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Program Information

The Bachelor’s degree completion program is intended for dental hygiene professionals who have graduated from a dental hygiene program accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) and are currently licensed as Registered Dental Hygienists. The program is designed to be 100% online with a curriculum designed for continuing students who work and want to attend school full or part-time. 

Students must be accepted to Idaho State University, have a dental hygiene license, and have a cumulative GPA of 2.7 or higher to be accepted into the BS degree completion program.   Once accepted into the BS Degree Completion program, it is recommended that students meet with the BS Degree Completion Director.

Graduates of the BS Degree Completion program are prepared to pursue further education and experience career growth in research, public health, and education. 

Major Requirements: 36 Upper Division Credit Hours must be taken at ISU

Cost Per Credit Hour: $426.75

Classes: 100% Online

College: College of Health

Admissions: Apply

Contact your Advisor

Students must:

  • Have graduated from an accredited entry-level dental hygiene program
  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.7
  • Apply to ISU

Transfer Evaluation System

How much does the program cost?

ISU application fee: $50

Tuition: $ 426.75 per credit
In addition, there is a $201 professional fee assessed per credit hour for DENT courses. 
The program is 100% online and you are charged in-state tuition.

Is financial aid available?

Yes, financial aid is available.

To assist you with financing your education, you are encouraged to access the American Dental Hygienists' Association and the American Dental Education Association websites for scholarship information for students pursuing an advanced degree in dental hygiene. Students accepted into the program can join ADEA under ISU's institutional membership for free and ADHA as a student member.

Please contact the ISU financial aid office for further information.
(208) 282- 2756

What courses will I need to take?

36 Upper division ISU courses are required. 1-16 of these credits can be awarded for Career experience. (see ISU Catalog DENT 4400). Additional general education courses may be needed if not taken or they do not meet transfer requirements with ISU (meet with advisor to determine if additional courses are needed)

How many courses do I need to take each semester?

The degree completion program is designed for working students and is 100% online. The program does not require a certain number of courses to be taken each semester. You can set your own pace. However, if you have financial aid, there may be requirements on how many credits you need to take per semester.

How long will it take to get my degree?

The length of time depends on how many credits you want to take each semester and if you have general credit requirements.

Example timelines:

  1. Students who only need the 36 credits and are awarded credit for career experiences (see DENT 4400) could complete their degree in 2 semesters if full time (12 credits per semester)
  2. Students who need 36 credits and are awarded credit for career experiences (see DENT 4400) plus need additional generals can complete their degree in 3-5 semesters if full time)
    *Please meet with an advisor to create a degree completion study plan.

When can I enroll?

You can enroll in the fall, spring, or summer. However, the 36 upper division courses are only offered in the fall and spring. Summer courses are available for some general course requirements. Meet with an advisor to determine the best time for you to enroll.

Will I need to be on campus?

No, all courses are 100% online. The only time you would need to be on campus is if you want to walk for graduation.

I graduated a long time ago. Is there an expiration date on the courses that will transfer to ISU?

No, ISU does not have an expiration date for transfer credits.

Is the program accredited?

The program is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

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