Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene

Graduation Requirements

DSU General Education & Institutional Requirements

All DSU General Education and Institutional requirements must be fulfilled. A previously earned degree may fulfill those requirements, but courses must be equivalent to DSU’s minimum General Education standards in American Institutions, English, and Mathematics.

Institutional Requirement in Computer Literacy
Computer Literacy Course(s)0-6
General Education Core Requirements
English GE Courses3-7
Information Literacy GE Course0-1
Mathematics GE course3-5
American Institutions GE course(s)3-6
Life Sciences GE course(s)3-10
Physical Sciences GE course(s)3-5
Laboratory Science GE course0-1
Fine Arts GE course3
Literature/Humanities GE course3
Social & Behavioral Sciences GE course3
Exploration GE course3-5
Two (2) Global & Cultural Perspectives Courses0-6
Prerequisite courses - must be completed before applying to the Dental Hygiene program
BIOL 2320
  & BIOL 2325
Human Anatomy
   and Human Anatomy Lab
5
BIOL 2420
  & BIOL 2425
Human Physiology
   and Human Physiology Lab
4
CHEM 1110
  & CHEM 1115
Elem General/Organic Chemistry
   and Elem General/Organic Chemistry Lab
5
NFS 1020Sci Foundations of Nutrition3
Prerequisite courses - must be completed before beginning the Dental Hygiene program
ENGL 1010Introduction to Writing3
or ENGL 1010D Introduction to Writing
ENGL 2010Interm Writing Selected Topics:3
MATH 1040Introduction to Statistics (recommended)3-4
or MATH 1030 Quantitative Reasoning
or MATH 1050 College Algebra / Pre-Calculus
PSY 1010General Psychology3
SOC 1010Introduction to Sociology3
or SOC 1020 Social Problems
Recommended Electives
HLOC 1001FYE: Allied Health1
DHYG 1005Intro to Dental Sciences1
Program Requirements
First Semester (Fall)
DHYG 1010Dental Hygiene Theory I4
DHYG 1015Dental Hygiene Clinic I3
DHYG 2020Radiology2
DHYG 2025Radiology Clinic1
DHYG 2035Head/Neck Anatomy3
DHYG 2040Tooth Morphology1
DHYG 2045Tooth Morphology Lab1
DHYG 2052Oral Histology/Embryology2
DHYG 2062Care of Medically Complex Patients3
Second Semester (Spring)
DHYG 2510Dental Hygiene Theory II3
DHYG 2517Dental Hygiene Clinic II4
DHYG 2520General/Oral Pathology3
DHYG 2530Pharmacology2
DHYG 2540Periodontics I3
DHYG 2580Dental Materials1
DHYG 2585Dental Materials Lab1
DHYG 3890Pain Control Methodology1
DHYG 3895Pain Control Methodology Clinic1
Third Semester (Summer - online)
DHYG 4010Biostatistics & Epidemiology2-3
DHYG 4020Research Methodology2-3
DHYG 4030Leadership & Group Dynamics2-3
DHYG 4530Psychology & Philosophical Foundations1-3
Fourth Semester (Fall)
DHYG 3015Dental Hygiene Clinic IV5
DHYG 3030Periodontics II3
DHYG 3050Legal & Ethical Issues2
DHYG 3055Expanded Functions Clinic I1
DHYG 3060Community Oral Health2
DHYG 3065Community Health Services Lab1
DHYG 3590Oral Microbiology2
Fifth Semester (Spring)
DHYG 3020Special Care Populations and Cultural Diversity2
DHYG 3515Dental Hygiene Clinic V5
DHYG 3555Expanded Functions Clinic II1
DHYG 3560Community Public Health Administration2
DHYG 3565Community Oral Health Lab1
DHYG 3570Dental Hygiene Practice Management1
DHYG 4510Instructional Design and Practice2
DHYG 4570Senior Project2-3

Graduation Requirements

  1. Complete a minimum of 120 college-level credits (1000 and above).
  2. Complete at least 40 upper-division credits (3000 and above).
  3. Complete at least 30 upper-division credits at DSU for institutional residency.
  4. Cumulative GPA 2.0 or higher.
  5. Grade C or higher in all Discipline Core and Emphasis Requirements.

Graduation Plan

1st Year
Fall SemesterHours
CHEM 1110
  & CHEM 1115
Elem General/Organic Chemistry5
ENGL 1010Introduction to Writing3
LIB 1010Information Literacy1
HLOC 1001FYE: Allied Health1
MATH 1040Introduction to Statistics3
 Term Hours13
Spring Semester
BIOL 2320
  & BIOL 2325
Human Anatomy5
CIS 1200Computer Literacy3
ENGL 2010Interm Writing Selected Topics:3
NFS 1020Sci Foundations of Nutrition3
 Term Hours14
2nd Year
Fall Semester
BIOL 2420
  & BIOL 2425
Human Physiology4
DHYG 1005Intro to Dental Sciences1
PSY 1010General Psychology3
SOC 1010Introduction to Sociology3
 Term Hours11
Spring Semester
HIST 1700American Civilization3
GE: Fine Arts3
GE: Literature/Humanities3
GE: GLOCUP3
 Term Hours12
3rd Year
Fall Semester
DHYG 1010Dental Hygiene Theory I4
DHYG 1015Dental Hygiene Clinic I3
DHYG 2020Radiology2
DHYG 2025Radiology Clinic1
DHYG 2035Head/Neck Anatomy3
DHYG 2040Tooth Morphology1
DHYG 2045Tooth Morphology Lab1
DHYG 2052Oral Histology/Embryology2
DHYG 2062Care of Medically Complex Patients3
 Term Hours20
Spring Semester
DHYG 2510Dental Hygiene Theory II3
DHYG 2517Dental Hygiene Clinic II4
DHYG 2520General/Oral Pathology3
DHYG 2530Pharmacology2
DHYG 2540Periodontics I3
DHYG 2580Dental Materials1
DHYG 2585Dental Materials Lab1
DHYG 3890Pain Control Methodology1
DHYG 3895Pain Control Methodology Clinic1
 Term Hours19
Summer Semester
DHYG 4010Biostatistics Epidemiology2-3
DHYG 4020Research Methodology2-3
DHYG 4030Leadership Group Dynamics2-3
DHYG 4530Psychology Philosophical Foundations1-3
 Term Hours7-12
4th Year
Fall Semester
DHYG 3015Dental Hygiene Clinic IV5
DHYG 3030Periodontics II3
DHYG 3050Legal Ethical Issues2
DHYG 3055Expanded Functions Clinic I1
DHYG 3060Community Oral Health2
DHYG 3065Community Health Services Lab1
DHYG 3590Oral Microbiology2
 Term Hours16
Spring Semester
DHYG 3515Dental Hygiene Clinic V5
DHYG 3555Expanded Functions Clinic II1
DHYG 3560Community Public Health Administration2
DHYG 3565Community Oral Health Lab1
DHYG 3570Dental Hygiene Practice Management1
DHYG 4510Instructional Design and Practice2
DHYG 4570Senior Project2-3
 Term Hours14-15
Total Hour: 126-132