Course Requirements

Program Prerequisites

Successful completion of an AS degree in Dental Hygiene from an accredited program, National Board Examination and a Regional or State Practical Exam. Maintenance of a current dental hygiene license.

Minor

Not Required.

Grade Requirements

All courses required for the major must be successfully completed with a grade of "C" or better (a "C-" grade is not acceptable).

Credit Hour Requirements

A total of 120 credit hours is required for graduation -- 88 of these are taken for the AS degree, and an additional seven must be taken to complete the BS in Dental Hygiene degree. A prerequisite to the Baccalaureate Thesis course is an upper-division Research and Statistics course (numbered 3000 or above, minimum of three credit hours). Thirteen more upper-division hours are selected by the student from a menu of elective courses. Transcripts of transfer students will be evaluated on an individual basis. Transfer students must also complete the residency requirement (30 credit hours of WSU course work).

General Education

Refer to General Requirements for Bachelor of Science requirements. Any general education requirements not taken as part of the AS program must be completed in order graduate with a BS degree.

Course Requirements for BS Degree

You must apply for admission into the Dental Hygiene Bachelor of Science program, be accepted and complete a contract with the program advisor.

To be taken in addition to the courses required for the AS degree in Dental Hygiene.

Dental Science Courses Required
(7 credit hours)*

A total of seven additional DenSci credit hours are required:

  • DenSci 4530 Principles and Application of Evidence-based Dental Hygiene Practice (2)
  • DenSci SI4780* Baccalaureate Thesis (3)
  • DenSci 4890 Advanced Community or Clinical Work Experience (2)

DenSci SI4780 may be used to fulfill three credit hours of the WSU scientific inquiry BS requirement.

* A prerequisite to the Baccalaureate Thesis course is an upper-division Research and Statistics course (numbered 3000 or above, minimum of three credit hours).

Each student must also select upper-division course work from a menu of elective courses to bring the total of upper-division hours to 40 credit hours. 

Source: 2004-2005 WSU Course Catalog. Refer to the current course catalog for course descriptions. 

This curriculum pattern is subject to revision and is not an academic contract. See your advisor to make sure you are choosing the proper courses.