The A.S.-to-B.S. Dental Hygiene program at the University of South Dakota is a degree pathway designed for individuals who have graduated with an Associate’s Degree in Dental Hygiene or who are currently enrolled in any program in the United States that is accredited by the ADA Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) to earn a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of South Dakota. This program will assist dental hygienists obtain a baccalaureate degree, which is now being considered and recommended as entry-level by the profession.
Individuals enrolled in this BS degree pathway will transfer their dental hygiene curricula en bloc to USD. Additional courses required by the SD Board of Regents and the University in subjects such as English, Humanities/Fine Arts, Social Sciences will be taken. In addition, each student will complete 5 DHYG courses covering topics of leadership, inter-professional practice, collaborative dental hygiene practice, inclusive patient care, and current trends in dentistry.
This pathway does not impact or replace the traditional B.S. degree in Dental Hygiene that has been offered at USD for many years. Applicants to this program must show enrollment in or graduation from a CODA-accredited dental hygiene program. Graduation from USD with a Bachelor’s Degree is contingent upon satisfactory completion of all B.S. degree requirements plus an A.S. degree from the CODA-accredited dental hygiene program.
Dental hygienists provide clinical services in a variety of settings such as private dental or corporate dental practice, community health settings, nursing homes, hospitals, prisons, schools, faculty practice clinics, state and federal government facilities and Native American reservations. In addition to clinical practice, there are career opportunities in education, research, sales and marketing, public health, administration and government. Many of these positions require a baccalaureate degree.
All students entering this BS degree pathway must successfully complete or have graduated from an accredited dental hygiene program. The agency responsible for accrediting these programs is the ADA Commission on Dental Accreditation. The BS degree completion portion of this program does not require separate accreditation.
In order to be considered for the A.S. to B.S. Dental Hygiene program, you must meet the following requirements:
How you apply depends on the type of student you are:
For more information about the Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene, contact USD Online at 605-658-6200 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.