Dental Hygiene Online Degree Completion Program

Increasing numbers of dental hygienists are choosing to pursue baccalaureate degrees to improve career opportunities and achieve personal and professional growth.

Advanced positions in the traditional field of dental hygiene, as well as opportunities in related positions such as dental hygiene educator, legislative aide, health/patient advocate, insurance review specialist, public health hygienist, and health care manager, await the graduate.

Our flexible, online bachelor-degree major is designed to meet the increasingly complex and diverse schedules of practicing dental hygienists.

  • Skills you can immediately apply to your current job
  • Enhanced career mobility and responsibilities
  • Skilled, experienced faculty
  • Flexible curriculum, responsive to individual learning styles
  • Engaging learning experiences through online collaboration with faculty and classmates
  • Flexible, part-time option
  • One-on-one interaction with faculty at your convenience
  • No campus visits required
  • Complete in as little as two years (or less)

Admission Requirements

To be admitted into the bachelor of science (B.S.) degree completion program, students must:

  • Complete/submit an online application and official transcripts of all college work.
  • Hold an associate’s degree or certificate from an institution that is accredited by the American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation.
  • Have satisfactorily passed the Dental Hygiene National Board Examination
  • Possess a dental hygiene license in any one state.

A maximum of 44 semester hours in professional dental hygiene course work at the associate level may be transferred toward the bachelor’s degree. All course work must be completed with a grade of “C” or higher to be considered for transfer. Courses taken more than 10 years ago will be evaluated to determine if they meet current course requirements. Note that all students entering the B.S. major will be considered transfer students, even those who graduated from Penn College’s associate-degree Dental Hygiene major.

Program Requirements

The bachelor degree program consists of 124 credit hours. 

  • Associate degree requirements (75 credit hours)
  • General education courses (29 credit hours)
  • Dental Hygiene and core elective courses (19-20 credit hours)

A minimum of 36 semester credits of the baccalaureate curriculum must be earned through Pennsylvania College of Technology to meet graduation requirements. Additionally, at least 24 credits must be earned from the 300/400-level courses.

Distance Education Fact Sheet (PDF)

Instructional Format

The B.S. in Dental Hygiene is offered entirely online. Courses can be accessed at any time and from anywhere, which means you "attend" lectures and complete your assignments whenever and wherever it's most convenient for you.

Online courses follow the College’s semester schedules, allowing students to earn their degrees on a full- or part-time basis.

Online instructors provide instruction and facilitate a learning environment. Students are able to review course material online and interact with the instructors and other students via discussion boards, e-mail and chat rooms. Given this autonomy, students need to possess a high degree of self-disciple and motivation. For those who prefer the “traditional setting,” courses are also available on the Penn College campus.

Financial Aid/Scholarships

Four out of five Pennsylvania College of Technology students receive some form of financial aid – worth millions of dollars – every year. For more information about financial aid and scholarship opportunities, please visit:

More Information

For more information about this exciting degree opportunity, contact Shawn Kiser, Dental Hygiene Program Director, or call 570-320-8007.

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