Program Information

Degrees Offered
            Bachelor of Science
            Degree Completion
            Master of Science

Program Goals
Program goals include the preparation of dental hygienists to:

  • Possess a heightened awareness of social and cultural diversity, ethics, and professionalism.
  • Apply critical thinking to integrate scientific principles/technology with the provision of evidenced-based, comprehensive health care.
  • Perform to the level of clinical competency those legally approved oral health services as defined by the West Virginia State Board of Dental Examiners and the WVU School of Dentistry.
  • Perform to the level of laboratory competency those legally approved oral health services (beyond the scope of the West Virginia Practice act) stipulated in the practice acts of other states, districts, or territories of the United States.
  • Coordinate and administer oral health services for a variety of populations in diverse settings (public health agencies, hospitals, school systems, etc.).
  • Function collaboratively with the community leaders, health care professionals, and lay persons to manage the oral health needs of rural West Virginia.
  • Provide didactic and clinical instruction in allied dental education programs.
  • Pursue professional development through self-study, continuing education, research, and advanced studies at the baccalaureate and master’s levels.

The WVU School of Dentistry
The integrated curriculum in dental hygiene at West Virginia University combines the advantages of both liberal arts and the professional aspects of education. This curriculum format has departed from the conventional, but there is a definite conviction that the inclusion of many disciplines provides greater strength to the program. At the completion of requirements, dental hygiene students from WVU are awarded a bachelor of science degree in Dental Hygiene.

The dental hygiene curriculum, constructed in accordance with the standards specified for a school of dental hygiene by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Dental Association, has been fully accredited by this organization since 1965.

To provide students in the Dental and Dental Hygiene Programs with the necessary clinical experience that is required, the School of Dentistry maintains and operates dental clinics in the Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center.ool of Dentistry maintains and operates dental clinics in the Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center.

The WVU School of Dentistry has an excellent reputation for producing outstanding clinicians, and many faculty members as well as graduates are recognized as leaders in dental education and organized dentistry.

The curriculum for the four-year program offers students the advantages of both the liberal arts and the professional aspects of education.  Exclusive of English 101 and 102, a Dental Hygiene major is required to complete a minimum of 28 credit hours of liberal studies courses. Included in course requirements for degree completion are 102 credit hours in dental hygiene, dental science, biomedical sciences, and dental hygiene elective courses.  To graduate, students must earn a total of 136 credit hours. To view the curriculum layout, please
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West Virginia University is fully accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Undergraduate Program
Dental Hygiene, a division of the School of Dentistry, offers a four-year curriculum leading to a B.S. in dental hygiene.  The program is in part, based in the liberal arts, but it is also a thoroughly professional education.  The format of the curriculum is not conventional, in that it includes courses from many academic disciplines.  The program prepares students through classroom and practical experiences.

For more information about admissions please contact Amy Funk at (304) 293-3417
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Graduate School Opportunities
Many graduates decide to continue their education in a master’s degree program in dental hygiene.  WVU has one of the ten dental hygiene master’s degree programs in the United States.

For more information, contact Amy Funk at (304) 293-3417
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