May 19, 2024  
2024-2025 University of Wyoming Catalog 
2024-2025 University of Wyoming Catalog

Dental Hygiene, B.S.D.H.

Dental hygienists play an important role in promoting health by helping patients understand the connection between good oral health and an overall healthy body. They provide patient education and individualized therapeutic services to help patients reach their oral health goals.

Degree Requirements

This degree requires a minimum of 120 credits, 42 of which are upper-division credits.

University Studies Program

This degree requires that The University Studies Program 2015  requirements are met before graduation. Some of the courses required for this major fulfill USP requirements, but not all. Students should check their degree evaluations and consult with their assigned academic advisor to discuss their specific course plan.

Program Prerequisites

Students interested in the bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene should contact the Health Sciences Advising Office at Health Sciences 110, phone (307)766-3878, e-mail:

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 below. These may be taken at any accredited institution, but if taken at the University of Wyoming, the course numbering will be as follows:

UW Requirements for the BSDH Degree

To receive a BSDH through the University of Wyoming, students must also take the following courses:

  1. Program prerequisites
  2. A.A.S. in Dental Hygiene from Sheridan College (competitive application required)
  3. Completion of all USP requirements, including the US and Wyoming Constitutions (USP-V) and Communication III (USP-COM3) requirements
  4. STAT 2050  or STAT 2070  
  5. At least 120 credits hours, 42 of which are upper-division credits. This usually requires the completion of additional upper-division elective credits. Note: talk to an advisor to know whether you need to fulfill any additional credits toward your BSDH (

Required Courses

Required courses after admission to the Dental Hygiene program at Sheridan College (NWCC-D):

Sheridan College Courses

Sheridan College courses, taught ONLY at Sheridan College in Sheridan, WY.

  • DHYG 2100 - Dental Health Education Credits: 3
  • DHYG 2300 - Preclinical Dental Hygiene Credits: 3
  • DHYG 2305 - Clinical Dental Technology Credits: 1
  • DHYG 2405 - Dental Anatomy Credits: 2
  • DHYG 2450 - Oral Radiology Credits: 3
  • DHYG 2451 - Oral Radiology Lab Credits: 1
  • DHYG 2470 - Orientation to Dental Hygiene Credits: 3
  • DHYG 2200 - Pharmacology Credits: 2
  • DHYG 2210 - Dental Embryology & Histology Credits: 2
  • DHYG 2350 - Clinical Dental Hygiene I Credits: 3
  • DHYG 2400 - Head, Neck, and Oral Anatomy & Physiology Credits: 2
  • DHYG 2420 - Clinical Seminar I Credits: 2
  • DHYG 2455 - Dental Materials Credits: 2
  • DHYG 2456 - Dental Materials Lab Credits: 1