Bachelor of Science In Dental Hygiene

"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.

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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Career Outcomes Rate (6 month out 2021)


“100 Best Jobs” list in 2018
(U.S. News & World Report)


Estimated growth of dental hygienists employment by 2026
(U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)

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.


City Public Health Director


Dental Hygienist

18% Growth 2017-2027


Dental Sales Representative

Degree Program Options

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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:

Charger Advantage

Get an inside look at what differentiates the University of New Haven and how your experiences as a student will prepare you for success.

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.

We prepare you for all career possibilities
Nationally Recognized Center for Career Development

All University of New Haven students have access to the many resources available through the University’s Career Development Center, which has been named one of the best in the nation by The Princeton Review.

From career assessments, networking, and job shadowing to on-campus interviews and salary negotiation, the Career Development Center provides the skills and connections to identify a meaningful career and an opportunity to pursue your passion.

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I can’t wait to be a part of not only an amazing academic program, but an amazing community.

Next Steps
  • 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

  • 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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Licensure and Certification Information

In the University’s A.S. and B.S. Dental Hygiene program

  • Our curriculum meets the educational requirements for licensure in AL, AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, DC, FL, GA, GU, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT, NE, NV, NH, NJ, NM, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, PR, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VI, VT, WA, WV, WI, and WY.
Dental Hygiene Scope of Practice and Professional Organizations

To access the Dental Hygiene Practice Act for dental hygienists in the State of CT, please visit:

For more information about the practice of dental hygiene, you may contact any of the following professional organizations:

Current and future employment opportunity information can also be found on the Bureau of Labor Statistics website at:

Click the link below for contact information on State licensure boards.

Licensure Information

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