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Dental Hygiene Degree Program
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Program

Ranked #5 Best Health Care Support Jobs of 2021 by U.S. News & World Report

Dental Hygienist Bachelor of Science Degree Program

If you recognize the importance of oral health and enjoy helping others, a career as a dental hygienist could be right for you. Offered at our campus near Minneapolis, Minnesota, you could prepare to join this growing field in 36 months or less, depending on transfer credits through our Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene program.  Are you already a licensed dental hygienist? Our Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene - Bridge program gives you a path from an associate degree to a bachelor’s degree by completing the equivalent of one additional year of advanced curriculum.

With Herzing, you also have a path to earn dental assisting and dental hygiene credentials in 4 years!

Whichever path you choose, as a graduate of Herzing University's dental hygienist program in Minneapolis, you will be prepared to take the National Board Dental Hygiene Exam, Jurisprudence Exam, and the CRDTS Exam, which (upon successful completion) would provide you the opportunity to become a Licensed Dental Hygienist (LDH) in Minnesota. 

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Curriculum

Classes & curriculum details

Dental hygiene graduates will be prepared to sit for the National Board Dental Hygiene Exam, Jurisprudence Exam, and the CRDTS Examination, which (upon successful completion) would provide the graduate the opportunity to become a Licensed Dental Hygienist (LDH).

Are you a licensed dental hygienist? The Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene – Bridge program is open to licensed dental hygienists who have completed a CODA-accredited associate degree in dental hygiene. The goal of the program is to prepare students with the knowledge and higher-level skills to effectively lead, manage, and teach in the dental hygiene profession. The curriculum gives students a path from an associate degree to a bachelor’s degree by completing the equivalent of one additional year of advanced curriculum. Students can choose to complete a practicum in dental hygiene education or clinical practice management.

ProgramMonthsiCredits
Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene36120
Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene - Bridge12120

i. Average number of months for students to complete program

Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene

Required Courses in Dental Hygiene

All courses, 69.00 semester credit hours, are required.

Elective Courses in Dental Hygiene

3.00 semester credit hours are required.

Required Courses in Programmatic Support

All courses, 16.00 semester credit hours, are required.

Required Courses in General Education

Students enrolled in this bachelor's degree must complete a minimum of 36.00 semester credit hours in general education distributed among the following disciplines. Refer to the General Education section of the catalog for specific information about courses within each discipline. 12.00 Semester Credit Hours in Communications 6.00 Semester Credit Hours in Humanities (must include 3 semester credit hours of cultural diversity) 6.00 Semester Credit Hours in Mathematics 6.00 Semester Credit Hours in Science* 6.00 Semester Credit Hours in Social and Behavioral Sciences *This requirement is being met by the programmatic science course requirements. 

Personal and Professional Development Courses

2.00 semester credit hours are required.

Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene - Bridge

Required Courses in Dental Hygiene

All courses, 15.00 semester credit hours, are required.

Elective Courses in Dental Hygiene

3.00 semester credit hours are required.

Required Courses in Programmatic Support

13.00 semester credit hours are required.

Required Courses in General Education

Students enrolled in this bachelor's degree program must complete the following 12 semester credit hours.

Requirements

Dental Hygiene bachelor's program enrollment requirements

Prerequisites to enroll in the Herzing University Dental Hygiene program include:

  • Completion of a high school diploma, GED or equivalent
  • Meet and interview with a Herzing University admissions advisor
  • Complete an enrollment application

Please contact admissions for more information.

Careers

A minimum of an associate degree in dental hygiene is generally required for practice in a private dental office. A bachelor's or master's degree usually is required for research, teaching, or clinical practice in public or school health programs. 

Dental hygienists remove soft and hard deposits from teeth, teach patients how to practice good oral hygiene, and provide other preventive dental care. They examine patients’ teeth and gums, recording the presence of diseases or abnormalities and provide periodontal scaling and root planning. Hygienists may prepare clinical and laboratory diagnostic tests for the dentist to interpret. Hygienists sometimes work chair side with the dentist during treatment. 

Where do they work?

Dental hygienists work in a variety of settings including private practices, group practices, and community clinics. Flexible scheduling is a distinctive feature of this job. Full-time, part-time, evening, and weekend schedules are widely available. Dentists frequently hire hygienists to work only 2 or 3 days a week, so hygienists may hold jobs in more than one dental office. More than half of all dental hygienists worked part-time – less than 35 hours a week. 

What is the job outlook?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, it ranks among the fastest growing occupations. The demand for dental services will grow because of population growth, older people increasingly retaining more teeth, and a growing focus on preventative dental care. To meet this demand, facilities that provide dental care, particularly dentists’ offices, will increasingly employ dental hygienists to perform services that have been performed by dentists in the past.

What certification/licensure does this program prepare you for?

Dental hygienists must be licensed by the state in which they practice. Nearly all states require candidates to graduate from an accredited dental hygienist school and pass both a written and clinical examination. The American Dental Association’s Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations administers the written examination, which is accepted by all states and the District of Columbia. State or regional testing agencies administer the clinical examination. In addition, most states require an examination on the legal aspects of dental hygiene practice. Alabama is the only state that allows candidates to take its examinations if they have been trained through a state-regulated on-the-job program in a dental office.

Accreditation

Accreditation & Disclosure

Herzing University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org), an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

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Campus Student

Come visit our campus in Minneapolis, Minnesota to learn more about Herzing’s Dental Hygienist program and how we can help you reach your career goals.

Minneapolis Campus

435 Ford Road
St. Louis Park, Minnesota 55426

 (612) 360-2484

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