Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene:

Our dental degree offers real world experience in a state-of-the art dental education clinic.

The Bachelor of Science Degree is a “1 plus 2 plus 1” program, requiring four years of study, comprised of one year of Pre-Dental Hygiene prerequisites and three years of full-time study to earn the Bachelor’s Degree.

Students learn through didactic, laboratory and clinical experiences in all aspects of dental hygiene in our state-of-the-art Dental Education Center and Community Dental Clinic. Mount Ida College’s Dental Hygiene program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA).

First Year: Pre-Dental Hygiene – Prerequisite Courses
Before entering the Bachelor Degree program, all students must complete one year of prerequisite courses. 

Second and Third Year: Students will take two years of prescribed curriculum. After the successful completion of these three years of coursework, students will be eligible to take the national, clinical and state examination boards required for Dental Hygiene licensure.

Fourth Year: During the fourth year, students concentrate in their area of interest, selecting from: education, business/management or biology/science. Most courses in education and business/management may be taken online, allowing students to work as clinical dental hygienists while completing their degree. Concentrations provide preparation for specialized careers in sales/marketing, healthcare, education, research, agencies, as clinicians and as candidates for dental school.

Mount Ida’s dental hygiene degree combines a strong foundation in biomedical science with practical training in dental hygiene. You’ll learn from experienced dentists and dental hygienists within the context of an active dental practice, becoming eligible for certification as a dental hygienist after your third year. Our dental hygiene bachelor’s degree program emphasizes practical skills in:

  • Communication
  • Pain management
  • Preventive oral care
  • Data gathering
  • Dental radiology
  • Pharmacology and anesthesia

In addition to seeing patients in our Community Dental Clinic, you’ll perform public health fieldwork in dental hygiene, and complete a senior capstone project on a dental hygiene topic of your choosing.

The dental hygiene degree includes a solid foundation in basic biology, chemistry and anatomy, plus a wide range of career-specific courses covering subjects such as dental ethics, periodontology, oral pathology and dental-care materials. In the fourth year of our dental hygiene program, you can specialize in one of three areas of concentration:

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

The dental hygiene bachelor’s degree requires 123 to 131 credits, broken down as follows:

  • 59 credits in dental hygiene core courses
  • 52 credits in arts, sciences, and humanities
  • 12 to 20 credits in one of three concentrations (management, pre-professional or education).

Here are just a few of the courses you may be taking:

  • MA 201 – Statistics for Behavioral and Health Sciences
  • DH 310 – Evidence Based Decision Making
  • BA 336 – Customer Relationship Management

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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.