Dental Hygiene Degree Programs
Start your journey to success, become a dental hygienist at University of Bridgeport
Join an in-demand career path as a dental hygienist and provide care to your community as an expert in oral health. You can enjoy a flexible lifestyle working full- or part-time with job options in dentist offices or hospital settings. Dental hygienists can earn a competitive salary with an associate degree with room for career growth by earning a bachelor’s or master's degree. Our dental hygiene programs are offered in an on-campus or online format and can be completed in an accelerated format.
Receive a diversified associate or bachelor’s degree in Dental Hygiene
The UB associate and bachelor’s programs in dental hygiene combine general education courses with courses from the Fones School of Dental Hygiene (FSDH) to offer a comprehensive education that will prepare you for a rewarding career. Our goal for this the dental hygiene program is for each student to graduate with an awareness of health literacy, the knowledge of clinical skills necessary to provide care to patients, and a commitment to life-long learning and professional growth.
The core of the dental hygiene program is 73 credits, the associate degree covers the core programs. The bachelor’s program covers the core 73 credits, with additional courses to reach a total of 120 credits and earn a Bachelor of Science degree in dental hygiene.
In your first year, you will participate in a classroom and lab experience called pre-clinic. During pre-clinic, you will practice and learn on your fellow dental hygiene students. Once those classes have been completed, you will move onto your clinical experience where you will see real patients. Your clinical will continue until you graduate from the program.
If you are seeking a more flexible schedule, there are online options for students pursuing their bachelor’s or master’s in dental hygiene.
Prepare for an exciting career
Each year, 54 students are accepted into the program. Upon acceptance, you will learn and grow in our state-of-the-art on campus dental hygiene facility where you will learn how to use each tool, how to perform dental hygiene practices and, how to administer anesthesia.
The supportive staff and faculty at UB is dedicated to helping you advance within your field. Internships are available to UB dental hygiene students the summer after their first year in the program.
In addition to earning your degree in dental hygiene, you must also earn licensure. Licensure is achieved by taking the National Board Dental Hygiene exams, which you will prepare for throughout your time in the UB dental hygiene program.
Dental Hygiene AS
The UB Associate in Dental Hygiene AS degree program combines general education courses with courses from the Fones School of Dental Hygiene to offer a broad educational preparation. In addition to basic and dental science theory, the two-year curriculum provides education in prevention service and dental health education. Earn your Associate degree in Dental Hygiene in CT at University of Bridgeport.
Dental Hygiene BS
The Bachelor in Dental Hygiene BS degree program is completed through the integration of Associate’s degree dental hygiene courses and Bachelor’s degree courses, or by continuing studies after completing an Associate’s degree at an accredited School of Dental Hygiene.
Dental Hygiene BS - online
If you are a licensed dental hygienist with a completed associate’s degree from an accredited school of dental hygiene, UB’s Dental Hygiene BS Online degree program can help you enhance your skills and career opportunities in as little as two years. You will have the opportunity to customize your online program plan to help you meet your personal career goals, enabling you to directly transfer gained expertise to a professional work setting.
Dental Hygiene MS - online
Expand your career into education and public health. You will gain theory and practical experience from faculty experts from UB’s Fones School of Dental Hygiene, the world’s first dental hygiene school. You will develop proficiency through student teaching and the concentrated practicum, a hands-on experience supported by an ever-increasing set of field sites.
Dental Hygiene postgraduate education
The Fones School of Dental Hygiene offers continuing education courses to licensed dental hygienists. Courses are interactive utilizing innovative technologies and promote the development and use of critical thinking skills. The goal of these courses is to increase participant knowledge and promote professional development.