Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene (Professional, Entry-Level Program)

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Total Semester Credit Hours Required

120 semester credit hours.


60 semester credit hours.

Admission to the Professional Entry-Level

To be considered for the professional entry-level dental hygiene program, applicants must have successfully completed or demonstrate the ability to successfully complete 60 semester credit hours of credit prior to fall semester matriculation into the program. Credit must include the following prerequisite courses.

Required Foundational Courses (27 SCH) 1
ZOOL 2013
  & ZOOL 2011
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
   and Human Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory
ZOOL 2023
  & ZOOL 2021
Human Anatomy and Physiology II
   and Human Anatomy and Physiology II Laboratory
BACT 1003
  & BACT 1001
   and Microbiology Laboratory
ENG 1013Composition I3
PSY 1013Introduction to General Psychology3
SOCI 1413Culture, Inequality, and Self (MC/WS)3
MATH 1703Elementary Statistics I3
NFS 2323Introduction to Nutrition3
Other Required Courses (Core Curriculum and Prerequisites) (34 SCH)
CHEM 1013
  & CHEM 1011
Introductory Chemistry
   and Introductory Chemistry Laboratory
ENG 1023Composition II3
GOV 2013U.S. National Government3
GOV 2023Texas Government3
HIST 1013History of the United States, 1492-18653
HIST 1023History of the United States, 1865 to the Present3
SPCH 1013Oral Communication3
Language, Philosophy, and Culture Core3
Creative Arts Core3
Multicultural Women's Studies Core3
Mathematics or Wellness Core3
Elective(s) to complete 60 semester credit hours. SPAN 3173 recommended
Total Semester Credit Hours61

To be completed prior to application to the program.

Admission Criteria for the Professional Entry-Level Program

  • Academic good standing with the college or university last attended.
  • Grades of C or better in biologic sciences, nutrition, and statistics prerequisite courses.
  • Completion of required foundational coursework prior to application submission.
  • Other prerequisite work completed, in progress, or scheduled for completion prior to entry into the professional program.
  • Knowledge of the professional ethics and of the dental hygienist’s role in health care. This requirement may be met through individual research and study and/or completing DH 1101.

Application for the Professional Entry-Level Program

  • Application to the University must be completed prior to application to the Dental Hygiene program.
  • Applications to the University should be completed by December 1 for first round consideration and February 1 for second round consideration. Applications cannot be considered until the applicant has been accepted to TWU.
  • Application materials, including fall transcripts, should be submitted to the Dental Hygiene Program by January 10th for the first round of interviews and selections.
  • A second round of applicants may be considered on a rolling basis until the class is filled; therefore, applicants may continue to apply through March 1. Applicants in the first round have the best chance for selection.

Part 1: Documentation Review

  • Application materials must be complete and submitted on time.
  • Cumulative GPA is computed by TWU based upon coursework previously attempted. Only applicants with a 3.0 minimum cumulative GPA will be further reviewed.
  • A foundational grade point average (FGPA) will be computed using an applicant’s best grades in the required foundational courses and is one criterion for admission.
  • Applicants are ranked according to an Admissions Selection Rubric. Applicants with the best ratings are invited to Part 2 of the process.

Part 2: Interview and Writing Sample

  • Personal interviews of competitive applicants are conducted by the Selection Committee. All expenses of the interview are the responsibility of the applicant. Applicants are assessed on the ability to communicate and articulate ideas, critical thinking skills, leadership skills, motivation for selecting oral healthcare, and overall knowledge of the dental hygiene profession and its ethics. In addition, applicants are assessed for moral/ethical character, intellectual maturity, and optimism.
  • Applicants complete a short writing sample at the interview which is evaluated for clarity of thought (content), as well as structure, grammar, spelling, and punctuation.

Selection for the Professional Entry-Level Program

  • Applicants will be notified of acceptance or non-acceptance on a rolling basis until the class is filled and alternates selected.
  • Selected applicants must complete all required courses in order to enter the program in the fall semester. An exception may be requested for the TWU multicultural women’s studies core requirement.

