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Program Details

The Master of Science program in Dental Hygiene aims to educate dental hygienists who are prepared to meet the challenges of a changing dental profession. The program is designed to mold students who are technically, intellectually and ethically prepared to commit to excellence in the profession by providing excellence in dental hygiene education. Students will develop critical thinking skills, the desire to participate in and contribute to diverse learning and translational research opportunities. The program gives graduates the skills to become leaders in their communities and outstanding citizens who can provide comprehensive care to diverse populations in a variety of contexts.

Dental hygienists are needed in every type of community and it is the faculty’s intention to produce graduates who will contribute to making their communities and the world healthier and to reach their full potential. The program will strive to instill self-learning capacity in all students as well as a sense of cultural sensitivity and ethics.

The program provides a quality education in the field that aims to meet students individual needs and is sensitive to the changing needs of the dental field and of healthcare more broadly. The program strives to graduate hygienists who assume responsibility for health promotion and disease prevention activities in a multitude of settings and will succeed in a multidisciplinary team setting. EWU’s graduates will cultivate transferrable skills in communication, problem solving, and critical thinking and are encouraged and expected to take advantage of opportunities for personal and professional growth.

The dental hygiene program has sufficient scope and depth to provides students with a high quality professional education that is uncommon and fosters students’ ability to adapt to the changing field of dental hygiene and rise to the challenge of doctorate-level education.

Full-time students can complete coursework in seven quarters while part-time students may take up to six years. Students also write a thesis during the course of study. All courses are offered online, with two required visits to the EWU Riverpoint campus in Spokane, Washington. The first visit is for a one-week duration and involves advanced clinical techniques and patient treatment. During the second visit, students defend their theses or present their research projects.


BS in dental hygiene or related area from an accredited dental hygiene program (BA degrees will be considered on a case by case basis). Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher. Successful completion of the Dental Hygiene National Board examination. Current dental hygiene license. Clearance of a criminal background check. CPR certification.

Accreditation & Licensing

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities


Residents of some states are not eligible for this program at this time. Please contact Eastern Washington University if you have questions regarding these state restrictions.