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Dental Hygiene (BSDH) Baccalaureate Degree Completion Program

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 built on a partnership with Normandale Community College, as well as 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
  • Sales
  • School-based programs;
  • Local, state, or federal health programs
  • Health care related project management
  • Marketing
  • Research

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

Acceptance to the Program

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 MnSCU 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. If an applicant's educational/professional goals do include a clinical component in DENH 430 Dental Hygiene Capstone their dental hygiene license may need to include pain management specifically with regard to the administration of local anesthesia and nitrous oxide inhalation sedation. Students with questions regarding these requirements should contact the dental hygiene program academic advisor or program director.

Program Requirements

The degree requirements for graduation with a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene include:

  • A minimum of 120 semester credits are needed for a MNSCU 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
  • View University wide graduation requirement information.

Transfer Agreements

Metropolitan State University 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 University'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. The following courses are required:

Choose one from the following two courses, the chosen course must be completed prior to enrollment in the Dental Hygiene Capstone course:

DENH 420 Restorative Functions Theory and Lab is the only course in the dental hygiene course major that requires significant on campus attendance for successful completion. This course includes a lab fee.

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.

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 and Normandale Community College are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
Higher Learning Commission
30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400
Chicago, IL 60602-2504

Normandale Community College’s Dental Hygiene Program is accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation.
Commission on Dental Accreditation
American Dental Association
211 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60611-2678