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2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Dental Hygiene Major, B.S.D.H., Online Completion Degree

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Department Information

Department of Allied Health Sciences
PO Box 70690
Phone: (423) 439-7888
Lamb Hall 482
Web address: https://www.etsu.edu/crhs/allied-health/bsdh/

The Online BS Degree Completion program in Dental Hygiene is limited to licensed dental hygienists who hold an Associate degree in dental hygiene from an accredited US or Canadian dental hygiene program. All prospective students must make application to the program and the university. This completion degree program is designed to build on the dental hygienist’s prior education and experiential learning and its flexibility and online format allows the working hygienist to complete a BS degree at their own pace. All course requirements for this program are online. All students are required to attend an online program orientation. There are no grade point requirements other than adhering to the program retention-progression policy.

Additional Program Information

Students will be granted 45-46 lower division transfer credits for their Associate degree work in Dental Hygiene. Upon completion of DHYG 3100 , students are granted 16 upper division transfer credits for the following courses in Dental Hygiene: DHYG 3031, 3120, 4000, 4021, and 4121.

ETSU requires each student to have at least 30 credits of instruction at ETSU. These credits will be completed through the required 17-18 credits in the Online Dental Hygiene Program, courses needed to complete the General Education and graduation requirements, electives, and/or students can inquire about adding a minor.

In addition to the completion of the required Dental Hygiene courses and General Education Requirements, students must meet the University’s 50 hour rule. B.S. degrees require at least 50 credits at a 4-year institution.

Retention - Progression Policy: Dental Hygiene students will be allowed to progress in the dental hygiene curriculum as all dental hygiene courses and basic science courses (Anatomy and Physiology, Microbiology, and Chemistry) are completed with a grade of C- or better. Progression status will be evaluated at the close of each semester. Students receiving less than a C- in any of the classes listed above will be placed on probation. A student on probation who receives a second grade of less than C- in one of the classes listed above will not be permitted to progress in the dental hygiene curriculum. Students earning a failing grade in any dental hygiene course will be reviewed by the faculty to determine feasibility of progression. Following the faculty review of student performance, an individual plan for curriculum completion will be presented for consideration for any student affected.

Degree Requirements: 120 credits

General Education 41-42 credits
Major Total Requirements 78-79 credits
     Core Requirements    (17-18 credits)
     Lower Division Transfer    (45-46 credits)
     Upper Division Transfer    (16 credits)
TOTAL 120 credits

General Education Requirements   

These requirements include earning 41-42 credits in Communication, Humanities and Fine Arts, Social and Behavior Sciences, History, Natural Sciences and Mathematics categories.

Total Requirements for Dental Hygiene Major: 78-79 credits

Lower Division Transfer: 45-46 credits

  • Students will be granted 45-46 lower division transfer credits for their Associate degree work in Dental Hygiene.

No Minor Required

Additional Information

Click here to view Degree and Graduation Requirements  for all ETSU students.

CSCI 1100  or Proficiency exam: Must be completed to meet Bachelor’s Degree Requirements. 

Most minors range from 18-24 credits. Those few minors with more than 24 credits may affect the number of free electives allowed.

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