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Dental Hygiene
Bridge Program
Go from AS to BS Online

12 Mo.

Program length


Online

Format

120

Credits


$446

Cost Per Credit

Bridge to a bachelor’s in dental hygiene in as little as 1 year

AccreditationAccredited by the Higher Learning Commission
Transfer creditUp to 90 approved credits
FormatOffered online through our campus in Minneapolis, Minnesota; students must be a resident of Minnesota
EligibilityBuilt for licensed dental hygienists who hold a CODA accredited associate degree in dental hygiene
Waived enrollment fee Classes start January 9th
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Advance your dental hygienist career to the next level

Utilize all your education and experience as a licensed dental hygienist to quickly earn a bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene and prepare for entry-level leadership positions.

This 12-month bridge program, available through our Minneapolis campus, provides current dental hygienists who hold an associate degree the higher-level skills to lead, manage, and teach in the dental hygiene profession.

Our goal is to expand your expertise to qualify for the jobs you really want. After completing this bridge program, you should be able to:

  • Articulate the code of ethics including adherence to regulatory structure within dental hygiene.
  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively and convey aspects of culturally competent, inter-professional health care to individuals and groups from diverse populations.
  • Demonstrate the ability to define and articulate organizational, operational, ethical, legal, and managerial issues impacting the field of dental hygiene.
  • Investigate the on-going evolution of the dental hygiene profession.
  • Demonstrate the ability to perform self-assessment for life-long learning and professional growth.

Take the next big step forward in your dental career with Herzing University. We exist to make your unique, fulfilling career path possible.

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Available at the Minneapolis campus only

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Curriculum

Dental Hygiene bridge program classes & curriculum details

The Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene – Bridge program is open to licensed dental hygienists who have completed an associate degree in dental hygiene from a CODA accredited program. Students must be a Minnesota resident and maintain Minnesota residency throughout the program.

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.

Both required dental hygiene courses and general education courses are delivered online.

ProgramMonthsiCredits
Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene - Bridge12120

i. Average number of months for students to complete program

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.

Tuition & Cost

Tuition & Cost

When you accept the 10% tuition discount from our Financial Commitment Scholarship, the cost of tuition for the Dental Hygiene Bridge program is $446 per credit.1

You can potentially earn even greater savings by transferring credit from prior college coursework, applying for financial aid, or potential partnership opportunities through your employer.

Our goal is your career advancement. That’s why we are always working to improve our curriculum and processes to make our program as affordable as possible while preparing you best for success in your work.

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 Scholarships & Financial Aid

You may be eligible for multiple scholarships and grants, both through Herzing University and several national scholarship websites.

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 Military/Veteran Discounts

Veterans, Active Duty U.S. Servicemembers, and spouses may qualify for a 10% tuition discount or tuition reduction to $250 per credit.

VA/Military benefits 

i. Financial Commitment Scholarship eligibility requirements: Recommended that students limit student loan borrowing to only what is needed to cover the cost of tuition and fees. Students may borrow up to $2,000 in student loans in excess of tuition and fees to cover their cost of attendance and retain eligibility for this scholarship. Excess loan eligibility dependent on individual student situation.

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.

Waived Enrollment Fee

Now Through December 31st

Your career success is possible.

It's never too late to better yourself, earn an education, and find the career path you've always wanted to walk. We exist to help you get there.

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Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene - Bridge Degree Programs

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The goal of the dental hygiene program is to prepare students with the knowledge and skills required to manage and maintain a dental clinic, effectively instruct dental hygiene students, and build upon previous learned education in dental hygiene. This program prepares students with the necessary skills and academic knowledge for entry-level leadership opportunities with an emphasis on dental hygiene. It is structured as a "three-plus-one" degree where students who have already completed a typically lengthy associate degree in dental hygiene (in the range of 90 semester credit hours) can top off that degree with an advanced curriculum. Combined, this gives the graduate both the technical grounding in a dental hygiene program (from earlier training in dental hygiene from their associate-level studies) and the higher-level skills to effectively lead, manage, and teach in the dental hygiene profession.

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Come visit our campus in Minneapolis, Minnesota to learn more about Herzing’s Dental Hygienist Bridge 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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Accreditation

Accreditation & Disclosure

Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene-Bridge: The Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) does not accredit stand-alone degree-completion (bridge) programs such as the Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene-Bridge. The bridge program is available only to students who have already graduated from a CODA-accredited dental hygiene program with an associate degree and hold an active license, as well as being in good standing as a dental hygienist. Students must be a Minnesota resident and maintain Minnesota residency throughout the program. (Students are advised to consult with employers of preference as to the importance of accreditation on their hiring decisions.)

