Registered Dental Hygienist to Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene (Online Program)


  • Graduated from or currently enrolled in an associate’s degree program accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation
    • Students are eligible for early entry into the RDH-to-BSDH program if they are in the final year of a dental hygiene program and obtain written approval from the current dental hygiene program director
  • Licensure as a dental hygienist
    • Early-entry applicants must submit a copy of their dental hygiene license after completing the associate’s degree program and passing national board exams
  • A cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on transferable college work (students may be admitted provisionally without a 3.0 GPA)
  • Regular access to a computer that meets standards compatible with TWU distance education and high-speed Internet access

How to Apply

  • Apply to TWU as a transfer student
  • After acceptance to TWU, apply to the dental hygiene RDH-to-BSDH program
  • To complete the program application, applicants must submit:
    • A scanned copy of their dental hygiene license (except for early-entry applicants). Early-entry applicants need a letter of eligibility and support from the program director of the associate's degree dental hygiene program. Contact to request a copy of this specific form to be used.
    • A brief essay on their professional goals, including any information relevant to consideration of the application. The essay should include the applicant's name and student ID at the top of the form.
  • Program application deadlines (applicants should apply to the university prior to these deadlines):
    • Fall: Aug. 1
    • Spring: Dec. 15
    • Summer: May 15
Total Semester Credit Hours (sch): 120    
Major: 18 sch   

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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

Core Curriculum (may be transferred up to semester credit hour limit)42
Entry-Level Dental Hygiene coursework (transferred from AAS DH program)TBD
RDH to BSDH major required courses (upper division courses)18
Introduction to Process of Care for Early Entry RDH to BSDH
Process of Care for the Registered Dental Hygienist
Alternative Dental Hygiene Practice
Oral Health Worldview
Applied Evidence-based Research
Dental Hygiene Clinical Case Study Development
Professional Development for the Registered Dental Hygienist
Elective CoursesTBD
Total Hours120

The plan of study varies for each student depending on the courses transferred in, but each plan must include the following Dental Hygiene courses: 

DH 3843Introduction to Process of Care for Early Entry RDH to BSDH3
or DH 3303 Process of Care for the Registered Dental Hygienist
DH 4513Alternative Dental Hygiene Practice3
DH 4533Oral Health Worldview3
DH 4713Applied Evidence-based Research3
DH 4823Dental Hygiene Clinical Case Study Development3
DH 4833Professional Development for the Registered Dental Hygienist3