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Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene

Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene: Completion Degree

Dental hygiene is a profession undergoing change. The impact of technology, consumer needs and expectations, societal changes and the complexity of total oral health care demand highly skilled, well-educated dental hygienists. WKU’s flexible Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene (BSDH) online completion degree allows you to earn your BSDH degree in as little as 15 months or at your own pace.

The dental hygiene program at WKU is fully accredited by the Council of Dental Education/Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association. The program has continually refined and expanded its efforts to improve the quality of dental hygiene practice through its graduates.

The online completion degree was designed for students holding an associate degree in an accredited dental hygiene program. The baccalaureate program provides a solid foundation for future personal and professional growth of individuals, preparing graduates to assume responsibility for teaching, research, and leadership.

Those interested in pursuing the bachelor completion in dental hygiene must be a graduate or a future graduate of a dental hygiene program that is accredited through the American Dental Association’s Commission on Dental Accreditation and hold a current license in dental hygiene.

The minimum requirements for acceptance are as follows:

  • Application and Fee
  • Official copy of Transcript(s) if applicable
  • ACT or SAT scores if applicable

When completing the WKU Domestic and International Undergraduate Application, under Planned Course of Study Section, Choose:

  • Category of Study >>> Bachelor's Degree
  • Planned Course of Study >>> Dental Hygiene - Seeking Admission
  • Primary Location >>> Web (online only)

Helpful Tips to Complete the Admission Application

Completion of the following prerequisites including BIOL 131, BIOL 207/208, ENG 100, and PSY/PSYS 100 with a grade of "C" or higher is needed before program admission.  The minimum GPA required to apply to the program is 2.8 and a grade of "C" or higher in each prerequisite course is required.

Review the BSDH program checklist for required courses. 

Note: Students transferring into WKU from KCTCS for the degree completion program are required to complete a minimum of 30 upper division level hours to earn a WKU degree.

Once you have completed the admission steps and have confirmation of acceptance to WKU, then contact the Program of Dental Hygiene.  An advisor will be assigned to you, and will assist you in creating an individualized plan of study. Send request to dhonline@wku.edu.

For more information on the Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene contact:


Program Advisor:  Wendi Hulsey, RDH, MDH 
Phone:  (270) 745-2212 

Program Director:

Dr. Joseph Evans
Phone: (270) 745-2427
Email: joseph.evans@wku.edu 

You may qualify for up to $4,000 in scholarships!

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 Last Modified 7/21/20