Dental Hygiene

Why attend ISU for the Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene Program

Reasons why students choose the Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene Program at Idaho State University:

  • Only Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene program in Idaho.
  • Program is fully accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association.
  • One to four faculty to student ratio helps to enhance learning.
  • Students gain experience in the fields of periodontal therapy (prophylaxis or scaling and root planning) pain control (local anesthesia), restorative procedures(placing and carving fillings), and supportive treatment(fluoride therapy, desensitization).
  • The on-site ISU Dental Hygiene Clinic services 1400-1600 patients each year.

Licensure in California Update: California no longer accepts academic programs outside of the state that teach local anesthesia, nitrous oxide oxygen analgesia and soft tissue curettage.  Therefore, graduates of ISU Dental Hygiene will need to contact the State of California Dental Hygiene Committee at or call (916) 263-1978​ to obtain information on completing an accepted board-approved course through California.



Sammie Nicolello, RDH, BSDH-Class of 2014

"I chose to attend Idaho State University's Dental Hygiene Baccalaureate Program because of its unparalleled reputation for providing a challenging, yet rewarding, curriculum. The program provided me incredible educational experiences and prepared me immensely for my career as a dental hygienist. The dental hygiene program at Idaho State University has filled a void in my life and given me a chance to give back to others in a way that I absolutely love."

-Sammie Nicolello, RDH, BSDH-Class of 2014




Reasons why students choose the Master of Science in Dental Hygiene Program at Idaho State University:

  • Faculty are nationally and internationally recognized exports in the field.
  • Program offers opportunity to specialize in dental hygiene education or community health.
  • Students may attend on a full or part-time basis with in-state tuition rates.
  • Program is 97% online so no need to relocate.
  • Students conduct thesis research and professional activities such as publications and presentations that make them highly desirable for future in employment in a variety of settings.

Tonette Hollingsworth

"The Graduate Dental Hygiene Program at Idaho State University has provided me a new perspective on my career and the skills to transform public health policies and the profession!"

-Tonette Hollingsworth







Michelle Smith

"I chose the Master of Science in Dental Hygiene program at Idaho State University for a variety of reasons including the online format, reasonable cost and the education track. But I have to say that while those reasons are valid, nothing can compare to the education I received at ISU, which also afforded me many networking and employment opportunities. Attending the MSDH program at ISU was the best decision I made with advancing my career options."

-Michelle Smith






Department of Dental Hygiene in the News


Community members gathered at Idaho State University's Reed Gym on Saturday for the annual 'Stand Down.' KPVI was there and talked with organizers of the event and some people who were there to get a little extra help. "I'm on a fixed income and sometimes I can't afford a lot of the things that they supply here," says Carson Clark.


Contact Us

Department of Dental Hygiene
Idaho State University
921 South 8th Avenue Stop 8048
Pocatello, ID 83209
Office:(208) 282-3796
Fax: (208) 282-4071

Department of Dental Hygiene
Division of Graduate Studies
Idaho State University
921 S. 8th Ave, Stop 8048
Pocatello, ID 83209-8048
Office:(208) 282-2482
Fax: (208) 282-4071


921 South 8th Avenue
Pocatello, Idaho, 83209

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