May 19, 2022  
2021-2022 University of Wyoming Catalog 
2021-2022 University of Wyoming Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Dental Hygiene, B.S.

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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 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

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 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.

Learning Outcomes

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

All prerequisite coursework must be completed with a cumulative grade point of 2.750 (on a 4.000 point scale). Courses in anatomy, physiology, and microbiology must be current within five years at the time of application to the Dental Hygiene professional program. Completion of the prerequisite courses does not guarantee admission to the professional program. Students must also complete a minimum of 20 hours of dental hygiene observation prior to application.


See for a four year plan and a list of program prerequisites.

  1. Program prerequisites,
  2. A.A.S. in Dental Hygiene from Sheridan College,
  3. Completion of all University of Wyoming requirements,
  4. STAT 2050  or STAT 2070 , and
  5. At least 120 credit hours.

Students interested in the bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene should contact the Undergraduate and Preprofessional Health Advising Office in the Health Sciences Center, room 110, or phone (307)766-3878. E-mail: or visit

See the 4-year degree plan at:

Prerequisite courses for admission into the Dental Hygiene program at Sheridan College includes a cumulative GPA of 2.750 or better in the courses listed below. These may be taken at any institution, but if taken at the University of Wyoming, the course numbering will be as follows:

Take the Following Courses:

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

Courses that will fulfill all of UW’s University Studies requirements.

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

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