Feb 25, 2024  
2023-2024 University of Wyoming Catalog 
2023-2024 University of Wyoming Catalog

Dental Hygiene

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Health Sciences Advising Office

Craig Vaske, Manager

Phone: (307) 766-3878

Email: hsadvise@uwyo.edu

Web site: http://www.uwyo.edu/hs/divisions-and-programs/dental-hygiene-program.html


The University of Wyoming and Sheridan College offer a cooperative program of dental hygiene education which, when completed, results in two degrees. An Associate of Applied Science degree in dental hygiene is awarded by Sheridan College following completion of the prerequisites and dental hygiene prescribed study. An optional Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene (BSDH) degree is awarded by the University of Wyoming following completion of the Associate of Applied Science in dental hygiene, the University Studies Program, and other requirements of the University of Wyoming, for a total of 120 credit hours including 42 upper level hours, 30 of which must be from the University of Wyoming. See www.uwyo.edu/hs/divisions-and-programs/dental-hygiene-program.html.

The American Dental Association has awarded full accreditation to the Associate of Applied Science degree in dental hygiene at Sheridan College. Graduates are eligible to take the National Board of Dental Hygiene exam, as well as regional and state exams for licensure, as registered dental hygienists.

Applicants should visit www.sheridan.edu/academics/programs-a-z/dental-hygiene for specific prerequisites and application materials. Applications are due to Sheridan College prior to February 15 of the year they wish to enter the program. Class sizes are limited. Admission is contingent upon successful completion of a background check.

In order to be considered for admission to the Dental Hygiene Program at Sheridan College, an applicant must have earned a minimum of a 2.75 GPA and no lower than a C in any of the prerequisite courses listed on Dental Hygiene, B.S.D.H.   Courses in anatomy, physiology, and microbiology must be current within five years at the time of application to the Dental Hygiene professional program. Students must also complete a minimum of 20 hours of dental hygiene observation prior to application. Completion of the prerequisite courses and observation does not guarantee admission to the professional program. If admitted, students complete their coursework in Sheridan, Wyoming.

Prospective applicants can take prerequisite courses at any accredited higher education institution. To view a list of prerequisites, see the degree program page in this catalog. Students who are completing prerequisite courses at the University of Wyoming are advised by the Health Sciences Advising Office (hsadvise@uwyo.edu). These students apply to UW as “Pre-Dental Hygiene” students.

NOTE: This major is not appropriate for students preparing to apply to dental school.

Learning Outcomes

The primary objective of the program is to assure that graduates have knowledge and abilities necessary to successfully practice dental hygiene.



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