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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 completely online. 

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.

Admission Requirements

  1. Graduate of an associate’s degree or certificate dental hygiene program accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. Current dental hygiene students may be considered for early admission on an individual basis. 
  2. Licensure as a dental hygienist, or departmental approval prior to enrolling.  
  3. Have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for all transferable college work. Special admissions options may also be available.

 Degree Requirements

  • Completion of the core curriculum is required prior to receiving a bachelor’s degree at TWU. Core courses may be taken at the same time as dental hygiene courses.Please see information for Transfer Students.
  • Completion of 30 hours taken from TWU, including the 18 hours of requisite TWU RDH to BSDH dental hygiene courses and 12 additional hours, which can be from core and/or all elective coursework.
  • Completion of 36 credits of upper level courses, including 18 hours of requisite RDH to BSDH dental hygiene courses and 18 hours of dental and dental hygiene science coursework that will be tranferred as upper division from the institution attended for the entry-level dental hygiene program.
  • Additional dental hygiene coursework may be transferred for up to 22 hours of lower division credit.
  • In the final semester, students must commit to a minimum of 45 hours in a practicum experience based on career interest. 
  • Completion of a total of 120 credit hours. Elective courses may include coursework previously taken for the entry level dental hygiene associate degree program.
  • A student must earn a C or higher in all Dental Hygiene courses.

Curriculum

Required

Credit Hours

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

42

Entry-Level Dental Hygiene Coursework (Lower Level transferred)

22

Upper Division Coursework (tranferred dental and dental hygiene science work completed for the entry-level program)

18

Elective Coursework

20

RDH to BSDH Major Required Courses (upper division courses listed below)
           *55  = course section number

18 TWU 

DH 3303*55  Process of Care I

DH 4713*55  Applied  Evidence-Based Research

 

DH 4823*55  Dental Hygiene Clinical Case Development

DH 4833*55  Professional Development for the Registered Dental Hygienist

DH 4513*55  Alternative Dental Hygiene Practice -completed in the final  semester of Dental Hygiene coursework

DH 4533*55  Oral Health Worldview

TOTAL for BSDH

120

OPTIONAL DEGREE PROGRESSION – 1 YEAR PLAN

FALL: Year 1

SPRING: Year 1

DH 4833*55        Prof Dev for the RDH

DH 4713*55        Applied Evidence Based Research##

DH 3303*55        Process of Care I

DH 4513*55        Alternative DH Practice

DH 4533*55        Oral Health Worldview#

DH 4823*55        DH Clinical Case Dev

                                Elective or TWU Core

                                Elective or TWU Core

                                Elective or TWU Core

                                Elective or TWU Core

Semester Total 15 hours

Semester Total 15 hours

# Prerequisite US Government                                                          ## Prerequisite Statistics

Some elective or TWU core coursework optionally may be completed in summer or interim sessions.

OPTIONAL DEGREE PROGRESSION – 2 YEAR PLAN

FALL: Year 1

SPRING: Year 1

DH 4833*55        Prof Dev for the RDH

DH 4713*55        Applied Evidence Based Research##

DH 3303*55        Process of Care I

                                Elective or TWU Core

                                Elective or TWU Core

                               

Semester Total 6-9 hours

Semester Total 3-6 hours

 

FALL: Year 2

SPRING: Year 2

DH 4533*55        Oral Health Worldview#

DH 4513*55        Alternative DH Practice

                                Elective or TWU Core

DH 4823*55        DH Clinical Case Dev

                               

                                Elective or TWU Core

Semester Total 3-6 hours

Semester Total 6-9 hours

# Prerequisite = US Government                                                       ## Prerequisite = Statistics

Elective or TWU core coursework optionally may be completed in summer or interim sessions.

OPTIONAL DEGREE PROGRESSION  >2 YEAR PLAN

Coursework may be taken as needed; however, required RDH to BSDH courses are only offered in semesters as noted below:

FALL: DH 4833, DH 3303, DH 4533

SPRING: DH 4713, DH 4823, DH 4513 (must be taken in final semester of dental hygiene coursework)

NOTE: Courses are only offered if the number of students is adequate. Check with an advisor for further information.

Contact:

Dr.Leslie Koberna at lkoberna@twu.edu for more information about the RDH to BSDH Program.

Apply to the Program

  1. Apply to TWU.
  2. Apply to the RDH-to-BSDH program. Mail the application, including a copy of RDH License and official transcripts from all colleges attended to:

    TWU Dental Hygiene attn: RDH-to-BSDH Program
    P.O. Box 425796
    Denton, TX 76204-5796.

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