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NHTI’s Dental Hygiene degree program provides you opportunity to analyze health information and provide clinical services to improve oral and overall health. Established in 1970, this program graduates effective dental hygienists who enjoy rewarding, successful careers serving patients and populations in N.H. and beyond. NHTI offers the only dental hygiene program in N.H., providing excellence in dental hygiene education. You are prepared with the skills and knowledge required of professional dental hygienists.

NHTI Dental Hygiene students experience high success rates on national written and clinical board exams, positive interactions with community health agencies, and excellent preparation for licensure and clinical practice. Our curricula provides close clinical supervision with individual and small-group instruction, transferability of general education courses, and integration of current technology into education and clinical practice.

The NHTI Dental Hygiene program:

  • Provides a curriculum that integrates general education, biomedical sciences, dental sciences, and current dental hygiene theory, practice, and provision of dental hygiene care
  • Prepares students to think critically and implement the dental hygiene process of care to promote and maintain oral and systemic health for diverse populations
  • Prepares students to exercise principles of professional, regulatory, and ethical behavior in oral healthcare
  • Prepares students to commit to professional growth and learning to maintain compliance and competence through self assessment and evidence-based decision-making in an evolving healthcare system

Download the Dental Hygiene Mission, Goals, and Competencies PDF.

Applicants must complete an NHTI application and submit all required application materials to the Office of Admissions by the January application deadline for the Fall semester. Materials received after the priority deadline will only be reviewed pending space availability in the program. All specific admissions requirements must be met for consideration.

  1. College preparatory level courses in biology and chemistry, with labs, with grades of C or higher
  2. Algebra I with a grade of C or higher or NHTI’s MATH 092C with a grade of C or higher
  3. An informational group interview with the Dental Admissions Committee; qualified candidates will be contacted after the deadline to arrange an interview.
  4. Observe professional practices in a dental office for a period of not less than 20 hours. Submit the completed Observation Form to the NHTI Admissions Office no later than the application deadline. Applicants unable to complete the observation may instead complete an essay about the field; instructions on how to complete this requirement are available from the Admissions Office. The observation is only valid for 2 years.



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