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Dental Hygiene (BSDH) Baccalaureate Completion Program

This program provides associate degree dental hygienists from accredited institutions an opportunity to complete a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene (BSDH). Completion of a baccalaureate degree provides you with new and different opportunities to become a successful oral healthcare professional. An important benefit may be broader employment prospects in either traditional and/or non-traditional work settings. Alternative work settings for dental hygienists may include:

  • Educational roles
  • Sales
  • School-based programs;
  • Local, state, or federal health programs
  • Health care related project management
  • Marketing
  • Research

The dental hygiene baccalaureate completion program is designed to meet the professional and educational goals of dental hygienists. Offered primarily on-line, students can participate in advancing their education while maintaining a clinical practice. This program is designed for students attending on a part-time basis. Building upon previous dental hygiene degree, the program focuses on:

  • Expanding dental hygiene knowledge and skills
  • Deepening professional growth in the role as a community minded dental hygienist
  • Expanding your opportunities in the workforce
  • Preparing students who are interested in pursuing Metropolitan State University's master's degree program the Master of Science in Advanced Dental Therapy degree (MSADT)
    • Baccalaureate degree is required for graduate education
    • MSADT prerequisite course is offered in the BSDH degree completion program

Acceptance to the Program

To be eligible for acceptance to the Dental Hygiene Baccalaureate Completion program, students must submit an Undergraduate Program Declaration Form when the following is completed:

  • Official transcript from an accredited dental hygiene program demonstrating successful completion (or letter from program director or dean if within 15 credits of graduation)
  • Official transcripts of all other college and university coursework
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.50 (4.00 scale - calculated from all college coursework)
  • Appropriate documentation of an active dental hygiene license (or letter from program director if within final semester of graduation)

If an applicant's dental hygiene license does not meet Minnesota's dental hygiene requirements, specifically with regard to the administration of local anesthesia and nitrous oxide inhalation sedation, the applicant may be required to complete continuing education courses to meet these requirements depending upon if the student's goals for the program includes a clinical component. A clinical component is not essential to successful BSDH program completion. Students with questions regarding these requirements should contact the dental hygiene program academic advisor or program director.

Program Requirements

The degree requirements for graduation with a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene include:

  • A minimum of 120 semester credits are needed for a MNSCU granted baccalaureate degree. These credits will consist of:
    • Transferable Associate Degree Dental Hygiene coursework
    • Transferable General Education Liberal Studies (GELS) courses
    • Required Metropolitan State University Dental Hygiene Major and GELS courses
  • University wide graduation requirement information can be found here.

Transfer Agreements

Metropolitan State University has articulation agreements with several dental hygiene programs enabling a seamless transfer of general education and dental hygiene credits from a dental hygiene associate degree program to Metropolitan State University's BSDH program.


The majority of courses in the dental hygiene curriculum employ online teaching/learning strategies. Online coursework provides you flexibility and convenience while completing your baccalaureate degree. The following courses are required:

Choose one from the following two courses, the chosen course must be completed prior to enrollment in the Dental Hygiene Capstone course:

DENH 420 Restorative Functions Theory and Lab is the only course in the dental hygiene course major that requires significant on campus attendance for successful completion. This course includes a lab fee.

An optional one credit course, DENH 440 Restorative Functions Clinic, is required for those interested in pursuing Restorative Functions certification by the Minnesota State Board of Dentistry. It is available for student enrollment the semester immediately following successful completion of DENH 420 Restorative Functions Theory and Lab. This optional one credit course requires a contractual agreement with a dentist for completion of the Minnesota Board of Dentistry Restorative Function Clinical requirements.

Clinical Requirements

These requirements apply only to students enrolled in DENH 440, Restorative Functions Clinic, and/or students implementing a clinical component to DENH 430P, Dental Hygiene Capstone.

  • Appropriate documentation of an active dental hygiene license
  • Evidence of current professional liability insurance
  • Documentation of required immunizations
  • Evidence of successful background study
  • Evidence of current CPR certification
  • Evidence of HIPAA training
  • Evidence of current health insurance

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