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 Northeast Regional Board Examinations, 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 2009 Bureau of Labor Statistics, the national dental hygiene average wage was 67,340 and the Massachusetts state average for full time hygienists was 77,420. 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 2018 the national employment trend is expected to increase by 36%. At this time full time opportunities are fewer than in past years where part time and temporary employment is slightly more available.

Individuals who self-disclose the presence of a blood-borne infectious disease will be shown the same consideration as non-infected individuals.

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 admissions 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 Wednesday and Friday. Spring appointments are available Monday through Friday.  For appointments, please call the clinic phone/voice mail  at 978.656.3250.       

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

For further Information Contact:

Sarah Peterson Taggard Dental Programs Secretary Petersons@middlesex.mass.edu 978-656-3054

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

Last Modified: 2/25/14