Associate of Science in Dental Hygiene Program

The Associate of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene Program is a two-year, six-term, 82 credit course of study that provides a broad range of education and experience.  This program provides comprehensive intra- and inter-professional education in the basic sciences, health sciences and clinical dental hygiene for men and women of all ages, races and ethnic backgrounds.  If a student wishes to transfer to another dental hygiene program, the transferability of credits earned at the University of Pittsburgh's Dental Hygiene Program is at the discretion of the program that the student wishes to attend.

Students in the Dental Hygiene Program provide dental hygiene services for Pitt Dental Medicine patients. Under the supervision of experienced faculty, students provide dental hygiene services such as oral prophylaxis, periodontal scaling, application of dental sealants and topical fluoride, patient education, and nutritional analysis. The team approach, joining the dental hygienist, dental students, and or residents, is used to provide comprehensive dental care to patients.

It is an admissions' requirement that prospective applicants complete 15 hours of shadowing with a practicing dental hygienist prior to applying to the Program. 

Admissions

The University of Pittsburgh Dental Hygiene Program subscribes to a rolling admissions policy that does not hold to a specific deadline when applicants must apply. The program offers admission to qualified applicants on an ongoing basis until the class is full.  Please note that the program admits one class (36 students) per academic year beginning in the fall term.  It is therefore highly recommended that those seeking admission into the Dental Hygiene Program apply prior to November 1st.

Important Application Dates

  • November 1: Early admissions review for *Fall Applicant Seminar
  • February : Admissions review for *Spring Applicant Seminar

* Attendance at Dental Hygiene Program presentation and participation in a personal interview with dental hygiene admissions committee members.

Learn more about the admissions process and requirements of the Dental Hygiene Program.

The allied education program in dental hygiene is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA). The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at 312-440-4653, or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60611. The Commission's web address is https://www.ada.org/en.