Dental Hygiene Degree Program

The Goodwin College Dental Hygiene Program is designed to equip students with the skills to become professionals ready to assist the public and the community by providing clinical and therapeutic services as well as oral dental education. The program is centered on evidence-based learning with the theoretical foundation and hands-on classwork that prepares our students for the workforce and engenders an appreciation for lifelong learning.

Dental Hygiene program students must be able to perform all functions and tasks required of a dental hygienist. As part of the curriculum the student would be asked to fully participate in all clinic/rotation/community service activities.

Upon completion of the required 80 credit program, students will be eligible to apply for National Board exams. After successfully passing the National Board exams students will obtain a Connecticut Dental Hygienist Licensure.

  • State-of-the-art Dental Lab and equipment where students can perfect their skills in a supervised setting
  • Functional dental office with full waiting areas for patients/customers
  • 6 semester program - students can get trained and working in the field in as few as 24 months
  • Day and evening classes available in on-ground and hybrid formats
  • Clinic open 6 days a week – M-F 8 a.m. – 9 p.m., Sat – 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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Goodwin College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). The Dental Hygiene program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation, a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Goodwin College Dental Hygiene program has been granted initial accreditation status. Initial Accreditation is the accreditation classification granted to any dental, advanced dental or allied dental education program which is in the planning and early stages of development or an intermediate stage of program implementation. This accreditation classification provides evidence to educational institutions, licensing bodies, government or other granting agencies that, at the time of initial evaluation(s), the developing education program has the potential for meeting the standards set forth in the requirements for an accredited educational program for the specific occupational area. The classification "initial accreditation" is granted based upon site evaluation visit(s). 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:

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Day and evening classes are available in on-campus and hybrid formats. Our state-of-the-art dental clinic on campus will allow you to develop your skills. Learn hands-on through dental simulators, community enrichment, and clinical experience. Complete your education and begin working in the field in only 24 months full-time.