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

Requirements

  • Cumulative college GPA of at least 3.0
  • Good academic standing with the college or university last attended
  • Completed required foundational coursework with a C or better before applying to the program. Foundational coursework consists of:
    • Anatomy I or A&P I (including lab)
    • Physiology I or A&P II (including lab)
    • Microbiology (including lab)
    • Nutrition
    • Statistics
    • English Composition I and II
  • Completed anatomy & physiology, microbiology and chemistry within the past five years
  • Completion of 57 credit hours of undergraduate coursework before entering the program in the summer semester. Specific required courses are listed here and include all the courses listed under the Texas Core Curriculum and Other Requirements sections
  • Knowledge of professional ethics and the dental hygienist’s role in healthcare
    • This requirement may be met through individual research, study and/or completing DH 1101

Students who do not meet these requirements will not be considered for admission into the Professional Entry-Level Program.

How to Apply

  • Apply to TWU by Dec. 15 to meet the program application deadline (if not currently attending)
    • Submit all transcripts to Admissions Processing to be fully accepted into the university
    • Program applications will not be considered until copies of all transcripts have been received and reviewed by the Office of Admissions Processing, which may take several weeks
    • Acceptance to TWU does not guarantee admission to the dental hygiene program
  • After acceptance to TWU, complete the online Professional Entry-Level Program Application
    • The program admits once a year and begins in the summer semester. Applications are only accepted between Nov. 1 and Jan. 10
    • Mail an official paper copy of any transcript that includes Fall grades by Jan. 10 to the Department of Communication Sciences and Oral Health, Dental Hygiene Professional Entry-Level Program, P.O. Box 425737, Denton, TX 76204
    • To access the program application students must be fully accepted to the university, have their Pioneer Portal account set up, and be logged in to the TWU Google Drive account. For technical questions, contact the TWU Service Desk.
  • Items from college transcripts will be needed to complete the program application and include:
    • Course names and dates for all foundational prerequisite and Texas core curriculum courses
    • Names of all colleges and universities you have previously attended and the dates attended

About the selection process

  • A foundational grade point average (FGPA) is computed using an applicant’s grades in the foundational courses. Both the cumulative GPA and the foundational GPA will be considered in making selections.
    • The foundational GPA will average grades from all attempts within a specified time frame for each foundational course.
  • Competitive applicants will be invited for a personal interview with a selection committee
    • Invitation to an interview does not guarantee a place in the program but serves as part of the selection process
    • All expenses of the interview are the responsibility of the applicant
    • Notification of interview invitation will be made by March 1
    • Knowledge of the role that professional dental hygienists play in healthcare, specifically oral healthcare, and awareness of the professional code of ethics of dental hygiene are critical during the interview process. Information regarding the professional code of ethics of dental hygiene can be located here: American Dental Hygienists' Code of Ethics.
  • All required core and prerequisite courses must be completed prior to entry into the program in the summer semester

Note: Selected students join a cohort for the professional-entry program, starting each summer.

Total Semester Credit Hours (sch): 120-133   
Major: 63 sch

DENTHYGNENTRY.BS       CIP Code: 51.0602.00

Texas Core Curriculum

ENG 1013Composition I3
ENG 1023Composition II3
Mathematics3
Life & Physical Sciences6
Language, Philosophy, & Culture3
Creative Arts3
HIST 1013History of the United States, 1492-18653
HIST 1023History of the United States, 1865 to the Present3
GOV 2013U.S. National Government3
GOV 2023Texas Government3
Social & Behavioral Sciences3
CAO: Women's Studies3
CAO: First Year Seminar, Wellness or Mathematics3
Total SCHs42

Courses Required for Major

DH 3112Periodontology I2
DH 3221Risk Assessment and Preventive Dentistry1
DH 3222Risk Assessment and Preventive Dentistry2
DH 3312Professionalism and Ethics2
DH 3323Orofacial Biology3
DH 3341Orofacial Biology Lab1
DH 3403Preclinical Dental Hygiene I3
DH 3413Clinical Dental Hygiene Theory and Practice3
DH 3431Oral Radiology Lab1
DH 3433Oral Radiology3
DH 3502Dental Hygiene II2
DH 3503Clinical Dental Hygiene II3
DH 3542Pharmacology for the Dental Hygienist2
DH 4102Dental Hygiene Research2
DH 4304Clinical Dental Hygiene III4
DH 4313Community Oral Health3
DH 4331Research Development1
DH 4341Periodontology II Lab1
DH 4342Periodontal Disease II2
DH 4412Dental Hygiene III2
DH 4431Community Oral Health Practicum1
DH 4443Dental Hygiene Care for Special Needs3
DH 4451Dental Materials1
DH 4461Dental Materials Lab1
DH 4504Clinical Dental Hygiene IV4
DH 4513Alternative Dental Hygiene Practice3
DH 4533Oral Health Worldview (GP)3
DH 4551Senior Seminar1
DH 4723General and Oral Pathology3
Total SCHs63

(GP) Satisfies global perspectives graduation requirement.

