Program Levels

Before you apply, find programs and their requirements using the ADEA DHCAS Search Engine.

It is your responsibility to select the correct program level:

  • Entry Level: These are programs in dental hygiene are for those who are interested in becoming a dental hygienist. Applicants may earn an associates, bachelor’s, or postbaccalaureate degree. Following is a subset of the types of entry-level programs offered: 
    • Entry Level Associates 
    • Entry Level Bachelor 
    • Entry Level Certificate 
    • Entry Level Postbaccalaureate
  • Degree Completion: These programs offer a bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene for licensed dental hygienists who have graduated from a Commission on Dental Accreditation (or CODA) accredited dental hygiene program.
  • Graduate: These programs offer a master’s degree in dental hygiene for licensed dental hygienists who have graduated from a CODA-accredited dental hygiene program and hold a bachelor’s degree.