Academic Divisions

Division of Dental Hygiene

The Ohio State University College of Dentistry is proud to offer the only dental school-based dental hygiene program in Ohio.  The college offers a baccalaureate degree in Dental Hygiene that gives students a unique opportunity to prepare for an exciting profession, while also completing a baccalaureate degree at a nationally recognized university. 

The Dental Hygiene program at the College of Dentistry is further distinguished by offering an Expanded Functions for the Dental Auxiliary (EFDA) program, which is designed to prepare Certified Dental Assistants or Registered Dental Hygienists to apply for the EFDA board examination administered by the Commission on Dental Testing in Ohio and to provide experiences for quality, knowledgeable patient care as an entry level EFDA.

Finally, keenly aware that the number of dental hygiene programs across the country continues to grow at a rapid rate while the number of faculty members who are qualified to teach the programs has not kept pace, the College of Dentistry has answered the need by offering the first Master’s in Dental Hygiene (MDH) degree in Ohio for students who wish to become dental educators and leaders in the field.