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Program Overview

The University of New Mexico School of Medicine offers a Bachelor of Science Degree Completion Program in Dental Hygiene online, as a continuation of a certificate or associate degree in dental hygiene. The program offers an opportunity to expand basic dental hygiene knowledge and skills into areas such as education, management, research, public health or advanced clinical training. The curriculum is designed to allow continuing students to complete the program on a full or part-time basis.

NOTE:  This program is a post-licensure program, meaning it is available only to students who already hold a valid dental hygiene license. The University of New Mexico cannot confirm whether this program leads to licensure or advanced certification in your home state. Prior to applying for admission, contact your state dental board to assure that, upon completion of the program, you are qualified to obtain a license or other form of certification. If you need assistance contacting the licensing agency in your state, contact UNM Online at (866) 869-6040.

Learning Goals

In your online coursework, you will learn to improve the health of patients through academic and clinical training, provide the highest quality oral health care services to your community, and advance the art and science of dental hygiene via research and other scholarly activities.

Program Details

Admission Requirements:

  • Current dental hygienist license
  • Completion of a certificate or associate degree program in dental hygiene accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) and a regional accreditation agency
  • GPA of at least 2.5

Required Courses:

  • DEHY 400 Current Issues in Dental Hygiene
  • DEHY 410 Dental Hygiene Research Methodology
  • DEHY 440 Extramural Experience

Additional credit hours are elected to meet the interests of the individual student and to fulfill graduation requirements. UNM offers many exciting educational avenues to explore and students have the opportunity to design a curriculum according to personal career interests.

NOTE: The University of New Mexico cannot confirm whether this program leads to licensure or advanced certification in your home state. Prior to applying for admission, contact your state dental board to assure that, upon completion of the program, you are qualified to obtain a license or other form of certification. If you need assistance contacting the licensing agency in your state, contact UNM Online at (866) 869-6040.

Degree Requirements

To graduate with a bachelor degree from UNM, a student must complete a minimum of 120 credit hours. UNM requires approximately 37 hours distributed between seven areas to complete the University Core Curriculum. The university also requires completion of a 3 credit hour U.S. and Global Diversity and Inclusion requirement. Students may transfer course work from other accredited institutions to fulfill these requirements.   

For additional degree and program requirements for the BS Degree Completion in Dental Hygiene, please refer to the UNM Catalog.

At a Glance

Major Requirements: 24-36 Credit Hours
100% Online

Tuition: Regular tuition and fees apply

Contact

Department of Dental Medicine Website
(505) 925-4031
cguillen@salud.unm.edu

*To qualify for admission to the major, students must complete additional core and college requirements (see Degree Requirements tab for more information)