RDH-to-BSDH

Are you a practicing registered dental hygienist or a current dental hygiene student interested in getting your bachelor’s degree?  This online non-clinical program is for you. Depending on your transfer credits and the number of courses you take each semester, you can earn your degree in a year or two.

Why Dental Hygiene at TWU?

Our online RDH-to-BSDH program offers the flexibility to complete the coursework for your bachelor’s degree as your schedule allows. You also save money, as your previous associate’s degree and/or certified dental hygiene program hours can be applied to your degree program. Plus, you will be earning your degree from one of the few universities in Texas to offer an accredited undergraduate program in dental hygiene.

Our program also allows you to substitute two graduate-level courses for upper division undergraduate classes. If you earn an B or higher in these graduate courses, you can apply them to TWU's master's in health studies program.

Program Requirements

This bachelor’s degree requires 120 hours. However, 90 of these hours can be transfer credits, including 84 lower-division community college credits. Transferred hours can include bachelor’s degree requirements and previous dental hygiene coursework.

At TWU, you will take a minimum of 30 hours, including 18 hours of dental hygiene courses and 12 additional hours of core or elective coursework. You must earn a C or higher in all dental hygiene courses.

You must complete the core curriculum to earn your bachelor’s degree. Core courses can be taken at the same time as the dental hygiene courses, if they aren’t a part of your transfer credits.

Full program requirements are listed in the Undergraduate Catalog.

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Total for BSDH 120
RequiredCredit Hours
Core Curriculum (can be transferred up to the credit hour limit) 42
Entry-Level Dental Hygiene Coursework (transferred) Up to 22
Elective Coursework 20
(12 from TWU)

Upper Division Coursework
(transferred dental and dental hygiene science work completed for the entry-level program)

18
RDH to BSDH Major Required Courses  18 from TWU

Admission Requirements

  • Graduate of an associate’s degree program accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation
  • Licensure as a dental hygienist
  • A cumulative college GPA of at least 3.0 on transferable college work (Students without a 3.0 GPA may be admitted on provisionally)

How To Apply

  1. Apply to TWU as a transfer student.
  2. Once accepted to TWU, apply to the dental hygiene RDH-to-BSDH program The online program application will be available prior to Oct. 15
  3. Mail a copy of your RDH license and copies of all transcripts by the application deadline

Mailing address:

Texas Woman's University
Department of Communication Sciences and Oral Health
Attn: Dental Hygiene RDH-to-BSDH Program
P.O. Box 425737
Denton, TX 76204

Program Application Deadlines*

  • Fall: May 16 - Aug. 1
  • Spring: Oct. 15 - Dec. 15
  • Summer: March 1 - May 15

*You may apply to the university as a transfer student prior to these deadlines.

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

Leslie Koberna, PhD, RDH, BDSH, MPH/HSA
RDH-to-BSDH Advisor
Office: OMB 217
940-898-2889
lkoberna@twu.edu

Accreditation

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.

Page last updated 4:31 PM, September 14, 2018