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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The program has an automatic transfer of credits, and allows you to transfer up to additional credits.

  Transfer Credits

The program allows you to transfer up to credits.

  Transfer Credits

The program allows you to transfer up to credit hours.

  Transfer Credit Hours
Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene - Bridge Minneapolis Campus
Tuition
Cost per Credit$495.00
Base Tuition$21,285.00
Savings from Transfer Credits (13 x $495.00 )(-$6,435.00)
Estimated Tuition Cost*$14,850.00
Fees
One-time Program Fee$0.00
Per-semester Program Fee$0.00
Per-semester Learner Resource Fee$490.00
Estimated Total Fee*$1,470.00
Total Semesters 1
RequiredNeeded
33
Credits
RequiredTransferNeeded
1209030
Estimated Cost 2
Base CostYour Cost
$22,755.00$16,320.00
Estimated Savings*
$6,435.00

Available Scholarships

Who Can Apply

Recipients and the amounts of the scholarships vary.

Requirements

Scholarship recipients, amounts, and terms and conditions are determined by Herzing University and its donors and are subject to change. An endowment is an amount of money (fund) that is given to the University with a stipulation that the funds are invested to earn annual interest rather than spent immediately. Students and alumni can learn more through the following channels: email give@herzing.edu, call (262) 735-6189, or visit https://www.herzing.edu/make-donation-herzing-university.

Who Can Apply

Any student in a degree-seeking program that makes on-time, out of pocket payments toward tuition and fee expenses.

Requirements

The amount of the payments made that exceed the amount of excess loan funding received will be used to calculate total award. Eligible students must make on-time payments, according to a predetermined payment plan. Restrictions may vary.

  • Matching percentage is based on student’s EFC at the time of application.
  • Student’s with a Pell eligible EFC will receive a 100% match
  • Students will non-Pell eligible EFC will receive 50% match
  • Students who do no complete the FAFSA will automatically qualify for the 50% match.
Who Can Apply

Available to applicants in any program that demonstrate a financial need, who are unable to cover cost of attendance with alternative resources

Requirements

Must show financial need and are unable to cover cost of attendance with alternative resources

Who Can Apply

Available to undergraduate students enrolled in an Associates or Bachelor’s degree that are on the Dean’s or President’s list

Requirements

Eligible Applicants must:

  1. Submit an application by the required deadline for applicable semester answering the following questions in paragraph form/essay format, bulleted outline, video submission, or other creative means.
    • What are your proudest achievements during this semester? (Examples: community service, campus involvement, family life, charity work, major improvement to grades, etc.)
    • What obstacles did you have to overcome to achieve your academic success this semester?
  2. Not have received any HU Strive Scholarship in any enrollment. If an applicant is not selected during a semester, they may reapply by submitting a new application in subsequent semesters for as long as they remain on the Dean’s or President’s list

The application must be submitted through Canvas by the end of the A Term immediately following the semester when the Dean’s or President’s list was earned.

Who Can Apply

Available to Herzing graduates who have re-enrolled in a higher-level degree

Requirements

Alumni may qualify as many times as they re-enroll in a higher-level degree

Who Can Apply

Employees of a business participating in the Herzing Partnerships Program

Requirements
  • Documentation showing proof of employment is required
  • Recipients must be packaged at direct cost (receiving financial aid for tuition and fees only)
Who Can Apply

Herzing is excited to award this scholarship during the season on giving. This scholarship is available to new, current, or re-enrolled student applicants.

Requirements

Must maintain continuous enrollment and submit online form. Recipients are chosen at random. For more information, please contact your Financial Advisor.


Questions?

Reach out to a member of the Financial Aid team at the Minneapolis campus:

Heather A. Boes
Director of Financial Aid
(763) 231-3160
hboes@herzing.edu

Shana Harrison
Senior Financial Aid Advisor
(763) 231-3177
shharrison@herzing.edu

Clayton Groth
Senior Financial Aid Advisor
(608) 395-3413
cgroth@herzing.edu

1 

Actual semesters to complete are dependent upon university approved transfer credits and program mapping.

2 

Estimated program length, estimated number of semesters, and estimated program shown above are standard by program for each student based on: a student taking a full-time course load each semester, the student not having any transfer credits (from previous Herzing experiences or from other post-secondary institutions), and successful completion of each course.

Current tuition rates for Nursing programs are effective through the Summer 2022 semester, and tuition rates for all non-Nursing programs are effective through the Fall 2022 semester.