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Dental Hygiene

Earn a degree in dental hygiene from a nationally recognized university. The Ohio State University has the only dental hygiene program in Ohio that is affiliated with a dental school.

The Ohio State University offers you all the benefits of an education at a Big Ten university with the professional learning environment at a highly regarded dental college. Our four-year program will prepare you for practice and licensure as a Registered Dental Hygienist and provide a background of current research to help you provide the best quality care to your patients. You will also engage in community service and outreach activities as part of a well-rounded education.

Entry Level

A four-year program leading to a bachelor of science in dental hygiene (BSDH). Includes two years of general education courses and program prerequisites followed by two years in the professional program.

Degree Completion

A flexible, online program for licensed dental hygienists who already hold a CODA-accredited associate degree and want to earn the Bachelor of Science.

Master's Program

A two-year online course of study designed to prepare dental hygienists for a career in dental hygiene leadership and education.
Piper Sullivan
Class of 2024
Dental Hygiene Program
Undergrad: The Ohio State University
Lewis Center, Ohio
Why I chose The Ohio State University College of Dentistry:

As one of the largest public dental colleges in the United States, Ohio State offers broad and unique opportunities for hygiene students. The highly regarded program provides a dynamic, evidence-based learning experience, led by renowned faculty in diverse environments. Specifically, the advantage and opportunity of working with pre-doctoral students and residents in one comprehensive, progressive dental college topped my list of reasons why Ohio State's dental hygiene program was a good fit for receiving my hygiene degree.

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Entry Level Dental Hygiene Program

Office of Admissions



Baccalaureate Degree Completion Program

Division of Dental Hygiene



Master of Dental Hygiene Program

Division of Dental Hygiene



Schedule an appointment

Current DHY and Pre-DHY Students

Students should plan to meet with an academic advisor by scheduling appointments in advance. It is common for an academic advisor to be booked with appointments for a few weeks during certain times in the semester (i.e. registration).

To schedule an appointment:

Non-DHY students

Steps for current Ohio State students that are interested in declaring the DHY pre-major:

  1. Have a minimum 2.7 or higher cumulative OSU GPA
  2. Have earned 12 hours or more of graded OSU credit (excluding terms of enrollment through post-secondary enrollment programs such as Academy)
  3. Meet with a DHY advisor
    1. To schedule an appointment: Visit OnCourse – Select Explore/Declare a major or call our office at 614-292-2228

Students interested in declaring the DHY pre-major it is recommend you complete a minimum of 4 hours observing a dental hygienist to ensure you are really interested in the profession.