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Department of Dental Hygiene

Dental Hygiene, Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene

We designed this plan to provide an extensive study of the theory and practice of dental hygiene. It is the only Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene Program (BSDH) in Arizona. Oral health is an important part of total health and there is increased demand for dental hygiene services in public and private health settings. The program provides many opportunities for students to develop expertise in oral health education and clinical care for underserved populations in northern Arizona.

This plan is nationally recognized by the American Dental Association.

This program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA).


What Can I Do with a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene in Dental Hygiene?

Professional dental hygienists with good people skills can make patients feel more comfortable and confident that they're getting the best care. If you like working closely with others and are interested in science, then a career in dental hygiene may be for you.

The Bachelor of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene is a four-year program that includes two years of prerequisite course work and two years of professional education. Practice in our 18-chair dental hygiene clinic and five-chair radiographic facility. Our program is fully accredited by the American Dental Association. You will graduate fully prepared to take regional and national board examinations.

Note: If you want to major in Dental Hygiene, you must apply and be accepted to the Department of Dental Hygiene's program in addition to being admitted to the university.

Career opportunities that might be pursued:
  • Dental supply company
  • Indian Health Service (IHS)
  • Pharmaceutical company
  • Private dental office

With further education, one of these paths is possible:
  • Dentistry
  • Public Health
  • Affiliated Practice
  • Health Education/Administration

University Requirements

  • To receive a bachelor's degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete at least 120 units of credit that minimally includes a major, the liberal studies requirements, and university requirements as listed below.

    • All of Northern Arizona University's liberal studies, diversity, junior-level writing, and capstone requirements.
    • All requirements for your specific academic plan(s).
    • At least 30 units of upper-division courses, which may include transfer work.
    • At least 30 units of coursework taken through Northern Arizona University, of which at least 18 must be upper-division courses (300-level or above). This requirement is not met by credit-by-exam, retro-credits, transfer coursework, etc.
    • A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 on all work attempted at Northern Arizona University.
    The full policy can be viewed here.



In addition to University Requirements:

  • At least 51 units of pre-professional requirements
  • At least 71 units of major requirements
  • Be aware that you may not use courses with a DH prefix to satisfy liberal studies requirements
  • Elective courses, if needed, to reach an overall total of at least 123 units

Please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.

Minimum Units for Completion 123
Highest Mathematics Required MAT 114
Additional Admission Requirements Required
Fieldwork Experience/Internship Required
Additional Fees/Program Fees Required
University Honors Program Optional
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Additional Admission Requirements
  • Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
  • Preprofessional Requirements (51 units)
    To be eligible to enter the major you must complete the following 51 units:*6 units of the required 12 units need to be Diversity course units.

    All preprofessional requirement courses and liberal studies foundation and distribution courses must be completed with a "C" or better before entering the program. However, students may apply to the program once 40 units of the pre-professional requirements are completed.

    Students are required to complete the Dental Hygiene Milestone, which is acceptance into the Dental Hygiene program.
Major Requirements
General Electives
  • Additional coursework is required, if, after you have met the previously described requirements, you have not yet completed a total of 123 units of credit.

Additional Information
  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.

  • Program fees are established by the Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR). A program fee of $1600 ($400 per semester in students' Junior and Senior years) has been approved for this program.

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