Collaborative Dental Hygiene Practice
This program provides baccalaureate educated dental hygienists, who have graduated from an accredited institution, the opportunity to complete an undergraduate certificate in dental hygiene. The focus is to augment and deepen the knowledge, skills and values of the professional role of the dental hygienist in the community. The course offerings are online. This part-time program may prepare those students who are interested in pursuing Metropolitan State University's Master of Science in Advanced Dental Therapy (MSADT) program if Post-Baccalaureate Certificate students enroll in the prerequisites course for this program, DENH 420 Restorative Functions Theory and Lab. This course requires a face-to-face commitment for successful completion.
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Declare Your Program
To be eligible for acceptance to the Dental Hygiene Post-Baccalaureate Certificate program, students must have completed the following:
- Official transcript from an accredited dental hygiene program demonstrating successful completion
- Official transcripts of all other college and university coursework, indicating a BS/BA degree
- Cumulative GPA of 2.5 (calculated from all college coursework)
- Appropriate documentation of an active unencumbered license to practice dental hygiene in Minnesota
If an applicant's dental hygiene license does not meet Minnesota's dental hygiene requirements, specifically with regard to the administration of local anesthesia and nitrous oxide inhalation sedation, the applicant may be required to complete continuing education courses to meet these requirements depending upon the student's goals for the program.
Normandale Community College offers pain management continuing education courses and BSDH students will be given priority admission. These requirements must be completed before enrolling in the Restorative Functions Clinic or Dental Hygiene Capstone courses. Students with questions regarding these requirements should contact the program advisor or program faculty.
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.
Students complete a planned program of 16-22 credits of dental hygiene coursework from the list of courses below. The required certificate courses will be determined based upon the applicant's baccalaureate degree and career goals. Classes are offered primarily online with the exception of DENH 420, Restorative Functions Theory and Lab.