This degree program prepares you to become a qualified Licensed Dental Hygienist. Dental hygienists clean teeth, examine patients for signs of oral diseases such as gingivitis, and provide other preventive dental care. They also educate patients on ways to improve and maintain good oral health.

Course material is divided between theory and technique, and utilizes modern laboratory and clinical facilities. The clinic, dental anatomy/preventive dentistry/dental materials laboratory and radiographic facilities are equipped with state-of-the-art equipment, and are used to provide individualized instruction.

The program is primarily designed for those who wish to enter the workforce immediately following graduation, however, the program has articulation agreements in place for graduates of the program who wish to complete a bachelor's degree after graduation.

This program is offered by the Dental Hygiene Department.

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Take Note

  • This is a very competitive program; some students may be advised to choose another option or reapply in the future and complete additional coursework in order to strengthen their application for admission. A published set of guidelines highlighting the criteria used to evaluate candidates can be found on the Guidelines for Selective Admission.
  • All students interested in this program should review the Technical Standards Policy. Applicants accepted into the Dental Hygiene Program must be able to meet the department's technical standards as outlined in the Technical Standards Policy.
  • All students interested in this program should also review the mission and competencies of the Dental Hygiene Department.
Dental hygiene students in the dental clinic


Career and Transfer Opportunities

Dental hygienist working on patient
Recent employers include: First Advantage Dental, Albany Access Dentistry, Aspen Dental and Latham Dental Group.
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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth should be much higher than average, with 20 percent growth from 2016 to 2026.
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Recent transfer agreements include: Excelsior College, Farmingdale State College and Vermont Technical Institute.

Get in Touch

Department or program information:

Tammy Conway
Fitzgibbons Health Technologies Center, Room 157
Department Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Program admission information:

Guenther Enrollment Services Center, Room 223
Regular Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Summer Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.