An increasing number 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 await graduates, as do opportunities in related positions such as dental hygiene educator, legislative aide, health/patient advocate, insurance review specialist, public health hygienist, and health care manager.

The online dental hygiene major is designed to meet the increasingly complex and diverse schedules of practicing dental hygienists. You’ll have 24/7 access to course materials, giving you the freedom to work from anywhere at any time.

Relevant

  • 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

Convenient

  • Flexible, part-time option
  • One-on-one support
  • No campus visits required
  • Complete in as little as two years (or less)
Why choose an online degree?
Convenience
  • Accessible online anywhere in the world
  • Flexible scheduling – take classes on a part-time or full-time basis
  • Continue to work and be at home with your family
  • Transfer-friendly programs shorten time to complete your degree
Value
  • In-state tuition rate for all students, regardless of residency
  • Same rigor as on-campus programs
  • Regional accreditation plus professional accreditations by program (e.g., ACBSP, ATMAE, CAHIIM, CODA)
Service
  • One-on-one interaction with faculty
  • Online tutoring
  • Textbooks and course materials available for purchase online through The College Store
  • Graduates can participate in Commencement
Class Delivery
  • Classes delivered asynchronously through P.L.A.T.O. (Platform for Learning And Teaching Online)
  • No required campus visits

Program Specs

Out-of-State Resident Tuition
  • Starting fall 2017, any out-of-state student enrolled in an online degree program will receive the in-state tuition rate.
Dental Hygiene student. Dental Hygiene instruments. Dental Hygiene student prepares to provide treatment to a patient.

After Graduation

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Bachelor of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene seek 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.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for dental hygienists was $72,910 in May 2016. The top 10 percent earned more than $100,170.

Industries with the highest published employment for this occupation are:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Offices of Dentists194,830$35.45$73,740
Employment Services2,380$34.01$70,750
Offices of Physicians1,890$33.09$68,830
Outpatient Care Centers1,380$34.63$72,040
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)770$28.06$58,360

Statistics reported in May 2016

Special Admissions Requirements

Curriculum sequence for this option will be individualized. Dental Hygienists seeking entrance must have (1) obtained a passing score on the Dental Hygiene National Board Examination, (2) graduated from an accredited dental hygiene program, and (3) a current dental hygiene license in any one state.

Transfer Procedures

All students entering the major will be treated as transfer students, including students who have graduated with Penn College's associate-degree major. All students' transcripts will be evaluated by the Director of Dental Hygiene. Students must have earned a grade of 'C' or better in courses to be transferred. A maximum of 44 credits in dental hygiene courses may be transferred from an associate degree level curriculum. Credits will be transferred as a block of credits, rather than as individual course credits. In addition, all general education courses that meet College requirements will be eligible for transfer according to College policy. At least 36 credits of the final four semesters of the student's profile must be satisfied by Penn College courses. Courses taken more than 10 years ago will be evaluated to determine if they meet current course requirements.
This major is subject to the transfer standards established by the College. The school dean must approve exceptions. Students desiring transfer into this bachelor-degree major must work closely with an adviser to choose appropriate, transferable courses to be eligible for selection.
International health credentials/licensure, sciences courses, and most math courses will not be accepted to satisfy requirements of this major. Please see additional information for international students applying to Health Sciences majors.

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Clubs & Activities

Student American Dental Hygienists' Association (SADHA)

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Dental Hygiene Advisory Committee

  • Ms. Lou Anne Barnhart, RDH, Dental Hygienist, Loyalsock Dental Associates
  • Ms. Lillian J Caperila, RDH, BSDH, M.Ed, Manager, Professional Education & Dental Hygiene Relations, Premier Dental Products Company
  • Ms. Bridget Dorsey, RDH, Dental Hygienist, Field Sales Consultant, Henry Schein Dental
  • Dr. JoAnn R Gurenlian, RDH, PhD., President, Gurenlian & Associates
  • Dr. Henry T Hsu, Diplomate, American Board of Periodontology
  • Dr. Carl Jenkins, DDS, General Dentist
  • Mr. David Tule, RDH, Dental Hygienist, Bryden & Kessel Family Denistry

Advisory committees, which act as recommending bodies to the faculty and administration, consist of in-field professionals who act as partners in the development of curriculum. Their curricular and equipment advice as well as their industry connections and internship opportunities are invaluable to our students and to the growth of our institution.

Dental Hygiene

570-320-8007 (office)
570-327-4500 (clinic)

dental@pct.edu

Advanced Technology & Health Sciences Center, Rm. W209

Pennsylvania College of Technology
DIF 21

One College Avenue
Williamsport, PA 17701

School of Health Sciences

570-327-4519

HS@pct.edu

Advanced Technology & Health Sciences Center, Rm. W241

Pennsylvania College of Technology
DIF 22

One College Avenue
Williamsport, PA 17701

Admissions Office

570-327-4761
800-367-9222

admissions@pct.edu

Student & Administrative Services Center, Rm. 1068

Pennsylvania College of Technology
DIF 119

One College Avenue
Williamsport, PA 17701