Programs And Courses

Dental Hygienist



Dental Hygienist

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

  • 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?

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 start@hacc.edu


Dental Hygiene Program Office

Select Medical Health Education Pavilion (SMHEP), Room 104
HACC Harrisburg Campus
1 HACC Drive
Harrisburg, PA 17110
717-780-2490

Mail clinical program addendum to the above address Attention: DH Secretary.