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.