FAQs: Dental Hygiene Programs

Admissions FAQs

Both the AAS degree and the BS degree will allow you to become a practicing dental hygienist. With a BS degree, however, there are a wider variety of career opportunities available, such as those in Education/Teaching, Public Health Programs, State Board Regulatory Agencies, Dental/Medical Research and Pharmaceutical Sales.

Choosing to earn a degree in Dental Hygiene is a major decision and requires a significant amount of time, training and dedication. We encourage all applicants to refer to the American Dental Hygienists' Association website to learn more about the profession.

NYU Dentistry offers flexible start dates which include Fall, Spring and Summer semesters. Your academic advisers will counsel you on when is the best time for you to start in order to meet your goals.


  • Track A is a four-year dental hygiene program which allows the student to obtain the BS degree while also receiving a full dental hygiene education. For incoming students with possible transfer credits, the BS degree may be completed in a shorter period of time.
  • Track B is for a dental hygiene student or registered dental hygienist who has completed an AAS degree in dental hygiene from an accredited dental hygiene program and wishes to complete the BS degree.

Yes, we are one of the few dental hygiene programs that offers a comprehensive board review course. The course reviews all main topics of study needed to successfully pass national boards.

NYU Dentistry invites prospective students to tour our facilities with a student ambassador from the Dental Hygiene Programs or during one of our Open House sessions. Please visit the Dental Hygiene Programs home page to sign up for a tour.

While NYU Dentistry does not have a "part-time" program, the AAS curriculum is offered as a three-year day program, providing the ability to continue earning an income while in school. Enrolling in the Dental Hygiene Programs while maintaining employment will take additional forethought and juggling priorities, but the rewards are many, including financial.

NYU Dentistry Dental Hygiene is a selective program. Students offered admission typically have a 3.0 GPA, and all students must be in strong academic standing. Though the number varies from year to year, in recent years, we have admitted approximately 100 students from over 300 applicants.

The prerequisites are as follows:

  • a grade of B or better in Biology and Chemistry at the High School level
  • a GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • attending an Information Sharing Session with an admissions advisor
  • a personal statement
  • $50.00 non-refundable fee.

Once a student is matriculated and enrolled in the Dental Hygiene Programs, core science or writing courses will not be transferred. Only Psychology, Sociology, Oral Communications and extra liberal arts credits can be transferred from another accredited institution as a matriculated student (with advisor approval). There is a maximum of fifty (50) credits for transfer for the four-year (track A) and three-year (accelerated track) and bachelor's degree, and thirty-two (32) credits for the associate's degree. In addition, all courses for transfer must be completed prior to matriculation for the associate degree program. Transfers will not be accepted during the bachelor’s degree student’s final semester before graduation. Students may read more on our transfer policy here.

Dental Hygiene is a clinical-based program. Science courses and clinical rotations are not available online; however, approximately 60% of our bachelor degree (BS) program courses and some of the liberal arts courses in the AAS degree program can be taken online.  Please check with your advisor.  

Yes, internships play a key role in the BS degree program, as they encourage interprofessional educational experiences, innovation, reflection and assessment and offer unique experiences in many areas of clinical and student research, as well as leadership roles in Global outreach opportunities. The BS degree program requires 100 hours of internship, totalling 6 credits. Internship opportunities include areas of focus in Corporate, Education, Nursing, Public Health, Healthcare Management & Geriatrics. experiences, innovation, reflection & assessment

There is a vast, diverse population of patients here at NYU Dentistry, and hygiene students along with dental students participate in collaborative clinical care with the latest dental treatment and techniques available. Additionally, NYU Dentistry is focused on a evidence based curriculum, which allows the student to develop critical thinking habits while treating patients. All this results in the highest standard of care for the NYU Dentistry patient.

Both AAS and BS students are encouraged to participate in our Global Outreach programs, where you may provide oral hygiene care to an underserved community.

Further, NYU Dentistry prides itself on research and clinical practice, and upon completing our program, students are competent in this arena of study and practice.

Financial Aid FAQs

Students seeking financial aid must apply for it once each academic year. The FAFSA application is available on October 1 of each year. Once accepted in the program, the financial aid office can access your records and help you with your financial decisions. FAFSA forms must be completed online in order to be eligible for state and federal funding. NYU Dentistry also has additional scholarships for need-based and merit applicants.

Many scholarships are awarded based on Financial Need. These scholarships are limited and require completion of the online Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). New and existing scholarships will be posted as they become available for new and continuing students.

The admissions process should be completed first. In order to receive a financial aid award, a student must be admitted to the program.

The federal school code number for NYU is 002785.

Award amounts may vary from year to year, based on changes in a family's financial circumstances and the Dental Hygiene Programs' cost of attendance. Students must also maintain satisfactory academic progress each year in order to remain eligible for financial aid.

If a student does not have enough federal aid to cover all costs associated with attending the Dental Hygiene Programs, we recommend speaking with a financial aid representative. Students may refer to the Student Life Financial Services page for additional information.  

The University offers Payment Plans that are designed to assist those who may find it difficult to pay the total semester bill by the due date.