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

Total Semester Credit Hours (sch): 121-133   
Major: 60 sch

DENTHYGNENTRY.BS       CIP Code: 51.0602.00

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, English composition, and statistics prerequisite courses.
  • Completion of required foundational coursework prior to application submission.
  • Anatomy & physiology, microbiology, and chemistry foundational and prerequisite courses must have been completed within the past five years.
  • 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. Program applications can only be considered after the applicant has been accepted to TWU.
  • Application materials, including hard copies of fall transcripts, should be submitted to the Dental Hygiene Program by January 10.

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 grades in the required foundational courses and is one criterion for admission.
  • Applicants are ranked according to an Admissions Selection Rubric. Applicants with the highest rankings 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 and Progression Requirements for Students Admitted to the Professional Entry-Level Program

Students must meet all of the following requirements in order to continue in the program.

  • Students must maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 once admitted to the program. If a student’s GPA falls below 3.0 in classes taken within the program, the student will be placed on academic probation within the Dental Hygiene program for the next semester the student is enrolled at TWU. If the GPA in classes within the program remains below a 3.0 after the probationary period, the student may no longer major in Dental Hygiene.
  • No credit will be awarded toward the major for a grade of D or F. Students receiving a grade of D or F in one course must retake the course and earn a grade of C or better in order to graduate from the Dental Hygiene program. Students receiving two grades lower than a C, whether in the same course or different courses, will be dismissed from the program. 
  • Students must complete program-required community and professional service hours each semester.

  • Students must maintain professional and academic integrity at all times and must abide by the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners ethics policy and the American Dental Hygienists’ Association Standards for Clinical Dental Hygiene Practice, university, college, and department codes of ethics/conduct and policies and procedures while in the program. Any act deemed unethical or unprofessional by the Promotion Committee may result in sanctions for the student including academic probation or dismissal from the program.

  • Students must comply with TWU’s requirements for immunizations for health sciences students throughout their enrollment in the Dental Hygiene program ( Failure to maintain required immunizations may result in the student being unable to participate in clinical rotations, hindering or precluding the student from continuing in the program.
  • Students must maintain current healthcare provider CPR/AED throughout their enrollment in the Dental Hygiene program.
  • Students must submit results of a background check and drug screening for clinical rotation sites. (Inability to participate in clinical rotations due to a failed background check or drug screening may hinder or preclude a student from continuing in the program in addition to potentially affecting future licensure.)

    One semester credit hour equals one lecture hour, two to three laboratory hours, or three to five clinic hours per week.

    Degree Requirements

    Texas Core Curriculum

    ENG 1013Composition I3
    ENG 1023Composition II3
    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 3302Process of Care I2
    DH 3304Clinical Dental Hygiene I: Preclinical4
    DH 3311Professionalism and Ethics1
    DH 3321Radiography I: Introduction1
    DH 3323Orofacial Biology3
    DH 3341Orofacial Biology Lab1
    DH 3502Process of Care II2
    DH 3503Clinical Dental Hygiene II3
    DH 3532Radiography II2
    DH 3522Oral Medicine I2
    DH 3543Periodontal Disease I3
    DH 3361Cariology1
    DH 3542Pharmacology for the Dental Hygienist2
    DH 4531Dental Hygiene Professional Development1
    DH 4713Applied Evidence-based Research3
    DH 4723General and Oral Pathology3
    DH 4302Process of Care III2
    DH 4304Clinical Dental Hygiene III4
    DH 4313Community Oral Health3
    DH 4322Oral Medicine II2
    DH 4331Research Development1
    DH 4342Periodontal Disease II2
    DH 4501Process of Care IV1
    DH 4504Clinical Dental Hygiene IV4
    DH 4511Dental Materials1
    DH 4513Alternative Dental Hygiene Practice3
    DH 4533Oral Health Worldview (GP)3
    Total SCHs60

    (GP) Satisfies global perspectives graduation requirement.

    Other Requirements

    BACT 1003
    BACT 1001
    and Microbiology Laboratory (may be applied from core; "C" or better required)
    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
    SPCH 1013Oral Communication3
    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)
    ZOOL 2023
    ZOOL 2021
    Human Anatomy and Physiology II
    and Human Anatomy and Physiology II Laboratory ("C" or better required)
    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 SCHs31
First Year
BACT 1003
BACT 1001
and Microbiology Laboratory
( BIOL 2320) and ( BIOL 2120)4
ENG 1013Composition I ENGL 13013
HIST 1013History of the United States, 1492-1865 HIST 13013
Wellness or Mathematics CAO Core2
UNIV 1231Learning Frameworks: The First Year Experience EDUC 1100, EDUC 1200, EDUC 13001
 SCHs 13
ZOOL 2013
ZOOL 2011
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
and Human Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory
( BIOL 2301) and ( BIOL 2101)4
PSY 1013Introduction to General Psychology PSYC 23013
SOCI 1413Culture, Inequality, and Self 3
ENG 1023Composition II ENGL 13023
HIST 1023History of the United States, 1865 to the Present HIST 13023
 SCHs 16
Second Year
ZOOL 2023
ZOOL 2021
Human Anatomy and Physiology II
and Human Anatomy and Physiology II Laboratory
( BIOL 2302) and ( BIOL 2102)4
NFS 2323Introduction to Nutrition BIOL 13223
MATH 1703Elementary Statistics I MATH 13423
SPCH 1013Oral Communication SPCH 13113
GOV 2013U.S. National Government GOVT 23053
 SCHs 16
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
Third Year
DH 3302Process of Care I 2
DH 3304Clinical Dental Hygiene I: Preclinical 4
DH 3311Professionalism and Ethics 1
DH 3321Radiography I: Introduction 1
DH 3323
DH 3341
Orofacial Biology
and Orofacial Biology Lab
DH 3532Radiography II 2
 SCHs 14
DH 3361Cariology 1
DH 3502Process of Care II 2
DH 3503Clinical Dental Hygiene II 3
DH 3522Oral Medicine I 2
DH 3542Pharmacology for the Dental Hygienist 2
DH 3543Periodontal Disease I 3
 SCHs 13
DH 4713Applied Evidence-based Research 3
DH 4723General and Oral Pathology 3
 SCHs 6
Fourth Year
DH 4302Process of Care III 2
DH 4304Clinical Dental Hygiene III 4
DH 4313Community Oral Health 3
DH 4322Oral Medicine II 2
DH 4331Research Development 1
DH 4342Periodontal Disease II 2
 SCHs 14
DH 4501Process of Care IV 1
DH 4504Clinical Dental Hygiene IV 4
DH 4511Dental Materials 1
DH 4513Alternative Dental Hygiene Practice 3
DH 4531Dental Hygiene Professional Development 1
DH 4533 (GP)Oral Health Worldview 3
 SCHs 13
 Total SCHs:  121

(GP) Satisfies global perspectives graduation requirement.