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Dental Hygiene

Degree Programs

The University of New England offers both a four-year bachelor of science degree in dental hygiene and bachelor of science completion degree program in dental hygiene

Bachelor of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene

This dynamic 4-year program begins with the students becoming fully engaged during their first four semesters in the building of a foundation of knowledge in the sciences and liberal studies, while simultaneously being introduced to the interdisciplinary health professions disciplines.  The students begin their academic experience on the Biddeford campus, which provides the opportunity to enjoy full participation in clubs, seminars, sports, and intercollegiate activities.

The last four semesters are delivered on the Portland campus where students are immersed in both the study of dental hygiene theory and professional clinical practice.  Dental hygiene students  have the opportunity to engage in interprofessional educational experiences with students and faculty in undergraduate and graduate level health professional programs within the University setting.  The dental hygiene baccalaureate program is designed to provide the student with expanded professional opportunities, therefore, skill development in the areas of critical thinking, ethical decision-making and leadership are enhanced.
See the Catalog for the Curriculum for Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene.

Bachelor of Science Completion Program

This bachelor of science program is intended for students already holding the dental hygiene-associate degree. 

In their clinical coursework students continue to work under the close supervision of experienced faculty in the on-site dental hygiene clinic providing direct dental health care to diverse patients. The bachelor of science program advances education in dental hygiene skills and prepares students for a broader range of careers in dental hygiene, community health, administration, research, or teaching.  Internships and additional clinical experiences are gained in area schools, nursing homes, community agencies, and in private practices.

The bachelor of science degree program builds upon the knowledge obtained at the associate level with core curriculum courses in the arts and sciences and upper division courses in dental hygiene, management, health care, science or psychology. In addition, students have the opportunity to engage in the Westbrook College of Health Professions' innovative interprofessional education initiative. This program is designed to prepare students to meet the challenge of the changing health care delivery system and to establish a foundation for graduate study. 
See the Catalog for the Curriculum for a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene Completion Program.

Bloodborne Pathogens

Members of the health professions, including dental hygiene, are at risk of exposure to bloodborne pathogens and other potentially infectious materials. The Dental Hygiene Program complies with all local, state and federal guidelines to protect students, patients, faculty and staff from exposure to bloodborne pathogens and other potentially infectious materials.