Dental Hygiene

Why choose Dental Hygiene  at WSU?

  • WSU students achieve 99 percent or better pass rates on the Dental Hygiene National Board Examination (cumulative data since 1977).
  • Following graduation, 100 percent of WSU students report that they are employed in their desired setting.
  • More than 90 percent of WSU students with an associate of science degree will complete a bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene.


What degrees/certificates are available?

Bachelor of Science (BS) Dental Hygiene

Associate of Science (AS) Dental Hygiene


What courses are offered through online/distance learning?

You may take any of the prerequisite courses for these degrees online and through independent study. For more information, contact the department at 801-626-6130 or click here.


What are the employment opportunities?

BS degree graduates in dental hygiene are qualified for the traditional employment setting as dental office clinicians as well as roles in marketing, community health and dental hygiene education.

AS degree graduates are qualified for positions as dental office clinicians.

Starting Salaries
Starting salaries of dental hygienists vary based on the region, workplace and skill level. In Utah, the salary range for a dental hygienist is $30,000 or more per year. Many dental hygienists are employed 32 or fewer hours per week and job opportunities in this field are readily available.  For more information, go to Career Services.


What will I learn in the program?

Your education will emphasize the basic sciences: microbiology, chemistry, pathology, anatomy and physiology.

You will learn to monitor patients’ health histories, examine teeth and oral structures including soft tissues; remove hard and soft deposits from above and below the gum line; apply cavity-preventative agents; develop oral hygiene programs with patients and instruct them in plaque control; expose, process and interpret dental x-rays; perform oral cancer and blood pressure screenings; and design and implement community dental health programs.

Where can I find out more about the programs?

Dr. Ezekiel Dumke College of Health Professions
Weber State University
3907 University Circle
OgdenUT 84408-3907
phone 1-800-350-7042

Department Contact Stephanie Bossenberger James, RDH, MS 

Department Phone 801-626-6130

Is there an application deadline?

The application deadline for the AS Degree dental hygiene program is January 15 for the following fall semester.

Enrollment in the WSU dental hygiene program is limited to 30 students each fall. The application process is competitive, so we encourage you to apply early.