The Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene (BSDH) Post-licensure Online program is designed for students who have completed a certificate or associate degree from an accredited dental hygiene program and desire to continue their education toward a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene. The program provides an opportunity for the licensed dental hygienist to gain knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for expanded career opportunities in education, oral health promotion, research, community and public health, management, and marketing. This program also provides a strong foundation for graduate studies.
The BSDH Post-Licensure Online Program is available online or as a hybrid of online and on-campus courses.
A licensed dental hygienist educated at another institution who desires to pursue the Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene should apply and be accepted by Old Dominion University as an upper-level dental hygiene transfer student. Formal acceptance as a dental hygiene major will be determined by the Admissions Committee for the BSDH Post-licensure Online Program. A licensed dental hygienist educated at another institution who desires to pursue the Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene should apply and accepted by Old Dominion University as an upper-level dental hygiene transfer student. Formal acceptance as a dental hygiene major will be determined by the Admissions Committee for the B.S.D.H. Post-licensure Online Program. The School of Dental Hygiene B.S.D.H. Post-Licensure application must be submitted to the American Dental Education Association's Dental Hygiene Centralized Application Service (ADEA DHCAS) website and must have "Verified" status to be considered complete and ready for review. Admission to the University does not constitute admission to the dental hygiene program.
Persons seeking admission to the Old Dominion University BSDH Post-Licensure Online Program should follow these steps:
- Complete an online application to Old Dominion University as a degree-seeking student.
a. Transcripts to support your online university application must be official and mailed directly from your previous institution to Old Dominion's Admissions Office at Old Dominion University, Office of Admissions, Rollins Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529.
- Complete the supplemental application to the Dental Hygiene Program through DHCAS.
a. Apply to DHCAS: http://www.adea.org/DHCASapp/applicants
b. Request transcripts from all college-level coursework (all previous educational institutions attended since high school). Because this might take some time to be received and processed, applicants are encouraged to enter in their colleges and request a transcript at the beginning of the process.
c. Request high school transcripts.
d. Request two letters or recommendation. Go to the evaluation section of your application and enter your recommenders' names and email addresses. Be sure to do this accurately. Your recommenders will then receive and email from email@example.com requesting they provide an online evaluation.
- Upload supplemental forms to the documents section of the application, including:
a. Current resume
b. Photocopy of current RDH license
c. Photocopy of current CPR certification (upload this in the section titled "other")
d. Photocopy of National Board Dental Hygiene Examination Results
- Still have questions or concerns about your DHCAS application?
Answers to most DHCAS questions are found here. Or contact DHCAS Customer Service for assistance with questions about the application.
All materials must be posted to the DHCAS to be compiled and transmitted to the Admissions Committee of the BSDH Post-Licensure Online Program for review and decision. A list of all needed materials will reside on the DHCAS website.
Applicants must be accepted to Old Dominion University initially. Admission to the University does not constitute admission to the BSDH Post-Licensure Online Program.
The BSDH Post-Licensure Online Program accepts applications anytime between November 1st and July 1st. Once accepted into the program, students can start Fall, Spring, or Summer semester.
Transfer students must satisfy the following:
- Certificate or associate degree in dental hygiene from an accredited dental hygiene program.
- Students without credit for ENGL 110C must pass the Writing Sample Placement Test (WSPT).
- Successful completion of the University Lower-Level General Education requirements and/or equivalent. The general education requirement of philosophy and ethics oral communication, and impact of technology is satisfied in the major for the Post-Licensure Online Program.
- Successful completion of department requirements or the equivalent. A grade of (C) or better is required in all courses.
- Successful completion of 15 credits at the upper division to include a minimum of six credits to meet the Upper-Division General Education requirement.
- Successful completion of five major courses: DNTH 412W, DNTH 414, DNTH 415, DNTH 416, DNTH 440T.
- Successful completion of ENGL 110C, ENGL 211C, or ENGL 221C, or ENGL 231C, and the writing intensive (W) course in the major with a grade of C or better and the Senior Assessment Survey.
- Applicants who hold an associate of applied science degree rather than an associate of science degree must meet the University's lower-level General Education requirements.
Entry-level and B.S.D.H. Post-Licensure online dental hygiene students who have a cumulative 3.30 grade point average and senior standing may complete the Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene to Master of Science (BSDH-MS) dental hygiene linked program application. This program allows exceptional undergraduate students the opportunity to take up to 12 credit hours of graduate course work and apply them to both the undergraduate and graduate degrees. Students in the linked program must earn a minimum of 150 credit hours (120 discrete credit hours for the undergraduate degree and 30 discrete credit hours for the graduate degree). Consult with the graduate program director for more information.
What is the advantage of getting a bachelor's degree over a 2-year program?
A baccalaureate degree prepares the dental hygientist to assume roles in many different health care environments treating diverse populations, such as general and specialty practices, public schools, community settings, health products industry, insurance companies, acute and extended care facilities, federal and state-run dental clinics, and dental hygiene educational programs. The bachelor's degree provides advanced knowledge and practice both in general university courses as well as in dental hygiene theory, research methodology and teaching strategies.
How do I know if Old Dominion University will accept my course credits from another school?
Course credits from any accredited institution of higher learning are transferable if a grade of "C" or better is attained. To determine if there is a match with the required courses for the Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene, the student needs to submit an official transcript with a University Application to the Office of Admissions for an evaluation of the course.
Is my college course work from 20 years ago still acceptable?
Yes, this course work is accepted by the University.
What is the total number of hours for the dental hygiene program?
A minimum of 120 credit hours is necessary to obtain the baccalaureate degree. The length of time required to complete the program and University requirements is determined by the number of acceptable college transfer credits; at least 30 credit hours must be taken at Old Dominion University. Students can expect to complete the program in three to four academic semesters of full-time study.
How do I apply for the program?
Interested persons need to complete applications to BOTH the University and the School of Dental Hygiene.
Step 1: Applications to the University are available from the Office of Admissions at Old Dominion University, Office of Admissions, Rollins Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529. Application can be found here: http://odu.edu/admission/undergraduate
Step 2: Applications to the BSDH Post-Licensure program are available online at the DHCAS website.
Can I go part-time?
Yes, you can take courses part-time or full-time.
Are all courses for the BSDH Post-Licensure program available online or will I have to go to campus?
The BSDH Post-Licensure program can be completed completely online. If preferred, a student can take a hybrid of online and on-campus courses.
Do I have to submit transcripts to the DHCAS website for the BSDH Post-Licensure program application if I have already sent them to ODU Office of Admissions?
Yes, college and high school transcripts must be submitted to BOTH ODU Office of Admissions and the Post-Licensure program application on the DHCAS website. They are two separate applications.