Dental Hygiene Programs

Welcome! The Department of Dental Hygiene offers many exciting and unique learning opportunities. The integrated liberal arts and professional curriculum combines many disciplines that provide the student a diverse and strong educational foundation for clinical/patient care, administration, education, research and sales/marketing.

Dental hygienists are employed in diverse settings like private dental practices, clinics, hospitals, long-term care facilities/rehabilitation centers, dental hygiene education, government agencies and private business.  

The duties and responsibilities of dental hygienists vary from state to state but may include oral prophylaxis (removing stains and deposits from teeth); root debridement; exposing radiographs; application of preventive and therapeutic agents; local delivery of antimicrobial agents; nutritional counseling; oral, head, and neck cancer screenings; monitoring nitrous oxide sedation; and administration of local anesthesia.

We are proud to offer the following programs: baccalaureate, degree completion, and masters.

Located in Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center North, the Department of Dental Hygiene is an integral part of the School of Dentistry. This association allows future dentists and dental hygienists to gain valuable experience working together in both didactic and clinical settings. Please take a few moments to find out why we are distinguished as a Program of Excellence.

Bachelor of Science Dental Hygiene

Application Deadline: February 1, 2018
Dental Hygiene, a Department of the School of Dentistry, offers a four-year curriculum leading to a Bachelor of Science 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.

Master of Science Dental Hygiene

Application Deadline: February 1, 2018

The Department of Dental Hygiene offers a program of advanced study leading to the degree of Master of Science. This program requires a minimum of thirty-seven semester hours through full-time or part-time enrollment in the School of Dentistry. It is designed to qualify dental hygienists for careers in teaching, administration, research, and management.

For all questions, please contact:

Department of Dental Hygiene
Health Sciences Center-North
Room 1188 P.O. Box 9425
Morgantown, WV 26506
(t) (304) 293-3417
(f) (304) 293-4882