Program Overview

As a continuation of an earned certificate or associate degree in dental hygiene, The University of New Mexico School of Medicine is pleased to offer a Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) to Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene  (BSDH)  Post-Licensure Program online. Designed for individuals who already hold a valid American dental hygiene license, the program offers an opportunity to expand basic dental hygiene knowledge and skills into areas such as education, management, research, public health, or advanced training. The curriculum is designed to allow continuing students to complete the program on a full or part-time basis. The courses are offered in an 8-week format.  

UNM RDH to BSDH post-licensure degree completion students partake in a wide range of activities that may benefit future career endeavors, including graduate study. Generally, dental hygienists work in a dental clinic and perform many critical services that detect, prevent and treat diseases of the mouth. UNM's program provides dental hygienists an opportunity to master additional skills that will enhance their experience and knowledge-base and improve career opportunities.  Graduates will attain a complex skillset to work in multiple settings and industries including:

  • Medical Clinics
  • Hospitals
  • Education
  • Small Business
  • Corporations
  • Insurance Industry
  • Public Health
  • Research
  • Speaking and Writing

 

 

 

Interested in dropping by for a zoom session to hear more about our Accelerated Online Program with Director Christine Nathe? Click on a date and time that work for you! 

Click this link to join the meeting via Zoom: 
https://hsc-unm.zoom.us/j/97249945929

  • April 22, 2022 from 12PM-1PM 
  • April 27, 2022 from 12PM-1PM 
  • May 18, 2022 from 1PM to 2PM 
  • May 25, 2022 from 11AM-12 PM 
*All times are Mountain Standard Time 

 

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

The mission of the University of New Mexico School of Medicine's Division of Dental Hygiene in Albuquerque educates future dental hygienists on improving health by providing academic and clinical training. Students will finish the program as highly qualified dental hygiene professionals who provide the highest quality oral health care services to the community, advance the art and science of dental hygiene via research and other scholarly activities and sponsor services that validate the programs of the university.

Program Goals

  • Expand career opportunities for registered dental hygienists
  • Refine the professional skills sets of the dental hygienists
  • Prepare dental hygienists for graduate studies

For more detailed information see brochure.

Program Details

Tuition and Fees

Total cost per credit hour is $419.08 and is comprised of: $383.30 base tuition + $35.78 upper division course premium. There is a student technology fee charged each semester. It is $150 in the Fall, $150 in the Spring, and $20 in the Summer. There may be additional costs, depending on the class. Additional costs are often for textbooks, supplemental course materials, and  proctoring fees.

To complete an undergraduate degree, students are required to fulfill  general education and college-specific requirements.

About the Program

The RDH to BSDH post-licensure degree completion program expands the basic skills and knowledge acquired in an Associate of Science in Dental Hygiene degree program.  This program is available to selected students who have received an Associate Degree or a Certificate in Dental Hygiene from a school accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and a regional accreditation agency.

This program requires successful completion of 12 credit hours of core 400-level upper-division courses and 12 to 24 credit hours of electives. It offers an innovative, personalized curriculum that is designed to graduate dental hygienists with advanced skills.

Dental Hygiene Required Courses

UNM RDH to BSDH Required Courses
Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
DEHY 400Current Issues3
DEHY 410Dental Hygiene Research Methodology3
DEHY 441Dental Hygiene Business Principles3
DEHY 443Teaching Strategies3

Dental Hygiene Elective Courses

UNM RDH to BSDH Elective Courses
Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
DEHY 405Dental Hygiene Clinical Instruction3
DEHY 415Advocacy and Leadership3
DEHY 420Dental Hygiene Program Planning3
DEHY 422Dental Public Heath I3

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 desired. If you need assistance contacting the licensing agency in your state, contact UNM Online at (866) 869-6040.

Degree Requirements

Degree Information

To graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene degree from UNM, a student must complete a minimum of 128 credit hours. Fifteen of these hours must be completed after 92 hours have been earned. Thirty of these hours must be completed at UNM. UNM requires 31 hours distributed between seven areas to complete the UNM General Education requirements. Current dental hygienists will transfer in many of these requirements,  An academic advisor will be happy to review your academic history to determine which courses you may need to complete at UNM.  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 requirements for the RDH to BSDH degree completion program, please refer to the UNM Catalog.

Admission Requirements

  • Completion of a certificate or associate degree program in dental hygiene that has been accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and a regional accreditation agency, or a letter of approval from the director of a CODA and regionally accredited New Mexico community college program, if simultaneously enrolled in one of these programs.
  • A satisfactory grade point average of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
  • A copy of a current American Dental Hygienist license

Application Checklist

Application Deadlines

  • Fall 1st 8-week Term:  July 31
  • Fall 2nd 8-week Term:  September 30
  • Spring 1st 8-week Term: November 30
  • Spring 2nd 8-week Term:  January 31
  • Summer 8-week Term:  April 30

To begin the application process for any managed online program, use the Albuquerque Campus Application. In the Academics section, you will be prompted to select your Intended Field of Study. For this program, select:  Dental Hygiene - Online.

 Accelerated Online Program

At a Glance

Major Requirements: 30 Credit Hours* must be taken at UNM
100% Online
Cost Per Credit Hour: $419.08
Length of Classes: 8 Weeks

College/School: School of Medicine

Tuition: Program Details and Tuition & Fee Information

*General education and other courses are required to complete this degree. Visit the Degree Requirements tab.

Contact

Website: Department of Dental Medicine - Dental Hygiene Program
Phone: (505) 235-9713
Email: Catherine Walker Grobler: cgrobler@unm.edu