About this Program

The Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene (BSDH) Post-Licensure program is designed for students who have completed a certificate or associate degree from an accredited dental hygiene program and desire to continue their education toward a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene. The program provides an opportunity for the licensed dental hygienist to gain knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for expanded career opportunities in education, oral health promotion, research, community and public health, management, and marketing. This program also provides a strong foundation for graduate studies.

Program Highlights

  • Available online or as a hybrid of online and on-campus courses

  • Students can take classes part-time or full-time

  • Once accepted into the program, students can start Fall, Spring, or Summer semester

  • Eligible BSDH Post-Licensure students may apply to the linked bachelor’s to master’s program. This program allows gifted undergraduate students the opportunity to take up to 12 credit hours of graduate coursework that may be applied to both degrees.

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.


What are the requirements to apply for Dental Hygiene, Post-Licensure at ODU?
Students entering the Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene program in Dental Hygiene, Post-Licensure should meet the minimum university admission requirements Undergraduate Admission.

Persons seeking admission to the BSDH Post-Licensure Online Program must complete both an online application to Old Dominion University as a degree-seeking student and a supplemental application to the Dental Hygiene Program through ADEA Dental Hygiene Centralized Application Service (DHCAS). Required documents include:

  • Transcripts for all college-level coursework from all previous educational institutions attended since high school

  • High school transcripts

  • Two letters of recommendation

  • Current resume

  • Photocopy of current RDH license

  • Photocopy of current CPR certification (upload this in the section titled "other")

  • Photocopy of National Board Dental Hygiene Examination Results


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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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