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AAS in Dental Hygiene

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Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) Degree Program in Dental Hygiene
The Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) Degree Program in Dental Hygiene is comprised of lecture courses in dental and health sciences along with clinical and hands-on experience. The 78 credit curriculum is offered as a two or three year day program or three year evening program. Dental hygiene students are prepared to perform competently in providing preventive and therapeutic patient oral health care.

The dental hygiene program, located within the NYU College of Dentistry, allows students to work side by side with dental (D.D.S.) students, dental faculty and dental hygiene faculty in the clinical portion of the curriculum. By working in these clinical settings with culturally diverse patients, dental hygiene students gain invaluable knowledge and experiences.

The NYU dental hygiene program is further enhanced by clinical rotations and outreaches. As part of the clinical requirements, students rotate through specialty areas such as orthodontics, periodontics, prosthodontics, implant dentistry, pediatric dentistry, and hospital clinics, while improving their clinical expertise. Domestic and international outreach opportunities in underserved areas are available to students in their second year. Selected students continue to work closely with dental students and other faculty members, providing comprehensive dental treatment to those who may not have access to care.

Upon completion of the 78 credit curriculum, students are qualified to take the clinical board examinations and the dental hygiene national boards, which are requirements for state licensure. The NYU dental hygiene program is fully accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation for Dental Hygiene Education Programs.

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For more information on Dental Hygiene programs at NYU College of Dentistry, contact the Office of Allied Health Programs at (212) 998-9393 or email