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Prerequisite courses taken during the Spring, 2020 semester may show a P for passing or an S for satisfactory, due to the pandemic. The required 2.50 GPA admission requirement still applies.

Dental Hygiene, B.S.D.H.

The University of Oklahoma Dental Hygiene Program is designed to educate and prepare students for careers in dental hygiene. The College emphasizes the comprehensive care model that allows both hygienists and dental students to work together in clinical patient care to simulate a real-life dental practice.

The program consists of a minimum of 60 hours of prerequisite coursework from The University of Oklahoma, or any other accredited university or college, and in addition, two years of dental hygiene curriculum. After completion, graduates will receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene and will be eligible to take examinations for licensure to practice as registered dental hygienists.

Why the University of Oklahoma for Your Education in Dental Hygiene?

An OU dental hygiene baccalaureate degree allows entry into positions in teaching, administration, public health and corporate positions that no other dental hygiene program can compare to. With its distance education possibilities, the program allows students who are unable to relocate, remain near their home.

The program is conveniently located at the OU Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City and is also available at three satellite locations via distance technology. 

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


First-Year Courses


Head and Neck Anatomy

General/Oral Histiology

Dental Morphology

Clinical Dental Hygiene Theory I

Clinical Dental Hygiene I

Oral Diagnosis

Oral Radiography I

Preventative Dentistry

Periodontics I


Pediatric Dentistry


Geriatric Dentistry

Clinical Dental Hygiene Theory II

Clinical Dental Hygiene II

Oral Radiography II

Dental Materials Science

Dental Hygiene Research Methods

Ethics and Jurisprudence

Periodontics II

Applied Dental Materials

Second-Year Courses


Oral Pathology

Clinical Rotation I

Dental Hygiene Process of Care

Clinical Dental Hygiene III

Pain Control

Community Health Issues

Periodontics III


Clinical Rotation II

Advanced Clinical Dental Hygiene Practice

Clinical Dental Hygiene IV

Practice Management

Senior Capstone Seminar

Community Health Practicum


Program Director
Donna F. Wood, RDH, MS, MEd, PhD(c)
Associate Professor & Program Director
Dental Hygiene Program
Department of Diagnostic and Preventive Sciences

Admissions & Advisement
Karen L. Rucker
Student Program Coordinator
Dental Hygiene Program 
Department of Diagnostic and Preventive Sciences

The University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry
Dental Hygiene Program 
Department of Diagnostic and Preventive Sciences
1201 N. Stonewall Avenue, Oklahoma City, OK  73117
Phone: 405-271-4435


The Higher Learning Commission and the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association accredit this program.