Professional Entry-Level

In this highly-regarded program, you complete your requirements for a Bachelor of Science degree while gaining hands-on experience in dental hygiene. This is a full-time program, which takes two years to complete as you work through the curriculum in consecutive semesters, including a summer term.

This program is offered on TWU's Denton campus.

Careers & Salaries

Having a bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene provides a variety of career paths, including:

Salary data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Why Dental Hygiene at TWU?

We are one of the few universities in Texas to offer an accredited bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene. In addition to learning from experienced and caring professors, you will gain hands-on experience in our on-site where you will practice evidence-based decision making and critical thinking.

Our program focuses on alternative practice and careers, expanding your career opportunities after graduation. Additionally, you will learn about oral health from a global context.

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TWU stands out because it is affordable and offers a bachelor's degree in dental hygiene. I'm getting a great education that will lead to many career options.

Nicole Holstein, DH Professional Entry-Level Program '18

Program Requirements

This program requires 60 hours, following successful completion of 60 hours of specific core and foundational prerequisites.

You must be immunized against Hepatitis B and hold CPR certification. Proof of immunizations needs to be submitted through Student Health Services. CPR/AED certification that is valid until after graduation must be submitted to the dental hygiene department by the first day of class. Typically, CPR/AED certification is offered during the dental hygiene orientation for students accepted into the program.

As a dental hygiene student, you need to have a C or above on foundational courses to be eligible for the program. You may repeat these classes, if needed.

After acceptance in the program, you will be ineligible to continue if you receive less than a C on any required dental hygiene course, regardless of your overall GPA or GPA in dental hygiene. Dental hygiene classes cannot be repeated.

Full program requirements are listed in the Undergraduate Catalog.

How To Apply

This program has a two-step application process. First, apply to TWU. After acceptance, apply to the dental hygiene program (see application below).

Admission requirements include:

  • A cumulative college GPA of at least 3.0.
  • Knowledge of the role the professional dental hygienist plays in health care and the professional ethics required. (Individual research and study will be considered.)
  • Grades of C or higher in foundational coursework including English Composition I and II, anatomy, physiology, microbiology, nutrition and statistics.

If you meet these admission requirements, your application and documents will be reviewed, and you may be brought in for an interview and to complete an on-campus writing assignment.

Please review the Professional Entry-Level Program Application - 2017 for more information. Please note that hard (paper) copies of your transcript(s) must be submitted to the dental hygiene program office with your dental hygiene professional-entry application.

Note: Selected students join a cohort for the professional-entry program, which starts each fall. For first-round consideration, you must apply to TWU by December 1, and submit your application packet and transcripts by January 10 to the dental hygiene department. Second-round consideration deadlines are February 1 for TWU and January 11 – March 1 for the dental hygiene program. Applicants in the first round have the best chance for selection.

For More Information

Penny Tomlinson
Senior Secretary
Office: OMB 220


TWU’s dental hygiene program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and has been granted the accreditation status of “approval without reporting requirements.” The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611.