Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene

Program Curriculum

120 credits

DSU General Education Requirements

All DSU General Education 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.

General Education Core Requirements
American Institutions3-6
Life Sciences 3-10
Physical Sciences3-5
Laboratory Science0-1
Fine Arts3
Social & Behavioral Sciences3
Exploration 3-5

Dental Hygiene Program Prerequisite Requirements 

The following coursework 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 1110Elementary General/Organic Chemistry (PS) 14
FSHD 1020Sci Foundations of Nutrition (LS)3
The following coursework must be completed before beginning the Dental Hygiene program.
ENGL 1010Introduction to Writing (EN)3
or ENGL 1010D Introduction to Writing (EN)
ENGL 2010Intermediate Writing Selected Topics: (EN)3
MATH 1040Introduction to Statistics (MA)3
PSY 1100Human Development Through Lifespan (SS) (GC)3
or PSY 1010 General Psychology (SS, GC)
SOC 1010Introduction to Sociology (SS, GC)3
or SOC 1020 Social Problems (SS, GC)
Recommended Electives
HLOC 1001FYE: Allied Health1
DHYG 1005Intro to Dental Sciences1

Dental Hygiene 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
ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing (EN) 3
FSHD 1020 Sci Foundations of Nutrition (LS) 3
DHYG 1005 Intro to Dental Sciences 1
HLOC 1001
FYE: Allied Health
or Trailblazer Connections
MATH 1040 Introduction to Statistics (MA) 3
Spring Semester
BIOL 2320
BIOL 2325
Human Anatomy
and Human Anatomy Lab
BIOL 1010 General Biology (LS) 3
ENGL 2010 Intermediate Writing Selected Topics: (EN) 3
PSY 1010
General Psychology (SS, GC)
or Human Development Through Lifespan (SS) (GC)
2nd Year
Fall Semester
BIOL 2420
BIOL 2425
Human Physiology
and Human Physiology Lab
CHEM 1110
CHEM 1115
Elementary General/Organic Chemistry (PS)
and Elem General/Organic Chemistry Lab (LAB)
SOC 1010 Introduction to Sociology (SS, GC) 3
Spring Semester
COMM 2110 Interpersonal Communication (SS, GC) 3
General Education (Fine Arts) 3
General Education (American Institutions) 3
General Education (Literature/Humanities) 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
DHYG 3020 Special Care Populations and Cultural Diversity 2
 Total Hours126-127