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ETSU Online

East Tennessee State University

Dental Hygiene Completion Degree

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ETSU Online Dental Hygiene The Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene online degree completion program offered by East Tennessee State University is one of the first and most successful of its kind. ETSU accepted students into the first online graduating class in the fall of 2001. As of 2015, the program has 165 graduates in 26 states.

The online BS degree completion program in dental hygiene is limited to licensed dental hygienists who hold an associate degree in dental hygiene from an accredited US or Canadian dental hygiene program. All prospective students must make application to the program and the university.

This completion degree program is designed to build on the dental hygienist’s prior education and experiential learning and its flexibility and online format allows the working hygienist to complete a BS degree at her or his own pace. All course requirements for this program are online. However, all students are required to attend a one-day on-campus program orientation.


Program of Study

Online B.S. in Dental Hygiene

View the course list and graduation requirements for ETSU's Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene degree in the ETSU Undergraduate Catalog.

How to Apply


Program 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. 


Fall semester - August 1  

Spring semester - December 1

Students who meet program admission criteria may begin the program in the fall or spring semesters.

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, P.O. 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.


Tuition, Fee, and Financial Assistance


ETSU Tuition and Fees

ETSU eRate (for out-of-state students taking ALL course work online in any semester)

Border County Information: Students in North Carolina and Virginia living in counties bordering Tennessee may receive in-state tuition. For more detailed tuition information based on your specific situation, please contact the ETSU Office of Admissions.

Student accounts, payment calendars, and payment plan information

ETSU Bursar Office

(423) 439-4212

Financial Aid

Financial Aid Step by Step Guide

Types of Aid

(423) 439-4300


Scholarship Information

(423) 439-7094



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