This program provides associate degree dental hygienists from accredited institutions an opportunity to complete a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene (BSDH) degree. All Dental Hygiene Department educational programs are based on academic excellence, and the values of community involvement, ethical conduct and social responsibility.
Completion of a baccalaureate degree provides dental hygienists with new and relevant employment opportunities as oral healthcare professionals. An important benefit may be broadening employment prospects in traditional and/or non-traditional work settings. Contemporary non-traditional work settings for dental hygienists may include:
- Educational roles
- School-based programs
- Local, state or federal health programs
- Health care related project management
The dental hygiene baccalaureate completion program is designed to meet the professional and educational goals of dental hygienists. Offered on-line by dental hygiene educators, students can participate in advancing their education while maintaining employment. The program focuses on:
- Expanding dental hygiene knowledge and skills
- Deepening professional growth in the role as a community minded dental hygienist
- Expanding your opportunities in the workforce
- Preparing students who are interested in pursuing Metropolitan State University's Master of Science in Advanced Dental Therapy graduate degree (MSADT)
- Baccalaureate degree is required for graduate education
- MSADT prerequisite course is offered in the BSDH degree completion program
Declare Your Program
For Dual Admission/Enrollment BSDH applicants, they will declare their major after the Dual Admission/Enrollment Intent Form has been signed and submitted on their community college campus and their admission to Metropolitan State has been performed. Upon admittance to the BSDH Dual Admission/Enrollment Program, the Dental Hygiene Academic Advisor will work with admitted Dual Admission/Enrollment students to ensure their BSDH major is declared.
To be eligible for acceptance to the Dental Hygiene baccalaureate degree completion program, students must submit an Undergraduate University Admissions Application. The following are also required:
- Official transcript from an accredited dental hygiene program demonstrating successful completion (or letter from program director or dean if within 15 credits of graduation)
- Official transcripts of all other college and university coursework
- Transcripts from Minnesota State institutions will be made available by e-transcripts
- Cumulative GPA of 2.50 (4.00 scale - calculated from all college coursework)
- Appropriate documentation of an active dental hygiene license (or letter from program director if within final semester of graduation)
A clinical component is not essential to BSDH program completion.
Courses required for your specific program are listed in the right column on this page. They include prerequisite, foundation, core and elective courses. Contact your advisor with questions concerning your degree plan.
The degree requirements for graduation with a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene include:
- A minimum of 120 semester credits are needed for a Minnesota State granted baccalaureate degree. These credits will consist of:
- Transferable Associate Degree Dental Hygiene coursework
- Transferable General Education Liberal Studies (GELS) courses
- Required Metropolitan State University Dental Hygiene Major and GELS courses
- Required Metropolitan State University Racial Issues Graduation Requirement coursework
- View University wide graduation requirement information.
Metropolitan State has articulation agreements with many Minnesota dental hygiene programs enabling a seamless transfer of general education and dental hygiene credits from a dental hygiene associate degree program to Metropolitan State's BSDH program.
The majority of courses in the dental hygiene curriculum employ online teaching/learning strategies. Online coursework provides you flexibility and convenience while completing your baccalaureate degree.
An optional one credit course, DENH 440 Restorative Functions Clinic, is required for those interested in pursuing Restorative Functions certification by the Minnesota State Board of Dentistry. It is available for student enrollment the semester immediately following successful completion of DENH 420 Restorative Functions Theory and Lab. This optional one credit course requires Dental Hygiene Program Clinical Documentation and a written contractual agreement with a dentist for completion of the Minnesota Board of Dentistry Restorative Function Clinical requirements.
These requirements apply only to students enrolled in DENH 440, Restorative Functions Clinic, and/or students implementing a clinical component to DENH 430P, Dental Hygiene Capstone.
- Appropriate documentation of an active dental hygiene license
- Evidence of current professional liability insurance
- Documentation of required immunizations
- Evidence of successful background study
- Evidence of current CPR certification
- Evidence of HIPAA training
- Evidence of current health insurance
Metropolitan State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
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