Program Requirements

Transfer process 

 The BSDH Degree Completion Program accepts up to:

  • 64 transfer credit hours from all community colleges attended
  • 26 non-traditional credit hours
  • 90 transfer credit hours from a university or a combination of a university and community college hours

Sample transfer credit process

A typical student might receive credit in the following way:


NAU hours

Transfer hours

Transfer Hours from Community College



Non-Traditional Credit



Total Transferred Hours



Total Hours Remaining
(to complete your degree with a 120 credit hour minimum)


*Items in red indicate deficiency in that requirement


Curriculum check sheet 

Once a student has been admitted and enrolled into a course, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions will perform a transfer credit evaluation that assigns Northern Arizona University equivalency courses to your transferred hours.

The transfer credit evaluation is then used for the completion of an unofficial curriculum checklist, which is sent out by the Dental Hygiene Degree Completion Department and outlines a student's Liberal Studies and core requirement courses.

The student must then contact the academic adviser, to develop a plan of study.

Completing your degree at NAU 

To complete the BSDH Degree Completion Program, you must complete:

These credits can be distributed between courses that are taken at Northern Arizona University and/or transferred from another university or community college. Among these courses, a student must take a minimum of 30 credits from Northern Arizona University and have 30 credits of upper division courses, for a total of 120 credit hours. 

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The BSDHCP program requires completion of a statistics course above and beyond the required 30 hours for the completion of the program. If you have already completed a statistics course, contact Kelly Stoneberger for further information about your stats course and the approval process.

The university offers Statistics 270 online to all extended campuses students. This statistics course does have a prerequisite of an intermediate algebra course. If you take stats 270 through NAU, it does not count toward your required 30 hours of upper division course work.

Below shows how a typical student would need to complete 30 credits to graduate with a BS in Dental Hygiene. Of those 30 credits, 12 are in Liberal Studies and 18 are in Dental Hygiene.


NAU hrs. 

Transfer hrs. 

Northern Arizona University Liberal Studies Hours (35 Hours)



Total Northern Arizona University DH Core Requirements
(18 Hours Minimum)



Northern Arizona University Hours Requirements (30 Hours Minimum)



Total Hours (120 Hours Minimum)



*Items that are in red indicate deficiency in that requirement. 

For transfer credits: if you have a degree in Dental Hygiene from a Community College, you will receive 63 credit hours depending on the work completed.   If you have any additional university or 4-year-college credits they may be added to your transfer credits.