B.S. in Dental Hygiene

A clinical instructor guides a U N E dental hygiene student working on a computer Our Dental Hygiene program is among the strongest in the nation, dating all the way back to 1963. It gives you the perspective that comes from studying the liberal arts, together with the expertise that comes from studying dental hygiene theory and putting that theory into practice.  

Through the program, you develop critical thinking skills, a commitment to lifelong learning, and pride in the profession. You study the important aspects of dental hygiene care and learn to prevent oral disease while applying your growing body of theoretical knowledge to the work you do at the dental hygiene clinic on UNE’s Portland Campus. In the state-of-the-art Coleman Clinic, you provide direct care to patients of all ages under the guidance of our dedicated clinical instructors.   

The program enables you to pursue expanded professional and educational opportunities, emphasizing skill development in critical thinking, ethical decision-making and leadership. You engage in learning experiences not only with Dental Hygiene faculty, but with faculty and students from the other dental programs at UNE.   

You begin your academic experience on UNE’s Biddeford Campus, where you fully partake in the clubs, seminars, sports, and other activities that contribute so much to the overall college experience. During these initial four semesters, you study the humanities as well as the interrelated health profession disciplines. Your final four semesters are spent on UNE's Portland Campus, where you focus on dental hygiene, and spend 12-16 hours each week providing care to patients in the Coleman Clinic.

If you already hold an associate degree in dental hygiene, you may join our program to earn a four-year bachelor's degree and enjoy the expanded professional opportunities it brings.  

To learn more about the program, see Curriculum or visit our Catalog.


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