ASSOCIATE OF SCIENCE
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The Department of Dental Hygiene awards an Associate of Science degree for completion of our two-year dental hygiene program. You must complete all Associate of Science general education requirements from the University and Department (which include several program prerequisite courses) to earn your degree in dental hygiene.
After being accepted into the program, you should expect to spend 35 to 40 hours on campus or studying each week in lecture and clinical courses. This program is a "lock-step" design where students are admitted and continue through the program together, as a class.
- Diverse educational experiences, with clinic opportunities dedicated to offering healthcare services to the individuals in the immediate and wider communities
- Learn from our experienced faculty who thoroughly understand the professional field
- Our graduates report high rates of satisfaction with the curriculum and program
- Program enrollment is competitive and accepts a limited number of students annually
- Estimated total program cost for in-state students is $21,305
- Estimate total program cost for out-of-state tuition is $42,000
The Associate of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene will help you to pursue a career in dental care and hygiene. You'll gain experience and knowledge in:
- Clinical dental hygiene care
- Patient management
- Head & neck and dental anatomy
- Periodontal care and therapy, including local anesthesia
- Interprofessional education
- Oral Radiology
- Problem solving skills
As an Associate of Science graduate in the Dental Hygiene Program, you'll be eligible for employment as a Dental Hygienist once you have your license.
Our graduates often go directly into the workforce, but many pursue their Bachelor's in Dental Hygiene as a student in the program or return later to complete this degree. Explore more about the Bachelor's Degree under the Degrees tab.
The average annual full time starting salary for this degree in the State of Utah is $75,000; this varies depending on your employment settings.
before you begin, get to know what courses will be required for this degree
General Education & Support Courses
The Department of Dental Hygiene upholds the University requirements for general education. For the most recent University standards, please visit the WSU catalog.
Required Prerequisite Courses
The following courses will meet some of your general education requirements and serve as prerequisite courses to the Dental Hygiene program. These courses must be completed prior to starting the Dental Hygiene program.
- COMM 1020 or COMM 2110 (3)
- ENGL 1010: Introductory College Writing (3)
- ENGL 2010 Intermediate College Writing (3)
- LIBS 1704, HTHS 2904 or WEB 1504 (1)
- MATH QL Requirements, please meet with your academic advisor
- NUTR 1020: Science & Application of Human Nutrition (3)
- PSY 1010: Introductory Psychology (3)
- SOC 1010 Introduction to Sociology (3)
Required Science Courses
- HTHS 1110 Integrated Anatomy & Physiology I (4)
- HTHS 1111 Integrated Anatomy & Physiology II (4)
- HTHS 2230 Introduction to Pathophysiology (3)
- Additional 3 credit hours of Physical Science
- ZOOL 2100 Human Anatomy (4)
- ZOOL 2200 Human Physiology (4)
- HTHS 2230 Introduction to Pathophysiology (3)
- CHEM 1050 or CHEM 1110 (5)
- MICR 1113 Introductory Microbiology (3)
Required science courses must be taken within five (5) years of your anticipated program start date.
Associate of Science Core Requirements
Once accepted into other Dental Hygiene program, the following courses will be required to earn you Associate of Science in Dental Hygiene:
- DENT 2201 Concepts of Community Dental Health (1)
- DENT 2205 Head/Neck and Dental Anatomy (2)
- DENT 2206 Clinical Dental Hygiene/Radiology (4)
- DENT 2207 Dental Hygiene I (3)
- DENT 2208 Radiology (2)
- DENT 2211 Oral Pathology (3)
- DENT 2215 Periodontology (2)
- DENT 2216 Clinical Dental Hygiene II (3)
- DENT 2217 Dental Hygiene II (3)
- DENT 2219 Dental Materials (1)
- DENT 2235 Dental Medicine I (2)
- DENT 2250 Professional Ethics (1)
- DENT 3301 Community Dental Health Service Learning Lab (1)
- DENT 3305 Pain Control (3)
- DENT 3336 Clinical Dental Hygiene III (4)
- DENT 3337 Dental Hygiene III (3)
- DENT 3346 Clinical Dental Hygiene IV (4)
- DENT 3347 Dental Hygiene IV (2)
Total credit hours: 44 hours
The courses above are also required to complete your Bachelor of Science degree in the Dental Hygiene program. A vast majority of our WSU students who complete these classes go on to our bachelor's program, which easily expands your career and employment opportunities.
ADMISSIONS & APPLICATION PROCESS
below you will find all the information you need about applying to our program
It is critical that all parts of the application process be completed and submitted. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please read the instructions carefully on the application forms and checklist.
Application evaluation includes (but is not limited to) the following:
- Grade point average (GPA)
- Prior dental experience
- Committee review
- Completion of the essay portion (see application for further instructions)
- Prior college or university experience
- Completed prerequisites courses
Students will be notified by mail in mid-March.
Weber State University does not discriminate on the basis of ethnicity, religion, gender, national origin, age, marital, veteran or disability status.
APPLICATION DEADLINE IS JANUARY 15
- Completion of four (4) years of high school or equivalent
- Completion of one (1) year of prerequisite coursework (see above under General Education & Support Courses)
- Submission of all college and university transcripts
- Submission of the dental hygiene application form and attachments
- Submission of required $25 non-refundable application fee
- Application and acceptance to Weber State University in good academic standing
The following applications will NOT be reviewed:
- Applications submitted past January 15
- Applicants that have prerequisite GPAs below 2.5, and/or a science GPA below 2.5
- Applications that do not contain final grades on at least two (2) of the specific required science courses and at least four (4) of the additional prerequisite courses (six courses total)
- Science courses that are seven (7) years or older
- Application for Admissions - will open October 1, 2023
- Employment Verification Form
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