Core requirements and specialization

18 hours total are required and are designed to assist dental hygienists in acquiring knowledge in:

  • clinical theory
  • management
  • organization
  • ethics
  • research
  • strengthening professional communication
  • multicultural oral care
  • clinical, computer, and statistical skills

Of the 18 hours required in the core, students must take five DH 3-credit requirement classes and one 3-credit DH elective.

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Required core dental hygiene courses (18 credit hours)


Course Number   

Course Title  

DH 350  

Contemporary Issues in Dental Hygiene

DH 440  

Multicultural Issues in Dental Hygiene Care

DH 373W OR HHS 300W

Public Health/Health Care Ethics

DH 450  

Oral Health Research Evaluation

DH 495C

Oral Health Outcomes

Elective dental hygiene courses: Select one course for a total of 3 credit hours. Be aware that courses change per semester and are offered based on instructor availability.


Course Number 

Course Title 

DH 340

Oral Pathology

DH 419

Periodontics II

DH 430

Introduction to Dental Hygiene Teaching Internship

DH 497

Independent Study

BBA 303

Business Management Fundamentals

Capstone courses  

All BS degree completion students are required to pass DH 495C, which is a culmination of your knowledge gained throughout the program; you will design and implement an intervention project in your community.

You will need to complete DH 373W and DH 450 before taking DH495C.