Programs And Courses

Dental Hygienist

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

Apply for clinicals - the clinical application for Fall 2020 will be here in Spring of 2020. You must have already taken the TEAS test (minimum score 52.7) and attended a mandatory application session within the past 12 months.  The application deadline is March 15.


Download the admission criteria/point system (pdf).
Download TEAS information (pdf)
Download Intro to Dentistry course information (pdf)
Download letter to students regarding mandatory information sessions for Fall 2019 (pdf)

 


Download Gettysburg Campus TEAS Prep Workshops (pdf)
Download Harrisburg Campus TEAS prep academic coaching flyer (pdf)
Download Lancaster Campus TEAS Prep Workshops  (pdf)
 

Attend a workshop to…

  • Review ATI TEAS test sections
    • types of questions in each section
    • time allowances per section
  • Review test prep strategies and resources
  • Learn test day strategies



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).
  • 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.  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).
  • Apply for clinicals - the clinical application for Fall 2020 will be here in Spring of 2020. You must have already taken the TEAS test (minimum score 52.7) and attended a mandatory application session within the past 12 months.  The application deadline is March 15.
  • Attend a (90-minute)  dental hygiene program mandatory information session in Harrisburg.  Fall 2019 dates and times.  RSVP required - Email RSVPDHadvising@hacc.edu to reserve your seat. Space is limited and sessions fill quickly. Include your name, HACCID, phone number and email address along with the date and time you plan to attend. No one will be admitted once the session has started so please arrive early.
    • Fri 1/31/20 Zoom (online) Meeting 8:00AM (RSVP for Zoom required by 1/27 - information provided after you RSVP). Due to this Mandatory Information Session being online through Zoom, there will be no tour of the clinic. Please contact Mrs. Ostrander, Program Director if you would like to schedule a tour. Please plan for the session to be at least 60 minutes in length. Students who enter the Zoom session late and will not be admitted.  Email rsvpdhadvising@hacc.edu
  • 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)
  • Learn more information regarding immunization requirements for the dental hygiene program

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.

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