Bachelor of Science Degree Completion

About the Program

The College of Health Sciences offers a Bachelor of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene through our Degree Completion Program.  A graduate of the program is qualified to be both:

  • a Clinical Dental Hygienist
  • and a Dental Hygiene teacher,
  • or administrator among other options.

Settings in which the graduate may practice include: educational programs: local, state, and national, voluntary and governmental health agencies, hospitals, clinics, and the armed forces.  


The Intended Program and Learning Outcomes are:

  • to provide a vehicle by which graduates of the AAS Program may earn a BS degree in dental hygiene while employed as practitioners.

  • to provide opportunities for students to explore various occupational settings such as:

    1. Public Health
    2. Clinics for the under-served
    3. Clinics for the working poor
    4. Select specialty practices
    5. Dental School setting

  • provide opportunities for further study at the graduate level.


Applicants for this program must already be a Registered Dental Hygienist.

View  front  and  back  of the BS Degree Completion brochure.  

Acceptance into the Degree Completion Program may be accomplished by:

  1. Meeting the requirements for admission after completion of the 79 credit hours associated with the AAS degree in Dental Hygiene at TSU
  2. Meeting the requirements for admission after graduating from another Commission on Dental Accreditation, (CODA), accredited AAS degree program with a minimum of 79 credit hours in dental hygiene. 

All applicants must submit the following data to the department of Dental Hygiene by the final application deadline June 15th:

  1. A 2.0 grade point average in clinical dental hygiene courses and a minimum overall grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. (Applicants with grade point averages higher than the minimum may be given priority in acceptance.)
  2. Two letters of recommendation from dental hygiene faculty persons who taught the applicant. One letter must attest to the clinical competencies of the applicant.
  3. Official college transcript (s).
  4. A complete health evaluation on the official forms provided by the Department of Dental Hygiene.
  5. A personal interview with members of the Committee on Admissions. An interview may be arranged for an applicant living beyond 300 miles from the University.
  6. The following advanced Dental Hygiene courses require National Board Certification and/or Tennessee licensure: DHYG 3010, 4020, 4110, and 4120.

  In order to apply for the B.S. Completion program, you must first graduate from an Associates Program and successfully pass your National and Regional Dental Hygiene Board exams and acquire your Dental Hygiene License.  Students may not schedule any courses in the Bachelor Completion program before being accepted into the B.S. Completion Program.

Curriculum Map

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All applicants must submit the following data to the department of Dental Hygiene by the final application deadline June 15th.

*Students pursuing the Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene must successfully complete 79 credit hours during the freshman and sophomore years. See the courses listed in the plan for AAS Degree in Dental Hygiene.

Direct Correspondence to:

Gary Lewis, Program Chair


The Dental Hygiene Associate of Applied Science Program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (and has been granted the accreditation status of "approval without reporting requirements"). The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611.

Statement of Affirmative Action 
Tennessee State University, in compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, or sex in any of its policies or procedures. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons needing assistance with these materials should contact the Department of Dental Hygiene.