May 21, 2024  
2023 - 2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023 - 2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Dental Hygiene, A.A.S.

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These Items must be Completed Prior to Application Submission 

  • All High School Prerequisite Courses passed with a “C” or better (Chemistry, Biology, and Algebra) Minimum GPA 2.5
  • All College Prerequisite Courses passed with a “C” or better (Anatomy & Physiology I, II; Microbiology, English Composition I, General Chemistry I,
  • Minimum College GPA 3.0
  • ACT/SAT Exam - 19 or better/Equivalent 980
  • TOEFL Exam If Applicable
  • All Required Immunizations must be up to date
  • (ATDH), Admissions Test Dental Hygiene; Minimum score range 200-500
  • One letter of recommendation from science teachers describing the applicant’s potential for success in the Dental Hygiene curriculum.
  • One-character recommendation.
  • An autobiographical sketch in the applicant’s handwriting; 100 words or more.
  • A criminal background check will be required once an applicant is admitted into the program.


Interviews are a part of the program admissions process.  (A virtual interview may be arranged for applicants who live beyond 300 miles from the University).

*Course prerequisites required for the AAS Degree in Dental Hygiene must be completed before acceptance into the program. Anatomy and Physiology I & II and Microbiology must be taken within the last 5-Years upon applying to the program. All prerequisite courses must be completed and passed with a grade of “C” or better before acceptance into the program.

**If an applicant has had a long period of absence from an academic program, references from employers, counselors, or other community leaders who know the applicant may substitute for references from science teachers.

Retention/Progression Policy

Any Grades less than a “C” earned in dental hygiene courses are considered non-passing.  Students are required to maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.0 for each academic year.  Students who earn a non-passing grade in a dental hygiene course(s) are unable to progress with their current cohort. If a student fails one core DHYG course they may repeat that course when next offered in accordance with university policy, and the lock-step process within the program. The student must submit a letter of intent to return to repeat the course.

Dismissal from the program will result from documented poor studentship.

Recommendations for advancement are the charge of the Dental Hygiene Evaluation Committee which meets following mid-term examinations and final examination periods.  Students who have been dismissed from the Dental Hygiene program are eligible for reconsideration only under extenuating circumstances.

Students who earn a non-passing grade in any Dental Hygiene course will not be permitted to take the next sequential course(s).  Students have the right to a grade appeal and can do so by following the university policy found in the Student Handbook.

Students will be dismissed from the professional program for any of the following reason(s):

1.  Failure to maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or above.

2.  A grade less than “C” in 2 or more   DHYG courses.

3.  A grade less than “C” in a course that has been repeated.

Departmental Requirements

Pre - Admission Milestones

Total: 11 Hours

Total: 8 Hours

*An Orientation course taken at another University does NOT meet this requirement. Students with less than 60 credit hours must take       UNIV 1000 at TSU.



Credit Hours for AAS Degree - 79 - Hours

**These courses must be taken prior to acceptance into the Dental Hygiene Program.


The Dental Hygiene program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (and has been granted the accreditation status of “approval without reporting requirements”). The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611.

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