B.S. in Dental Hygiene

A clinical instructor guides a U N E dental hygiene student working on a computer Our Dental Hygiene bachelor’s degree program gives you the perspective that comes from studying the liberal arts, together with the expertise that comes from studying dental hygiene theory and then putting that theory into practice in our clinic.     

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 our 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 at UNE are spent on our Portland Campus, where you focus on dental hygiene, and spend 12-16 hours each week providing care to patients in our dental hygiene clinic.

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