Dental Hygiene Baccalaureate Program

The University offers a baccalaureate degree program that consists of a minimum of 60 hours of prerequisite coursework and two years of dental hygiene curriculum. Prerequisite courses may be taken at The University of Oklahoma or another accredited university or college. Procedures taught in the curriculum fall within the dental hygiene scope of practice in the State of Oklahoma. The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center College of Dentistry ensures that program expectations, learning objectives, and educational outcomes offered at the Oklahoma City campus and by distance at the following three sites, are consistent.

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

Program outcomes between the OKC campus and the aforementioned sites are evaluated yearly by course directors and reported to the department chair and dean of the college.  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 degree in Dental Hygiene and are eligible to take examinations for licensure to practice as registered dental hygienists.  The Higher Learning Commission and the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association accredit the program.  


How to Apply

Application Checklist

All applicants must apply through the Dental Hygiene Centralized Application Service (DHCAS). DHCAS information, including application forms and instructions, is available on the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) website at

In order to be considered for the Dental Hygiene program at The University of Oklahoma, your application must be received and verified by DHCAS no later than January 15.

In addition, a separate OU Supplemental Application must be electronically submitted to the Office of Admissions at The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Both your ADEA DHCAS application and your Supplemental OU Application must be received no later than January 15th in order to be considered for admission.

1. The following items are submitted to DHCAS according to their instructions: The 2018 ADEA DHCAS Dental Hygiene Application is available beginning November 1.

  • Official Transcript(s) - Official transcripts from each college or university attended showing all coursework attempted and completed
  • ACT or SAT - Individual component scores and composite scores are required
  • Personal Statement - For instructions regarding the required personal statement, please use this link: ADEA Personal Statement
    (You will need to scroll down to the Personal Statement section.)

  • 40-Hour Observation Verification - Documentation of industry observation of a practicing dental hygienist for a minimum of 40 hours - Click to download 40 Hour Observation Verification
  • Two Letters of Recommendation (all letters must be on letterhead and signed by the writer)
  • Optional: If you have completed the Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) examination offered by the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB), please upload a copy of the certificate to the ADEA DHCAS Application site.
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2. International applicants may be required to provide additional information with their application. The following application requirements pertain to all International applicants (US Citizens and Non-US Citizens):

Official TOEFL Score (English Proficiency)

  • Acceptable TOEFL scores are required of all applicants from countries where English is the second language. This requirement pertains to any person born outside the United States and includes Permanent Residents of the U.S. (green card holders) and Naturalized U.S. Citizens. The College of Dentistry may waive TOEFL scores if the applicant provides evidence of a diploma from an English-speaking high school or a bachelor's degree from a U.S. institution. An official score report must be received by OUHSC Admissions and Records directly from Educational Testing Service. The official reporting number for OUHSC to receive TOEFL scores is 6902.

The minimum test scores for applicants to the Dental Hygiene program are as follows:

  • Paper Based TOEFL: 550
  • Internet Based TOEFL: 79

3. Transcript Evaluations by World Education Services (WES):
All applicants with foreign credentials are required to submit official documents to
WES for a course-by-course evaluation.
More information regarding International admission is available at
OUHSC Admissions and then clicking on "Prospective Students."

Application Deadline: January 15

If additional information is needed, please contact Karen Rucker: 

Karen Rucker, Student Program Coordinator
College of Dentistry
Department of Dental Hygiene
P.O. Box 26901
Phone: (405) 271-4435




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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 – Education Comprehensively prepare students, through appropriate academic and clinical education, to be qualified dental hygiene professionals.

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

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

DDH Goal # 4 - Community Service Foster 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 - Faculty Provide students with highly qualified faculty and provide faculty with an environment that facilitates personal and professional growth.

DDH Goal # 6 - Facilities Provide 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 University 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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