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Why ODU for Dental Hygiene?

Helping others improve their health is a great reason to go into dentistry. And with the country's recent changes to health care, the need for dentists is higher than ever.

We'll prepare you to be a leader in this rewarding, growing field. ODU's unique approach also gives you the choice to tailor your degree to other growing career fields. These could include education, administration/management, research, marketing or community health.

Looking for the BSDH to MS accelerated option? Please visit the Dental Hygiene (BSDH) page.

* Note: This program is not available in the state of Washington.

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Top Online Bachelor's in Dental Hygiene, 2019 - GuidetoOnlineSchools.com

Required Courses

  • 34 credit hours (37 for non-thesis)

You will be able to choose courses in an area of specialization and electives. The total credits required depends on whether you choose the thesis or non-thesis option. A practicum or internship is also required.

Online Learning Environment

Access course materials online from any location. Many classes don't have a scheduled meeting time, so you can fit class into your personal schedule. The instructor may schedule assignments and exams at specific times. This program also requires a practicum/internship. All courses follow ODU's regular academic calendar.

Careers in Dental Hygiene

Our graduates aren't limited to a career in a clinical setting. Dental hygiene professionals may also find exciting career paths in:

  • Global health
  • Public and community health
  • Research
  • Modeling and simulation
  • Marketing
  • Administration and management

Calculating Cost

  • In-state Virginia Residents$523 per credit hour*
  • Out-of-state Students$568 per credit hour

Rates are effective Summer 2018 and subject to change.
* In-state rate assumes residency requirements are met.

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How to Apply

You must have a Bachelor's degree in dental hygiene or a related field for consideration. In the latter case, you must also have an accredited certificate or associate's degree in dental hygiene. For detailed guidelines, please visit the School of Dental Hygiene website.

Non-international applicants must also submit their scores from the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination. 

If you're an international student interested in taking this program online, please contact the ODU International Admission Office.

Want to get started now?

You may be able to take up to four courses (12 credit hours) as a non-degree graduate student, before you are accepted into a specific degree program. 

Please contact us to discuss this option with an expert advisor.

Meet your Team

You'll have a dedicated academic advisor for this program. Contact us if you have questions about admission requirements, transferring credits, or application deadlines.