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Dental Hygiene Programs in NYC with School Overviews

Several schools in the NYC area have dental hygiene programs. Read an overview of 3 dental hygiene school options within 10 miles of downtown NYC and find out which school is the right one for you.

NYC Dental Hygiene Schools

Students interested in working as dental hygienists can choose from several schools in the NYC area. This article discusses 3 of these schools and their programs, all of which prepare students to take the national and state board exams that are required in order to obtain a license and work as a registered dental hygienist in New York. Explore a table comparing valuable school information, like enrollment numbers, tuition rates, graduation rates and more.

  • CUNY (City University of New York) Hostos Community College, which is about 6 miles from downtown NYC, has a program that gives students the opportunity to earn an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Dental Hygiene with either a 2- or 3-year course of study.
  • Located 3.8 miles from NYC's downtown area, CUNY New York City College of Technology also offers an AAS in Dental Hygiene, which students can take up to 5 years to complete.
  • New York University is located less than two miles from downtown and offers an AAS in Dental Hygiene, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene.

Comparison of Schools

Many factors can influence a student's college decision. The table below makes it easy to compare information and choose the right school.

CUNY Hostos Community College CUNY New York City College of Technology New York University
School Type 2-year, public, primarily associate degrees 4-year, primarily associate's, public 4-year, private, not-for profit
Total Enrollment (2017) 7,211* 17,279* 51,123*
Campus Setting Large city Large city Large city
Tuition & Fees (2017- 2018) $5,208 in-state; $8,088 out-of-state* $6,920 in-state; $14,310 out-of-state* $50,464*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017) 90%* 82%* 54%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) Open admissions* 77%* 28%*
Retention Rate (2016-2017) 61% for full-time students, 44% for part-time students* 78% for full-time students, 60% for part-time students* 93% for full-time students, 71% for part-time students*
Graduation Rate 20%* (13% transfer-out) for students who began studies Fall 2014* 18%* (40% transfer-out) for students who began studies Fall 2011* 84% (10% transfer-out) for students who began studies Fall 2011*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

CUNY Hostos Community College

Located in the Bronx, just 6 miles from downtown New York City, Hostos Community College is a learning institution that offers certificate programs and 3 types of associate degree programs that prepare students for immediate employment or for transfer to 4-year colleges. The school also offers dual-degree programs in certain areas of study.

Associate of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene

The dental hygiene program includes didactic studies and clinical education. As a limited enrollment program, applicants must meet certain requirements prior to starting the clinical portion of the program; admission is contingent on having competitive GPAs and completing required general education courses. Students must also meet technical standards, such as good hearing, vision and motor skills. Other clinical requirements include proof of liability insurance, CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) certification, drug screening and criminal background check clearance.

To obtain experience and supervised hands-on training working with patients, students provide free dental services to community members at the onsite dental hygiene facility. Graduates of this program can take their exams and seek employment or transfer to 4-year colleges to pursue bachelor's degrees. Students must complete 29 general education credits and 41 credits of major-related courses, which are dental lectures, lab studies and clinicals.

CUNY New York City College of Technology

CUNY's New York City College of Technology (City Tech) was founded in 1946 and began with slightly over 200 students. The school has since grown to become a 4-year college offering baccalaureate programs, technical programs and continuing education.

Associate of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene

Part of the School of Professional Studies, the dental hygiene program is one of the largest and oldest in New York City. This 66-67 credit hour program combines classroom courses, such as dental hygiene principles, oral anatomy and dental radiology, with practical education in the hygienist training lab. Other classes include pharmacology, periodontics and radiology. To enter the clinical phase of the program students must complete prerequisites and introductory courses with a GPA of 2.5 or better. To earn an Associate of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene, students are required to complete the curriculum within 5 years.

New York University

Located in the heart of Greenwich Village, New York University (NYU) is one of the largest private universities in the country. In addition to offering more than 230 areas of study, it also offers students a choice of more than 2,700 courses. The College of Dentistry is one of many colleges that make up NYU.

Associate of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene

The NYU College of Dentistry offers the only medically integrated, college-based dental hygiene program in the state. Students have the option of completing this 78-credit curriculum in either 2 or 3 years, with the choice of day or evening classes. The curriculum includes didactic studies and clinical studies. An applicant to this program must show proof of high school diploma or equivalent, satisfactory GPA or SAT scores, completion of high school level biology and chemistry. He or she must also submit a passport photo, 2 letters of recommendation, statement of interest and proof of current immunizations. This associate degree program prepares students for careers as dental hygienists.

Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene

NYU's College of Dentistry also offers a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene program. The program can be completed in 3 or 4 years, depending on the student's time commitment and previous education. Students receive both general education and dental hygiene training, thus expanding employment opportunities. The dental hygiene programs offered at NYUCD are fully accredited by the American Dental Association, and students work at the Coler/Goldwater Memorial Hospital as part of their clinical care training.


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