Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene

The following requirements are effective for students admitted on or after Fall 2019:

  • High School Diploma or General Equivalency Diploma (GED)
  • High School Biology with lab, BIO 110, or BIO 100 (grade of C- or higher)
  • High School Chemistry with Lab, or CHY 100 (grade of C- or higher)
  • High School Algebra I and MAT 030: Algebra I or waiver
  • ENG 100 Introduction to Academic Reading & Writing or course waiver

Transfer students who have completed 12 credit hours or more (excluding remedial or developmental courses) will be considered for admissions if they have a 2.75 grade point average or higher and grades of C- or better in courses applied toward degree credit. The program will evaluate individually other qualified applicants who do not meet these criteria.

  • Minimum 120 Credit Hours
  • Writing Intensive Course
  • Minimum Cumulative G.P.A.: 2.75
  • 30 Credit Hours of Residency Courses
  • 9 Credits of Upper-Level Major Residency Courses
  • Minimum G.P.A. in the Major: 2.75

Before entering the clinical portion of the dental hygiene program, normally in the second year of the curriculum, students are required to attend a mandatory pre-clinical student orientation. Any student who does not attend the mandatory orientation risks forfeiting their seat in the program.

The Programs teach and utilize the Center for Disease Control Infection Control Guidelines. ( and therefore dental hygiene students must fulfill the requirements of having a physical examination, and completing specified immunizations and titers, specifically: Hepatitis B Vaccine Series with Titre indicating immunity; Varicella vaccine, history of the disease, or titre showing immunity; Tetanus with the past 10 years; Flu vaccine each year enrolled in the clinical coursework; Tuberculin Skin Test on an annual basis.  Students are required to have medical insurance coverage and must obtain certification in healthcare provider level cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) or equivalent, and be fitted for professional magnification eyewear.

*The CDC recommends repeating the Hepatitis B vaccine series and titre if the initial titre does not indicate immunity. If after a second series, the titre does not indicate immunity, the individual is considered a non-responder. Non-responders should be considered susceptible to Hepatitis B Virus and should be counseled by their own healthcare provider regarding the risks of working in the healthcare field as a non-responder. Being a non-responder does not preclude students from participating in the dental hygiene program or profession, however, it is imperative that dental hygiene students be aware of their immune status to properly manage post exposure incidents.

Applicants considering dental hygiene need to be aware that this program is academically rigorous and physically demanding, requiring long periods of time in a seated position.  Tasks require hand-eye coordination, visual acuity, fine motor dexterity and close focus vision.

Applicants to the Dental Hygiene program should be aware that a criminal background check may be required while enrolled in the program or as a condition of professional employment. Internship sites may limit or deny clinical privileges to those who have a prior or current criminal record. If denied clinical privileges, the student is at risk of not being able to obtain the number of clinical hours required for graduation. Students will be expected to provide clinical internship sites with a current background check at the request of the interning site(s), with associated expenses the students’ responsibility.

All courses must be passed with a “C” or better.

  • DEH 200 Preclinical Dental Hygiene (4)
  • DEH 201 Preclinical Dental Hygiene Theory (5)
  • DEH 202 Head & Neck Anatomy, Histology & Embryology (5)
  • DEH 203 Dental Radiology (2)
  • DEH 204 Dental Radiology Lab (2)
  • DEH 225 Professionalism for Oral Health Provider (1)
  • DEH 250 Clinical Dental Hygiene I (2)
  • DEH 251 Clinical Dental Hygiene Theory (2)
  • DEH 252 Oral Pathology (2)
  • DEH 254 Nutrition in Oral Health (2)
  • DEH 255 Oral Health Considerations for Target Populations (2)
  • DEH 300 Clinical Dental Hygiene II (3)
  • DEH 301 Clinical Dental Hygiene Theory II (3)
  • DEH 302 Pharmacology (3)
  • DEH 303 Periodontology (2)
  • DEH 304 Dental Anxiety and Pain Management (3)
  • DEH 305 Community Dentistry I (2)
  • DEH 350 Clinical Dental Hygiene III (4)
  • DEH 351 Clinical Dental Hygiene Theory III (2)
  • DEH 352 Dental Specialties (2)
  • DEH 353 Community Dentistry II (2)
  • DEH 354 Ethics and Jurisprudence (2)
  • DEH 449 Current Concepts in Dental Hygiene I (3)
  • DEH 489 Current Concepts in Dental Hygiene II (3)
  • Complete six credit hours from the following course options (6):
    • DEH 380 Preclinical Expanded Functions (6)
    • DEH 400 Practicum in Dental Hygiene (3-6)
    • DEH 494 Independent Study in Dental Hygiene (3-6)
  • Complete one of the following Communications electives
    • COM 101 Public Speaking
    • COM 102 Interpersonal Communications
    • COM 104 Communication in Groups & Organizations
    • COM 106 Oral Communication of Literature
  • ENG 101 College Writing (3)
  • ENG 317W Professional Writing (3)
  • Complete one of the following Fine Arts electives (3):
    • ARH xxx any Art History course
    • ART xxx any Art course
    • DRA xxx any Drama course
    • ENG 351 Creative Writing I
    • ENG 452 Creative Writing II
    • MUH 1xx any 100-level Music History course
    • MUS 1xx any 100-level Music course
  • Complete two of the following Humanities electives (6):
    • AME xxx any American Studies course
    • ARH 105 History of Art & Architecture I
    • ARH 106 History of Art & Architecture II
    • ASL 1xx/2xx any 100- or 200-level ASL course
    • DRA xxx any Drama course
    • ENG xxx any English course (except ENG 101 or 317w)
    • FRE xxx any French course
    • HGH xxx any Holocaust, Human Rights & Genocide course
    • HTY xxx any History course
    • HUM xxx any Humanities course
    • MUH xxx any Music History course
    • PHI xxx any Philosophy course (except PHI 135 or 335)
    • SPA xxx any Spanish course
    • WGS xxx any Women and Gender Studies course
  • Complete one of the following Cultural Diversity electives (3):
    • ENG 2xx any 200-level English or higher
    • ENG 320W Grant Writing
    • WGS xxx any Women’s and Gender studies course
  • MAT 111 Algebra II or higher-level math course (3)
  • MAT 115 Elementary Statistics I (3)
  • BIO 210 Anatomy and Physiology (4)
  • BIO 321 Microbiology (4)
  • BIO 345 Pathophysiology (3)
  • CHY 108 Allied Health Chemistry (or CHY 117 Introduction to Organic & Biochemistry) (4)
  • PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology (3)
  • SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology (3)
  • Complete one of the following Computer Information Systems course (3):
    • CIS 100 Introduction to Computer Applications
    • CIS 101 Introduction to Computer Science

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