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Dental Hygiene (B.S./M.S.)

Degree Level: Undergraduate
College: Health Sciences
School: Dental Hygiene
Degree Earned: Accelerated Bachelor's/Master's of Science Program
Dental Hygienist Student

The School of Dental Hygiene offers an accelerated program offering the Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Dental Hygiene that allows students to earn potentially both degrees in less time.

To attract highly qualified undergraduate students into master's program, the School implemented the new BS to MS Accelerated Program. Since historically both these programs shared 400/500 level course offerings, the new program allows students to "accelerate" through the baccalaureate to the master's program using a common 12 hour graduate credit core toward each degree. The end result is that students can complete the master's degree while investing less time and money.

To be eligible to enroll in graduate courses, students must have a 3.2 grade point average, senior standing, and permission of your Program Advisor. Forms may be obtained from the Main School Office or your advisor.

Career Directions

Upon completion of the dental hygiene program, graduates are eligible to take the Dental Hygiene National Board Examination as well as the regional and state board examinations to become licensed dental hygienists.

Related Experiences

Internships in areas related to the program are available. Students are encouraged to assist with faculty research projects and to present their own research at regional, national and international professional communication associations. Opportunities to develop study abroad programs are available.


Curriculum Information

View this program in the Current 2011-2012 Catalog or view Previous Catalog Years.

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Standard ODU admission criteria and procedures are required for admission to this program.

  • Applicants should apply to the University in the fall preceding the year of intended admission to the dental hygiene program of study.

Undergraduate Admission

  • Meet the technical standards for admission into the Dental Hygiene Program (these include personal attributes and potential)
  • Will have completed by graduation from high school a year of biology and a year of chemistry earning a grade of B or better in each science
  • Achieve a 3.25 or better average in all high school course work
  • Rank in the top 25% of their class
  • Achieve an SAT score of 1100 or better
  • Submit an application for this program by March 15 of the senior year in high school and be admitted to ODU

Graduate Program Admission

  • Must have senior standing.
  • Achieve a 3.2 undergraduate grade point average.
  • Permission of your Program Advisor.