- Program Prerequisite: Completion of the prerequisite courses listed under the Admission Requirements below.
- Grade Requirements: Prerequisite course work must meet a standard of 2.5 GPA. All courses required for the major must be successfully completed with a grade of “C” or better (a “C-” grade is not acceptable).
- Credit Hour Requirements: A total of 44 credit hours of dental science course work is required for the associate’s degree. Additionally, 35 hours of prerequisites are necessary. Students must also complete nine additional hours to meet WSU requirements for the Associate of Science Degree. Total credit hour requirements equal 88 hours.
Prospective students are advised by the advisement counselors in the Dr. Ezekiel R. Dumke College of Health Professions Advisement office. The number of this office is: 1-800-350-7042 (in Utah) out-of-state 1-801-626-7136 or 626-6128. The Dr. Ezekiel R. Dumke College of Health Professions Advisement Office will mail out brochures and applications upon request. Individual counseling appointments can be made for direct assistance. (Also refer to the Department Advisor Referral List.)
Students must apply to and be accepted into the program to be admitted into any of the courses required for a degree in Dental Hygiene. The science prerequisite courses are listed below and must be completed with a minimum GPA of 2.5 prior to being admitted into the program. These basic science courses must have been taken within five years of the date of anticipated enrollment in the Dental Hygiene Program.
The Biomedical Core (HTHS 1110 and HTHS 1111) may be substituted for the four courses listed above. This core will award 4 credit hours to the General Education requirement of Life and Physical Sciences. Three more credit hours of approved Physical Science are needed to complete this category of the general education requirements.
Other prerequisite courses include
Applicants to the program must complete a specific application form to be considered for admission into the dental hygiene program. This application package can be obtained from the Advisement Office in the Dr. Ezekiel R. Dumke College of Health Professions (1-800-350-7042 in Utah). The application package will call for current transcripts and verification of previous health-related work experience. The application deadline for Fall Semester enrollment is February 1st of each year. A $25.00 application fee must be paid at the time the application is submitted.
Refer to Degree and General Education Requirements for Associate of Science requirements. The majority of general education requirements for the AS degree are taken as prerequisites to the program. However, students must complete all Associate of Science general education requirements to earn the degree in Dental Hygiene.