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Dental Hygiene

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Dr. Virginia Hardgraves

Welcome to Dental Hygiene!

Graduates of the dental hygiene program serve as consumer advocates for oral health care. They are an integral part of the dental team, able to provide instruction and therapeutic services in the prevention of oral diseases. 

The 120-credit-hour curriculum combines general education, biomedical science, and dental science and dental hygiene courses culminating in a Bachelor of Science. Students participate in didactic, laboratory, and clinical education experiences. Successful completion of the program prepares the graduate for the National Dental Hygiene Board Examination and the regional clinical examination. Successful completion of the written and clinical board is required for licensure in your selected state of practice.
 
Admission to the program is highly selective. Students should consult the College of Health, Education, and Human Sciences advising coordinator concerning admission, progression, and graduation requirements. A grade of C or above is required in all science/math and major courses to progress within the program.