B.S. Dental Hygiene Completion Program

The Baccalaureate degree completion program is intended for licensed dental hygienists who have graduated from an entry-level dental hygiene program accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA). The 100% online Baccalaureate degree completion program will provide entry-level dental hygienists with a Bachelor’s of Science degree, preparing them to pursue further education and career growth including research, public health, and education.

Program Admissions Requirements

Students must be accepted to Idaho state University, have a dental hygiene license, and a cumulative GPA of 2.7 or higher to be accepted into the BS degree completion program.  Admissions for the program is “open enrollment”, which means a student can apply at any time.  Dental hygiene program information regarding current admission criteria and procedures can be obtained from the Dental Hygiene website at https://www.isu.edu/dentalhygiene/

Academic Standards

To enroll in upper division courses with a dental hygiene prefix (DENT), students must be accepted for admission to the dental hygiene BS degree completion program. Each student is responsible for completing the required course work in proper sequential order. To be eligible for graduation the student must have an overall cumulative grade point average of 2.25 in course work completed in the BS degree completion program. 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. No pre-requisite courses are required for entry into the BS degree completion program. 

General Education

The listing below includes program requirements that also fulfill General Education requirements.

Objective 1 - ENGL 1101 and ENGL 1102 16
Objective 2 - COMM 11013
Objective 3 - MATH 11533
Objective 46
Objective 5 - BIOL 2233/BIOL 2233L, BIOL 2227/BIOL 2227L, or BIOL 2228/BIOL 2228L, CHEM 1101, CHEM 1102, or NTD 22397
Objective 6 - PSYC 1101 and SOC 11016
Students must fulfill Objective 7 or Objective 83
Objective 7
Objective 8
Objective 93
Total Credits37
 1 “P” courses are equivalent to the original course.   

Major Requirements (Core)

ENGL 3307Professional and Technical Writing3
DENT 4401Research Methods2
DENT 4408Ethical and Legal Principles2
DENT 4421Leadership and Health Policy2
DENT 4422Educational Strategies2
DENT 4424Principles of Interprofessional Practice Management3
DENT 4450Capstone (can be repeated for credit)6
Upper Division Electives16
Experiential Learning Equivalency for BS Degree Completion and Accelerated MSDH Program
Mindfulness in Health Science
Survey of Aging Issues
Interprofessional Systems in Geriatric Management
Effects of Mindfulness Practice
Evidence Based Complementary and Integrative Health
Independent Studies in Dental Hygiene (can be repeated for credit)
Total Credits36

Degree/Program Totals

Program Admission Requirements80-90 (varies)
General Education37
Major Requirements (w/o General Education)36
Upper Division Free Electives0
Free Electives0
Total Credits120
  1. Program admission totals vary depending on the associate degree earned. 

  2. Students who earn a qualifying associate degree will qualify for a general education waiver upon matriculation to ISU.