• Application Deadline
  • 48 months
The Northern Arizona University Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene Program has earned a nationwide reputation for educating dental hygiene professionals since its inception in 1973. The Northern Arizona University Dental Hygiene Program is the only program in Arizona that offers a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene.
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The Dental Hygiene Program is a 2-year program consisting of four 16 week semesters with a 5 week summer term followed by a 2 week externship.

Classes are only offered through the Flagstaff Mountain Campus and the program starts every Fall. Application and admittance to the Dental Hygiene Program is required in addition to Northern Arizona University Acceptance.

Students are required to learn and practice clinical skills on each other throughout the program. This means that all students must participate as both a student clinician and as a patient. The procedures students will be performing and being subjected to include: reviewing medical and dental histories, taking vital signs, practicing instrumentation, giving oral local anesthetic injections, placing sealants when indicated and taking radiographs.

You’ll be educated in well-equipped, cutting-edge clinical facility. An 18-chair clinic and dental laboratory are used to develop and practice dental hygiene procedures, using state of the art dental equipment, including Velscope, Spectra, and Intraoral camera. Radiographic technique is taught in a 5-chair facility, which includes a panoramic x-ray machine, and digital x-ray equipment. The comfortably-furnished student seminar/computer center has a beautiful view of the San Francisco Peaks and is a pleasant place to access web courses and study between classes.

What Can I Do with a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene - Degree Completion Program?

The Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene Degree Completion Program (BSDHCP) is specifically designed for dental hygienists with an Associate Degree, Diploma, or Certificate in Dental Hygiene. The BSDHCP will enhance your theoretical and clinical knowledge and promote career advancement in management, education, public health, sales, marketing and research. The degree is also aimed at those who want the option to move into a new field related to Dental Hygiene, pursue a Master's Degree, or who want to strengthen professional skills in communication, evidence-based practice, computer use, and statistics.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Head And Neck, Oral And Dental Anatomy
  • Oral Histology And Embryology
  • Preclinical Dental Hygiene
  • Professionalism
  • Oral Health And Disease Prevention
  • Oral Radiology

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.5

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.5 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Complete an online application
  • Submit your passport copy
  • Upload to your application a copy of your official transcripts for ALL secondary (high school) and post-secondary/university education, as well as any vocational or ESL grade reports. All transcripts/mark sheets must be submitted in English. In addition, we require a minimum of a 2.5 grade point average (GPA) for first-year and transfer students.
  • Submit your English test scores
  • Provide proof of financial support

Tuition Fee

  • International

    25270 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 25270 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    25270 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 25270 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    10650 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10650 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Flagstaff

  • 1010 - 1500 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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