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Admission to the UCDH Dental Hygiene degree program is competitive and based upon specific written criteria, procedures, and policies.  Students must enter the program with the following completed college or university coursework.  All courses must be of sufficient depth, scope, sequence of instruction, quality and emphasis to reflect the objectives and philosophy of higher education and may be transferred only from a regionally accredited institution at the post-secondary college-level.

The prerequisite courses for the UCDH program are listed below.  A cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 is necessary in both the science courses and the general education courses individually to qualify for being admitted into the program.  All of earned grades of the science courses must add together and exceed 2.5 on a GPA scale.  All of the earned grades of the general educaiton courses must add together and exceed 2.5 on a GPA scale when calculated together to be considered for acceptance in the program.  The minimum grade for all required prerequistes is a C.  All applicants must meet both the letter grade and GPA requirement to be eligible to begin the program.

For your Math credit, it may be acceptable for you to take a statistics course from the departments of psychology, education, business, or mathematics.  If you're unsure whether or not a course will transfer, please contact the admissions office. 

Please see answers to frequently asked questions about the prerequisites by clicking here.


UCDH Bachelors Degree (BSDH) Prerequisite Courses:



Science Prerequisite Courses




Chemistry (with or without lab)

Human Nutrition


Microbiology (with or without lab)



General  Education


Anatomy & Physiology (with or without lab) (4 credit hours each, totaling 8 credit hours)
Anatomy and Physiology I & II (with or without lab) 4 credit hours each, totaling 8 credit hours)



English I


Oral Communication (Speech) 






College Level Mathematics



* Please note, only 30 prerequisite credits are allowed to be completed in an online format.


If your course is not listed in our course equivalencies and you believe the course to be transferrable, download and print the Petition for Course Transfer Review. Your instructor or the department chair must verify that the course meets UCDH criteria and matches at least 80 percent to the description, depth, and breadth of the UCDH syllabi for that course. There is no guarantee of transferability to other institutions for required UCDH prerequisite courses or for any dental hygiene core courses that are taught at UCDH.  Transferability of credits is determined by each individual institution.  UCDH is a private institution and does not have articulation agreements with any other private or public educational institution, college, or university.  Therefore it is the responsibility of the applicant, student, or graduate to determine if credits will transfer from UCDH to other institutions.  This also includes all coursework completed at UCDH or prerequisite coursework transferabiliy to other institutions, colleges, or universities. 

NOTICE FROM COLLEGE CATALOG: UCDH does not guarantee the transferability of credits to, or from, other colleges and universities.  Transferability is determined soley by the discretion of the school/institution the student is applying to attend.

The UCDH BSDH program requires a minimum of 122 credit hours (which includes a minimum of 33 credit hours of prerequisite & general education coursework).  The curriculum is structured into semesters, each of which is equivalent in academic rigor and in time to a traditional semester.  One credit hour equals fifteen hours of study for lecture components or thirty hours of study for laboratory, clinical and independent study components.  Breaks are scheduled between all semesters.

The accelerated schedule is not the only innovation for the program.  The program is structured to allow students to pursue additional study to enhance their role as clinical dental hygienists or to pursue careers in other aspects of professional dental hygiene.  The disciplines on which students may focus include advanced clinical practice, education, public health, administration/management, advocacy, and research.

You may wonder why you should consider a BSDH.  Graduates who have been awarded a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene not only enjoy a well-rounded academic background and the respect that goes along with a baccalaureate degree, but the BSDH also allows entry into positions in teaching, administration, public health, business, and additional areas that other types of dental hygiene education do not. In a baccalaureate program there are opportunities for growth that no other form of dental hygiene education can provide. The UCDH program will have a strong clinical program as might be expected, but is also designed to allow the student to excel in the areas of sound decision-making, community and public health, research, and specialized areas of clinical practice dental hygiene practice. 

The UCDH BSDH program will allow the student to gain substantial knowledge of all aspects of dental hygiene and ensure that the curriculum effectively will prepare students for the professional roles and functions they will be expected to perform in the workplace, as defined by current state law or regulation.  It also will allow the student comprehensive learning about the specific role(s) of the dental hygienist that are of most interest to the individual, which may lead to alternative career pathways within the profession. Wherever a student's dental hygiene related interest might lie, the goal is to provide maximum opportunities to explore and learn through this innovative baccalaureate degree program.

Disclaimer: As of 01-31-2019, Straigherline classes will no longer be accepted if courses are taken after 09-09-2019.  Please call if you have questions about this change. 

*Copyright 2019 Careers Unlimited L.L.C.  Information subject to change without notice.  Authenticity of information relating to other Utah dental hygiene programs is not guaranteed.  Readers are encouraged to verify other dental hygiene program requirements, degrees awarded, and curriculum offerings.