Are you a practicing registered dental hygienist or a current dental hygiene student interested in getting your bachelor’s degree?  This online non-clinical program is for you. Depending on your transfer credits and the number of courses you take each semester, you can earn your degree in a year or two.

Why Dental Hygiene at TWU?

Our online RDH-to-BSDH program offers the flexibility to complete the coursework for your bachelor’s degree as your schedule allows. You also save money, as your previous associate’s degree and/or certified dental hygiene program hours can be applied to your degree program. Plus, you will be earning your degree from one of the few universities in Texas to offer an accredited undergraduate program in dental hygiene.

Our program also allows you to substitute two graduate-level courses for upper division undergraduate classes. If you earn an B or higher in these graduate courses, you can apply them to TWU's master's in health studies program.

Program Requirements

This bachelor’s degree requires 120 hours. However, 90 of these hours can be transfer credits, including 84 lower-division community college credits. Transferred hours can include bachelor’s degree requirements and previous dental hygiene coursework.

At TWU, you will take a minimum of 30 hours, including 18 hours of dental hygiene courses and 12 additional hours of core or elective coursework. You must earn a C or higher in all dental hygiene courses.

You must complete the core curriculum to earn your bachelor’s degree. Core courses can be taken at the same time as the dental hygiene courses, if they aren’t a part of your transfer credits.

Full program requirements are listed in the Undergraduate Catalog.

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Total for BSDH 120
RequiredCredit Hours
Core Curriculum (can be transferred up to the credit hour limit) 42
Entry-Level Dental Hygiene Coursework (transferred) Up to 22
Elective Coursework 20
(12 from TWU)

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

RDH to BSDH Major Required Courses  18 from TWU

How To Apply

Admission requirements include:

  • A cumulative college GPA of at least 3.0 on transferable college work (Special admissions options also may be available.)
  • Licensure as a dental hygienist or department approval prior to enrolling
  • Graduate of an associate’s degree or dental hygiene program accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. Current dental hygiene students may be considered for early admission on a case-by-case basis.

This program has a two-step application process. First, apply to TWU as a transfer student. Then, apply to the dental hygiene program. Mail your RDH-to-BSDH program application - 2017, a copy of your RDH license and official transcripts from all colleges you have attended to:

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

For More Information

Leslie Koberna, PhD, RDH, BDSH, MPH/HSA
RDH-to-BSDH Advisor
Office: OMB 217
Email: lkoberna@twu.edu


TWU’s dental hygiene program 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.

Page last updated 10:16 AM, October 11, 2017