This curriculum offers the theoretical and clinical education needed for a variety of dental hygiene careers. The major provides a diversified background to prepare students for licensing exams, for additional education, and for immediate employment.

Faculty member instructs students. Dental Hygiene student working on a clinic patient. Dental Hygiene students working.

About the curriculum

Classes

View the classes you will be attending in the College Catalog.

Accreditation & Industry Connections

The Dental Hygiene major is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611-2678. The Commission's web address is: (http://www.ada.org/117.aspx).

After Graduation

Career Opportunities

Dental hygienists are employed by dentists in private dental practices, research, government health agencies, school systems, hospital and industrial clinics, military services, and in dental hygiene education programs.

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

SAT or ACT scores are strongly advised for applicants applying within two years of high school graduation. A minimum 2.0 GPA in math/science is required in order to be considered for admission in the major. Acceptance into this competitive major is based on an admissions ranking process. To view acceptance criteria, testing requirements, performance expectations, and the admissions ranking system, consult the detailed special admissions information.

Dental Hygiene Special Admissions Requirements

Performance Standards

Students must earn a minimum grade of 'C' in each aspect of their dental hygiene courses. Failure to do so will result in termination from the major.

Transfer Procedures

Students in this major can transfer to the Dental Hygiene bachelor-degree option (BHM) or the Applied Health Studies major (BAH). This major will subscribe to the transfer standards established by the College.

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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Tools, Uniforms & Supplies

Students accepted into the Dental Hygiene major will incur expenses for tools/instruments, uniforms, malpractice insurance, clearances and certifications, etc. See the complete list.

Uniforms and tools are available for purchase through The College Store.

Clubs & Activities

Student American Dental Hygienists' Association (SADHA)

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Notice of Conviction

Child abuse clearance and criminal background checks are required by some agencies involved in fieldwork and/or capstones. Agencies can bar students from their sites if a criminal record exists or a positive drug test is noted. By virtue of contract for Penn College students to be at clinical sites, agencies have the right to ask for random drug testing. The Pennsylvania Board of Dentistry advises that a drug-related conviction and/or conviction of a felonious act can result in denial and/or revocation of a license to practice dental hygiene. Inability to gain clinical or fieldwork or intern education experiences results in inability to meet program objectives and outcomes. For additional clarification, students can speak with their program director.

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. Barry Holden, DMD, Periodontist
  • 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.

Contact School of Health Sciences

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    • Pennsylvania College of Technology
      DIF 22
      One College Avenue
      Williamsport, PA 17701