Master of Science in Dental Hygiene

About

The Master of Science in Dental Hygiene program is for licensed dental hygienists with a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene (or an approved BASDH, BA or BS degree) seeking to pursue a graduate degree. Our mission is to educate dental hygienists who are technically, intellectually and ethically prepared for the upcoming challenges facing the dental profession.

Earn your graduate degree from the comfort of your home, with only two required campus visits! No additional cost for out-of-state tuition.

Curriculum & Requirements Request Info

Online MSDH Program

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

  • Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • BS in dental hygiene or related area from an accredited dental hygiene program 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

Graduates of the Master of Science in Dental Hygiene program will be able to:

  • Create an electronic portfolio that validates successful attainment of the Eastern Washington University Master of Science in Dental Hygiene Core Competencies.
  • Complete a research project using a scholarly inquiry approach to original research of their own choosing.
  • Use a global perspective to reflect on their ability to meet their full potential as a graduate dental hygienist.

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 area, local community colleges and adult community education programs offer a variety of computer courses.

Students taking the online MSDH program through Eastern Washington University 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 website.

EWU Tuition

Deadlines for application for financial aid are strictly adhered to!

The online Master of Science in Dental Hygiene program is designed for dental hygienists who wish to pursue a graduate degree from the comfort of their home. Our graduates are leaders in academia, administration, public health, corporate and advocacy.

When comparing a Master in Dental Hygiene (MDH) degree and a Master of Science in Dental Hygiene (MSDH) degree, the “science” in naming the degree means there is a research component where you’ll conducts original research. Our graduates with faculty guidance have completed thesis work and published on topics including conducting clinical research, examining educational methodologies, interprofessional projects and survey studies.

Our graduate faculty are nationally recognized for their contributions as educators, researchers, public health advocates and leadership to the profession.

Curriculum & Requirements

Dental Hygiene, Master of Science (MS)

The MSDH program can be completed on a part or full-time basis with in-state tuition rates. The curriculum is offered online over four semesters (no summer semester). Students may begin in August or January.

There are two required visits to the EWU Spokane campus in Spokane, WA. The first visit is three days in the fall and involves patient treatment using advanced clinical techniques and technology. The second visit is required for the thesis defense typically near graduation. Students are always encouraged to attend the commencement ceremonies, however, this is not mandatory.

Curriculum Map (PDF)

Required Courses
DNHY 502SGRADUATE SEMINAR IN HEALTHCARE TECHNOLOGY 1
DNHY 505SHEALTHCARE LEADERSHIP3
DNHY 520SRESEARCH METHODOLOGIES AND SCHOLARLY WRITING3
DNHY 525S 2
DNHY 526S 2
DNHY 535S 3
DNHY 601S 2
DNHY 605SCOMPONENTS OF PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT2
DNHY 610SHEALTHCARE EDUCATION THEORIES AND INSTRUCTIONAL METHODS2
DNHY 615SPRINCIPLES OF DENTAL HYGIENE COURSE AND CURRICULUM DESIGN3
DNHY 620SSEMINAR ON CONCEPTS OF PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH PROMOTION2
DNHY 625SCLINICAL TEACHING STRATEGIES2
DNHY 630SSEMINAR ON HEALTHCARE POLICIES AND FINANCE2
DNHY 635SPRACTICUM5
DNHY 640SSEMINAR ON ADMINISTRATION, MANAGEMENT AND ORGANIZATION2
Total Credits36

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Application Process

Contact the Program Specialist for pre-program advising:

Kasey Clark
Program Specialist 2
E: kclark56@ewu.edu

Advising Tips
  • Tell us which dental hygiene school you graduated from and when.
  • Tell us what state you currently reside in.
  • Please provide unofficial or official transcripts from all schools attended for review. You must have university-level English proficiency completed (English 201 equivalent) and a minimum of college algebra.
For Canadian Applicants

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

Complete your graduate application and pay the $125 application fee to EWU.

Applicants are encouraged to apply early for financial aid and scholarship consideration.

Please follow the steps included in the acceptance letter from EWU Graduate Studies including:

  • Confirm intent to enroll by logging back into your application (please use the same Login and PIN used to create your application) and click on the “Confirm Attendance” button on the review application page. Declare your intent as soon as possible following the date of this letter.
  • Students must use an EWU student email while they are enrolled. Visit EWU’s iTech website and follow the instructions on the page.
  • Contact the Program Specialist for registration information and for assistance in creating individual program plans.

The Program Specialist sends out course registration information four to six weeks before the semester starts via your EWU student email.

It is the policy of EWU when communicating through email to only use your EWU student email. Please be aware our program does not send any emails to non-EWU emails once your EWU student email account has been set up.

NOTE: The EWU student email is easily forwarded to a preferred email account.

Canvas: Once you register for courses, you’ll receive an email from Canvas to see your online classroom. Canvas courses are open on the first day each semester.

Spring semester applications (starts in January) are due Nov. 15.

There are four steps to apply to the online Master of Science in Dental Hygiene program. Please follow the instructions carefully. Contact us if you have any questions or concerns:

Kasey Clark
Program Specialist 2
E: kclark56@ewu.edu