BS in Dental Hygiene - Entry Level Program

The baccalaureate entry level program in dental hygiene provides students with knowledge of the social, dental and clinical sciences and competencies needed by the dental hygienist in contributing to the attainment of optimum oral health for individuals through the life span. The graduate is prepared for beginning positions in dental hygiene and for further study at the graduate level.

Students are admitted to the program in the junior year after completing the prerequisite courses and general education requirements. Upon completion of the degree, students are eligible to take the appropriate examinations for licensure as dental hygienists. The Wichita State University dental hygiene program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation.

Preprofessional Curriculum

Students applying for admission to the entry level baccalaureate program must have completed the prerequisite courses and general education requirements. Students should consider taking 15 credit hours per semester or attending summer school.

Foundation Courses
ENGL 101College English I3
ENGL 102College English II3
MATH 111College Algebra3
or MATH 112 Precalculus Mathematics
COMM 111Public Speaking3
Humanities and Fine Arts
Fine Arts3
Gen. Ed. Intro. course3
Gen. Ed. Intro. course3
Advanced Further Study/I&P3
Social and Behavioral Sciences
PSY 111General Psychology3
SOC 111Introduction to Sociology3
Advanced Further Study/I&P3
Natural Sciences and Mathematics
CHEM 103Introductory Chemistry5
BIOL 220Introduction to Microbiology4
Advanced Further Study/I&P3
Other Prerequisites
BIOL 223Human Anatomy and Physiology5
or HS 290 Foundational Human Anatomy and Physiology
HS 301Clinical Pharmacology3
HS 331Principles of Dietetics & Nutrition3
HP 203Medical Terminology2-3
or HP 303 Medical Terminology
PC 105Introduction to Computers and Applications3
Elective 3
Total Credit Hours64-65

Admission to the Entry Level Baccalaureate Degree

Persons interested in the dental hygiene program should direct their inquiries to:

Department of Dental Hygiene
Wichita State University
Wichita, Kansas 67260-0144

Acceptance into the College of Health Professions does not guarantee admission into the dental hygiene program. To qualify for admission to the dental hygiene program students must:

  1. Be enrolled in, or admitted to, WSU;
  2. Have completed, or have plans to complete, the prerequisite requirements the spring semester before beginning the program;
  3. Have an overall grade point average of at least 2.750 in all courses completed and no grade lower than a grade that generates 2.000 credit points per credit hour in any of the specified required courses; and
  4. Submit application materials by the established deadline.

Professional Curriculum

The following courses in the dental hygiene program are required for the entry level Bachelor of Science in dental hygiene. A total of 124 hours of university credit is required for graduation.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Credit Hours
DH 311 Preclinical Dental Hygiene 5
DH 317 Clinical Radiology 4
DH 318 Oral Anatomy, Histology & Embryology 3
DH 319 Dental Materials 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester 2
DH 314 Introduction to Periodontics 3
DH 331 Dental Hygiene Concepts I 3
DH 332 Dental Hygiene Clinic I 3
DH 334 Introduction to Evidence-Based Practice 2
DH 335 General and Oral Pathology 3
HS 315 Head and Neck Anatomy 2
 Credit Hours16
Semester 3
DH 333 Dental Hygiene Clinic II 2
 Credit Hours2
Semester 4
DH 410 Community Oral Health Management I 3
DH 416 Pain Management 2
DH 431 Dental Hygiene Concepts II 3
DH 434 Dental Hygiene Clinic III 4
 Credit Hours12
Semester 5
DH 407 Ethics and Jurisprudence 3
DH 432 Dental Hygiene Concepts III 2
DH 435 Dental Hygiene Clinic IV 4
DH 440 Community Oral Health Management II 3
DH 451 Issues in Dental Hygiene 2
 Credit Hours14
 Total Credit Hours59

Applied Learning

Students in the entry-level Bachelor of Science in dental hygiene program are required to complete an applied learning experience to graduate from the program. The requirement can be met by completing a series of clinical courses with DH 435 Dental Hygiene Clinic IV being the final clinical course of their curriculum. Students use knowledge and skills from courses across the curriculum to assess, plan, implement and evaluate dental hygiene care for their patients. Students must demonstrate competency in their clinical skills for a variety of patients through supervised clinical evaluations.

Special Requirements

Students are required to purchase uniforms and instruments needed during clinical learning experiences. Students also are required to purchase professional liability insurance and personal health insurance on an annual basis. In addition, students are required to provide their own transportation to and from the health care agencies used for clinical experiences.

Students must successfully complete a background check prior to beginning any dental hygiene course.

Information related to special requirements is available to students at:

Department of Dental Hygiene
Wichita State University
1845 Fairmount
Wichita, Kansas 67260-0144