Indiana University Northwest
Dental Education

Dental Education

Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene

Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene

The Bachelor of Science in dental hygiene requires a total of 125 credit hours, including 64 hours of prerequisite liberal arts courses with a grade point average of at least 2.0. The prerequisites may not be taken on a pass/fail option and each must show a C grade or better. Remedial courses cannot be used to fulfill prerequisite requirements. Once accepted into the dental hygiene program, the student will enroll in courses designed to provide educational and clinical training necessary for the practice of dental hygiene.
Candidates for admission to the program must be high school graduates with a concentration in the sciences or GED equivalent. High school courses in biology and chemistry are necessary for success in the program.
Applicants must first make application to IU Northwest before applying to the dental hygiene program. Applicants are required to attend the Dental Hygiene Open House in order to be considered for admission. The application deadline is February 1 of the year the student wishes to begin the program. Students are notified of acceptance into the program by April 15. Admission to the program is competitive and class size is limited.

General Education Courses (64 credit hours)  
  • W131  Elementary Composition (3)
  • S161  Principles of Sociology (3)
  • C101   Elementary Chemistry (3)
  • C121  Elementary Chemistry Laboratory (2)
  • S121    Public Speaking (3)
  • P101  Introductory Psychology (3)
  • A106   Introduction to Computing (3) or  C106  Introduction to Computers and Their Use (3)
  • P261   Human Anatomy & Physiology I (4)
  • P262  Human Anatomy & Physiology II (4)
  • P130  Human Biology (4)
  • M200  Microorganism in Nature and Disease (4)
  • B215  Nutrition for Health Professionals (3)
  • W231 Professional Writing Skills (3)
  • C102   Chemistry II (3)
  • K300  Statistical Techniques (3)
  • M100  Basic Mathematics (4)
  • P201  Urban Public Health (3)
  • Cultural and Historical Studies Elective (3)
  • Arts and Humanities Electives (6)
Professional Education Courses (61 credit hours)  
  • H211  Head and Neck Anatomy (2)
  • H214  Oral Anatomy (3)
  • H218  Fundamentals of Dental Hygiene (4)
  • H217  Preventive Dentistry (2)
  • H303  Dental Radiology (2)
  • H205  Medical and Dental Emergencies (1)
  • H219  Clinical Practice I (4)
  • H224  Oral Histology and Embryology (1)
  • H242  Introduction to Dentistry (1)
  • H308  Dental Materials (2)
  • H305  Radiology Clinic I (1)
  • H221  Summer Clinical Dental Hygiene Procedures (3)
  • H220  Summer Radiology Clinic (1)
  • H204  Periodontics (1)
  • H215  Pharmacology and Therapeutics (2)
  • H304  Oral Pathology (2)
  • H311  Dental Health Education (2)
  • H301  Clinical Practice II (5)
  • H321  Periodontics (2)
  • H306  Radiology Clinic II (1)
  • H250  Local Anesthesia (2)
  • H347  Community Dental Hygiene (3)
  • H320  Practice Management, Ethics and Jurisprudence (2)
  • H302  Clinical Practice III (5)
  • H344  Senior Hygiene Seminar (1)
  • H307  Radiology Clinic III (1)
  • H351  Advanced Clinical Procedures (2)
  • H402  Practicum in Dental Hygiene Education (Capstone) (3)

Program Special Features:

The Dental Hygiene Program at Indiana University Northwest is fully accredited.  Graduates of the program are eligible to take the written National Board Examination and upon successful completion, can take The Northeast Regional Board (NERB) examination. After successful completion, the student is eligible for licensure in the state of Indiana.


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.