Programs

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Our undergraduate dental hygiene students gain crucial practical experience working in TWU's Dental Hygiene Clinic.

TWU's Department of Dental Hygiene offers various programs to help you get your dental hygiene degree.

Pre-Dental Hygiene
Interested in starting your education to become a dental hygienist? The pre-dental hygiene curriculum provides the courses you need to apply for the professional entry-level degree program.

Professional Entry-Level (Bachelor's degree)
This on-campus program gives you the coursework and practical experience needed to start your career as a professional dental hygienist. Admission is competitive. As a graduate of this program, you will be eligible to take the board exams and complete licensure requirements to become a Registered Dental Hygienist.

RDH-to-BSDH (Bachelor's degree)
If you are a registered dental hygienist with an associate’s degree in dental hygiene or are currently in the last year of your DH associate’s degree program*, the online RDH-to-BSDH program is for you. With a focus on critical thinking and decision-making, this program is structured to increase your marketability and provide a solid base for careers in leadership, service and education.

*Your associate’s degree must be from a program accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA)

Dual Enrollment Dental Hygiene (AAS and bachelor's degrees)
Earn both an Associate of Applied Science and a Bachelor of Science degree at the same time. Dual enrollment means you are taking courses from both your community college and TWU concurrently. The TWU courses are offered online, providing you with the flexibility to earn your bachelor's degree close to home.

MS in Health Studies with Dental Hygiene focus
This online program prepares you for a career in public health or higher education.

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I chose TWU's professional entry-level dental hygiene program because of the importance placed on individualized patient care. I enjoy getting to work with populations that otherwise would not receive dental care.

Cara Smith, BSDH '17, MS in Health Studies with dental hygiene focus '19

Dental Hygiene Courses Offered By Semester (2016-2021)