Dental Education

Dental Education

Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene

Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene

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The Bachelor of Science in dental hygiene requires a total of 120 credit hours, including 59 hours of prerequisite liberal arts courses with a grade point average of at least a 2.5 and 61 credit hours of professional courses.  The prerequisites may not be taken on a pass/fail option and each must show a letter grade of C or better.  Remedial courses cannot be used to fulfill prerequisite requirements.  Once accepted into the dental hygiene program, the student will enroll in courses designed to provide educational and clinical training necessary for the practice of dental hygiene.  Candidates for admission to the program must be high school graduates with a concentration in the sciences or GED equivalent.  High school courses in biology and chemistry are necessary for success in the program.

Applicants must first make application to IU Northwest before applying to the dental hygiene program.  Applicants are required to attend the Dental Hygiene Open House in order to be considered for admission.  The application deadline is February 1 of the year the student wishes to begin the program.  Students are notified of acceptance into the program by April 15.  Admission to the program is competitive and class size is limited.

General Education Courses (59 credit hours)  
  • W131              Reading, Writing, & Inquiry (3)
  • S161               Principles of Sociology (3)
  • C110              The Chemistry of Life (3)
  • S121               Public Speaking (3)
  • A106               Introduction to Computing (3)


  • C106              Introduction to Computers and Their Use (3)
  • P101               Introductory Psychology (3)
  • P130               Human Biology (4)
  • M100              Basic Mathematics (4)
  • P261               Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4)
  • P262               Human Anatomy and Physiology II (4)
  • M200              Microorganism in Nature and Disease (4)
  • B215               Nutrition for Health Professionals (3)
  • W231              Professional Writing (3)
  • P201               Urban Public Health (3)
  • K300               Statistical Techniques (3) (Psychology)

Cultural and Historical Studies Elective (3)

Arts and Humanities Electives (6)

Professional (Dental Hygiene) Education Courses (61 credit hours)  
  • H204              Periodontics (1)
  • H205              Medical and Dental Emergencies (1)
  • H211              Head and Neck Anatomy (2)
  • H214              Oral Anatomy (3)
  • H215              Pharmacology and Therapeutics (2)
  • H217              Preventive Dentistry (2)
  • H218              Fundamentals of Dental Hygiene (4)
  • H219              Clinical Practice I (4)
  • H220              Summer Radiology Clinic (1)
  • H221              Summer Clinical Dental Hygiene Procedures (3)
  • H224              Oral Histology and Embryology (1)
  • H242              Introduction to Dentistry (1)
  • H250              Local Anesthesia and Pain Control (2)
  • H301              Clinical Practice II (5)
  • H302              Clinical Practice III (5)
  • H303              Dental Radiology (2)
  • H304              Oral Pathology (2)
  • H305              Radiology Clinic (1)
  • H306              Radiology Clinic II (1)
  • H307              Radiology Clinic III (1)
  • H308              Dental Materials (2)
  • H311              Dental Health Education (2)
  • H320              Practice Management, Ethics and Jurisprudence (2)
  • H321              Periodontics II (2)
  • H344              Senior Hygiene Seminar (1)
  • H347              Community Dental Hygiene (3)
  • H351              Advanced Clinical Procedures (2)
  • H402              Practicum in Dental Hygiene Education (3)

Program Special Features:

The Dental Hygiene Program at Indiana University Northwest is fully accredited.  Graduates of the program are eligible to take the National Board Examination and upon successful completion, can take the North East Regional Board (NERB) examination.  After successful completion of the NERB examination, the student is eligible for licensure in 15 states.


Accredited by the Commission on Dental accreditation of the American Dental Association, a specialized accreditation body recognized by the Council of Post- Secondary Education and by the United States Department of Education.

Career Options:

Employment opportunities are available in private dental practice (general and specialty), hospitals, educational institutions, business, and federal, state and community clinics.