Admission Requirements

Eligible hygienists must have earned an Associate Degree in Dental Hygiene from an accredited US or Canadian institution. Interested dental hygienists should apply to the program and to the university. Application to the program includes completion of the online program application and submitting a copy of your current license along with a statement or resume relevant to your dental hygiene work experience. The license and resume may be submitted electronically to Dr. Debbie Dotson at or faxed to 423-439-4030. Classes are admitted each fall (August) and spring (January).     

All dental hygiene courses for this program are online.  However, all students participating in the BSDH Degree Completion program are required to visit campus one time for program orientation prior to starting the program. Orientations are typically held in mid August and early January.

General Education Core requirements may transfer from other universities or be taken online through ETSU or the Tennessee Regents Online Degree Program (RODP) to meet the general education core requirements for the BSDH degree.   

 
ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Admission to the BSDH degree completion program requires the following information be submitted for consideration and selection:

  • Evidence of admission to ETSU.
  • Transcripts that include proof of graduation from an accredited dental hygiene program.
  • A current US or Canadian dental hygiene license.
  • A brief resume outlining work history in dental hygiene.  
  • Official college transcripts from all institutions attended.  All official transcripts should be sent to the Office of Admissions, ETSU, PO Box 70731, Johnson City, TN 37614.

PLEASE NOTE:  ETSU requires a total of 50 hours semester credit be completed at a senior level (4 year) institution to earn a baccalaureate degree. Thirty-four of these hours are acquired through the BSDH online program leaving 16 to be taken, either as general education core requirements or as electives.

  

BSDH DEGREE COMPLETION  REQUIREMENTS
DHYG 3100 - This course will provide licensed dental hygienists the opportunity to evaluate current dental hygiene therapies and interpret them for application in dental hygiene practice.

5 hours

Following successful completion of DHYG 3100 the student will receive transfer credit for dental hygiene courses required for associate degree.

46 hours (lower division)

Following successful completion of DHYG 3100 the student will receive course credit for DHYG 3031, 4021, 4121, 3120, and 4000

16 hours (upper division)

Complete required DHYG hours

13 hours (upper division)

TOTAL MAJOR FIELD CORE CREDIT HOURS

80 HOURS

     

SUMMARY OF BSDH ONLINE COMPLETION REQUIREMENTS

CURRICULUM COMPONENTS

REQUIRED HOURS

General Education Core Requirements

41 Hours

Major Field Core Requirements
  • AAS/Certificate plus 34 additional hours earned online (See table above)

80 Hours

TOTAL HOURS FOR BSDH

121 HOURS


Admissions Checklist

The following items must be submitted to the Department of Allied Health Sciences, BSDH Online Program before an application is considered complete:

  1. Application and Acceptance to East Tennessee State University 
  • Go to undergraduate admissions to apply to ETSU online.
  • The Office of the Registrar will require specific information (i.e. official transcripts) sent directly to that office.  
  • In addition, please send the following information to the Department of Allied Health Sciences at the address below.
  1. Application to BSDH Online Program 
  • Click here to apply to BSDH online.
  • The Department of Allied Health Sciences must have a copy of your letter of acceptance or readmission to ETSU.  Please mail of copy of this letter to the Department of Allied Health Sciences, fax a copy to 423-439-4030, or send as an email attachment to

   3. Proof of current Dental Hygiene License.

  • You may send a copy of your current dental hygiene license by mail, fax a copy to 423-439-4030 or send as an e-mail attachment to 

   4 . Brief resume or work history.
       
Please send to .


 

PLEASE NOTE:  IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN THIS PROGRAM - PLEASE SUBMIT THE ONLINE APPLICATION IMMEDIATELY - ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR A COMPLETE APPLICATION MAY BE SUBMITTED AT SUBSEQUENT DATES.  


DEPARTMENT OF ALLIED HEALTH SCIENCES MAILING ADDRESS:

Deborah Dotson, RDH, PhD 
BSDH Online Program Coordinator
Department of Allied Health Sciences
P O Box 70690
East Tennessee State University
Johnson City, TN  37614