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RDH to BSDH Program

Effective Fall 2010

Many dental hygienists find that they have too many work and home responsibilities or perhaps may be in the wrong location to merely go to a campus and complete the education they deserve. The online RDH-to-BSDH program allows individuals, regardless of where they may live, to complete requirements for the degree. Distance education allows you to complete the BSDH online generally at times convenient to you.  For the most part, course requirements will be completed through reading and completion of assignments, and dialogue through discussion board and email.  Please read the requirements for online education.

A total of 90 hours may be transferred into the program, up to 84 of those credits may be lower division, community colleges included. Transfer courses may include bachelor’s degree requirements for Texas and TWU and previous dental hygiene coursework.


  1. Graduate or current student of an associate’s degree or certificate dental hygiene program accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation.
  2. Licensure as a dental hygienist, or departmental approval prior to enrolling.
  3. Meets TWU entrance requirements (Attended a regionally accredited college or university, have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale on all transferable college work, and be in good standing with his or her previous institution.)  Special admissions options may also be available.
  4. Graduates from institutions with whom the TWU Dental Hygiene Program has articulation agreements are admitted and courses accepted per agreement.

Admission into the Program

  1. Apply to TWU.
  2. Print and complete the RDH-to-BSDH Application for Admission.
  3. Request official transcripts from all colleges that attended, to be sent to TWU Dental Hygiene; attn.: RDH-to-BSDH Program; P.O. Box 425796; Denton, TX 76204-5796.
  4. Mail application materials and current application fees as directed. Upon acceptance into the program, an advisor will work with you to guide you in appropriate coursework according to your interests and previous coursework.


  • Register in April for summer and fall classes and October for spring. Online classes fill quickly so register early.
  • You must be accepted into the RDH to BDSH program to register for dental hygiene couses


We suggest that you apply to TWU, then apply to the RDH to BSDH program, and then meet with an advisor after you have been accepted. This way you can get specific advice and plan your degree plan when you meet with your advisor. This meeting can be in person or by phone if you are not in the Denton area.

Once all courses are transferred and credited to your degree plan in DARS, our degree tracking system, and you have met with an advisor to discuss your degree plan, you can track your course selection. However, it is a good idea to check with an advisor by e-mail or phone to be sure you are on the right track. Your advisor can also guide you in selecting upper level elective courses that relate to your career goals.  

Degree Requirements

  1. Completion of the Texas general education core curriculum (42 credit hours) is required prior to receiving a bachelor’s degree at TWU.
    • Information about core courses. Core courses may be taken at the same time as dental hygiene courses.
    • Information about transferability of courses including transfer guides from several community colleges.
  2. Completion of 36 credits of upper level courses, including 18 hours of requisite RDH to BSDH dental hygiene courses. Remaining upper division course can be selected from the recommended list of elective courses (see below) for career track and when required, in certain core areas (Visual or Performing Arts, Humanities, Multicultural Women’s Studies, Global Perspectives, and Computer Science).
  3. Dental hygiene coursework may be transferred for remaining credits.
  4. Six hours of global perspectives coursework are required for graduation, which may be taken as upper division. One three-hour upper division course is included in the dental hygiene curriculum and the three other hours may be selected from other areas of required course work. Upper level and course courses may be taken at the same time.
  5. Practicum: A one-day-a-week commitment for a semester. You select a practicum site based on your career interests. For example, you could intern with a community oral health agency to get experience in managing programs and implementing community oral health education, or with a dental hygiene program as a student teacher. If you are in Denton, your advisor can assist you with sites in the area. If you are not in the area, you can identify a site in your local area with the guidance of your advisor.



Credit Hours

Core Curriculum (can be transferred up to credit hour limit)


Entry-Level Dental Hygiene Coursework (transferred)


Additional TWU Required Course (multicultural women’s studies, global perspectives)


RDH to BSDH Major Required Courses (upper division courses)


            DH 4803 Alternative Careers in Dental Hygiene


            DH 4813 Applied Dental Hygiene Research


            DH 4823 DH Clinical Case Study Development


            DH 4883 DH Clinical & Classroom Teaching Methodology


            DH 4893 Alternative DH Professional Careers Practicum


            DH 4923 Global Oral Health (GP)


Upper Division Required Courses (Includes selected career track courses, and with advisor approval, may include upper division courses that apply to the core curriculum and global course requirements.)





