Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene (BSDH)

A collaborative Baccalaureate degree-completion program for licensed hygienists who have earned an Associate/Certificate degree from an accredited Dental Hygiene program has been established at Creighton University and is administered by the School of Dentistry, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the College of Professional Studies. This Bachelor of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene is designed to prepare the graduate to assume broader positions of responsibility in a variety of health care, research, business, community, and educational settings, and to adapt to new roles necessitated by the changing health care environment. It does so by offering a curriculum that encompasses the arts, humanities, basic and behavioral sciences, and advanced professional studies. Emphasis is placed on the basic principles of problem-solving and decision making, critical thinking, communication skills, and ethical behavior with a particular focus on life-long learning skills that can be applied to a multiplicity of roles and career settings.

The applicant for admission to this baccalaureate degree-completion program must show evidence of:

  1. graduation with a minimum 2.50 GPA from an accredited Dental Hygiene program recognized by the American Dental Association (ADA) Commission on Dental Accreditation,
  2. successful completion of the Dental Hygiene National Board Examination,
  3. current licensure as a dental hygienist in any state in the United States or Canada, in good standing, and
  4. satisfactory academic and professional references.

Candidates for the baccalaureate degree must complete a minimum of 128 credit hours:

Dental hygiene transfer credits62
General Study Hours (English, Sociology, Theology, History, World Literature, Philosophy, Psychology, Anatomy and Physiology, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Speech, Ethics, etc.)48
Dental Science hours selectred from among the following topics: Community Dentistry, Ethics, Dental Materials, Pathology, Oral Medicine, Histology, Anatomy, Pharmacology, Nutrition, Periodontics and Directed Studies18
Total Credits128

A cumulative grade point average of 2.0 is required for graduation with a Bachelor of Science degree in dental hygiene from the School of Dentistry. This average shall be computed only on the basis of all courses attempted while enrolled in the College of Professional Studies in the program leading to a Bachelor of Science degree in dental hygiene.