DENTAL HYGIENE, BACHELOR OF SCIENCE (BS), 2021-2022

 

PRE-PROFESSIONAL COURSE REQUIREMENTS

All prerequisite courses must be complete by the end of the spring semester prior to starting the professional program.

GEN ED FOUNDATION PREREQUISITES

Foundation courses must be complete with a C (2.0) grade within the first 48 hours of college coursework.

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
ENGL 101 College English 1
ENGL 102 College English 2
COMM 111 Public Speaking
MATH 111 College Algebra
 or MATH 112 Pre-Calculus Math 3

 

SCIENCE PREREQUISITES

Minimum grade of C (2.0) required in each course.

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
*± CHEM 103 Chemistry/Lab 5
*± BIOL 223 Human Anatomy and Physiology/Lab 5
or *+HS 290 Foundational Human Anatomy and Physiology  5
 *± BIOL 220 Microbiology /Lab 4
 +PHS 331   Dietetics and Nutrition 3
± HS 301 Pharmacology 3

± Chemistry, Anatomy & Physiology, Microbiology, and Nutrition courses taken more than 10 years ago must be repeated . Pharmacology taken over 5 years ago must be repeated.


ADDITIONAL PREREQUISITES

Minimum grade of C (2.0) required in each course.​

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
*PSY 111  General Psychology
*SOC 111 Intro to Sociology
MLS 203 or MLS 303 Medical Terminology 2-3

*These courses may fulfill general education requirements.


ADDITIONAL GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

  • The tables below lay out the general education courses required to earn a bachelor's degree at WSU.
  • General education coursework below is waived for students who have earned a prior bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Transfer students should confirm general education needs with a CHP advisor.
  • Students who have completed an AA or AS through a Kansas Community College may choose to fulfill general education requirements by completing two 300-level gen ed courses at WSU. These courses must represent two subject areas.
  • A total of 62 hours of prerequisities + general education courses + electives are necessary to meet the 120 total hour requirement for the BSDH.
  • Only 6 credit hours of general education coursework and/or electives may be outstanding prior to starting the program.
  • www.wichita.edu/generaleducation
WSU GEN ED CURRICULUM
  • All students may follow this curriculum.
  • At least 9 credit hours must be numbered 300 or higher.

DIVISIONAL REQUIREMENTS*

Complete one course in each division (12 credit hours):

  • Fine Arts
  • Humanities
  • Social/Behavioral Science
  • Math/Natural Science

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS*

Complete four courses chosen from at least two of the four divisions above. (12 credit hours)

First-year students must complete a first-year seminar.

*These courses may apply toward divisional and additional requirements: PSY 111, CHEM 103, HS 290, BIOL 223, BIOL 220, and SOC 111.

KBOR GEN ED CURRICULUM

Transfer students may choose the Kansas Board of Regents curriculum if:

  • Admitted to WSU as a transfer student
  •  24 or more credit hours of college credit was completed after high school graduation

KBOR GEN ED CURRICULUM*

  • Fine Arts/Humanities (1st subject)
  • Fine Arts/Humanities (2nd subject)
  • Fine Arts/Humanities (3rd subject)
  • Fine Arts/Humanities (any subject)
  • Social/Behavioral Science (1st subject)
  • Social/Behavioral Science (2nd subject)
  • Social/Behavioral Science (not PSY or SOC) Ex: ANTH, CJ, ECON, ETHS, GEOG, POLS, SCWK
  • Social/Behavioral Science (any subject)
  • Math and Natural Science with lab (1st subject)
  • Math and Natural Science (2nd subject)
  • Math and Natural Science needed to reach 9 credit hours of MNS

*These courses may apply toward Social/Behavioral Science: PSY 111, SOC 111

These courses may apply toward Math/Natural Science: CHEM 103, HS 290, BIOL 223, BIOL 220


PROGRAM APPLICATION INFORMATION

Visit www.wichita.edu/dh for application, instructions, and more information.

Application information available on program website in September. Deadline for submission is typically in early November.

The program starts a class of 36 every fall.

  • Admission is competitive.
  • Admission decisions are made by Dental Hygiene Admissions Committee.
APPLICATION AND ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
  • Admitted to, or enrolled at, Wichita State University
  • Overall cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher 
  • Minimum letter grade of C (2.0) in all prerequisite courses
  • WSU GPA ≥ 2.0
  • All prerequisites must be complete by the end of the spring semester prior to starting the program
  • Only 6 hours of general education/elective hours may be outstanding at the end of the spring semester prior to starting the program
  • Clinical observation: complete 4 hours shadowing a registered Dental Hygienist in clinical practice
SELECTION CRITERIA
  • Overall GPA. Competitive GPA = 3.6 or higher.
  • Completion of 30 hours at WSU.
  • Health care related direct patient care work experience. (Six months or more @20 hours per week.)  Examples: Dental Assistant, CNA, EMT, Medical Assistant, Massage Therapist
  • Previous associate degree, baccalaureate degree, or CDA (Certified Dental Assistant) from an accredited institution. Speak with your CHP Advisor about earning an Associate of Arts through WSU.
  • Diversity survey questions.
  • Interview with Dental Hygiene faculty. Top 72 applicants are selected for interview.

 


CHP and WSU GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

  • Earn credit for 120 cumulative hours. Elective hours needed.
  • Earn credit in a minimum of 60 hours at a 4-year institution. NOTE: The Dental Hygiene professional program totals 58 hours. Students transferring from a community college may need additional coursework to meet this requirement.
  • Earn credit in a minimum of 45 hours of upper-division coursework.
  • Complete all general education requirements.
  • Maintain a WSU and cumulative GPA ≥ 2.0 while in professional program.
  • At least 24 of last 30 or 50 of last 60 credit hours must be completed at WSU.

PROFESSIONAL UNDERGRADUATE DENTAL HYGIENE PROGRAM (58 credit hours)

The dental hygiene professional program totals 58 credit hours. Students must complete a minimum of 60 hours from a four-year institution.