Bachelor's Degree Completion Program

The University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine Baccalaureate Degree Completion Program in Dental Hygiene is designed for students who previously have completed a certificate or associate degree in dental hygiene from an accredited dental hygiene program. Advanced course offerings from the Dental Hygiene Program and College of General Studies prepare dental hygienists to meet the rapidly changing oral health care environment. This degree enhances already-completed professional training and provides important exposure to the liberal arts, giving dental hygienists additional career opportunities in business, sales, education, research and public health.

As a student in the Baccalaureate degree completion program, you may practice as a dental hygienist while completing the requirements of the program. Classes are available to full- or part-time students in the evening, weekends and on-line. External studies are also available to help you complete your studies. Class schedules may be tailored to accommodate work schedules. 

The Baccalaureate degree completion program options include a focus in one of the following upper level dental hygiene areas of study:

  • Health Care Management/Administration
  • Education
  • Research

Learn more about required credits and courses at the Pitt College of General Studies.

If you’d like to know more about the opportunities for continuing courses of study for dental hygiene, please visit the American Dental Hygiene Association.

National Board Dental Hygiene Examination First Time Passing Rate

2015 28 100%
2016 25 96%
2017 24 100%
2018 30 97%
2019 23 91%
2020 20 95%
2021 30 97%

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