Dual-Enrollment Dental Hygiene

Earn your Bachelor of Science degree in dental hygiene while earning your Associate of Applied Science degree through this unique dual-enrollment program offered at TWU.

Why Dental Hygiene at TWU?

TWU’s courses are taught online, giving you the flexibility to earn your degree close to home. Plus, you will get your degree from one of the few universities in Texas to offer an accredited undergraduate program in dental hygiene.

Program Requirements

This bachelor’s degree requires a minimum of 120 hours total with a minimum 30 coursework hours at TWU. You must also complete upper-division hours. Some of the dental hygiene courses taken through your AAS program may count toward the 36 required hours of upper-division coursework.

Check out the partnering school curriculum agreements for more details:

If you attend a non-partnering school, your curriculum and course sequencing will be evaluated individually. Other community college agreements are in process. Check back for updates.

TWU is no longer accepting applications for this program from Tyler Junior College.

Admission Requirements

If you attend a partnering school

Coordination between TWU and these partnering schools—Collin College, Temple College, Lone Star College and El Paso Community College—allow you to earn an AAS and a BS in about the same amount of time it would take to earn just one. To be accepted into and remain in the dual-enrollment program, you must meet these requirements:

  • Be accepted into a partnering college's dental hygiene program 
  • Earn grades of C or better in all dental hygiene courses
  • Complete English Composition I and II with a grade of C or higher (required prior to entry into the dual-enrollment program at TWU)

You must finish your associate's degree dental hygiene program. If you don't, you will not be allowed to continue in the Dual-Enrollment program.

We recommend you complete introductory statistics and your U.S. government core curriculum course prior to starting the dual-enrollment program as these courses are prerequisites for Applied Evidence-Based Research (DH 4713) and Oral Health Worldview (DH4533), respectively.

If you attend a non-partnering school

If you are in the dual-enrollment program with a non-partnering school, you should be able to graduate with your BS degree from TWU within one year after graduating with your associate's degree. To be accepted into and remain in the dual-enrollment program, you must meet these requirements:

  • Be accepted into an associate's degree dental hygiene program accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation
  • Have completed at least 2 semesters of dental hygiene coursework before starting the dual-enrollment program (Apply while in the 2nd semester of your AAS program or later)
  • Earn grades of C or better in all dental hygiene courses. Updated transcripts need to be submitted to TWU at the end of the semester.
  • Have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0
  • Submit a letter of recommendation from the dental hygiene program director of the school you are currently attending
  • Complete English Composition I and II with a grade of C or higher (required prior to entry into the dual-enrollment program at TWU)

We recommend you complete introductory statistics and your U.S. government core curriculum course prior to starting the dual-enrollment program as these courses are prerequisites for Applied Evidence-Based Research (DH 4713) and Oral Health Worldview (DH4533), respectively.

How to Apply

This program has a two-step application process.

  1. Apply to TWU as a transfer student and select "Dental Hygiene" as your major. You will need to mail official paper transcripts from all colleges you have attended to TWU Admissions Processing to ensure your transcript is noted as "core complete." (Electronic transcripts often are not marked as "core complete.")
  2. Once accepted to TWU, apply to the TWU Dual-Enrollment Dental Hygiene Program. The online program application will be available by Nov. 15.

Application Deadlines

  • Fall: May 16 - Aug. 1
  • Spring: Nov. 15 - Jan. 15
  • Summer: March 1 - May 15

For More Information

Penny Tomlinson
Admissions Coordinator
Office: MCL 821
940-898-2042
ptomlinson@twu.edu

David Infante
Academic Advisor
Office: MCL 823
940-898-2021
dinfante@twu.edu

Amy Teague, RDH, MS
Dual-Enrollment Coordinator
Office: OMB 220B
940-898-2874
ateague@twu.edu

Page last updated 2:58 PM, September 14, 2018