Program overview

Do you already hold an associate degree in dental hygiene and want to sharpen your skills? Do you want to explore a broader range of careers in community health, health administration, research, or education while increasing your earning potential? This program opens the door to a wealth of opportunities, providing the kind of collaborative learning across multiple health professions that you can only find in a comprehensive health sciences university. From our state-of-the-art dental simulation lab to our on-campus community clinic, internships, and global opportunities, UNE gives you all the right tools to obtain the profession of your dreams.

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I had job shadowed at my dental office to see if dental hygiene was the major for me. I loved everything about it, the quiet environment, happy people, and knowing that I was helping my community.
Dental Hygiene (4-Year B.S.)

Why UNE for Dental Hygiene Completion Program

As a university that offers a full range of health professions disciplines, UNE gives you an advantage in today’s modern, team-based health care industry. Internationally recognized for our commitment to interprofessional education, we prepare you for the type of collaborative care that patients appreciate and that employers expect.

  • On-campus dental hygiene clinic that serves the community
  • Interprofessional learning with students from other health professions
  • Internships for added on-the-job experiences
  • Collaborative practice models with student dentists
  • Dental Simulation Lab in Innovation Hall
  • Opportunities for global travel

Take a tour of our facilities


This program prepares you for a broad range of careers in dental hygiene, public health, administration, research, or teaching or for graduate study in fields such as dental medicine and public health. You may work in clinical or administrative roles in corporate, nonprofit, educational, or public health settings, such as:

  • Private Dental Practices
  • Health Service Corps
  • Clinics and Hospitals
  • Nursing Homes
  • Private Businesses (Sales and Development)
  • Schools
  • Public Health Agencies

Scope of Practice

Dental hygienists work in a host of different settings and under varying levels of supervision. Each state enacts its own laws determining the services dental hygienists can provide, the settings in which they can practice, and the supervision under which they practice.

Permitted functions and supervision requirements vary widely by state. To verify any of these requirements contact your state’s dental board. The Oral Health Workforce Research Center also offer an interesting overview of the variation in dental hygiene scope of practice by state. View the ADHA’s permitted functions and supervision levels by state (PDF)

Career Advising

Whether you have a specific career goal in mind or a vague idea of the field that interests you, Career Advising is here to help you plan your next step.

Dental Hygiene Careers by the Numbers


expected rate of dental hygienist job growth from 2016 to 2026


New hygienist jobs expected to open in U.S. between 2016 and 2026


UNE’s Dental Hygiene B.S. Completion Program is accredited by the American Dental Association.

Examples of Available Courses

The following are just some examples of the exciting courses that you will take:

  • Ethics for Interprofessional Practice
  • Leadership
  • Self-Designed Courses
  • Professional Elective
  • Cross-Cultural Travel Opportunities

Our Facilities

  • Twenty-chair on-campus clinic, serving 5,000 patients per year
  • State-of-the-art steri-center
  • Five-chair suite with five X-ray operatories in the on-campus Oral Health Center
  • On-campus Interprofessional Simulation and Innovation Center with high-fidelity patient simulators and patient actors

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


Experiential Learning

Hands-on Learning

  • Gain knowledge, skills, and confidence
  • Practice technique in the Dental Simulation Lab
  • Serve a diverse population at the on-campus Coleman Clinic
  • Provide a wide range of patient services
  • Complete internships in schools, nursing homes, community agencies, or private practices

Interprofessional Education

  • Prepare to excel in modern, team-based care in UNE’s Interprofessional Education Collaborative
  • Work with students in a wide range of different health professions programs to provide quality, patient-centered care
  • Reap the personal and professional benefits of graduating from one of only a handful of private universities with a comprehensive health care mission

Global education

See the World

A critical component of learning to provide health care is the development of cross-cultural sensitivity. We encourage your participation in medical mission trips organized by the (IMM)UNE Club and the unique Cross Cultural Health Care Immersion Experience in Ghana, where you engage in direct health services, interprofessional collaboration, community education, and academic and cross-cultural exchange in the twin cities of Sekondi and Takoradi.

Interested in studying abroad? Make a plan with your advisor.