Take Your Career to the Next Level
If you are a licensed dental hygienist with a completed associate’s degree from an accredited school of dental hygiene, our program can help you enhance your skills and career opportunities in as little as two years. You will have the opportunity to customize your online program plan to help you meet your personal career goals, enabling you to directly transfer gained expertise to a professional work setting.
To be completed prior to matriculation:
- Active dental hygiene license
- Associate’s degree or certificate in dental hygiene from an accredited institution
- Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.5 or higher
Required Materials for Admission
- Official Transcripts (from all institutions of higher education and high school)
- Personal Statement
- In 500 words, detail why you are seeking this degree, how you expect to apply your degree to your professional career after graduation and why you seek to pursue your degree through the University of Bridgeport
- Photocopy of dental hygiene license in good standing
- All accepted students will be subject to a background check through the external agency, Verified Credentials. Further information will be distributed by your advisor
Completed application and all supporting documents must be received by:
- Rolling admission
Visit How to Apply to learn more about the process and how to contact your admissions counselor.
Your academic portfolio will be evaluated individually to see how your previously earned credits can be applied and transferred to the online Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene program. An academic advisor from UB’s Fones School of Dental Hygiene will work with you to define a program plan that ensures your success.
The University of Bridgeport accepts 60-90 approved transfer credits towards this program. In total, 121 credits must be accrued, with a minimum of 31 credits completed at UB, in order for a degree to be granted.
General Education Requirements
Most of our students will complete 22 credits in dental hygiene core courses, 18 credits in general education core, and 9 credits of electives. Your program will be unique based upon your transfer credits. General education course requirements and elective course details can be found in the UB Catalog.
Dental Hygiene Core (22 Credits)
Through discussion of legal, regulatory, and ethical issues governing dental healthcare, the student will develop strategies to provide optimum client care and understand the Dental Hygienist role within an interdisciplinary healthcare team. Appreciation for the role of administrator / manager is obtained through lecture content and group activities focused on the development of communication, teamwork, personnel, business, and patient management skills. These skills are necessary to prepare for emerging practice models in dental healthcare.
Assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of various instructional methodologies/strategies to facilitate presentations are covered in this course. The fundamentals of instructional theory are implemented through practical skill applications.
Advanced Clinical Concepts expands upon the basic knowledge and skills utilized in the dental hygiene process of care. Students are introduced to advanced clinical concepts through evidence based practice methods. Oral medicine, advanced periodontology, pain management, and current research and technologies are emphasized.
This course will provide the Dental Hygiene student with the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills acquired throughout the dental hygiene curriculum in an internship experience. Under the guidance of the course instructor the dental hygiene student intern will select a field site in an alternative practice setting (not private practice). With the help of the site’s primary mentor the intern will set goals and objectives that will allow them to become an integral member of the organization. The internship will consist of direct observation, participation and supervised teaching or fieldwork.
Prerequisite: DHYG 302
This course will introduce the student to the fundamentals of research design and process. It will enable Dental Hygiene students to develop skills in the analysis of dental research findings and the evaluation of dental issues through critical analysis. Students will also gain exposure to the development of research protocols and develop an original research proposal.
Prerequisite: DHYG 302
This course is designed to familiarize Dental Hygiene students with evolving professional trends related to private or public practice. Students, working in groups of two or three, will utilize and reinforce acquired Dental Hygiene research concepts while developing advanced assessment, planning implementation and evaluation skills, original research will be implemented. Required of all candidates for a Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene.
Prerequisites: DHYG 302, DHYG 305 and senior status
This course will provide a basic overview of statistical analysis and how certain tests can be performed to determine if there is a statistically significant relationship between variables. The student will receive an introduction to the use of statistical software for data analysis.
Practice your skills in the field
The internship allows you to apply your studies in a professional setting that aligns best with your goals.
Under the guidance of the course instructor, you will select a field site in an alternative practice setting (not private practice). With the help of the site’s primary mentor, you will set goals and objectives that allow you to become an integral member of the organization and provide you with 50 hours of direct observation, participation, and supervised teaching or fieldwork.
Areas of focus include the following:
- Student teaching in dental hygiene and dental assisting programs
- Community and hospital health clinics
- Dental product companies
- Local health departments
- Dental research companies
Internship affiliations include the following student teaching/internship locations:
- Fones School of Dental Hygiene
- Stratford, CT Health Department
- Porter and Chester Institute, CT
- Norwalk Hospital Dental Clinic, Norwalk, CT
- Community Health Centers, CT
- Middlesex County College, Edison, NJ
- North Hampton Community College, Bethlehem, PA
- Centrix Dental, Inc., Shelton, CT
- Open Door Family Medical Center, Ossining, NY
A career in dental hygiene offers multiple employment opportunities in a variety of settings. The American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) acknowledges that completion of a bachelor’s degree enhances the hygienist’s ability to succeed in the following fields:
- Public Health Dental Hygiene
Our bachelor degree-completion program prepares you to advance your career options even further through studies in UB’s Master of Science in Dental Hygiene degree program. Additionally, UB offers continuing education opportunities for dental hygienists seeking to maintain continuing education credits for licensure and skill enhancement in your chosen career.
UB's Center for Career Development helps graduates prepare for entrance into the workforce. Our comprehensive career counseling and resource center is dedicated to helping you become an active participant in your own academic, professional, and career development.
Services provided include basics like resume and cover letter building, interview preparation, negotiation, goal assessment, and personal branding.
UBjobnet is UB’s internal job portal–open only to UB students and alumni! Here, you can access a variety of opportunities posted by local and national employers. Search for jobs/internships, submit your resume online, register for career related events, or all of the above.
To access UBjobnet:
- Login to the myUB Portal
- Click on the “Quick Links” box on the right side to navigate to UBjobnet
- Find the resources that suit your needs:
- Job Search: Find full-time, part-time, internship, student employment and volunteer opportunities
- Email me new jobs: Set up job alerts by clicking “Email me new jobs” located above your search results. Use specific keywords to help tailor your emails to match your interests
- Career Events: Register for and learn about more upcoming events
- Employer Directory: Find and research companies related to your desired field
- Upload your updated resume and cover letters to UBjobnet to be able to easily apply to posted positions through the system
- Update your major, GPA, and graduation year in your profile to receive information on jobs and events related to your field
Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene online degree program, you will achieve the following outcomes:
- Communicate effectively through written, oral, and electronic means
- Apply scientific inquiry to foster critical thinking and reflective reasoning in all initiatives
- Participate in domestic and global collaborative efforts that allow for expanded and/or alternative career opportunities
- Develop, lead, and manage programs and strategies responsive to the diverse cultural and ethnic values and traditions of the communities served
- Instill the desire to pursue graduate-level education
You will be equipped to demonstrate professionalism, ethical behavior, evidenced-based decision making, competent client care, health promotion, and disease prevention.
You will be required to accrue a total of 121 credits in order to graduate from this program. This includes both transfer credits as well as a minimum of 31 credits earned at the University of Bridgeport. In addition to coursework, you will also be required to complete a 50-hour internship.
A minimum grade of “C” or better (74 or above) is required in all dental hygiene courses.