Programs And Courses

Dental Hygienist

Learn more about our Dental Hygiene Associate in Science Degree program.

Apply for clinicals - check back HERE for link to the Fall 2021 clinical application. You must have already taken the TEAS test (minimum score 62) and attended a mandatory application session within the past 12 months.  The application deadline is March 15.

  • Download the admission criteria/point system (pdf).
  • Learn more about the TEAS test here. Includes link to the ATI website to register, remote proctoring, contact information, study groups and TEAS information sessions.
  • Attend a (60-minute) dental hygiene program mandatory information session (currently all via ZOOM. All students interested in applying for the Fall 2021 Dental Hygiene Program must attend. RSVP required - Email to reserve your seat. Space is limited and sessions fill quickly.
    • Download letter to students regarding information sessions (pdf)
      • Include the following in the RSVP email:
        • Your name, HACCID, phone number and email address (preferably Hawkmail) along with the date and time you plan to attend.
      • No one will be admitted once the session has started so please arrive early. You will receive Zoom dial-in information 24-48 hours prior to the information session date.
        • Wed, Sept 23, 6 pm - THIS SESSION IS ALREADY FULL!
        • Mon, Oct 12, 8:30 am
        • Wed, Nov 4, 6 pm
        • Wed, Nov 18, 8:30 am
        • Mon, Nov 30, 6 pm
        • Wed, Jan 13, 2021, 6 pm
        • Thu, Jan 27, 2021, 6 pm
  • Download Intro to Dentistry course information (pdf)
  • Attend a TEAS Information Session (download flier) to…

    • Review ATI TEAS test sections
      • types of questions in each section
      • time allowances per section
    • Review test prep strategies and resources
    • Learn test day strategies
      TEAS Info Sessions
      Date Time Zoom Link
      Check back - or contact Kathy Pasewark    


What does a dental hygienist do?

A dental hygienist is qualified by education and licensure to provide:

  • Patient assessment - including reviewing health history, recording vital signs, radiographic examination, and charting
  • Treatment planning
  •  Patient education
  • Administration of local anesthesia
  • Removal of deposits and stains from teeth
  • Placement of sealants

Learn more about the career (American Dental Association website).

Where do dental hygienists work?

Graduates have found employment opportunities as

  • clinicians
  • educators
  • public health advocates

How much does the program cost?

Download the Estimated Expenses  (pdf).


What degree will I earn?  Will I be eligible for credentials?

Upon successful completion, you will:

What are the required courses and what is the suggested schedule?  How long does the program take to complete? Where are the clinical classes held? 

  • Download a list of Required Courses, which includes a sample schedule (pdf).
  • Dental Hygiene classes are held at the Harrisburg Campus. Prerequisite courses are offered at other campuses and sites.
  • Download a Sample Fall Schedule (pdf).


What are the program clinical admission criteria and how do I apply for clinicals?

Is the program accredited?

The program is accredited by The Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association (CODA).


Can I advance my education?


What are the program goals?

What is the most current (2016) program effectiveness data?

  • Five-year completion rate 85%
  • Program performance on national board exams (five years) 87% success rate at second attempt is 100%
    • Clinical examination 90% pass rate
    • Written exam portion 97% pass rate
  • Job placement 100%

How can I get more information?

Who can I contact for more information? Please contact an Admissions Counselor, by phone at 800-ABC-HACC, or by email at

Dental Hygiene Program Office

Select Medical Health Education Pavilion (SMHEP), Room 104
HACC Harrisburg Campus
1 HACC Drive
Harrisburg, PA 17110

Mail clinical program addendum to the above address Attention: DH Secretary.