Dental Hygiene – Bachelor Degree Completion (one to five years)

The Dental Hygiene Bachelor’s Degree Completion Program is designed for dental hygienists who have already earned an Associate’s degree from a CODA-accredited dental hygiene program and who desire to pursue a Bachelor’s degree.  Courses are offered online, on-campus, or in a hybrid format, both full and part-time.

Students select a concentration in an area of interest such as: education, business/management or biology/science.

A minimum of 30 credit-hours must be taken at Mount Ida College.

There is no residency requirement for this program.

Students receive personalized instruction from experienced faculty and are assigned an advisor to assist them in course selection and provide guidance.

Those interested in this program should fill out the free online application and have official transcripts from all past colleges sent to the Admissions office, 777 Dedham Street, Newton, MA. 02459. Transcripts will be reviewed to determine which courses qualify for transfer.

Mount Ida’s dental hygiene degree completion program offers concentrations in management, education and pre-professional education. All three concentrations include a capstone course based on self-directed research and analysis. Some concentrations also include workplace internships or hands-on clinical experience. And all emphasize practical knowledge that will help you succeed in the job market—and excel in your profession.

All three concentrations of the dental hygiene degree completion program include courses in statistics, decision making, literature, history and the humanities. You’ll also take specialized courses in your area of concentration, choosing from among:

  • Business / management
  • Education
  • Pre-professional (preparation for dental school)

The dental hygiene bachelor’s degree requires 120 to 128 credits, broken down as follows:

  • Up to 84 transfer credits from a CODA-accredited dental hygiene program
  • 6 credits in required dental hygiene courses
  • 12 to 20 credits in one of three concentrations (management, pre-professional or education).
  • 18 credits in statistics, literature, history and humanities

Please use our downloadable guide to help you plan.

For complete course listings please refer to our catalog. To learn more about our faculty, please visit the faculty and staff directory.


Our bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene offers a wide range of job possibilities and career flexibility. Our graduates can be found working in specialty areas such as administration, management, marketing, education and research.  They hold positions with such organizations as the Massachusetts Public Health Department, the New Hampshire prison system, the International Implant Corporation and in private practice.

Some graduates have also continued onto medical or dental school, while others have pursued a Master’s of Science in Management or Healthcare Management through Mount Ida College’s 4 + 1 Master’s program.