Dental Hygiene

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A registered dental hygienist (RDH) is a licensed healthcare professional, oral health educator and clinician who, as a co-therapist with the dentist, provides preventive, educational, and therapeutic services supporting total health for the control of oral diseases and the promotion of oral health. State licensure requirements mandate that a dental hygienist must graduate from an accredited dental hygiene education program. In addition to treating patients directly, dental hygienists may also work as educators, researchers, and administrators. The dental hygiene program is offered through a unique partnership with the University of Oklahoma (OU) and the SouthernTech. Students receive lectures through interactive video-conferencing delivered live from the College of Dentistry, located in downtown Oklahoma City. All laboratory and clinical training are conducted at the new state-of-the-art dental hygiene clinic located at SouthernTech.


American Dental Association (ADA) Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA)


All curriculum, fees, application, etc. are processed through the OU Health Sciences Center College of Dentistry. There are 60 hours of specified prerequisite coursework required prior to application of the program, which may be taken at any higher education institution. Once an applicant is awarded acceptance into the program, the dental hygiene curriculum is two years and is held on the SouthernTech campus. Upon graduation, students are awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene from the University of Oklahoma and are eligible to take examinations for licensure to practice as a registered dental hygienist (RDH). For the list of prerequisite coursework, transfer policies, forms, fees, admission statistics, and the entire application process, please visit


Dental Hygiene
Pediatric Dentistry 44
Dental Pharmacology 45
Geriatric Dentistry 44
General and Oral Histology 88
Dental Morphology 44
Clinical Dental Hygiene 88
Clinical Dental Hygiene Theory 45
Oral Diagnosis 88
Clinical Dental Hygiene Theory II 88
Head and Neck Anatomy 88
Applied Dental Materials 44
Oral Radiography I 130
Preventive Dentistry 130
Oral Radiography II 44
Dental Hygiene Research Methods 130
Dental Materials Science 44
Dental Hygiene Clinical Rotations I 44
Dental Hygiene Process of Care 44
Clinical Dental Hygiene III 260
Dental Hygiene Clinical Rotations II 44
Periodontics I 44
Dental Hygiene Senior Project Capstone 130
Dental Hygiene Practice Management 44
Dental Ethics and Jurisprudence 44
Advanced Clinical Dental Hygiene Practice 88
Clinical Dental Hygiene IV 260
Pain Control for Dental Hygiene Care 88
Oral Pathology 176
Periodontics II 44
Community Health Issues in Dental 88
Community Health Practicum 15
Periodontics III 44
Total Hours 2641
Estimated time to complete (Full Time) 2 years


Targeted Certifications and/or Credentials

► National Board of Dental Hygiene Exam

Certifications may vary by Program and are subject to change without notice.


Employment Options:

The following list is associated with the approved SOC (Standard Occupational Classification) for this program and does not necessarily represent immediate opportunities; additional training may be required for some options listed.

Dental Hygienist; Dental Hygienist, Mobile Coordinator; Education Coordinator; Hygienist; Implant Coordinator; Pediatric Dental Hygienist; Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH); Registered Dental Hygienist, Part Time Clinical Faculty – Approximate Pay Potential: $16-48/Hour. (source: