According to U.S. News & World Report's "Best Healthcare Jobs," the median salary for a dental hygienist in 2011 was $69,280. The best paid earned $94,850, and the bottom 10 percent earned $46,020. Career Cast ranked dental hygienist as the sixth best job of 2013--and among the best among health care jobs--citing abundant job opportunities and a projected job growth rate of 38 percent by 2020. (Source: Dental Hygienist Salary Jobs)
The Bachelor of Science degree in dental hygiene is offered through the College of General Studies and the School of Dental Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. Only graduates of accredited dental hygiene programs are eligible to complete the bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene. This degree enhances already-completed professional training and provides important exposure to the liberal arts, giving dental hygienists additional career opportunities in business, sales, education, and research.
Students must earn a minimum of 131 credits to complete the Bachelor of Science degree. Of this 131-credit total, 30 credits must be at the 1000 (junior/senior) level. The courses must be completed within five years of enrolling in the program.
Students who are transferring from the dental hygiene certificate program to the College of General Studies (CGS) dental hygiene Bachelor of Science degree program complete 39 credits of CGS general education and dental hygiene track course work.
At least 30 of the 39 credits must be completed at the University of Pittsburgh. Contact Tim Carr, CGS senior advisor, for information about credits that transfer from other institutions or if you completed your dental hygiene certificate at Pitt before 1995.
The required courses are listed below. See the complete list of courses that satisfy requirements.
Choose from ENGCMP (no 0200-level courses), ENGWRT, and ENGLIT/Writing courses.
Choose one algebra or computer programming course.
Choose courses from two of these departments/programs: Africana studies, Chinese, classics, communication, English literature, French, German, history of art and architecture, Italian, Japanese, Korean, linguistics, music, philosophy, religious studies, Russian, Slavic, Slovak, Spanish, studio arts, or theatre arts. One course must be a 1000-level course.
Choose a 1000-level course from one of these departments/programs: Africana studies; anthropology; economics; history; Jewish studies; legal studies; political science; psychology; religious studies; urban studies; or gender, sexuality, and women’s studies.
Choose one literature course.
Choose one history course.
Choose two international courses (may include non-Western courses).
Choose one non-Western international course.
Students must choose a concentration in health management, education, or research.
|DENHYG 1921||Health Management Seminar||3|
|DENHYG 1922||Health Management Practicum||3|
|DENHYG 1901||Allied Health Education||3|
|DENHYG 1902||Allied Health Education Practicum||3|
|NUR 0067||Nursing Research or||3|
|PSY 0035||Research Methods or||4|
|SOC 0230||Social Research Methods||3|
In this 39-credit program, 21 credits should be completed using 1000-level course work. These 21 credits, when combined with the nine credits for DENHYG 1420, 1422, and 1544 completed in the dental hygiene program, meet the CGS requirement for 30 credits of 1000-level course work.
If you have further questions about the dental hygiene degree completion program, please contact Tim Carr, CGS senior advisor.
Having a bachelor's degree in dental hygiene provides more flexibility and career opportunities--including positions in teaching, sales, and public health--than a two-year degree. (Source: Dental Hygienist Salary Jobs)