One of the original health science programs at the college, the Dental Hygiene degree program prepares you to become a qualified Licensed Dental Hygienist.
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.
This academic 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. Licensure is obtained by successfully completing the National Boards in Dental Hygiene and the Commission on Dental Competency Assessments Clinical Licensure Examination.
This academic program is primarily designed for those who wish to enter the workforce immediately following graduation.
Licensure is obtained by successfully completing the National Boards in Dental Hygiene and the American Dental Licensure Examination.
- This is a very competitive program; some students will 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 applicants accepted into the Dental Hygiene Program must be able
to meet the department's technical standards as outlined in the Technical Standards Policy.
This program is offered by the Dental Hygiene Department.
Entrance and Course Requirements
The program is specifically designed to prepare students for a career as a Licensed Dental Hygienist. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (as of 2015), job growth in this field should be much higher than average over the next 10 years, with 38 percent growth from 2010 to 2020.
Various career opportunities exist in dental hygiene, including dental hygiene education, practice in private office settings, hospitals, nursing homes, school health programs, community health projects, and the military. Graduates also have entered dental sales, education, research, administration and professional consulting.
Recent employers have included: 1st Advantage Dental; Albany Access Dentistry; Amsterdam Dental; Aspen Dental; Breathe Easy Dental Temp Agency; Dental Care Services; Express Scrips Pharmacy; Family and Cosmetic Dentistry; Gold Dental; Heins Family Dentistry; Hyde Park Dental Arts; Lake Placid Smiles; Latham Dental Group; Lozman Orthodontics; Pediatric Dental Center of Georgia; Pine Ridge Dental; Polaski Dental Group; Private Dentist Office; Samaritan Hospital; The Smile Zone; and Western New York Dental Associates.
According to the department, starting salaries for hygienists range from $40,000 to $50,000. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (as of 2015) noted that median salary for this profession is $72,330.
The Center for Careers and Transfer offers Career Services and Transfer Services to all students.
For more information regarding this program, please contact:
Dental Hygiene Department
Fitzgibbons Health Technologies Center, Room 155/157
For more information about admission to this program, please contact:
Guenther Enrollment Services Center, Room 223
* In order to obtain a New York state license to practice
dental hygiene, you must be a United States citizen or an alien
lawfully admitted for permanent residence in the United State.