Whether you are considering the three-year associate’s program or want to add a fourth year to earn your bachelor’s, you are probably wondering exactly how the program will unfold, year after year. Here is a snapshot of what you can expect from year one on.

If you still have questions after reading this page, simply contact one of the University’s admissions counselors at (203) 932-7319 or make an appointment to meet with the Program Director, Marie Paulis, at


Course Number Course Title Credits
ENGL 1105 Composition 3
MATH 1108/1110 Intermediate Algebra or Finite Mathematics 3
BIOL 1121 Genl & Human Biology I with Lab 4
CHEM 1105 Intro Genl & Organic Chemistry with Lab 4
DHYG 1105 Introduction to Dental Hygiene I 1
ENGL 1110 Composition and Literature 3
CSCI 1107 Computers and their Applications 3
PSYC 1111 Introduction to Psychology 3
DHYG 1110 Introduction to Dental Hygiene II 1
BIOL 2261 Introduction to Biochemisty 3
SOCI 1113 Sociology 3
UNIV 1141    

Sophomore Year

Course Number Course Title Credits
DHYG 2220 Dental Hygiene Concepts I with Lab 3
DHYG 2214 Oral Facial Structures 4
BIOL 2259 Anatomy & Physiology I w/Lab
BIOL 3301 Microbiology with Lab 4
ENGL 2230/COMM 1100  Public Speaking/Human Comm 3
DHYG 2215 Radiology with Lab 3
DHYG 2240 Dental Hygiene Concepts II with Lab  4
BIOL 2260 Anatomy & Physiology II w/Lab 4
DIET 2215 Principles of Nutrition 3
DHYG 3327 Periodontology 3

This is the year that you begin clinical work with patients, with clinic sessions starting during the fall semester. You’ll start learning infection control and then move on to learning proper instrumentation, using a typodont, and working with peer patients. In the spring semester, you’ll start working with patients in the community.

Summer Between Sophomore and Junior Year

Course Number Course Title Credits
DHYG 3330 Dental Hygiene Concepts III w/ Lab 3
DHYG 3342 Dental Materials w/ Lab 3

You’ll have clinical sessions two days a week and a dental materials class and dental materials lab once a week.

Junior Year

Course Number Course Title Credits
DHYG 3320 Pharmacology and Pain Management 3
DHYG 3325 General and Oral Pathology 3
DHYG 3350 Dental Hygiene Concepts IV with Lab 5
DHYG 3360 Local Anesthesia with Lab 2
HIST 1102 The Western World in Modern Times 3
CC 6 (Select One) Aesthetic Responsiveness 3
DHYG 4455 Dental Hygiene Public Health w/ Lab 4
DHYG 4460 Adv Dental Hygiene Concepts w/ Lab 5

You’ll have clinic sessions not only at the University of New Haven Dental Center, but also at outside rotations. Each rotation offers a very different experience. Click here to learn more about our clinical rotation sites.

Once you receive your associate’s degree at the completion of your junior year, you are able to take your licensing exams and apply for licensure. After receiving your license, you are ready for employment as a Registered Dental Hygienist.

Summer Between Junior and Senior Year

If you plan to continue your studies and earn your B.S., this summer gives you the chance to study away at one of our partner sites. These two-week intensive trips satisfy two of the classes needed to complete the bachelor’s degree. At the same time, you’ll gain valuable experience treating people of different cultures. Click here to learn more about our study away locations.

Senior Year

Course Number Course Title Credits
DHYG 4462 Dental Hygiene Internship 3
DHYG 4464 Issues in Contemporary Oral Healthcare Delivery 3
DHYG 4423 Instructional Planning and Media 3
DHYG 4438 Dental Hygiene Research 3
CC 5.2 (Select One) Social Interact & Glob Perspective 3
DHYG 4461 Oral Medicine 3
DHYG 4468 Dental Hygiene Senior Project 3
Elective Elective 3
Elective Elective 3

All of the bachelor’s degree completion courses are online courses, so you are free to earn your degree as a resident on campus or from any place you choose. You can set your own pace, taking as many or as few courses as you want.

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