DH course rotation schedule:
DH 4803 – fall semester, considered an introductory course
DH 4883 – fall semester
DH 4813 – spring semester, considered an introductory course (Statistics is a prerequisite)
DH 4823 – spring semester
DH 4923 – spring semester, capstone course, taken at end of program
DH 4893 – may be taken any semester after completion of DH 4803 plus 9 credit hours in RDH to BSDH major.
Courses are only offered if the registration is adequate. Check with an advisor for further information.

Recommended Upper Level Elective Courses

Courses listed are examples of recommended electives from which students may select. Courses should be selected based on career goals. Also check the current catalog for courses as they move to online availability.  Course descriptions are in the catalog. Consult with your RDH to BSDH advisor if you have questions about courses. 

  • BACT 3113/3111 General Microbiology I
  • BACT 3123 General Microbiology II
  • BACT 4413 Virology
  • BACT 4113/4111 Immunology
  • BIOL 4013 Human Genetics
  • BIOL 4344 Pathophysiology
  • BUS 3003 Principles of Management
  • BUS 3013 Business Law and Ethics
  • BUS 3113 Principles of Marketing
  • BUS 3163 Business Communication
  • BUS 3243 Entrepreneurship
  • BUS 3253 Labor Management Relations
  • BUS 3273 Human Resource Management
  • BUS 3293 Business and Legal Ethics
  • BUS 3513 Professional Presentation Strategies (core)
  • BUS 3533 Management of Information Systems
  • BUS 4213 Consumer Behavior
  • BUS 4223 Human Behavior in Business Administration
  • BUS 4443 Small Business Management
  • BUS/GOV 3293 Business and Legal Ethics
  • CHEM 3603 Biological Chemistry (prerequisite CHEM 1023)
  • COMS 4553 American Sign Language I/COMS 4613 American Sign Language II
  • CSCI 3002 Advanced Computing Technology (if not using it for core)
  • EDUC 3001/3003 Learning, Theory, and Development
  • EDUC 3013 Gender and Education (also meets multicultural women’s studies requirement)
  • ENG 3433 Professional Writing
  • GOV 3063 Women in Politics
  • GOV 3303 The American Legislation Process
  • GOV 3393 Law for Women (MCWS)
  • GOV 3413 Estate Planning
  • GOV 4113 Public Administration
  • GOV 4133 Women in Leadership
  • GOV 4143 Drug Law and Policy
  • HS 3033 Medical Terminology
  • HS 3053 Community Health
  • HS 3073 Health Promotion Program Planning and Design (HS 3503 prerequisite)
  • HS 3083 Program Evaluation (HS 3053 & HS 3073 prerequisite)
  • HS 3363 History & Principles of Health Education
  • HS 3373 Health Promotion for Children
  • HS 3413 Epidemiology
  • HS 3443 Health Aspects of Aging
  • HS/WS 3133 Perspectives in Women’s Health
  • MATH 4013 Probability and Statistics (Cal I prerequisite)
  • NFS 3033 Nutrition Throughout the Life Cycle
  • PHIL 3053 Ethics
  • PHIL 3073 Bioethics
  • PSY 3023 Social Psychology
  • PSY 3303 Applied Statistics (also meets department requirement for Statistics, but not TWU math core requirement)
  • PSY 3633 Adolescent Psychology
  • PSY 3733 Psychology of Women (MC/WS)
  • PSY 4133 Physiological Psychology
  • PSY 4103/4101 Psychology of Learning and Cognition
  • SOCI 3023 Introduction to Sociological Theory
  • SOWK 3413 Methods and Skills in Working with Groups
  • SPAN 3173 Spanish for Professions
  • WS 3093 Women’s Health Issues in the Work Place
  • WS 3133 Perspectives on Women’s Health
  • WS 3143 Multicultural Women’s Health Issues
  • ZOOL 3313 Biology of Aging

Class schedules should be checked for availability of these courses. Some will be offered only in selected semesters. Also, online availability of these courses should be checked. If not available online, they may be taken on campus, if the student prefers.

To apply, complete the RDH to BSDH Application and send it to the Dental Hygiene Program with other required material attached.  For questions about the RDH to BSDH Program email Dr.Christine Beatty at

page last updated 4/17/2014 11:30 AM