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 Literacy0-6
General Education Core Requirements
Information Literacy0-1
American Institutions3-6
Life Sciences 3-10
Physical Sciences3-5
Laboratory Science0-1
Fine Arts3
Social & Behavioral Sciences3
Exploration 3-5
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
BIOL 2420
BIOL 2425
Human Physiology
and Human Physiology Lab
CHEM 1110Elem General/Organic Chemistry4
FSHD 1020Sci Foundations of Nutrition3

  CHEM 1115 is co-requisite to CHEM 1110, but not required for Dental Hygiene program admission.

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 Statistics3
PSY 1100Human Development Through Lifespan3
or PSY 1010 General Psychology
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
DHYG 4020Research Methodology2
DHYG 4030Leadership & Group Dynamics2
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

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

Plan of Study Grid
1st Year
Fall SemesterHours
BIOL 1010 General Biology (LS) (recommended) 3
CIS 1200 Computer Literacy 3
ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing 3
HLOC 1001 FYE: Allied Health 1
LIB 1010 Information Literacy 1
MATH 1040 Introduction to Statistics 3
Spring Semester
DHYG 1005 Intro to Dental Sciences 1
BIOL 2320
BIOL 2325
Human Anatomy
and Human Anatomy Lab
CHEM 1110
CHEM 1115
Elem General/Organic Chemistry
and Elem General/Organic Chemistry Lab
ENGL 2010 Interm Writing Selected Topics: 3
2nd Year
Fall Semester
BIOL 2420
BIOL 2425
Human Physiology
and Human Physiology Lab
FSHD 1020 Sci Foundations of Nutrition 3
PSY 1010 General Psychology 3
SOC 1010 Introduction to Sociology 3
Spring Semester
COMM 2110 Interpersonal Communication 3
General Education (Fine Arts/GLOCUP) 3
General Education (American Institutions) 3
General Education (Literature/Humanities/GLOCUP) 3
3rd Year
Fall Semester
DHYG 1010 Dental Hygiene Theory I 4
DHYG 1015 Dental Hygiene Clinic I 3
DHYG 2020 Radiology 2
DHYG 2025 Radiology Clinic 1
DHYG 2035 Head/Neck Anatomy 3
DHYG 2040 Tooth Morphology 1
DHYG 2045 Tooth Morphology Lab 1
DHYG 2052 Oral Histology/Embryology 2
DHYG 2062 Care of Medically Complex Patients 3
Spring Semester
DHYG 2510 Dental Hygiene Theory II 3
DHYG 2517 Dental Hygiene Clinic II 4
DHYG 2520 General/Oral Pathology 3
DHYG 2530 Pharmacology 2
DHYG 2540 Periodontics I 3
DHYG 2580 Dental Materials 1
DHYG 2585 Dental Materials Lab 1
DHYG 3890 Pain Control Methodology 1
DHYG 3895 Pain Control Methodology Clinic 1
Summer Semester
DHYG 4010 Biostatistics & Epidemiology 2
DHYG 4020 Research Methodology 2
DHYG 4030 Leadership & Group Dynamics 2
4th Year
Fall Semester
DHYG 3015 Dental Hygiene Clinic IV 5
DHYG 3030 Periodontics II 3
DHYG 3050 Legal & Ethical Issues 2
DHYG 3055 Expanded Functions Clinic I 1
DHYG 3060 Community Oral Health 2
DHYG 3065 Community Health Services Lab 1
DHYG 3590 Oral Microbiology 2
Spring Semester
DHYG 3515 Dental Hygiene Clinic V 5
DHYG 3555 Expanded Functions Clinic II 1
DHYG 3560 Community Public Health Administration 2
DHYG 3565 Community Oral Health Lab 1
DHYG 3570 Dental Hygiene Practice Management 1
DHYG 4510 Instructional Design and Practice 2
DHYG 4570 Senior Project 2
 Total Hours128