Programs And Courses

Dental Hygienist

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

Apply for clinicals - Fall 2024 clinical application -  - Deadline to apply is April 15.

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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).

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:

  • earn a Dental Hygiene Associate in Science degree
  • be eligible to sit for licensing exams to become a Registered Dental Hygienist (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).
  • The dental hygiene program holds classes at the Harrisburg Campus. General education courses may be taken at other campuses and sites.


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 (2020) program effectiveness data?
  • Five-year completion rate 85%
  • Program performance:
    • National board exams (five years) 94% success rate at second attempt is 100%
    • CDCA Clinical examination 90% pass rate first attempt
    • CDCA Written examination 100% pass rate first attempt
  • 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.