Dental Hygiene, Completion, Online

Bachelor of Science Degree (B.S.)
Dental Hygiene student

About this program

If you’re a licensed dental hygienist, you have a flexible, 100% online pathway to a bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene. Our bachelor’s degree-completion program builds upon your associate’s degree, giving you an opportunity to expand your career options and salary potential. The program is designed to accommodate the needs of working adults and can be completed on a part-time or full-time basis. Online courses mean you can do the work any time of day, allowing you to balance your educational goals with your career and family responsibilities.

Don't have an associate's degree?

If you haven’t completed an associate’s degree, you can enroll in our on-campus Dental Hygiene program and, once selected into the program, may begin working on your associate’s and bachelor’s degrees at the same time. If you’re enrolled in a dental hygiene associate’s degree program at another institution, concurrent enrollment with our bachelor’s degree-completion program is available.

Acceptance in this major is based upon additional requirements beyond College admission.

Next steps...

You're on your way to becoming a tomorrow maker.

Part-Time or Full-Time Options


Overall Placement

In-State Tuition For All Students


  • Researcher
  • Educator
  • Administrator
  • Entrepreneur
  • Corporate
  • Public Health

At Penn College, we believe your educational experience should go beyond specialized skills. Real-world ready means taking a broader approach that builds communication skills, inspires collaboration, and encourages exploration of arts, history, and science.

​​Specialization requires in-depth knowledge and high-level proficiency. Students learn and apply major-specific concepts, skills, and methods.

  • Dental Hygiene Credentials Proven by License (DEN304)
  • Issues in Professional Dental Hygiene (DEN301)
  • Dental Practice Management (DEN307)
  • Principles of Management (MGT115)
  • Healthcare Delivery Systems (HTH325)
  • Dental Public Health (DEN303)
  • Directed Dental Hygiene Elective (DEN)
  • United States Health Policymaking (DEN447)
  • Dental Hygiene Capstone (DEN495)
  • Introduction to Global Health (HTH415)

​Perspectives are points of view, offering a variety of ways of understanding, interacting, and influencing the world. Students identify, explain, and utilize the approaches used by academics and professionals to study, analyze, or understand problems, and offer solutions.

  • Core Social Science Perspective (SSP)
  • Core Arts Perspective (ARP)
  • Core Historical Perspective (HIP)

​​Foundations are the practical, intellectual, and social skills: communication, collaboration, critical and ethical thinking, quantitative thinking, and technological literacy that are crucial to every student at every stage of education and at every stage of life.

  • Information, Technology & Society (CSC124)
  • English Composition I (ENL111)
  • Speech Elective (SPC)
  • Statistics for Health & Behavioral Sciences (MTH159)
  • English Composition II (ENL121) or
  • Technical & Professional Communication (ENL201)

Online-Friendly Minors

Customize your path by pairing an online-friendly minor with your bachelor's degree.

Already have professional credentials or current licensure in a healthcare field?

Check out the credential/licensure chart to see if your credential or licensure qualifies for college credit.

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Online Degrees

Learning that fits your lifestyle


  • Accessible online anywhere in the world
  • Flexible scheduling – take classes part-time or full-time
  • Continue to work and be at home with your family
  • Transfer-friendly programs shorten time to complete your degree


  • In-state tuition rate for all students, regardless of residency
  • Same rigor as on-campus programs
  • Regional accreditation plus professional accreditations by program


  • One-on-one interaction with faculty
  • 24/7 online tutoring
  • Textbooks and course materials available for purchase online through The College Store
  • Graduates can participate in Commencement

Class Delivery

  • Classes delivered through P.L.A.T.O., Penn College's Platform for Learning And Teaching Online
  • No required campus visits
  • 100% online
Military Tuition Assistance

Military Tuition Assistance

Thanks to the Military Tuition Assistance Program, more tomorrow makers can find their futures at Penn College. Through this special offering, qualified active military personnel are eligible to pursue college credits tuition free.

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Penn College News

Penn College dental hygiene hails largest group of male grads

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s dental hygiene Class of 2024 represents the most men the program has ever enrolled. Forty students are accepted into the program each year. Five men are part of the cohort set to graduate May 10.


