Master of Science Dental Hygiene

Admission Requirements

The student must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Graduation from an accredited entry-level dental hygiene program
  • Bachelor's degree in dental hygiene or a related field
  • Minimum grade point average of 3.0 in upper-division and dental hygiene coursework
  • Current dental hygiene licensure in good standing
  • The student must apply to and meet all criteria for admission to the Graduate School, and submit a completed application, residency form, fee payment, and transcripts. International students should refer to the "Admission of International Students" section of this Catalog for TOEFL and other requirements. Information is online at https://www.isu.edu/graduate/.  Send results of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Miller Analogy Test (MAT) to the Graduate School.
  • Complete the Dental Hygiene Department application form for the Master of Science degree program (available at https://isu.edu/dentalhygiene/master-of-science/).
  • Submit two recommendation forms provided by the department. One recommendation must be completed by an individual who has personal knowledge of the applicant's clinical skills such as a faculty member from a dental hygiene program, employer, or colleague. The second recommendation must be completed by an individual who has personal knowledge of the applicant's academic and professional qualifications for graduate study such as a faculty member, an officer of a professional association, or a colleague.
  • Submit to the Graduate School official transcripts to provide evidence of:
    • Graduation from an accredited entry-level dental hygiene program
    • Bachelor's degree in dental hygiene or a related field
    • Minimum grade point average of 3.0 in upper-division courses and a 3.0 in dental hygiene coursework.
  • Previous education in local anesthesia and nitrous oxide administration is not a requirement for admissions; however, it is preferred. If previous education in these pain control methods was completed, provide evidence of successful completion of classroom and clinical experiences in local anesthesia and nitrous oxide administration. Evidence could include transcripts, course descriptions, expanded functions, or continuing education certificates.
  • Send a photocopy of a license to provide evidence of current dental hygiene licensure in good standing.
  • Complete a telephone or personal interview.

Applicants can contact the Department at the following address:

Graduate Program Director
Department of Dental Hygiene
Division of Graduate Studies
921 South 8th Avenue, STOP 8048
Pocatello, Idaho 83209-8048
E-mail address: msdhinfo@isu.edu
Telephone: (208) 282-2482

General Requirements

A total of 37 credits, including a thesis (minimum of 6 credits), will be required for degree completion. Requirements include 10 courses (26 credits) in the core curriculum, a practicum experience (2-4 credits), and 3 credits of electives.

The core courses advance the theory and practice of dental hygiene and prepare students in research methodology to apply during the thesis process. A thesis is required because the Master of Science degree in Dental Hygiene is the terminal degree in the discipline and a research foundation is imperative to advance the theoretical knowledge base of the profession. To enhance the breadth of knowledge, students are required to complete 3 credits of electives selected from related graduate coursework offered outside the Department of Dental Hygiene.

The program is an online graduate curriculum with on-campus visitations required for DENT 5596 Graduate Seminar I (orientation) and DENT 6619 Graduate Seminar II. A maximum of 9 credits may be transferred officially to Idaho State University.

Core Course Requirements
DENT 5596Graduate Seminar I1
DENT 6605Program Development and Evaluation3
DENT 6610Special Care Populations3
DENT 6612Administration and Management of Healthcare Organizations3
DENT 6619Graduate Seminar II1
DENT 6620Advanced Educational Theory and Methods3
DENT 6621Dental Hygiene Clinical Instruction and Administration3
DENT 6623Leadership & Health Policy3
DENT 6626Dental Hygiene Practicum2-4
DENT 6632Community and Global Health3
DENT 6646Health Research 13
or CSD 6600 Principles of Research in Communication Disorders
DENT 6650Thesis (minimum credits)6
Total Hours37
Total Credits71-73

Academic Requirements

  1. Once admitted, students must complete a plan of graduate study with their dental hygiene graduate advisor no later than the end of the first semester after enrollment. This plan must be approved by the Program Director.
  2. Any student who, after admission to the Master of Science program, falls below a 3.0 GPA, or who receives a grade of C+ or below in two graduate courses during his or her program of study will be deemed to be performing at an unsatisfactory level and will be dismissed.
  3. Any student who, after admission to the Master of Science program, receives a C, C-, D, F, or grade in any graduate course in his or her program of study will be dismissed. Courses with grades of C or lower may not be used to satisfy graduation requirements.
  4. Current CPR, related screenings, and/or immunizations are required prior to attending the on-campus orientation.

Graduation Requirements

  1. Successfully conduct and defend a thesis as outlined in the Department of Dental Hygiene, Division of Graduate Studies, Graduate Student Handbook.
  2. Complete the coursework on the study plan approved by the Program Director, Department of Dental Hygiene, Division of Graduate Studies, and by the ISU Graduate School.