Inc. (ADEX) Dental Hygiene exam. This exam:
    • Is administered by the Northeast Regional Board (NERB).
    • Has two parts:
      • A clinical exam on a live patient taken during the last clinical semester
      • Computer Simulated Clinic Exam (CSCE) taken at a Pro-Metric Test Center. This portion is a 100-question multiple-choice test.


Where can I work?

Graduates have found employment opportunities as clinicians, educators and public health advocates.

How can I advance my education?


Where 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.