Programs

A U N E dental hygiene student cleans a patient's teethOur Dental Hygiene program is among the strongest in the nation, dating all the way back to 1963.

Through the program, you develop critical thinking skills, a commitment to lifelong learning, and pride in the profession. You gain a thorough knowledge of dental hygiene theory, study the important aspects of dental hygiene care, and learn to prevent oral disease.

You apply the classroom knowledge you gain to the work you do at our clinic in Portland, where you provide direct care to patients of all ages under the guidance of our dedicated clinical instructors.   

We offer both a four-year B.S. degree in Dental Hygiene and a B.S. completion program for those who already hold an associate’s degree.

B.S. in Dental Hygiene

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You spend four years studying dental hygiene theory and gain valuable professional clinical practice.

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B.S. Completion Program in Dental Hygiene

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You build on your associate’s degree in dental hygiene and earn a bachelor’s degree.

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Key Program Highlights

  • Accredited by the American Dental Association
  • An on-campus dental clinic in Portland, Maine, serves 5,000 patients per year
  • Thirty-chair clinic with five X-ray operatories
  • State-of-the-art Steri-Center
  • Third- and fourth-year students spend 12-16 hours per week in our clinic providing direct care to patients of all ages
  • Faculty/student ratio in clinic is very low, providing students with ample opportunity for questions and interaction with faculty
  • Courses on local anesthesia and pain control are offered for students planning to practice in states requiring those specific skills
  • A liberal arts concentration is part of every student's program
  • Opportunities to interact with seven other Westbrook College of Health Professions programs of study through the dynamic, innovative Interprofessional Education Program