Dental Hygiene

Practical experience intrinsic to the professional roles of the dental hygienist

Degree Completion Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene

For licensed dental hygienists with a certificate or associate’s degree in dental hygiene seeking a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene.

Fully online; earn your BSDH from the comforts of your home.

Online BSDH Program

Applicants must have the following requirements to be eligible for admission:

  • EWU accepts a block transfer of credits from an Associate dental hygiene degree program accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and regional higher education accrediting bodies in the U.S. or Canada
  • Successful completion of the Dental Hygiene National Board examination or its Canadian equivalent
  • A current dental hygiene license in the U.S. or Canada
  • Successful completion of English 201 or its equivalent*
  • Successful completion of College Algebra or its equivalent*

To earn a BS degree in Dental Hygiene from Eastern Washington University (EWU), a minimum of 40 upper-division credits are required beyond the Associate Degree. A minimum of 30 of these credits must be earned from EWU.

*Students must meet University proficiencies in Math and English by completing Math 104 (competency) or its equivalent or higher, and English 201 or their equivalent. Students should complete these requirements at local community colleges before entering the program.

Graduates of the EWU Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene Degree Completion Program will be able to:

  • Create an electronic portfolio that validates their effectiveness as an ethical and moral dental hygiene professional.
  • Apply translational research findings to evidence-based practices in the professional roles of the dental hygienist.
  • Develop programs that promote collaboration with other professionals for the health and well-being of a diverse society.
  • Synthesize theoretical and empirical knowledge from dental hygiene, scientific, and humanistic disciplines into the professional roles of the dental hygienist.
  • Assess the role of the dental hygienist on an interprofessional health care team.

Is Online Learning Right for You? Our students find the flexibility of online learning an appealing way to learn from the comfort of their own home. It is an ideal option for dental hygienists who want to continue working. You can expect to spend 2-3 hours per credit, doing homework, taking part in online discussions and completing assignments/projects.

Personal Time Commitment: How much time do you actually have in your schedule to devote to online learning? Use this calendar to evaluate the time you have available to study and participate in class activities. (Used with Permission from the University of Michigan Dental Hygiene Program.)

Are You Ready for Online Learning? Online learning requires a high degree of personal motivation and discipline. Complete the Test of Online Learning Success to help determine if you meet the profile of a successful E-Learner.

Technology Skills: E-Learning courses require participants to have a certain level of technology skill. A scheduled online computer skill test is a required component of the admission process. Before applying, take the Technology Pre-Assessment Quiz to help determine if you are ready to participate in an E-Learning program. If you fall short in any areas, local community colleges and adult community education programs offer a variety of computer courses.

All courses are taught via Canvas, an online Learning Management System that allows students to submit assignments, contact the course instructor, collaborate with fellow students, participate in discussions, and even video conference from virtually anywhere.

Course Catalog | Online BSDH Curriculum Layout Full Time (PDF)

Tuition is $380.07 per semester credit. We make every effort to keep the cost reasonable as EWU embraces the promotion of all dental hygienists having a bachelor’s degree. We are still one of the least expensive degree completion programs in the United States. The university charges a $60 per semester credit online delivery fee.

Students taking the online BSDH Degree Completion program courses through Eastern Washington University will pay the same tuition rate regardless of where they live.

Applicants with questions about eligibility and availability of financial aid are invited to visit the EWU Financial Aid and Scholarships:

Aid & Scholarships

Deadlines for application for financial aid are strictly adhered to!

The fully ONLINE Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene degree completion program is designed for licensed dental hygienists who graduated from a two-year community college program and wish to broaden their educational experiences by advancing their degree with liberal arts and broad-based education, including critical thinking, analysis, writing, and researching.

Application Process

Contact the Program Specialist for Pre-Program Advising:

Kasey Clark
Program Specialist 2

Advising Tips
  • Tell us what dental hygiene school you graduated from and when.
  • What state you currently reside in.
  • Please provide unofficial from ALL schools attended for review. You must have university-level English proficiency completed (English 201 equivalent and a minimum of college algebra).  Official transcripts will need to be sent to EWU Admissions upon applying to EWU.
For Canadian Applicants

Should apply as domestic students (follow the directions below) well in advance of the semester they intend on starting. However, official transcript evaluations for all courses taken at non-U.S. colleges and universities with English translations of course descriptions are required before they are submitted to EWU.

A university-level English proficiency (201 level) MUST be completed and a minimum of college algebra must be complete before starting the program. Please consult with the director or program specialist to assure you have completed this.

Please consult with the Director or Program Specialist to assure you have completed the English and Math requirement.

Complete your EWU application and follow the steps and pay the $60 application fee.

Application Tips

  • The application type should be UG transfer, 40+ credits. Do not apply as a freshman.
  • Select Fall or Spring semester for your entry terms (depending on when you apply).
  • Please note after you have been admitted to EWU, a $250 non-refundable enrollment fee will be assessed to confirm your intent to enroll at EWU.

Download the Online BSDH Degree Completion Program Checklist.

Adobe Reader is required to download the checklist.

  • Use the checklist to ensure each step is complete.
  • Submit Supplemental Documents to the Program Specialist 2:

Pay the $50 dental hygiene application fee (paid through EWU TouchNET Link).

This fee is non-refundable, and the receipt must be sent to the Dental Hygiene Program Specialist 2:

The Program Specialist sends out course registration information 4-6 weeks before the semester starts via EWU student Eagles email.

It is the policy of EWU when communicating through email to only use student’s EWU Student email. Please be aware our program does not send any emails to non-EWU emails once a student’s EWU email account has been set up. NOTE: The EWU Student email is easily forwarded to a preferred email account.

Canvas: Once students register for courses they receive an email from CANVAS to see their online classroom.

Canvas courses are open on the first day each semester.

There are 5 steps to apply to the Online Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene degree completion program.  Follow these instructions carefully.  Contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

Kasey Clark
Program Specialist 2

Frequently Asked Questions

You must be a licensed dental hygienist who graduated from an associate dental hygiene degree program accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and regional higher education accrediting bodies with a minimum of a 2.5 GPA.

The program is designed for the working registered dental hygienist and the curriculum is designed to be completed in 2 years as a full time student or 3 years as a part time student.  For more information about course scheduling, please contact the Program Specialist.

Most students continue to work four days per week and continue their family lives without much issue. Please use the calendar under

“Is Online Learning Right for You” to determine whether a full or part-time option works best with your lifestyle.

There is no clinical component for this program.

An English 201 equivalent (english proficiency) is required, along with a college algebra proficiency. Students who do not have completed coursework are not permitted to start the program until proof of prerequisite coursework completion.

Please plan accordingly when creating your education plan with the Program Specialist 2 or Director.

The Director of the Degree Completion Program Director is the official EWU advisor for every applicant. Please do not contact the EWU General Advising Office.

It is strongly recommended you have a laptop computer, scanner/printer, webcam and headset. A fast, strong, and reliable internet connection is also required.