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Dental Hygiene Baccalaureate Degree Completion Program

Expand your potential! The Ohio State University offers a Baccalaureate Degree Completion Program leading to the degree Bachelor of Science.

Prospective students holding an associate degree or certificate in dental hygiene from an ADA accredited dental hygiene program may apply to the Baccalaureate Degree Completion Program. The program provides an opportunity for students to participate in a stimulating and educational environment that combines the general education aspects of a baccalaureate degree with advanced education in dental hygiene.

The baccalaureate program at OSU consists of the university's General Education (GE) curriculum, basic sciences, dental hygiene, and area of specialization courses. Students with an associate degree or certificate in dental hygiene will find that many of the GEs, basic sciences, and up to 40 semester hours of dental hygiene will transfer from the previous institution. Additional clinical courses are not required.

Students matriculate in autumn semester and may enroll part time or full time. Dental hygiene courses are offered in a distance format designed to be convenient for working students; classroom attendance in Columbus is not required. Depending on the area of specialization, these distance education courses comprise 16–22 hours of the 40–60 additional credit hours that most students need to graduate. The remaining requirements—basic sciences, GECs, and some area of specialization courses—are available on the Columbus campus during the day or evening and at OSU's regional campuses in Lima, Mansfield, Marion, and Newark. Many but not all of these courses are available from OSU via distance. Some of these courses may be transferable from other institutions, but a minimum of 30 semester hours must be earned at OSU. The amount of time required to complete the baccalaureate degree varies, but most students can complete the program in two years or less of full-time study or three to four years if attending part time.

Curricular Requirements
The Dental Hygiene Baccalaureate Degree Completion Program curriculum includes the university's General Education (GE) requirements, additional basic sciences, the dental hygiene major, an area of specialization, and electives.

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GEs and Basic Sciences 56
OSU Dental Hygiene 16
DHY from Previous Program 40
Area of Specialization 6
Electives   6
Program Total 124

Cost of Attendance
Tuition and fees vary by number of credit hours per semester and campus of enrollment. Dental hygiene courses are offered in distance format from the Columbus campus and Columbus fees are assessed. For the OSU fee tables, go to Student Tuition and Fees Tables.

Application and Admission
Admission is selective. Applicants must be graduates of an ADA accredited dental hygiene program, have a cumulative grade point average of 2.70 or higher, and be licensed or eligible for an Ohio license to practice dental hygiene. Successful completion of a college mathematics course at the level of OSU Math 1116 or higher is a prerequisite for admission and must be completed by the end of spring semester prior to admission.  Prospective students should submit a completed application, transcripts of all college work, National Board Exam scores, NERB scores (or other state or regional board scores if applicable), and two letters of recommendation, one from the director of the dental hygiene school and one from the clinical supervisor, a faculty member, or a dentist employer. Applications and supporting materials are due by May 1 for enrollment the following autumn semester. Students who are completing the associate degree program during spring may submit final transcripts and exam scores after the May 1 deadline as they become available.

Applications are available at dental hygiene admissions.

For additional information, contact:
Division of Dental Hygiene
College of Dentistry
3082 Postle Hall
305 W. 12th Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43210
614–292–8013 fax

Division of Dental Hygiene