Dental HygieneBachelor of Science

“At the University of New Haven, I not only learned about oral health care but also about myself and what I could truly accomplish, said Rachel Seggerman ‘15, ‘17 M.S. “The University gives students all the opportunities they could imagine to achieve their full potential.”

Help protect the gateway to the body

The health of the mouth can affect the health of the entire body. Infection and inflammation of the teeth and gums can have long-term systemic consequences. In our B.S. in Dental Hygiene program, — one of the finest dental hygiene programs in the U.S. — you will learn just how important the dental hygienist is to patients’ overall health and will acquire the in-classroom knowledge and hands-on expertise you need for success in this highly rewarding field.

Our dental hygiene program includes three fully accredited options:
  • Three-year associate program: This is one of the few programs in the nation that offers a three-year associate degree in dental hygiene. Upon completion, you will be ready for all necessary board examinations and prepared to begin your career. You may then choose to continue your education for one more year to earn your bachelor’s degree.
  • Four-year bachelor’s program: You can enroll in the bachelor’s degree program from the start, or first earn your associate degree and then decide if you want to complete your bachelor’s degree with one additional year of study.
  • Dental hygiene degree completion program (online only): Designed for practicing dental hygienists who are graduates of associate degree programs, this program leads to a bachelor’s degree through one additional year of study. The University will transfer credits from an accredited dental hygiene program.
In each track, you will learn important prevention and detection skills as you become both a knowledgeable practitioner and a guardian of your patients’ health. You’ll also:
  • Learn about the latest advances in dental hygiene standards and infection control
  • Gain experience with modern treatment stations and techniques
  • Benefit from cutting-edge virtual instruction programs
  • Experience modern digital radiology and dental materials laboratories
  • Learn from experienced faculty with vast clinical experience
  • Apply what you learn while working with patients at the University of New Haven Dental Center – which has been called “a tremendous hidden gem” – and other internship sites
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Learn from professors who are dedicated to your success.

Our faculty are leaders and innovators in their fields, bringing both deep professional experience and academic rigor to the classroom.

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The professors are brilliant and extremely passionate about the subjects they teach

Envision Your Future

The information below is designed to show the many possible careers you could pursue with your major. The research is provided by Encoura, the leading research and advisory firm focused exclusively on higher education. It includes median national salaries and industry growth projections over the next decade. Click here to view the full report.


Oral Health Consultant

15% Growth 2017-2027


Dental Hygienist

18% Growth 2017-2027


Dental Hygiene Program Director

18% Growth 2017-2027

Selected Courses and Programs
  • Pharmacology and Pain Management

    This course provides an overview of medications encountered by health care workers. Particular attention is paid to the impact various medications have on dental and dental hygiene treatment. Medications, local anesthetics, and other chemotherapeutic agents used in the dental treatment setting will be emphasized.

  • Periodontology

    This course provides an in-depth examination of periodontal diseases, the immune response, and both surgical and non-surgical interventions. The role of the dental hygienist as a periodontal co-therapist is emphasized.

  • Oral Medicine

    Oral Medicine uses the content from anatomy and physiology, pharmacology, oral pathology, dental hygiene concepts, and other courses as the basis for discussing the impact of systemic conditions on the oral cavity. The medical history will be utilized in a case-study approach to address the role of the dental hygienist in medical risk assessment and management.

  • Local Anesthesia with Lab

    This course is designed to prepare student dental hygienists for the safe, effective administration of local anesthesia as current Connecticut legislation permits. The course will include the psychology of pain management, pharmacology of anesthetic agents, emergency precautions and management, and a review of anatomy and physiology as they relate to the administration of anesthetic agents. This course will include classroom, laboratory, and clinical instruction.

  • Full List of Courses for Dental Hygiene

    The University of New Haven offers a wide variety of in-depth courses that create a transformational educational experience for our students. To view the complete list of courses you'll take while pursuing a degree in Dental Hygiene, check out the Academic Catalog:

    Dental Hygiene, A.S.

    Dental Hygiene, B.S.

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Next Steps
  • Admission Requirements

    Whether you're still in high school or are transferring from another college, we offer full- and part-time opportunities for undergraduates from inside the U.S. and abroad. The admission process can begin as early as the end of your high school junior year.

    The Application Process

    Dental Hygiene Program Admission Criteria

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    We offer a comprehensive financial aid program, with students receiving assistance in the form of grants, scholarships, student loans, and part-time employment. Funds are available from federal and state governments, private sponsors, and from university resources. More than 85 percent of the University's full-time undergraduate students receive some form of financial assistance.

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