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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 in Dental Hygiene 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’s 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 will 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 program emphasizes practical skills in:

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

In addition to seeing patients in our Community Dental Clinic, you will 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:

  • Education
  • Management
  • Pre-professional (preparation for dental school)

The Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene 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 (Education, Management, or Pre-professional)

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

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Our Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene offers a wide range of job possibilities and career flexibility. Mount Ida graduates can be found working in specialty areas such as administration, management, marketing, education and research. 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.