Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene
Vermont Technical College offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene for students who want to learn how to assist in patient care including preventative dentistry, dental hygiene, dental care, and disease prevention as part of the daily function of a dental office.
Students will study responsibilities of dentists and hygienists in dental offices and prepare for those responsibilities by furthering an understanding of human anatomy and factors of dental health. Those courses include nutrition, human anatomy and physiology, pre-clinical dental hygiene, oral tissues, clinical dental hygiene, medical emergencies, dental radiography, introduction to psychology, dental materials, pathology and pharmacology, periodontics, oral pathology, community oral health, evidence based decision making, issues in dental hygiene, human growth and development, bioethics, practice management, and introduction to hygiene research.
Upon completion of the program, students will have demonstrated the necessary educational qualifications for roles as clinical dental assistants. Skills individuals have the potential to learn include but are not limited to the ability to describe the progression of dental disease and preventive techniques, the ability to identify the deciduous and permanent teeth and their functions, as well as anatomical landmarks of the head and neck, the ability to identify the chain of infection, routes of transmission, and techniques used in sterilization and disinfection, and the ability to complete patient charting, take vital signs, and describe steps for emergency management.
Degree Level:Bachelor Completion
Delivery Format:100% Online
Accreditation & Licensing
New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Technical and Career Institutions
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