Dental Hygiene Baccalaureate Program

The University offers a baccalaureate degree program, which consists of at least two years (≥ 60 hours) of prerequisite work and two years in the dental hygiene curriculum. Prerequisite courses may be taken at the University of Oklahoma or other accredited universities or colleges. The College of Dentistry offers the program on the Oklahoma Health Sciences Center campus in Oklahoma City and by distance at the following three sites:

  • Tri County Technology Center in Bartlesville, OK
  • Southern Oklahoma Technology Center in Ardmore, OK
  • Western Technology Center in Weatherford, OK

The dental hygiene program at all sites is considered one program. All students attend the same classes via distance technology and have the same clinical and didactic requirements. Program competencies are provided in written form and discussed with students at orientation prior to beginning the academic program and are included in the Dental Hygiene Manual. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates from all sites receive a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene degree and are eligible to take examinations for licensure to practice as registered dental hygienists (R.D.H.). The Higher Learning Commission and the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association accredit the program.

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About the Program


The mission of the Department of Dental Hygiene (DDH) is to improve the health of Oklahomans and shape the future of dentistry by developing highly qualified dental hygienists through excellence in education, patient care, research, community service, faculty, and facilities.


The following departmental goals are integral to accomplishment of the mission of the University of Oklahoma as they relate to the Department of Dental Hygiene:

DDH Goal # 1 – EducationComprehensively prepare students, through appropriate academic and clinical education, to be qualified dental hygiene professionals.

DDH Goal # 2 - Patient CareProvide appropriately supervised dental hygiene treatment of the highest quality.

DDH Goal # 3 - Research and Scholarly ActivityCreate a positive and rewarding academic environment that facilitates research and scholarly activity by both students and faculty.

DDH Goal # 4 - Community ServiceFoster opportunities for involvement in service activities that are consistent with the dental hygienist’s responsibility to promote oral health care as an integral component of the overall health and welfare of the community.

DDH Goal # 5 - FacultyProvide students with highly qualified faculty and provide faculty with an environment that facilitates personal and professional growth.

DDH Goal # 6 - FacilitiesProvide a state-of-the-art educational environment.

The goals are a living document sensitive to the changing needs of the profession. Goals are reviewed, evaluated, and revised annually by the faculty and by the Dental Hygiene Advisory Committee.

This section is an abridged version of the Dental Hygiene Missions and Goals transcript. To view the entire version of the Dental Hygiene Missions and Goals and the Dental Hygiene Program Competencies, follow the links below: 

Dental Hygiene Missions & Goals 

Dental Hygiene Program Competencies 

Dental Hygiene Scope of Practice 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Click here for a list of the most frequently asked questions by applicants to the Univeristy of Oklahoma Dental Hygiene Program. 


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Information Packet

Information packets are no longer mailed from the Department of Dental Hygiene. Downloadable electronic versions of ALL DOCUMENTS included in the information packet are listed below. Some documents are in Portable Document Format (PDF) and some are links to web sites. PDF documents require Adobe Reader or some equivalent program to view them.




























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