Welcome to the Department of Dental Hygiene

The Dental Hygiene Associate in Science degree program is designed to prepare competent dental hygiene professionals, capable of providing quality dental hygiene care in a variety of settings within a changing health care system, and a culturally diverse society. Students gain skills and knowledge required to take the National Dental Hygiene Board and Commission on Dental Competency Assessment, and learn to practice in a manner consistent with the highest standards set forth by the ADA/CODA, ADHA, OSHA, CDC, EPA and Massachusetts General Laws pertinent to health care providers/settings, including the State Dental Practice Act. Service-learning is infused in the Dental Hygiene coursework including the clinical experiences.

Students who wish to pursue a career as a dental hygienist in public health, health management, forensics, health education or dental hygiene education are encouraged to transfer to a baccalaureate program after graduation.

According to the 2015 Bureau of Labor Statistics, the national dental hygiene average wage was $72,330 and the Massachusetts state average for full-time hygienists was $80,590 with a median hourly wage of $38.75. Job prospects are expected to be favorable in most areas, but will vary by geographical location. Because graduates are permitted to practice only in the state in which they are licensed, hygienists wishing to practice in areas that have an abundance of dental hygiene programs may experience strong competition for jobs. By the year 2024 the national employment for dental hygienists trend is expected to increase by 19%. At this time, full-time opportunities are fewer than in past years where part-time and temporary employment is slightly more available.

Students must complete a Student Health Record in order to participate in clinical education.  This form is confidential and will be kept on file at the Center for Health & Wellness.  Only pertinent information that may be determined as creating special needs in planning the clinical experience will be shared with the program coordinator.  For more information on what is included and required of the Student Health Record, please contact the Center for Health & Wellness.

All information regarding the health status on an individual is considered confidential, and protected by the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1994.

Accreditation and Licensure

The program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation, a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council on Post-Secondary Accreditation and by the United States Department of Education.

Dental Hygiene Applications

Admission requirements and due dates for the Dental Hygiene Program may be found by clicking here. 32 students are admitted to the professional class in the Fall semester only.

For additional admission information call 1-800-818-3434 or email admissions@middlesex.mass.edu

New and Returning Clinic Patients

Dental hygiene services are available to the public in our Dental Hygiene Clinic.  Fall clinic appointments are available on Wednesdays and Fridays.  Spring appointments are available Tuesday through Friday.  To make an appointment, please call the clinic phone/voicemail at 978-656-3250.       

You can also visit the dental hygiene clinic website for more information.

For Further Information Contact:

Sarah Peterson-Taggard, Administrative Assistant, Dental Programs  petersons@middlesex.mass.edu  978-656-3054

Karen Townsend, Department Chair, Dental Hygiene Program  townsendk@middlesex.mass.edu  978-656-3045

Last Modified: 5/27/16