Dental Hygiene, Completion, Online
HACC / Penn College
Bachelor of Science Degree Pathway Agreement
Keep your momentum going
HACC and Penn College have established a pathway agreement that allows you to seamlessly transfer into Penn College's Dental Hygiene, Completion, Online bachelor-degree program. You'll be awarded 47 credits based on your dental hygiene license and 18 additional credits towards general education requirements.
All courses are 100% online and can be taken on a full- or part-time basis. This means that you can go to work and still pursue your bachelor's degree.
Having a bachelor's degree not only opens doors to more career choices and advancement, but it also gives you the opportunity make a greater impact.
Graduates of this program have gone on to work as:
- Dental hygiene program director
- Dental hygiene faculty
- Corporate salesperson
- Public health administrator
- Dental practice administrator
- Dental insurance administrator
At Penn College, we believe your educational experience should go beyond specialized skills. Real-world ready means taking a broader approach that builds communication skills, inspires collaboration, and encourages exploration of arts, history, and science.
Specialization requires in-depth knowledge and high-level proficiency. Students learn and apply major-specific concepts, skills, and methods.
- Issues in Professional Dental Hygiene (DEN301)
- Dental Practice Management (DEN307)
- Principles of Management (MGT115)
- Healthcare Delivery Systems (HTH325)
- Directed Dental Hygiene Elective (DEN)
- Dental Public Health (DEN303)
- United States Health Policymaking (DEN447)
- Dental Hygiene Capstone (DEN495)
- Introduction to Global Health (HTH415)
Perspectives are points of view, offering a variety of ways of understanding, interacting, and influencing the world. Students identify, explain, and utilize the approaches used by academics and professionals to study, analyze, or understand problems, and offer solutions.
Foundations are the practical, intellectual, and social skills: communication, collaboration, critical and ethical thinking, quantitative thinking, and technological literacy that are crucial to every student at every stage of education and at every stage of life.
From HACC to Penn College
Jason Schoene-Grazuties, HACC, '21
"The educational skills that you leave HACC with result in a smooth transition into Penn College’s curriculum. Penn College also makes it possible for you to achieve your educational goals while also gaining experience in the career of dental hygiene."
Sattya Sroka, RDH, HACC, '20
"Choosing to complete my degree for a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene at Penn College was one of the best choices I have ever made. The transition from HACC to Penn College was effortless and smooth. This program has allowed me to set my own schedule and work at my own pace to reach my educational goals while still being able to work full-time as a dental hygienist."
Penn College Transfer Student Scholarship
Available to students transferring to Penn College for their bachelor's degree.
John J. Messer Memorial Scholarship
Available to full- or part-time students enrolled in a Nursing & Health Sciences major.
School of Nursing & Health Sciences Endowed Scholarship
Available to full-time students enrolled in a Nursing & Health Science major.
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Real World Ready
Breanna Connell, Penn College, '20
Breanna's capstone project on COVID-19 and dental care was recently accepted for publication by the Journal of Dental Hygiene and is being offered as a continuing education opportunity by the American Dental Hygienists’ Association.
"When I decided I wanted to pursue my dream of becoming a dental hygiene professor, I knew that I wanted to go through Penn College to obtain my bachelor’s degree. Penn College has a fantastic reputation, and I knew they could help further my career better than anyone … I am proud to be part of their alumni now."
Lori Dietz, Penn College, '20
As part of her senior capstone project, Lori educated peers on the role of a dental team in helping patients with obstructive sleep apnea. She presented her continuing education session, titled “Don’t Fall Asleep With Your Mouth Open: The dental team’s role in sleep apnea,” at an annual Dental Symposium.
“The bachelor’s degree program has been very rewarding, as I have learned so much more, not only in the dental hygiene profession, but it has opened my eyes to the world of public health and how dental hygiene can be integrated.”
"HACC strives in the encouragement of lifelong learning and professional development to continually create career opportunities for our graduates."
Sarah O. Ostrander, RDH, D.H.Sc
Program Director and Associate Professor, Dental Hygiene, HACC
Learning that fits your lifestyle
- Accessible online anywhere in the world
- Flexible scheduling – take classes part-time or full-time
- Continue to work and be at home with your family
- Transfer-friendly programs shorten time to complete your degree
- In-state tuition rate for all students, regardless of residency
- Same rigor as on-campus programs
- One-on-one interaction with faculty
- Classes delivered asynchronously through P.L.A.T.O., Penn College's Platform for Learning And Teaching Online
- No required campus visits
We're here to help
The way we see it, applying shouldn't be your most difficult college assignment. Our transfer-specific admissions counselors specialize in situations like yours—we'll help you throughout the transfer process. Or, if you have program-specific questions, connect with the program director.