Sep 28, 2021  
2013-2014 Undergradate & Graduate Bulletin 
2013-2014 Undergradate & Graduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED PUBLICATION]

Dental Hygiene Major, B.S.

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The dental hygiene program at the University of Southern Indiana is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association, a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The address of the Commission on Dental Accreditation is American Dental Association, 211 East Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60611-2678, phone 800/621-8099.

Prerequisite Courses

 Within the University Core Curriculum categories, Dental Hygiene students must select the following courses:

Dental Hygiene Curriculum

In addition to coursework from the University Core Curriculum, the Dental Hygiene major requires:

  • 14 hours of pre-requisite coursework (HP 115 , BIOL 272 , HP 302 , HP 225 , HP 356 )
  • 63 hours of dental hygiene coursework (taken during third and fourth years)

A sample year-by-year curriculum is listed here.

First Year

Second Year

Third Year

Fourth Year

Degree Completion Option for Associate Degree Dental Hygienists

A bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene is available to dental hygienists who have earned an associate degree in dental hygiene. Applicants for this degree will be considered on the basis of a review of the individual’s records and transcripts. The applicant must hold a current license to practice dental hygiene from any U. S. state, be certified in CPR for healthcare providers, submit medical and immunization records, and complete a criminal background check and drug testing.


Following are course requirements for the bachelor’s degree completion option:

  • completion of an associate degree in dental hygiene;
  • completion of the University Core Curriculum;
  • completion of all University requirements for a bachelor's degree; and:

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