2021-2022 Catalog and Student Handbook 
    May 29, 2024  
2021-2022 Catalog and Student Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Dental Hygiene, BS [DHY-BS, 123 Total Credits]


Some of these courses are program prerequisites and MUST be completed before a student is considered eligible for entry into the Program.  Students MUST attend a Health Programs Orientation and meet with a Health Programs Advisor for additional advisement.  For more information please visit www.csn.edu/limited-entry-admission.

Students in the last semester of the Associate of Science, Dental Science degree program may be eligible for application if they have completed the program prerequisites and submits a successful mid-semester satisfactory progress report.  The A.S. Dental Science degree MUST be conferred before the start of the first semester of the B.S. Dental Hygiene Program.


The Bachelor of Science Dental Hygiene degree is the entry-level program that prepares graduates to become licensed prevention specialists in the dental health team providing health education, administering local anesthesia, removing deposits and stains from teeth, exposing x-rays, and applying topical fluoride.  The curriculum is designed to prepare graduates for enhanced roles and responsibilities of dental hygienists in public health, education, administration, research, management, and interdisciplinary collaboration.


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


Academic Map: BS - Dental Hygiene 21-22  


Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Provide treatments that include preventive and therapeutic procedures to promote and maintain oral health, and assist the patient in achieving oral health goals.
  2. Integrate research principles, problem solving strategies, and self-assessment to evaluate information in a critical, scientific, and effective manner.
  3. Conduct health promotion and disease prevention activities for diverse populations using various dental hygiene practitioner roles.
  4. Analyze issues of dental hygiene practice with principles of ethical reasoning, evidence-based decision-making, and professional responsibility.

Prerequisite Lower Division Credits (35 Credits)

Lower Division General Education Requirements

Mathematics (3 Credits)

NOTE: Your first college-level MATH course MUST be completed before reaching 30 total college-level credits.

  • REMINDER: If a student does not place into the correct college-level MATH course, they are required to complete a preparatory or prerequisite course(s) or attempt to gain a higher score on the MATH placement exam. Such preparatory or prerequisite courses are not part of the degree, may delay degree completion, and will cause the student to complete more credits then the total listed on this degree.

Literature (3 Credits)

Fine Arts (3 Credits)