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School of Applied Sciences

Dental Hygiene
Associate of Science Degree

Be part of a dental hygiene program with a strong reputation and an exceptional placement rate, and gain real-world experience in our on-campus dental clinic.

Mount Ida’s Dental Hygiene program offers one of the preeminent dental hygiene degrees in New England, and is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA). In our program, you’ll receive a strong foundation in biomedical science with practical dental hygiene training in our state-of-the-art, on-campus dental hygiene clinic.

As a Mount Ida Dental Hygiene major, you are immersed in the context of an active dental practice, and can be eligible for certification as a dental hygienist after your third year.

Preparation for the real world.

The three-year Dental Hygiene associate’s 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. Practical skills are emphasized in communication, pain management, preventive oral care, data gathering, dental radiology, pharmacology, and anesthesia.

The associate degree is a “1 plus 2” program, requiring three years of study; one year of Pre-Dental Hygiene prerequisites and two years full-time prescribed curriculum to earn the associate degree. Students learn all aspects of dental hygiene through didactic, laboratory and clinical experiences in our state-of-the-art Dental Education Center and Community Dental Clinic. Mount Ida College is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA).

First Year – Pre-Dental Hygiene – Prerequisite Courses
Before entering the associate degree program, all students must complete one year of prerequisite courses. These may be taken as a full-time student at Mount Ida or may be transferred from another college.

Upon successful completion of the prerequisite courses, students are strongly encouraged to explore transferring into one of the 36 slots in the associate degree program. They should consult with their advisor. The associate degree program gives priority to students who have successfully completed the prerequisites at Mount Ida College.

Second and Third Year – Associate of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene
Two years of coursework are required.   Graduates of the Associate of Science in Dental Hygiene Program will be eligible to take the national, clinical and state examination boards required for licensure.
Those students who wish to earn a bachelor’s degree will need to complete an additional year of study (See Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene).

For details about the curriculum, the complete course listing, specific program requirements and expected learning outcomes please refer to the Dental Hygiene Associate of Science degree program in our College Catalog.

Program Requirements - 88 credits, broken out into the following categories:

  • 34 credits- First Year in Pre-dental Hygiene
  • 54 credits- Required Dental Hygiene Courses

Program Requirements - 88 credits, broken out into the following categories:

  • DH 340- Introduction to Dental Informatics
  • MA 201- Statistics for Behavioral and Health Sciences
  • DH 310- Evidence Based Decision Making
  • DH 410- Dental Hygiene Capstone
  • BA 336- Customer Relationship Management

Life at Mount Ida

A desire to succeed defines us. An undeniable spirit unites us. Mount Ida is a diverse yet tight-knit community where passion is the norm and determination is contagious. Discover why our students are proud to call this campus home.

Here to teach, guide, cultivate and inspire.

As well-respected in their industries as they are in the classroom, Mount Ida’s instructors will expand your practical knowledge, challenge your thinking, and empower you to reach your potential.

To learn more about our faculty, please visit the Dental Hygiene faculty directory.

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Faculty Spotlight

Therese Thompson

Associate Professor

Professor Thompson shares her love of science with Mount Ida students as a professor and as advisor to Mount Ida’s Students Towards Environmental Progress and Sustainability (STEPS). When not in the classroom, you might find her volunteering to clean a watershed or encouraging grade-schoolers as a judge at a science fair. Among her career highlights are having served on the Lamprey River Water Management Planning Advisory Committee and Southeast Watershed Alliance and teaching high school students how to identify ...

Life at Mount Ida

A desire to succeed defines us. An undeniable spirit unites us. Mount Ida is a diverse yet tight-knit community where passion is the norm and determination is contagious. Discover why our students are proud to call this campus home.

Life after Graduation.

Graduates of Mount Ida’s Dental Hygiene program enter the workforce with outstanding job skills, developed through many hours of hands-on practice. A dental hygiene associate degree can lead to jobs with a diverse group of employers, including:

  • private dental practices
  • public health agencies
  • hospitals
  • nursing homes
  • health clinics
  • schools

Life at Mount Ida

A desire to succeed defines us. An undeniable spirit unites us. Mount Ida is a diverse yet tight-knit community where passion is the norm and determination is contagious. Discover why our students are proud to call this campus home.

Admissions

We assign every prospective student a dedicated admissions counselor to guide them along every step of the applications process. Our no-fee applications are accepted on a rolling basis, so there’s no better time to apply. Learn more about the process in our Admissions & Aid section.

Tuition Fees and Aid

Tuition:

Resident Students, 2017-2018 tuition, fees, room & board (before aid is deducted) is $49,400.

Commuter Students, 2017-2018 tuition and fees (before aid is deducted) is $35,720.

Additional information regarding the breakdown of direct, indirect costs and program fees can be found by viewing the 2017-18 Billing Guide.

*Students enrolling in the Veterinary Technology, Design and Dental Programs (excluding Pre Dental Hygiene and Degree completion) should add $1,700 for expected program expenses.

Aid:
As part of our commitment to making college affordable, Mount Ida College has increased the aid we award from $12 million in 2012 to over $20 million in 2017. All new students entering in Fall 2018 are expected to receive some type of merit award, with most awards anticipated to be between $15,000 – $27,000 per year – and that’s before we award need-based aid. Visit here for more details about other costs and financial aid.

98%

of Mount Ida students 
receive some form of financial aid

Life at Mount Ida

A desire to succeed defines us. An undeniable spirit unites us. Mount Ida is a diverse yet tight-knit community where passion is the norm and determination is contagious. Discover why our students are proud to call this campus home.

I feel very proud to be part of such a thoughtful and caring faculty. The students are indeed very lucky!
Karen Hallisey

Associate Department Chair

Dental Hygiene in the School of Applied Sciences