Bachelors of Science in Dental Hygiene

Degree overview

The BS in Dental Hygiene program has earned a nationwide reputation for educating dental hygiene professionals since its inception in 1973.

You will need to complete two years of prerequisites before starting the two-year Dental Hygiene Program. Admittance to the program is competitive and a minimum GPA of 3.0 is required. The average science GPA of our accepted students was 3.4 and cumulative GPA was 3.6 for 2015.

Once admitted to the program, your classes will be taught by hygienists and dentists who have received advanced education in their specialty areas. The program also features guest lecturers and clinical experts, including:

  • dental hygienists
  • periodontists
  • oral surgeons
  • orthodontists
  • endodontists
  • pediatric dentists
  • public heath dentists

Degree requirements

Please keep a copy of the Dental Hygiene Degree Progression Plan on hand. For detailed information on this degree and to see the dental hygiene course descriptions, visit the academic catalog. Please use the GPA calculator to help evaluate your transcripts.

Clinical practice and internships


You will need to complete a minimum two-week externship in a public health dental facility serving American Indian, military, or underserved populations throughout Arizona and in selected sites outside Arizona. International externship opportunities are also available. Currently our students may choose Hawaii, Guatemala, Peru, Phoenix, San Diego, Prescott, Flagstaff, and various other locations.


You’ll be educated in well-equipped, cutting-edge clinical facility:

  • an 18-chair clinic and dental laboratory are used to develop and practice dental hygiene procedures, using state of the art dental equipment, including Velscope, Spectra, and Intraoral camera.
  • Radiographic technique is taught in a 5-chair facility, which includes a panoramic x-ray machine, and digital x-ray equipment.
  • The comfortably-furnished student seminar/computer center has a beautiful view of the San Francisco Peaks and is a pleasant place to access web courses and study between classes.

Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene Program Information and Application

The Dental Hygiene Application is your combination program information and application form with instructions.