B.S. Dental Hygiene

Program Admissions Requirements

Formal application for admission to the dental hygiene program must be submitted before January 15 of the year the student wishes to enter. Applicants must complete prerequisite courses and complete specific requirements for consideration. Applicants must have a minimum Cumulative Core and Natural Science Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.8. Dental hygiene program information regarding current admission criteria and procedures can be obtained from the Dental Hygiene website at https://isu.edu/dentalhygiene/, or directly from the department. Application materials are submitted through the American Dental Education Association Centralized Dental Hygiene Application Service (http://www.adea.org/dhcas.aspx).

Admission to Idaho State University is a separate procedure and must be completed prior to application to the dental hygiene program. Students must provide verification of current CPR certification and vaccinations prior to beginning the program within the specified application year.

Academic Standards

To enroll in upper division courses with a dental hygiene prefix (DENT), students must be accepted for admission to the dental hygiene program. Each student is responsible for completing the required course work in proper sequential order. To be eligible for graduation and progression in the dental hygiene program, the student must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.25. Course work for which the student receives a grade below “C-” (C minus) will not be accepted as fulfilling requirements for the Department of Dental Hygiene. The department chairperson must approve any deviation from these standards.

Academic Advising

Transcripts will be evaluated by the ISU Registrar to determine courses fulfilling the general education requirements for B.S. degree requirements. Transfer students who have met the Idaho State Board of Education core subject requirements have fulfilled General Education requirements; however, MATH 1153 is a prerequisite to DENT 4401 Research Methods. Students who earned a baccalaureate degree have fulfilled the General Education requirements.

Transcripts will be evaluated by Dental Hygiene Transfer Coordinator to determine courses meeting the dental hygiene entry-level requirements. An individualized program of study will be developed in collaboration with the transfer coordinator and approved before beginning coursework.

For more information on transfer credit limits, please review the university degree requirement page at http://coursecat.isu.edu/undergraduate/degreerequirements/

General Education Requirements

Transfer students with an Associate of Science or Associate of Arts and Sciences degree as the entry-level dental hygiene degree from a U.S. academic regionally accredited institution have completed ALL of the General Education requirements; however, MATH 1153 is a prerequisite to DENT 4401 Research Methods.

Transfer students with an Associate of Applied Science degree as the entry-level dental hygiene degree from a U.S. academic regionally accredited institution AND who have met the Idaho State Board core subject requirements have fulfilled the B.S. degree General Education requirements; however, MATH 1153 is a prerequisite to DENT 4401 Research Methods.

Transfer students with an Associate of Applied Science degree as the entry-level dental hygiene degree from a U.S. academic regionally accredited institution must complete any General Education Objectives not already completed.  See the General Education Requirements in the Academic Information section of this catalog.

Credits awarded for an Associate of Applied Science degree as the entry-level dental hygiene degree granted by a U.S. academic institution not accredited by a regional accrediting agency cannot be applied to a B.S. degree at Idaho State University.

Prerequisite Core Courses

(Pre-Dental Hygiene)

BIOL 1101
1101L
Biology I
and Biology I Lab (Partially satisfies General Education Objective 5)
4
BIOL 2221
2221L
Introductory Microbiology
and Introductory Microbiology Laboratory
4
BIOL 3301
3301L
Advanced Human Anatomy and Physiology 1
and Advanced Human Anatomy and Physiology 1 Lab
4
BIOL 3302
3302L
Advanced Human Anatomy and Physiology 2
and Advanced Human Anatomy and Physiology 2 Lab
4
CHEM 1101Introduction to Chemistry (Partially satisfies General Education Objective 5)3
CHEM 1102
CHEM 1103
Essentials of Organic and Biochemistry
and Essentials of Organic and Biochemistry Laboratory
4
COMM 1101Fundamentals of Oral Communication (Satisfies General Education Objective 2)3
DENT 2201Principles of Dental Hygiene2
ENGL 1101Writing and Rhetoric I (Partially satisfies General Education Objective 1)3-4
or ENGL 1101P Writing and Rhetoric I Plus
ENGL 1102Writing and Rhetoric II (Partially satisfies General Education Objective 1)3
NTD 2239Nutrition (Partially satisfies General Education Objective 5)3
or NTD 3340 Nutrition for Health Professionals
MATH 1153Statistical Reasoning (Satisfies General Education Objective 3)3
PSYC 1101Introduction to Psychology (Partially satisfies General Education Objective 6)3
SOC 1101Introduction to Sociology (Partially satisfies General Education Objective 6)3

IN ADDITION:

  • Any university General Education Objectives not yet completed, plus any additional Objective courses required to bring the General Education credit total to a minimum of 36.
  • Elective course INFO 1101 is highly recommended as an elective for those individuals without computer skills and it may be chosen to satisfy General Education Objective 8.
  • Elective course DENT 2220 is highly recommended for pre-dental hygiene students without dental office experience.

​Dental Hygiene Required Courses

DENT 3307Prevention and Management of Dental Emergencies3
DENT 3308Oral Histology and Embryology2
DENT 3309General and Oral Pathology3
DENT 3311Tooth Morphology2
DENT 3312Head and Neck Anatomy3
DENT 3313Clinical Dental Hygiene I3
DENT 3313CClinical Dental Hygiene I Clinic3
DENT 3314Clinical Dental Hygiene II2
DENT 3314CClinical Dental Hygiene II Clinic3
DENT 3315Preventive Dentistry2
DENT 3316Dental Materials2
DENT 3318Oral Radiology2
DENT 3318LOral Radiology Laboratory1
DENT 3319Preclinical Restorative Procedures2
DENT 3320Pain Management2
DENT 3321Periodontology2
DENT 4401Research Methods2
DENT 4402Advanced Periodontology2
DENT 4403Advanced Clinical Theory I2
DENT 4403CAdvanced Clinical Practice I Clinic4
DENT 4404Advanced Clinical Theory II2
DENT 4404CAdvanced Clinical Practice II Clinic4
DENT 4405Dental Hygiene Seminar1
DENT 4408Ethical and Legal Principles2
DENT 4411Application of Restorative Therapies2
DENT 4411CRestorative Care I1
DENT 4412CRestorative Care II1
DENT 4413Community Health and Special Needs Populations3
DENT 4414Community Outreach Experiences2
DENT 4421Leadership and Health Policy2
DENT 4422Educational Strategies and Applied Methods2
DENT 4424Principles of Interprofessional Practice Management3

Additional Required Course

PPRA 3314Basic and Applied Pharmacology for Dental Hygiene2

Dental Hygiene Electives

DENT 3330CInterim Clinic2
DENT 3340CEnhanced Strategies in Clinical Care1
DENT 4481Independent Studies in Dental Hygiene1-3

Graduation Requirements

Prerequisite courses (department requirements and general education)46
Required dental hygiene courses 74
Other courses (including general education)(minimum of 12 cr)12
Total Credits132