Dental Hygiene Completion Program


Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene
Westbrook College of Health Professions (WCHP)
Department of Dental Hygiene


Marji Harmer-Beem, RDH, MS, BS


The Department of Dental Hygiene endeavors to improve the oral health of individuals and communities by graduating students who place meaningful value on life-long learning, and who have the desire and motivation to achieve beyond their self-imposed limitations.  The faculty strives to stimulate student development of intellectual curiosity and professional expertise through collaborative participation in an academic environment that foster interprofessional education.

The Department of Dental Hygiene faculty welcomes the opportunity to educate future oral hygienists in both the traditional and newly evolving skills required for entry into the profession.  The faculty also looks forward to developing professional qualities and leadership capabilities in each student by providing opportunities for critical thinking and logical decision-making.

Major Description

The University of New England offers a Bachelor of Science completion program for registered dental hygienists already holding an Associate Degree in Dental Hygiene. 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.  The Bachelor of Science degree program builds upon the knowledge obtained at the associate degree level with core curriculum courses in the arts and sciences and upper division courses in dental hygiene, management, health care, interprofessional education, and upper division electives.  This program is designed to prepare students to meet the challenges of the changing health care delivery system and to establish a foundation for graduate study.

Curricular Requirements

Dental Hygiene Degree Completion  
Max Transfer 85 credits
General Education 18 credits
MAT 120 - Statistics 3 credits
BIO 309 - Pathophysiology 3 credits
Human Traditions I or II 3 credits
Creative Arts 3 Credits
Social Global Awareness 3 credits
Advanced Humanities 3 credits
Sub Total 103 credits
Major Courses  
IHS 310 - Ethics for Interprofessional Practice 3 credits
DEN 422 - Leadership 2 credits
DEN XXX - Internship/Experiential Learning 3 credits
DEN XXX - Current Concepts in Dental Hygiene 3 credits
Professional Electives (300 level or higher) 6 credits**
Sub Total 17 credits
Total 120 credits

** Additional elective credit will be required if transfer coursework is less than 85 credits.

Academic and Technical Standards

A minimum grade of "C" is required in all DEN prefix courses and professional electives.  A "C" or higher must be achieved in all prerequisites for these courses.

Technical Standards

Learning Outcomes

The Department of Dental Hygiene offers students the opportunity to:

  1. Competently provide the public with dental hygiene care based on a sound foundation of scientific knowledge and effective decision-making.
  2. Provide individuals and groups with up-to-date dental hygiene care as an essential component of comprehensive, interprofessional health care. 
  3. Explore the complexities of ethical decision-making as it relates to professional situations.
  4. Gain access to dental hygiene licensure in the state of choice by successfully preparing students to complete the national and regional board examinations.
  5. Develop a commitment to life-long learning by continuing with educational plans following graduation.
  6. Demonstrate the knowledge necessary to assess, plan, implement and evaluate community-based oral health programs.
  7. Utilize appropriate communication methods to effectively provide patient care.


Admission Requirements: Dental Hygienist with an Associate Degree

  • Must be a graduate of a dental hygiene program accredited by the American Dental Association - Commission on Dental Accreditation.
  • Must have completed the requirements for a Dental Hygiene (Associate Degree) with at least a 2.5 grade point average (GPA).
  • Must submit official college transcripts reflecting an overall GPA of 2.5, in addition to a GPA of 2.5 in all science and math courses.
  • Must complete the UNE admissions application.

See Undergraduate Admissions also.

Transfer Credit

For students transferring from another institution, a minimum of 36 credits in attendance is required for a bachelor of science degree in dental hygiene.  You must take at least 36 credits at UNE.  If there appears to be an area of clinical deficiency, due to time away from clinical practice or the introduction of new technology and knowledge into the practice of dental hygiene, a clinical dental hygiene course may be required.  Other restrictions apply. 

Financial Information

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fees for subsequent years may vary.  Other expenses include books and housing  For more information regarding tuition and fees, please consult the Financial Information section of this catalog. 

Notice and Responsibilities Regarding this Catalog

This Catalog documents the academic programs, policies, and activities of the University of New England for the 2015-2016 academic year. The information contained herein is accurate as of date of publication April 30, 2015.  *Addendum published January 29, 2016.

The University of New England reserves the right in its sole judgment to make changes of any nature in its programs, calendar, or academic schedule whenever it is deemed necessary or desirable, including changes in course content, the rescheduling of classes with or without extending the academic term, canceling of scheduled classes or other academic activities, in any such case giving such notice thereof as is reasonably practicable under the circumstances.

While each student may work closely with an academic advisor, he or she must retain individual responsibility for meeting requirements in this catalog and for being aware of any changes in provisions or requirements.