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Dental Hygiene Online Degree Completion Program

Bachelor's of Science in Dental Hygiene


The BSDH online degree can be completed in as little as 4 semesters depending on how many general education courses students need. Most students attend part-time and weave their general education courses in with their dental hygiene courses as they go.

The program is designed to be flexible. Once students complete DHYG 3100, which is the introductory 5 hour course, they are free to take as much or as little as they choose and are not limited to a sequential program of study.


How Do I Apply?

There are 4 things you must do for your application to the BSDH Online Program to be considered complete:

1. Apply to the program by completing the online application form. Please click here to apply now.

2. Apply to ETSU. Application to the university must be completed for your application to the BSDH program to be valid. You may apply to ETSU online by clicking here. Official transcripts sent to the admissions office are part of this process. DO NOT send your transcripts to the Department of Allied Health Sciences.

3. Proof of current dental hygiene license. Please send a copy of your license to PO Box 70690, ETSU, Johnson City, TN, 37614 or you may fax a copy to 423-439-4030.

4. Brief resume describing your work experience. This description should be mailed to PO Box 70690, ETSU, Johnson City, TN, 37614, or you may fax a copy to 423-439-4030.

When Can I Start?

The program accepts students each fall (August) and spring (January).


How Much Does It Cost?

Tuition information is available at the Bursar's Office. For online students who do not qualify for in-state tuition, ETSU offers an e-rate that is higher than in-state tuition but lower than out-of-state tuition.

What About Financial Aid?

Information regarding financial aid is available at Financial Services.

General Education/ Graduation Requirements

General education requirements are listed at General Education Core Requirements.

How Does the Online Program Work?

The online classes vary in structure. All are designed for the adult learner with the assignments to be completed on your schedule versus meeting at a regular class time. The assignments typically have deadlines for submission and are submitted online.

Many courses include online "chats" at scheduled times, some courses require participation in discussion boards about class content and assignments. In addition, some courses still include exams which are taken and submitted online. However most courses are taught in an asynchronous environment meaning that you do NOT have to be online at any particular time.

How Do I Find Out If My Courses Will Transfer?

Once you have applied to ETSU, have had all your transcripts reviewed, and have been accepted, your ETSU transcript will be available on Goldlink. The BSDH program coordination will then review your transcript and advise you as to what you are lacking.

Keep in mind that your dental hygiene courses will not appear as transferred until after you complete DHYG 3100. You can also check courses to determine if they transfer at Transfer Course Equivalencies. Although not complete, this web site has many area community colleges and universities listed.

If you would like for the program coordinator to review your transcripts prior to making application, please fax them to Dr. Debbie Dotson at 423-439-4030.

If I Am Unable to Progress With My Class, Can I Continue at My Own Pace?

Yes. After successfully completing the entry course DHYG 3100, Contemporary Dental Hygiene, you may progress at your own pace completing the dental hygiene courses and general education core requirements.

All of My College Credits Are From a Community College, Does That Matter?

To receive a BS, ETSU requires that you complete 30 credits at ETSU and 50 credits from a four year institution. These credits will be completed through the required 17-18 credits in the Online Dental Hygiene Program, courses needed to complete the General Education and graduation requirements, and/or electives. If you need elective credits, you should inquire about adding a minor.   If all of your transfer courses are from a two-year institution you may need an additional 16 or 17 credits.

What Are the Technology Requirements For the Program?

To see a listing of the minimum requirements needed for online courses please click here.


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