Dental Hygiene (BSDH)

Program at a Glance

Degree: Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene
College of Health Sciences: School of Dental Hygiene
Cost: $316-345 per credit hour *
Required: 30 credit hours from ODU (120 total)
Learning Environment: Online asynchronousAccess course material online from any location and complete coursework following a defined course schedule.

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Expand your career with a Bachelor's degree in Dental Hygiene.

Dental Hygiene undergraduate degreeDesigned for licensed dental hygienists, this online degree completion program in dental hygiene builds on the knowledge you have already acquired.

There are no “clinicals” in the traditional sense. You will be prepared with knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary for a wide range of employment opportunities and a foundation for graduate study.

Why ODU for Dental Hygiene?

ODU's dental hygiene program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation, a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education.

Accelerated Option: Undergraduates can choose to "accelerate" through the baccalaureate to the master's program by using a common 12-hour graduate credit core toward each degree. Students must apply separately to the BSDH and MS programs and submit the "Undergraduate Request to Take Graduate Courses" form available at the Registrar's web site.


Talk with an advisor to determine how your credits will transfer. The curriculum sheets below can serve as a guide for planning your course of study.

Learning Environment

Courses in this program are offered in this technology:

Online Asynchronous: Access course materials online from any location. These courses require little to no synchronous (same-time) scheduled class meetings, but assignments and exams are scheduled by the instructor. All courses follow ODU's regular academic calendar.

Calculating Cost

Undergraduate Distance Learning Tuition Classification Cost per credit hour
Virginia residents (with Virginia domicile) $316
Students living outside of Virginia $345
* In Virginia but without Virginia domicile $874

Rates are effective Fall 2015 and subject to change. Please visit ODU's main Admission & Financial Aid web site for complete tuition details.

For questions about domicile or “in-state” status as it applies to tuition rates, please click here.


Partnerships  Save time, save money, and earn guaranteed acceptance into ODU. Earn your associate's degree at a community college and complete a bachelor’s degree online at Old Dominion.

You also may be able to get your associate’s degree online from John Tyler Community College or Northern Virginia Community College. Thanks to our partnerships, your entire undergraduate program could be completed online! Click to learn more.

Dental Hygiene Careers

Beyond the clinical setting, dental hygiene professionals are finding exciting new career paths in:

  • Global Health
  • Public and Community Health
  • Higher Education
  • Research
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Marketing
  • Administration and Management

Admission Information

This is a degree completion program.

Explore Monarch TRANSFERmation to see how courses you've completed may transfer to ODU. To have an advisor review your transcripts, contact your nearest ODU extended classroom site or call 1.800.968.2638.

For this program, you will need to be accepted into ODU as a degree-seeking student. A separate application to the School of Dental Hygiene is required. You may begin this major in any semester; however, before taking any Dental Hygiene course, you must have a current certificate in Basic Life Support (CPR and Obstructed Airway).

Accelerated Option: To be eligible to enroll in graduate courses, you must have a 3.2 grade point average, senior standing, and permission of your advisor.