Other Requirements

BACT 1003
BACT 1001
Microbiology
and Microbiology Laboratory (may be applied from core; "C" or better required)
4
Any introductory level or higher chemistry lecture course 3
Any introductory level or higher chemistry laboratory course1
MATH 1703Elementary Statistics I ((may be applied from core; "C" or better required) )3
NFS 2323Introduction to Nutrition ("C" or better required)3
ZOOL 2013
ZOOL 2011
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
and Human Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory (may be applied from core; "C" or better required)
4
ZOOL 2023
ZOOL 2021
Human Anatomy and Physiology II
and Human Anatomy and Physiology II Laboratory ("C" or better required)
4
PSY 1013Introduction to General Psychology (may be applied from core)3
SOCI 1413Culture, Inequality, and Self (may be applied from core)3
or SOCI 1013 Introductory Sociology
Total SCHs28
First Year
FallTCCNSCHs
ENG 1013Composition I ENGL 13013
MATH 1703Elementary Statistics I MATH 13423
ZOOL 2013
ZOOL 2011
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
and Human Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory
( BIOL 2301) and ( BIOL 2101)4
Wellness or Mathematics CAO Core2
UNIV 1231Learning Frameworks: The First Year Experience EDUC 1100, EDUC 1200, EDUC 13001
 SCHs 13
SpringTCCN
PSY 1013Introduction to General Psychology PSYC 23013
SOCI 1413Culture, Inequality, and Self 3
ENG 1023Composition II ENGL 13023
HIST 1013History of the United States, 1492-1865 HIST 13013
 SCHs 12
Second Year
FallTCCN
ZOOL 2023
ZOOL 2021
Human Anatomy and Physiology II
and Human Anatomy and Physiology II Laboratory
( BIOL 2402) and ( BIOL 2102)4
NFS 2323Introduction to Nutrition BIOL 13223
MATH 1703Elementary Statistics I MATH 13423
GOV 2013U.S. National Government GOVT 23053
 SCHs 13
SpringTCCN
CHEM 1013
CHEM 1011
Introductory Chemistry
and Introductory Chemistry Laboratory
( CHEM 1305) and ( CHEM 1106)4
GOV 2023Texas Government GOVT 23063
Language, Philosophy & Culture Core3
Creative Arts Core3
CAO: Women's Studies3
 SCHs 16
SummerTCCN
DH 3323Orofacial Biology 3
DH 3341Orofacial Biology Lab 1
DH 3312Professionalism and Ethics 2
 SCHs 6
Third Year
FallTCCN
DH 3403Preclinical Dental Hygiene I 3
DH 3413Clinical Dental Hygiene Theory and Practice 3
DH 3433Oral Radiology 3
DH 3431Oral Radiology Lab 1
DH 4102Dental Hygiene Research 2
HIST 1023History of the United States, 1865 to the Present HIST 13023
 SCHs 15
SpringTCCN
DH 3112Periodontology I 2
DH 3221Risk Assessment and Preventive Dentistry 1
DH 3222Risk Assessment and Preventive Dentistry 2
DH 3502Dental Hygiene II 2
DH 3503Clinical Dental Hygiene II 3
DH 3542Pharmacology for the Dental Hygienist 2
 SCHs 12
SummerTCCN
DH 4443Dental Hygiene Care for Special Needs 3
DH 4723General and Oral Pathology 3
 SCHs 6
Fourth Year
FallTCCN
DH 4304Clinical Dental Hygiene III 4
DH 4313Community Oral Health 3
DH 4331Research Development 1
DH 4342Periodontal Disease II 2
DH 4341Periodontology II Lab 1
DH 4412Dental Hygiene III 2
 SCHs 13
SpringTCCN
DH 4504Clinical Dental Hygiene IV 4
DH 4513Alternative Dental Hygiene Practice 3
DH 4533 (GP)Oral Health Worldview 3
DH 4551Senior Seminar 1
DH 4431Community Oral Health Practicum 1
DH 4451Dental Materials 1
DH 4461Dental Materials Lab 1
 SCHs 14
 Total SCHs:  120

(GP) Satisfies global perspectives graduation requirement.