Indiana University Northwest
Dental Education

Dental Education

Associate of Science in Dental Hygiene

Associate of Science in Dental Hygiene

The Associate of Science degree in Dental Hygiene requires 36 credit hours of prescribed liberal arts courses.  The 36 credit hours may be taken at any accredited college or university.

A total of 36 credit hours must be completed with required courses including:

  • W131 – English Composition (3 credits)
  • C101 – Elementary Chemistry (3 credits)
  • C121 – Elementary Chemistry Laboratory (2 credits)
  • P101 – Introductory Psychology (3 credits)
  • S161 – Principles of Sociology (3 credits)
  • S121 – Public Speaking (3 credits)
  • A106 – Introduction to Computing (3 credits) or C106 – Introduction to Computers and Their Use (3 credits)
  • P261 – Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4 credits)
  • P262 – Human Anatomy and Physiology II ( 4 credits)
  • M200 – Microorganism in Nature and Disease (4 credits) (prerequisite Fall 2008)
  • P130 – Human Biology (4 credits)

The courses may NOT be taken on a pass/fail option.  Courses taken at other institutions must be approved for credit transfer by the Indiana University Northwest Admission Office, (219) 980-6821.

All prerequisite courses must show a grade of C or above to be accepted as credit by Indiana University Northwest Dental Hygiene Program.  Remedial courses cannot be used to fulfill prerequisite requirements.

After acceptance into the Dental Hygiene Program, the student attends two years (five semesters) of professional courses designed to provide the educational and clinical training necessary for the practice of dental hygiene.

Program Special Features:

The Dental Hygiene Program at Indiana University Northwest is fully accredited.  Graduates of the program are eligible to take the National Board Examination, North East Regional Board Examination and the Indiana State Board Examination.

Graduates of the Associate of Science in Dental Hygiene can pursue a Baccalaureate Degree in General Studies through the Division of Continuing Studies, Bachelor of Science in Health Services Management through the Division of Public and Environmental Affairs and Political Sciences, Baccalaureate Degree in Health Occupational Education through IUPUI or Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene (planned for fall of 2014).


Accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association, a specialized accreditation body recognized by the Council of Post-Secondary Education and by the United States Department of Education.

Career Options:

Employment opportunities are available in private dental practice (general or specialty), hospitals, educational institutions, business, and federal, state and community clinics.

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