Dental Hygiene, Completion, Online

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

About this program

At Penn College, a bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene is within your reach. Whether you do it on-campus or online, full-time or while working in the field, there’s an option for you. Our 100% online bachelor’s program offers the same rigor as the on-campus program with the flexibility to balance your educational goals with your career and family responsibilities.

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

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 (DEN300)
  • Issues in Professional Dental Hygiene (DEN301)
  • Dental Practice Management (DEN307)
  • Health Care Delivery Systems (HTH325)
  • Directed Dental Hygiene Elective (DEN)
  • Dental Public Health (DEN303)
  • 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.

  • Math Elective (MTH151 or Higher) (MMM)
  • Social Science Elective (SSE)
  • Fitness and Lifetime Sports Elective (FIT)
  • Art Elective (ART)
  • Humanities Elective (HUM)
  • Open Elective (OEA)

​​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, and Society (CSC124)
  • English Composition I (ENL111)
  • General Psychology (PSY111)
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology I (BIO115)
  • Fundamentals of Speech (SPC101)
  • Microbiology (BIO201)
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology II (BIO125)
  • Principles of Management (MGT115)
  • Elementary Statistics with Computer Applications (MTH160)
  • English Composition II (ENL121) or
  • Technical and Professional Communication (ENL201)
Student Experience

"My experience in the Penn College online program was amazing. This was my first time enrolled in an online program and was surprised at how I was able to still work full-time and further my education at the same time. The knowledge I gained within my core courses opened my eyes to a whole new perspective in the field of Dental Hygiene. This education will definitely be an asset to my career."

Marlene Melendez

Dental Hygiene, Completion, Online

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

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More Information

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. 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.

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 AY2013-2014

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.

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.

National Board Dental Hygiene Examination Pass Rate
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.
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  • 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. Marcia Gladwin Stewart, Retired Professer Emerita, West Virginia University, Department of Dental Hygiene
  • Dr. Alexander V Golub, '07, '08, Dentist, Dental Care Associates
  • Dr. JoAnn R Gurenlian, RDH, PhD., President, Gurenlian & Associates
  • Dr. Carl Jenkins, DDS, General Dentist
  • Mr. David Tule, RDH, '80, Dental Hygienist, Bryden & Kessel Family Dentistry

Admissions Counselor

Lorenzo Marefka

SASC, Rm. 1088
800.367.9222 ext. 7111