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The bachelor's degree provides opportunity to acquire a breadth and depth of learning in a particular subject. A core curriculum provides the foundation for learning and living and is designed:
  • promote students' mastery of basic intellectual competencies-reading, writing, speaking, listening, and critical thinking;
  • establish multiple perspectives on the individual and the world in which she or he lives;
  • enable students to understand the responsibilities of living in a multicultural world;
  • familiarize students with contributions by and about women in various disciplines and acquaint students with major texts, trends, and issues in women's studies;
  • provide the combination of skills, liberal studies, and insights into contemporary issues needed by students who aspire to positions of leadership  

Immunization and CPR Requirements

The TWU Immunization Record must be completed and on file with the TWU Immunization Office by the first day of classes, fall semester, junior year. The immunization records must be in compliance with the TWU Immunization Officeand the State of Texas throughout enrollment in the Dental Hygiene Program. Evidence of current CPR/AED certification must be competed and on file by 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. Results of a background check and drug screening must be submitted as needed by clinical rotation sites.

Program Requirements

  • If a student receives a grade of less than C in a science course, English composition course, nutrition, or statistics, the student must repeat the course to raise the grade to a C or better. These prerequisite courses must be passed with a C or better before beginning junior level dental hygiene courses.
  • If a student earns less than a C in any required dental hygiene course, the student will be ineligible to continue in the program regardless of the overall GPA and DHGPA. Dental hygiene courses may not be repeated.
  • A student who has been admitted to the junior year of the dental hygiene program must progress through the program in consecutive semesters. If a student does not register for the current semester of dental hygiene course work once enrolled in the program, the student will be ineligible to continue in the program and must reapply to enter a new class. An appeal process is available through a committee made up of dental hygiene faculty and the Vice President for Student Life.
  • The dental hygiene student should understand that due to heavy laboratory and clinic schedules, four to five full days of classes per week are required. One credit hour equals one lecture, two to three laboratory, or three to five clinic hours per week.


Professional Entry-Level Dental Hygiene Curriculum

Junior Year

First Semester

DH 3302 Process of Care I

DH 3304 Clinical DH I: Preclinical

DH 3311 Professionalism and Ethics

DH 3321 Radiography I: Introduction

DH 3323 Orofacial Biology

DH 3341 Orofacial Biology Lab

12 Hours

Second Semester

DH 3361 Cariology

DH 3502 Process of Care II

DH 3503 Clinical DH II

DH 3522 Oral Medicine I

DH 3532 Radiography II

DH 3542 Pharmacology for the DH

DH 3543 Periodontal Disease I

15 Hours


DH 4713 Applied Evidence-based Research

DH 4723 General & Oral Pathology

6 hours


Senior Year

First Semester

DH 4302 Process of Care III

DH 4304 Clinical DH III

DH 4313 Community Oral Health

DH 4322 Oral Medicine II

DH 4331 Research Development

DH 4342 Periodontal Disease II

14 hours

Second Semester

DH 4501 Process of Care IV

DH 4504 Clinical DH IV

DH 4511 Dental Materials

DH 4513 Alternative DH Practice

DH 4531 DH Professional Development

*DH 4533 Oral Health Worldview

13 hours

**It is required that prerequisite science courses be completed within five (5) years of application deadline.

* 3 hours of Global courses are required for graduation.

**120 hours are required to complete a degree in Dental Hygiene: 60 DH hours, 18 additional hours required by the DH department, and 42 hours required to meet the core curriculum requirements of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and Texas Woman's University.

The program in dental hygiene is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation [and has been granted the accreditation status of “approval without reporting requirements”]. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611. The Commission’s web address is:

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