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COVID-19 Statement for Dental Hygiene Students

For students, parents, and patients concerned about WKU Program of Dental Hygiene Labs and Clinical Treatment during the COVID-19 outbreak:

This situation is changing daily with recommendations from various government entities leading to this current general plan for the moment.

The Program of Dental Hygiene wants to assure you that the safety of our students and patients is a priority in this current changing environment. 

Illness: Faculty, students, and staff who are ill or have any symptoms of any type of illness (flu, cold or COVID-19) symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath) need to stay home and avoid contact with others.

Students/patients who have questions or concerns about the current situation can contact The WKU Program of Dental Hygiene general phone number at 270-745-2427 and/or clinical phone number 270-745-2426.  Staff can answer questions or direct this information to faculty who can assist.  


Welcome to the Program of Dental Hygiene

Associate of Science and Bachelor of Science Degree Programs

The Program's core-curriculum is a two-year commitment that begins in the fall semester only.  Acceptance is limited to 28 students per year.

Once accepted into the Program, students must maintain an average of "C" or better in each Dental Hygiene course.  In accordance with Western Kentucky University Policy, an overall grade point average of 2.0 or better must be attained upon completion of the required curriculum. 

Degree Tracks

  • Associate in Science (226)
  • Bachelor in Science (524)
  • Bachelor in Science with Emphasis in Clinical Teaching (524)

Admissions Criteria

Please note the due dates for application materials:

December 1 Program of Dental Hygiene application,  Western Kentucky University application, current transcripts of non WKU students submitted to Western Kentucky University, and ACT/SAT scores

January 10: signed job shadowing form stating 15 hours of observation and all updated official college transcripts from previous fall semester if applicable

For more information visit the Application Checklist.

Admissions Rubric

Dental Hygiene Application Fall 2023

Job Shadowing Form Fall 2023

Estimated Program Cost 2022-2023

Our History

The Program of Dental Hygiene at WKU was established in August 1970.  During the Fall of 1987, the University approved the recommendation to offer the bachelor of science in Dental Hygiene degree, in addition the associate degree.  There are now four undergraduate degree tracks in Dental Hygiene.  The Program is accredited by the Council of Dental Education/Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association.  

Visit the University Archives Online

View composites of our graduates since 1970.

WKU Dental Hygiene Bloodborne Pathogen Policy

View the bloodborne pathogen policy implemented by the WKU Program of Dental Hygiene.

 Contact the WKU Program of Dental Hygiene
270.745.2427 | allied.health@wku.edu
Academic Complex, room 236G
Program of Dental Hygiene
1906 College Heights Blvd.
Bowling Green, KY 42101

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 Last Modified 9/8/22