(Effective Fall 2017)

The Bachelor of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene is an online degree for only licensed dental hygienists who desire to develop skills they can immediately apply to their current jobs and to enhance career mobility and responsibilities. This flexible, online bachelor’s degree major is designed to meet the increasingly complex and diverse schedules of practicing dental hygienists.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Bachelor of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene seek advanced positions in the traditional field of dental hygiene, as well as opportunities in related positions such as dental hygiene educator, legislative aide, health/patient advocate, insurance review specialist, public health hygienist, and health care manager.

Special Admissions Requirements

Dental Hygienists seeking entrance must have (1) obtained a passing score on the Dental Hygiene National Board Examination, (2) graduated from an accredited dental hygiene program, and (3) a current dental hygiene license in any one state. All students entering the major will be treated as transfer students, including students who have graduated with Penn College's associate-degree major.

Remediation Strategies

Students in need of remediation will be advised to take courses before enrolling to remove those deficiencies.

Transfer Procedures

Students must have earned a grade of 'C' or better in courses to be transferred. A maximum of 47 credits in dental hygiene courses may be transferred from an associate degree level curriculum as a block of credits, rather than as individual course credits. In addition, all general education courses that meet College requirements will be eligible for transfer according to College policy. At least 36 credits of the final four semesters of the student's profile must be satisfied by Penn College courses. Courses taken more than 10 years ago will be evaluated to determine if they meet current course requirements.

This major is subject to the transfer standards established by the College. The school dean must approve exceptions. Students desiring transfer into this bachelor-degree major must work closely with an adviser to choose appropriate, transferable courses to be eligible for selection.

International health credentials/licensure, sciences courses, and most math courses will not be accepted to satisfy requirements of this major. Please see additional information for international students applying to the School of Nursing & Health Sciences majors.

Program Goals

A graduate of this major should be able to:
  • develop skills and commit to lifelong learning to maintain competence in an evolving healthcare system
  • apply critical thinking and evidence-based decision making skills in a health care environment
  • effectively communicate in diverse settings utilizing a variety of methods
  • demonstrate an understanding of cultural diversity and the importance of cultural competence
  • expand their role and career opportunities beyond clinical dental hygiene

Performance Standards

No minimum GPA requirements beyond those established within the College’s Academic Probation Policy.


Pre. Program Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
DEN300 Dental Hygiene Credentials Proven by License 44 44 M REQ
First Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
CSC124 Information, Technology, and Society 3 3 S REQ
ENL111 English Composition I 3 3 S REQ
PSY111 General Psychology 3 3 S REQ
BIO115 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4 3 3 S REQ
MMM Math Elective (MTH151 or Higher) 3   S MMM
Second Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
SPC101 Fundamentals of Speech 3 3 S REQ
SSE Social Science Elective 3   S SSE
BIO201 Microbiology 4 3 3 S REQ
BIO125 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4 3 3 S REQ
FIT Fitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1   S FIT
Third Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
DEN301 Issues in Professional Dental Hygiene 3 Writing Enriched Requirement 3 M REQ
DEN307 Dental Practice Management 3 3 M REQ
MGT115 Principles of Management 3 3 S REQ
SSE Social Science Elective 3   S SSE
Fourth Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
HTH325 Health Care Delivery Systems 3 3 M REQ
DEN Directed Dental Hygiene Elective 3   M DEN
DEN303 Dental Public Health 3 3 M REQ
MTH160 Elementary Statistics with Computer Applications 4 3 3 S REQ
Fifth Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
ART Art Elective 3   S ART
HUM Humanities Elective 3   S HUM
ENL121 English Composition II 3 3 S REQ
ENL201 Technical and Professional Communication 3 3 S REQ
DEN447 United States Health Policymaking 3 3 M REQ
Sixth Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
DEN495 Dental Hygiene Capstone 3 3 M REQ
HTH415 Introduction to Global Health 3 Cultural Diversity Requirement &
Science, Technology and Society Requirement
OEA Open Elective 3   S OEA
FIT Fitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1   S FIT