Program Overview

The Dental Hygiene Bachelor of Science degree at Minnesota State University-Mankato is designed for students who wish to pursue careers in the field of dental hygiene.  Graduates will be able to expand and broaden their skills in order to meet the growing needs in dentistry.  The curriculum will immerse students into the expanding role of dental hygienists and prepare students for a broad range of career opportunities in public health, education, administration, research, management, and other positions in the field as defined by the American Dental Hygienists’ Association.  The program meets the standards for the ADA Commission on Dental Accreditation.

General Education courses include a wide range of academic areas such as mathematics, various sciences, communications, and humanities; this will provide the student with a broad and globally-based knowledge and skill-set.  Core courses range from various medical courses such as anatomy and physiology to hygiene courses such as radiography, biomaterials, anesthesia, and other aspects of the field.  Graduates will be able to acquire and synthesize information critically, scientifically, and effectively.  Individuals will be able to interact with other health professionals in the education and advancement of public health, help in health promotion and disease prevention programs for a variety of people, and contribute to dental hygiene’s advancement.   

Please note the number of students admitted to this course is limited to 20 each fall semester, and applicants are accepted based mainly on academic achievement in prerequisite courses (with an emphasis on science courses).  The minimum requirements to enroll in this program include 36 semester credit hours and a GPA of 2.5.  There are also several courses students must complete before enrolling, which can be found on the website.  Being admitted to this program is separate from being admitted to the university.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Bachelor Completion

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission


    Students must have completed at least 36 semester credits.

    School Overview

    Founded in 1868 as Mankato Normal School, the school became Mankato State Teachers College in 1921, Mankato State College in 1957 and Mankato State University in 1975. In 1998, it took the name that stands today—Minnesota State University, Mankato. The first graduates earned one- or two-year degrees to become teachers, but the university has been granting four-year degrees in a growing number of disciplines since 1927. The first master’s degrees were awarded in 1954, and the first doctorate was conferred in 2009.

    Minnesota State University Mankato offers online bachelor completion, graduate degrees and certificate programs in a variety of disciplines. 


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