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

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Total Semester Credit Hours (sch): 120   
Major: 60 sch

DENTHYGNENTRY.BS       CIP Code: 51.0602.00

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 Semester Credit Hours42

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 Semester Credit Hours60

(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)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 Semester Credit Hours31

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.
  • 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 hard copies of 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. Certification period must be valid from the first class day through  graduation.
  • 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.
First Year
FallTCCNSemester Credit Hours
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
 Semester Credit Hours 13
ZOOL 2013
ZOOL 2011
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
and Human Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory
( BIOL 2301, BIOL 2401) 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
 Semester Credit Hours 16
Second Year
ZOOL 2023
ZOOL 2021
Human Anatomy and Physiology II
and Human Anatomy and Physiology II Laboratory
( BIOL 2302, BIOL 2402) and ( BIOL 2102)4
NFS 2323Introduction to Nutrition HECO 1322, BIOL 13223
MATH 1703Elementary Statistics I MATH 1342, MATH 14423
SPCH 1013Oral Communication SPCH 13113
GOV 2013U.S. National Government GOVT 23053
 Semester Credit Hours 16
CHEM 1013
CHEM 1011
Introductory Chemistry
and Introductory Chemistry Laboratory
( CHEM 1305, CHEM 1405) and ( CHEM 1105)4
GOV 2023Texas Government GOVT 23063
Language, Philosophy & Culture Core3
Creative Arts Core3
 Semester Credit Hours 15
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
 Semester Credit Hours 12
DH 3361Cariology 1
DH 3502Process of Care II 2
DH 3503Clinical Dental Hygiene II 3
DH 3522Oral Medicine I 2
DH 3532Radiography II 2
DH 3542Pharmacology for the Dental Hygienist 2
DH 3543Periodontal Disease I 3
 Semester Credit Hours 15
DH 4713Applied Evidence-based Research 3
DH 4723General and Oral Pathology 3
 Semester Credit Hours 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
 Semester Credit Hours 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
 Semester Credit Hours 13
 Total Semester Credit Hours:  120

(GP) Satisfies global perspectives graduation requirement.