In addition to the general admission requirements for all prospective University of New Haven students, it is recommended that applicants to the dental hygiene program demonstrate satisfactory performance in the sciences and mathematics. It is strongly recommended that applicants have completed both high school biology and chemistry with laboratory and two years of college preparatory mathematics. An in-person or telephone interview with the department director or a faculty member is recommended; letters of recommendation supporting the student’s ability to pursue a rigorous science-based curriculum and desire to contribute in the health care delivery system are strongly encouraged. Admission to the program is limited. All students enrolled as freshman in the dental hygiene program or in the clinical course sequence must be full time. For additional admission criteria regarding the dental hygiene program contact the Department of Admissions.
Professional Accreditation and Licensure
The program in dental hygiene is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association, a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Commission on Recognition of Postsecondary Accreditation and by the United States Department of Education.
Students earning an associate in science degree in dental hygiene must complete 98-100 credits. Courses must include the University Core Curriculum for associate degrees and the required courses listed below. Students enrolled in the dental hygiene clinical course sequence (DHYG 2220 , DHYG 2240 , DHYG 3330 , DHYG 3350 , DHYG 4460 ), must be enrolled in a full-time course of study. Students must achieve a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.70 or above at the University of New Haven preceding entry into the fall semester sophomore-level dental hygiene clinical course sequence. Students must enroll in the dental hygiene courses DHYG 3330 and DHYG 3342 during the designated summer session, scheduled after completion of the sophomore clinical course sequence.