2019-2020 Catalog (Current)

Dental Hygiene AAS to BS Completion

Degree Type: Bachelor of Science
College(s): College of Health Professions

Why Choose the Dental Hygiene AAS to BS Completion Degree?

The baccalaureate program in dental hygiene is designed for dental hygienists with an associate degree in dental hygiene who want to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene in a student-centered learning environment. Students engage in self-directed learning activities, advance their knowledge in the areas of critical thinking, exhibit values for lifelong learning, synthesize evidence based information and develop leadership skills. Graduates from the program will be prepared with advanced research, communication, educational leadership, practice management and dental hygiene knowledge.

Career Opportunities

The degree will expand the knowledge of dental hygienists and prepare graduates for more extensive roles in the profession. This degree program will guide students in developing the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values necessary for positions of responsibility in a variety of healthcare, educational, research and community settings. The curriculum will consist of general education courses, research courses and specialized career courses for entry into government, education, public health or advanced dental hygiene practice.

According to the American Dental Hygienists' Association (ADHA), the hygienist can work in a variety of settings which may include: health maintenance organization or long-term care facility, military base, school system, dental supply company, insurance company, university or research center, veterinary center, government agency or another country. There is a growing need for hygienists to fulfill the roles of educators, advocates, administrators, and behavioral scientists for the profession to continue to be successful. For dental hygienists, the baccalaureate degree is important for adapting and advancing professionally.

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for the RDH to BS Dental Hygiene degree completion program:

  • Apply and be accepted to Ferris State University.
  • You must have a previously earned, or be in the final academic year of an associate degree in an accredited dental hygiene program from an accredited college or university.
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.5.

General Education Requirements

All University General Education requirements for a Bachelor’s degree is here

Please consult this link for a complete listing of General Education Electives.

Consult the Required Courses above or the program advisor for program specific General Education requirements.

Graduation Requirements

Student progression in the baccalaureate dental hygiene program is determined academically by maintaining a grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 and by achieving a minimum grade of "C" (2.0) in all courses on the DHYG checksheet. Students must enroll fall and spring continuously to be considered an active student in the program. A practicum field work experience must be completed in DHYG 491 and an approved scholarly project must be completed during DHYG 499. Progression includes graduation. A dental hygiene student may not graduate if he/she receives less than a "C" grade in the specified courses or less than a 2.5 cumulative grade point average.

More Information

Department of Dental Hygiene and Medical Imaging
College of Health Professions
Ferris State University
200 Ferris Drive
Big Rapids, MI  49307
Phone:800.462.8553, ext. 2261

Required Courses
Credit Hours
Dental Hygiene Role Transition
Health Promotion and Wellness
Dental Hygiene Informatics
Inst Role of Dental Hygienist
Comm Program Assessment/Plan
Gerontology in Dental Hygiene
Dental Hygiene Practicum
Dental Hygiene Capstone
Public Health Administration
Principles of Marketing
Select from COMM 105, COMM 121, COMM 200, COMM 201, COMM 221 or COMM 251
English 1
English 2
Advanced Composition
Advanced Business Writing
Scientific Understanding
CHEM 114, BIOL 108 and BIOL 205 or an acceptable equivalent
Note: Includes lab from accredited dental hygiene program
Quantitative Skills
Intermediate Algebra
Contemporary Mathematics
Note: a MATH ACT score of 24 or higher can be substituted for Math Course
Social Awareness  (1 course at 200 level or higher)
Cultural Enrichment (1 course at 200 level or higher)
Core Curriculum Requirements or Proficiency
Orientation to Medical Vocabul
The U.S. Health Care System
Safety Issues in Health Care
Statistics in Health Care
Evidence-based Health Care