Program Overview

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.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Bachelor Completion

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    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


    School Overview

    Vermont Technical College is a public technical college that has main campus locations in Randolph Center and Williston, Vermont.  VTC is a member of the Vermont State Colleges, which is a consortium of the five public colleges in Vermont. VTC was founded in 1866, and is the only one of Vermont’s state colleges that specializes in technical education. The academic programs at VTC provide students with the skills that are needed to succeed in today’s technological workplace. VTC offers a career-oriented technical education in specialized study areas that are related to applied sciences, agriculture, engineering, business and sustainability and health sciences.

    Associate's and bachelor's degrees, certificates, and continuing education courses are offered. Students that receive a VTC education are prepared for workforce entry, continuing education, and life-long learning. Online learning continuing education and workforce development programs provide students with the skills that are needed for careers in healthcare, manufacturing, business and computer technology, and programs are also offered to professionals that allow them to receive continuing education. Online programs are open enrollment programs that make it possible for students to begin when they want to, and work at their own pace.


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