Bachelor of Science In Dental Hygiene
Online Degree Completion Program

"The high degree of faculty-student engagement is what sets our online B.S. in Dental Hygiene completion program apart from those of other universities," says Robin Kerkstra, program coordinator. "We're always accessible to our students, getting to know each of them personally as we guide them toward success in the next phase of their career."

Advance Your Career By Completing Your B.S. in Dental Hygiene

There are many reasons to earn your B.S. in Dental Hygiene when you already hold the A.S. degree. The B.S. will enable you to seek careers in dental care with higher salaries, pursue careers beyond clinical practice, and gain a competitive edge over job applicants who don’t hold the bachelor’s degree.


The University of New Haven’s dental hygiene program is one of the most prestigious in the country, thanks to both its rigorous standards and student-centered approach. That’s the opinion of both The Best Colleges.org and GradReports.com, who have ranked the program as one of the best in the U.S.

Those standards and student focus are fully present in our online degree completion program, which is specifically designed for practicing dental hygienists. It offers you:

  • Fully online, asynchronous, self-paced learning that you can work into your busy professional and personal life
  • Instructors who are licensed dental hygienists, leaders in their field, and published researchers in the subjects you will study
  • A deeply dedicated faculty who mentor students through every step of the program
  • One-on-one help with adjusting to online technology and learning

Upon completion of the program, you also will be fully qualified to move out of the dental office and into pursuit of professional opportunities in the areas of education, research, administration, public health, and corporate business, if you desire.

In addition, you will have carved out a perfect pathway to graduate study in the Master of Public Health and the Master of Health Administration degrees within the University of New Haven’s School of Health Sciences.

Envision Your Future

The information below will give you an idea of the positions you could hold and the potential salaries you could earn by completing your B.S. in Dental Hygiene.

$75K

Dental Hygiene Educator

$54K

Clinical Research Coordinator

$71K

Public Health Administrator

$76K

Dental and Health Services Manager

$166K

General Dentist

Selected Courses
  • Oral Medicine

    This course 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 employed in a case-study approach to address the role of the dental hygienist in medical risk assessment and management.

  • Internship

    In this course, dental hygiene students have the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills gained throughout the dental hygiene curriculum in an internship experience compatible with future career goals.

  • Contemporary Oral Healthcare Delivery

    This course examines the history, structure, and current issues revolving around the U.S. healthcare delivery system, with an emphasis on the delivery of oral healthcare services. It studies the barriers of achieving a high-quality healthcare system that delivers cost-effective healthcare to all populations.

  • Instructional Planning

    Designed to provide dental hygiene students and practicing dental hygienists with an overview of the instructional process, this course will emphasize the steps in the instructional planning process (assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation), learning styles, teaching strategies, the use of media for instruction, and the development of outcome assessment tools.

  • Dental Hygiene Research

    This course is designed to provide dental hygiene students with the skills necessary to understand, interpret, and critique professional literature. The course provides an intensive, comprehensive study of the scientific research process used in the health sciences. Students will learn to be critical consumers of published research and will be expected to complete a literature review. Emphasis is placed on the design of sound research protocol.

Spotlights

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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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

  • Financial Aid Opportunities

    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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