Dental Hygiene – Bachelor of Science

Mount Ida’s Dental Hygiene Department offers a Bachelor Degree in Dental Hygiene. The Bachelor of Science degree is a three-year dental hygiene program with one year of prerequisite courses, totaling four years of study. As a student in our program, you’ll interact directly with patients in Mount Ida’s state-of-the-art Dental Education Center & Community Dental Clinic, developing a personal touch along with technical dental hygiene skills. And you’ll discover fun and friendship on a close-knit New England college campus. Our four-year dental hygiene degree will prepare you for dental hygienist certification, as well as specialized careers in dental hygiene.

Students may have the option to enroll as a full-time student in the Pre-Dental Hygiene Program, enabling them to complete the prerequisites and general education courses prior to admission. Mount Ida’s two-year associate’s degree in dental hygiene offers many of the same benefits as the dental hygiene bachelor’s degree. Find out if our two-year dental hygiene degree is a good fit for you.

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 four 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

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 wider range of job possibilities and greater career flexibility than a two-year dental hygiene associate’s degree. With a dental hygiene bachelor’s degree, you work in specialty areas such as pedodontics (dentistry for children) or periodontics (treatment of gum diseases), or you can pursue graduate studies (including dental school) or laboratory research.

Many graduates of our bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene program choose to work in dental practices. Others work for specialized employers such as a public health agency, hospital, nursing home, health clinic, public school, insurance companies or a federal agency (such as the Veteran Administration, military institution or prison).

Dental hygiene professor contributes to recently published leading textbook

Dental Hygiene Professor Contributes to Recently Published Leading Textbook

Our faculty members are not only dedicated to teaching, but also actively work in their respective fields as scholars, consultants and writers. In 2012, Robin Matloff, Associate Professor, R.D.H., J.D., was invited by well-known textbook …

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