About this Program

This entry-level degree program in dental hygiene encompasses two years of pre-requisite and general education courses followed by two years of dental hygiene theory and practice, community oral health, research methodology and teaching strategies. Upon completion of the dental hygiene program, graduates are eligible to take the Dental Hygiene National Board Examination as well as the regional and state board examinations to become licensed dental hygienists.

Program Highlights

  • Accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation, a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education.

  • 100% first time pass rate on National Dental Hygiene Board examinations and Dental Hygiene Clinical Board examinations.

  • Prepares students for careers as clinicians, educators, researchers, and more.

  • Taught by award-winning educators who are textbook authors, published in top journals, and who conduct and present research internationally.

  • On campus clinic equipped with cutting-edge technology.

  • Live patient and simulator clinical experiences.

  • Professional autonomy (not affiliated with a dental school).

  • Graduates are prepared to pursue advanced degrees with the opportunity to do so within the same institution through a linked BS-MS program.

Degree Level
Degree Earned
Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene
Delivery Modes


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Dental Hygienists

$74,680 Median Salary

Clean teeth and examine oral areas, head, and neck for signs of oral disease. May educate patients on oral hygiene, take and develop x rays, or apply fluoride or sealants.

Alumni Careers

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Private Dental Practices


What are the requirements to apply for Dental Hygiene at ODU?
Students entering the Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene program in Dental Hygiene should meet the minimum university admission requirements Undergraduate Admission.
  • Applicants must apply separately to the Bachelor of Science Entry Level Dental Hygiene program through the online American Dental Education Association (ADEA) Dental Hygiene Centralized Application Service (DHCAS). The ADEA DHCAS application must be complete by February 1st and reach verified status by March 1st.

  • All prerequisites of the lower division general education and departmental requirements for dental hygiene must be completed with a minimum grade of C or better prior to starting the dental hygiene major. Grades of C- or lower will not be accepted.

  • Required documents for the ADEA DHCAS application include: all post-secondary educational official transcripts, unofficial high school transcripts, 2 ODU School of Dental Hygiene Recommendation Forms, and an essay. 

  • ADEA DCHAS calculates grade point averages (GPAs) for all applicants.  Admission to the dental hygiene program is very competitive and decisions are heavily weighted on GPAs. A minimum overall GPA of 3.00 and Science GPA of 3.30 is required. However, most accepted applicants exceed these minimums.

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Estimated rates for the 2023-24 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Active Duty Military Rate
Cost Per-Credit $250
Virginia Resident
Cost Per-Credit $393
Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States
Cost Per-Credit $407
Cost Per-Credit $1,073

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