Dental Hygienist Program (Associate in Specialized Technology Degree)

Dental Hygienist Schools in Scranton, PA

Train to become a licensed oral health professional who provides patients with educational, preventative and clinical therapeutic services. Gain entry-level employment opportunities in a variety of clinical and public health settings.

Dental hygienists are respected members of the healthcare team.  As dental health professionals, dental hygienists provide educational, preventative and clinical therapeutic services to the public. The work of dental hygienists supports the total health of a patient for the control of oral disease and promotion of oral health. Fortis Institute in Scranton offers a dental hygiene program that prepares students with the knowledge and skills they need for licensure in Pennsylvania. 

As a student at Fortis Institute in Scranton, you will learn from experienced and dedicated professionals who will guide you through a comprehensive curriculum. Our small class sizes and nurturing and supportive environment will help you gain the knowledge and skills you need for licensure and to pursue an entry-level position as a dental hygienist. 

Our thoughtfully-designed curriculum is the ideal balance of traditional classroom instruction, small-group laboratory techniques and real-world hands-on skill development. Students learn with the equipment and technology found in many dental offices. Our on-campus clinics provide opportunities for students to develop the skills they need while working and learning under the close supervision of instructors. 

  • Click here to review the Dental Hygiene Program Handbook
  • Click here review the Dental Hygine Core Goals and Competencies
  • Click here to review the Dental Hygiene Mission, Purpose, Philosophy and Code of Ethics

Get Your Dental Hygienist Associate in Specialized Technology Degree

A dental hygienist works directly with patients and under the supervision of a qualified dentist. While duties may vary, a hygienist often teaches patients how to practice good oral hygiene; examines teeth and gums and  records the presence of oral diseases or abnormalities; removes calculus, stains and plaque from teeth; takes dental x-rays; and may apply preventive agents, and more.

Keeping Patients Safe and Healthy
Keeping students, faculty and others safe is our highest priority. Fortis Institute in Scranton operates in compliance with OSHA’s Bloodborne Pathogens Standard (29CRF 1010.1030). This standard is the facility’s policy to protect students and healthcare employees from occupationally acquired exposure to blood or other potentially infectious materials. Students are taught the importance of various methods of exposure control include universal precautions, engineering and work practice controls, personal protective clothing and equipment, housekeeping, vaccinations, training, and documentation.

Expanding Career Opportunities

According to the U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the field of dental hygiene is growing faster than average for all occupations. An education and licensure as a dental hygienist allow for the flexibility of both full and part-time positions, making it an ideal field for both men and women interested in entering the healthcare field.

Contact us today to schedule a campus visit to see our facility and learn more about how you can begin training to become a dental hygienist at Fortis.

Commission on Dental Accreditation
On the basis of this review, the Commission determined that the recommendation cited in the report has been met and adopted a resolution to grant the program the accreditation status of “approval without reporting requirements.” The definitions of accreditation classifications are enclosed. No additional information is requested from the program at this time. 


Frequently asked questions

  • Who is FORTIS?

    FORTIS is a post-secondary network of colleges and institutes that engages students in a powerful learning and training experience for lifelong growth. With the addition of each new campus, Fortis now offers career-based certificate, diploma and degree-granting programs at more than 40 schools in 15 states.

    FORTIS College and FORTIS Institute campuses prepare students for careers in healthcare, nursing, medical, dental, business, information technology, massage, cosmetology and the skilled trades such as welding and HVAC.FORTIS College Online also offers online learning platforms for a variety of associate degree programs for adults and members of the military community.

  • What are the admission requirements?

    To qualify for admissions, in most cases you must be a high school graduate or its equivalent. All applicants are required to complete a personal information sheet. During a personal interview with our admissions staff, we will review your career goals to help you find the right program to fit your needs.

    Every individual will be given the opportunity to tour the facility, meet with Financial Aid, and enroll in the next available classes. Please contact your local campus Admission advisor for more information on admission requirements.

  • How much does the program cost?

    Tuition varies from program and campus. Speak with an admissions advisor for more details.

  • Is financial aid available?

    You've got obligations and responsibilities already, so financing your education is going to be a real concern. At FORTIS, we understand that. That's why FORTIS helps our students to learn about government and private loans and other financial aid options that are available to those who qualify to help finance the cost of building the foundation for your new career.

    • We work every day with working adults and career changers who have complex financial situations, and get them the information to help them to determine the financing for their education that will work the best for them.
    • We have financial aid offices on every campus so students can continue to find and act on important information they need to continue on their path to success
    • We are flexible and pragmatic in our approach. Our instructors, counselors, professors, and staff understand and will work with you if it becomes difficult to keep up your studies or if you need time off.
  • Does FORTIS help me find a job after graduation?

    At FORTIS, our Career Services professionals are committed to successfully supporting our graduates to secure employment in entry-level positions. Through career development, including professionalism, motivation, resume development, dress for success, interview coaching and the maintenance of ethical standards, we empower our graduates with the skills necessary to approach a job interview ready for success.

    FORTIS operates a Career Services Center at each campus to assist graduates with career placement. FORTIS provides lifetime graduate employment assistance. As graduation approaches, students get the opportunity to meet with the Director of Career Services during their last semester to discuss career services available for their individual job search. As a graduate, you will want employment that reflects your skills, training, and allows for professional growth and development. Career Services is committed to helping you find the right fit for you.

  • Is FORTIS accredited?

    If you’re looking for accredited colleges or vocational schools, you have come to the right place! While each campus varies in program offerings, accrediting bodies, and specific programmatic accreditations, all are institutionally accredited! Each of our colleges and institutes are institutionally accredited by one of the following accrediting bodies:

    • Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES)
    • Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC)
    • Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS)

    See each school's campus page or click on the CONSUMER INFO button on the right to view individual campus or programmatic accreditations.

Programs vary by state and campus. Not all programs are offered at all locations. Contact local campus for accreditation information.

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