Academic Requirements for Students Admitted to the Professional Entry-Level Program

Students must meet all of the following requirements or be dismissed from the program.

  • Earn grades of C or better in any required dental hygiene course, regardless of the overall GPA.
  • Successfully progress on schedule with the entry cohort through the program in consecutive semesters. Disqualification to continue in the program or failure to register for the currently required semester of dental hygiene coursework makes a student ineligible to continue in the program; the student must reapply for admission.
  • Maintain compliance throughout the program with the TWU Immunization policy from the first day of class for fall semester of the first year in the program.
  • Maintain evidence of current healthcare provider CPR/AED from the first day of classes, fall semester in the junior year, and again by the first day of classes, fall semester in the senior year.
  • Submit results of a background check and drug screening for clinical rotation sites. Licensure is required to practice dental hygiene in every state. An individual who has been convicted of a misdemeanor or felony possibly could be denied licensure as a dental hygienist. Individuals with a record should contact the state dental board about his or her specific case to determine eligibility for licensure as a dental hygienist. In addition, clinical rotation sites are a part of dental hygiene education at TWU. Inability to participate in clinical rotations may hinder or preclude a student from continuing in the program.
  • Commit to devoting the time needed to complete the heavy laboratory and clinic schedules, requiring four to five full days of classes per week. One semester credit hour equals one lecture hour, two to three laboratory hours, or three to five clinic hours per week.
  • Use of the appropriate appeal process by any student dismissed from the program.

Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene Program of Study

First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
BACT 1003Microbiology3
BACT 1001Microbiology Laboratory1
ENG 1013Composition I3
HIST 1013History of the United States, 1492-18653
Wellness or Mathematics CAO Core2
UNIV 1231Learning Frameworks: The First Year Experience1
 Semester Credit Hours13
ZOOL 2013Human Anatomy and Physiology I3
ZOOL 2011Human Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory1
PSY 1013Introduction to General Psychology3
SOCI 1413Culture, Inequality, and Self3
ENG 1023Composition II3
HIST 1023History of the United States, 1865 to the Present3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Second Year
ZOOL 2023Human Anatomy and Physiology II3
ZOOL 2021Human Anatomy and Physiology II Laboratory1
NFS 2323Introduction to Nutrition3
MATH 1703Elementary Statistics I3
SPCH 1013Oral Communication3
GOV 2013U.S. National Government3
 Semester Credit Hours16
CHEM 1013Introductory Chemistry3
CHEM 1011Introductory Chemistry Laboratory1
GOV 2023Texas Government3
Language, Philosophy & Culture Core3
Creative Arts Core3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Third Year
DH 3303Process of Care I3
DH 3304Clinical Dental Hygiene I: Preclinical4
DH 3311Professionalism and Ethics1
DH 3321Radiography I: Introduction1
DH 3323Orofacial Biology3
 Semester Credit Hours12
DH 3502Process of Care II2
DH 3503Clinical Dental Hygiene II3
DH 3521Radiography II1
DH 3522Oral Medicine I2
DH 3523Hard Tissue and Gingival Disease3
DH 3542Pharmacology for the Dental Hygienist2
DH 4321Radiography III1
 Semester Credit Hours14
DH 4713Applied Evidence-based Research3
DH 4723General and Oral Pathology3
 Semester Credit Hours6
Fourth Year
DH 4302Process of Care III2
DH 4304Clinical Dental Hygiene III4
DH 4313Community Oral Health3
DH 4322Oral Medicine II2
DH 4342Periodontal Disease2
 Semester Credit Hours13
DH 4501Process of Care IV1
DH 4505Clinical Dental Hygiene IV5
DH 4511Dental Materials1
DH 4513Alternative Dental Hygiene Practice3
DH 4532Dental Hygiene Professional Development2
DH 4533 (GP)Oral Health Worldview3
 Semester Credit Hours15
 Total Semester Credit Hours: 120

(GP) course satisfy global perspectives graduation requirement.