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Dental Hygiene

Degree Completion Program (On Campus)

The degree completion program is designed to enable the dental hygienist who has graduated with an associate degree or certificate to complete requirements toward a Bachelor of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene. The course of study provides a broad-based education and enables graduates to expand their career options through individualized programs. Students will have an opportunity to interact with prestigious clinical and basic science faculty in diverse research and educational activities.

A total of 120 semester hour credits are required for completion of the Degree Completion Program. Sixty semester hour credits from an entry level dental hygiene program will be applied. The student must complete 60 semester hours beyond their dental hygiene education. For individuals who graduated from a dental hygiene program other than the University of Michigan (U-M), a maximum of 24 credit hours can be given as transfer credit with the remaining 36 hours taken in residency at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor campus. For University of Michigan graduates, a maximum of 45 semester hours will be transferable and the last 15 hours must be taken in residency. Each student's transcript will be individually evaluated to determine proper credits.

Within the U-M in residency credit hours, the student must take 15 credit hours of dental hygiene core courses. The required courses are statistics, research methods, public health/community, and scientific writing. The remaining credit hours can be selected from a list of suggested courses to enhance the student's educational goals.

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to U-M's Dental Hygiene Degree Completion On-Campus Program, applicants need to:

  • Have graduated from an accredited dental hygiene program
  • Hold a current dental hygiene license for practice in the United States
  • Have cumulative grade point average (GPA) closely evaluated. The Admissions Committee examines grades for consistency/improvement, repeated, and/or withdrawn courses. Currently the average GPA of our entering students is 3.3.
  • Take TOEFL or MELAB if English is your second language. Scores must be submitted as part of the application process using the institution code 1839.

Application Procedures and Questions

The program will admit students in the fall, winter, and spring-summer terms. Students may enroll either full or part-time.  For questions about requirements or transfer credit, please contact:

(Please specify "On Campus DC" in subject line)

Phone: 734-763-3392
Fax: 734-763-5503

Lisa Dodge
University of Michigan School of Dentistry
Division of Dental Hygiene
1011 N University Ave, Rm 3066
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1078

An online application is available through Undergraduate Admissions. For important directions on completing the online transfer student application (Common Application) see Tips & Tricks.