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Program Features

The Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene program at Wichita State University is designed to educate students with the competencies necessary to prepare students to take the national, regional and state examinations for licensure in the state of their choice.

  • Only entry-level dental hygiene bachelor’s program in Kansas. Graduates work in clinical practice with more career options in education, administration, public health and research.
  • Hands-on practice with dental patients. Students receive clinical experience through our on-campus Delta Dental of Kansas Foundation Dental Hygiene Clinic.
  • Network with potential employers. Students have the opportunity to receive educational training through several local clinical affiliates, such as the Veterans Administration Medical Center, Wichita-Sedgwick County Health Department, Hunter Health Clinic, HealthCore Clinic, and GraceMed Clinic
  • Passionate Faculty. Students will learn from experienced faculty who are experts in their field and passionate about teaching.

Gain experience and training through clinical practice and expert faculty.

What exams are required to obtain a dental hygiene license?

To obtain a license to practice dental hygiene, students must pass three types of exams: National Boards, Clinical Boards and the State Jurisprudence Exam. These exams test student knowledge, skills and ethics in dental hygiene.

How will a credit/no credit or pass/fail grade on my transcript affect my admission?

The Department of Dental Hygiene will not penalize students who had to take a Pass/Fail or Credit/No Credit grade for the Spring 2020 semester due to their college or university policy. The department prefers letter grades for course prerequisites, but accepts Pass/Fail and Credit/No Credit grades as well. (Spring 2020 only)

A Fail or No Credit grade will be considered lower than a “C” and will not meet the admission criteria for the department.

Students who had the option of choosing a letter grade or a Pass/Fail or Credit/No Credit grade in the Spring 2020 semester should be aware of how a course without a letter grade might affect their overall science GPA and cumulative GPA.

Pass/Fail or Credit/No Credit grades could also have implications for applying to graduate or dental programs. A CR notation on a transcript may not mean the same thing at different schools. This could cause confusion when students apply for graduate or dental school.