Students share Dominican meal, insight before traveling

A group of students and faculty who will soon take part in Global Experience courses in the Dominican Republic gathered recently in Le Jeune Chef Restaurant, where, while getting to know one another, they were treated to a Dominican menu and learned more about the Caribbean nation they soon will visit.


Nursing, dental students gain patient insights via poverty simulation

Sixty-six nursing and dental hygiene students took part in a “poverty simulation,” designed to put them in the shoes of families trying to meet obligations on a low income. “You never know what someone else is going through,” many students noted.


Your knowledge in practice

Internships are key for career preparation. Apply your know-how in the workplace and learn about the industry first-hand. Students may elect to complete an internship as part of their capstone project.

Student Experience

The community as their classroom

Sealant Saturday volunteers strengthen children's smiles

Sealant Saturday volunteers strengthen children's smiles

Sealant Saturday, a service learning project, allows students to practice their technique while delivering free dental services to community children.

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More Information

The National Board Dental Hygiene Examination 5-year pass rate chart compares the pass rate of Penn College first-time takers to the national average. See pass rates.

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. Penn College students currently enrolled in the associate-degree Dental Hygiene major may be eligible to declare a dual degree with this bachelor-degree major; please see the program director for information. Alternatively, students currently enrolled in the second year of a CODA-accredited associate degree dental hygiene program at another institution may be eligible for concurrent enrollment; eligibility will be based on additional requirements beyond College admission. Questions about the concurrent enrollment option may be directed to the Dental Hygiene program director. All students entering the major will be treated as transfer students, including students who have graduated with Penn College's associate-degree major.

No minimum GPA requirements beyond those established within the College’s Academic Probation Policy.

The following grading system applies to all dental (DEN) courses in this major. There is no rounding of grades:

A= 90-100
B= 80-89.99
C= 75-79.99
D= 74.99 and below

Students must have earned a grade of 'C' or better in courses to be transferred. A maximum of 47 credits in dental hygiene courses may be transferred from an associate degree level curriculum 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 the School of Nursing & Health Sciences majors.

View general transfer information

Alternative Credit refers to academic credits earned through means other than traditional college course completion, including: credit by exam, articulation, proof of competency gained in high school, work/life experience, and advanced placement.

Visit the Alternative Credit Options page for requirements and procedures and for information on credit through Advanced Placement.

Program Review Executive Summary: Dental Hygiene

Students must meet Essential Functions for the Dental Hygienist established by the Dental Hygiene Program, as well as health and safety requirements including, but not limited to, immunizations (MMR, hepatitis B, varicella, tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis, annual influenza vaccination, PPD), medical examination, 10 panel drug screen, CPR certification, and background clearances as established by clinical affiliation agreements. Some clinical sites may have additional health and immunization requirements that are not part of the current program requirements, for example, COVID-19 vaccination.

Dental Hygiene Clinic Notice of Privacy Practices
Official notice of our privacy practices as it pertains to the use and disclosure of patient health information.

Blood Borne Pathogens Statement
Dental hygienists and dental hygiene students may be exposed to contagious diseases, therefore strict compliance with Center of Disease Control (CDC) and OSHA standards are maintained. Policies on blood borne and infectious diseases are available upon request from the Penn College Dental Hygiene Program.

International students who are studying in the United States on an F-1 visa must be enrolled in a full course of study in-person. Students are not permitted to enroll in an entirely online degree. Online degrees are available to international students pursuing the degree from their home country. Students must still meet all admissions criteria for admission to the college and any special admissions requirements that govern pursuit of their chosen major.

  • Ms. Lillian J Caperila, RDH, BSDH, M.Ed, Manager, Professional Education & Dental Hygiene Relations, Premier Dental Products Company
  • Ms. Melinda Diggan, '99, '18, Director of Dental Operations, River Valley Health and Dental Center
  • Ms. Bridget Dorsey, RDH, Dental Hygienist, Field Sales Consultant, Henry Schein Dental
  • Dr. Marcia Gladwin Stewart, Retired Professor Emerita, West Virginia University, Department of Dental Hygiene
  • Dr. Alexander V Golub, '07, '08, Dentist, Dental Care Associates
  • Jason H Goodchild, DMD, Dentist, Jenkintown Dental Medicine
  • Dr. Carl Jenkins, DDS, General Dentist
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