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Dental Hygiene

The Master of Science in Dental Hygiene degree is an online program that specializes in preparing entry-level faculty or leaders in dental public health.

The program is student-centered, individualized and flexible. The faculty is committed to facilitating the development of creative, thinking professionals who are competent to pursue careers in teaching, public/community health care, and research. 

Students have the opportunity to share their experiences, knowledge and skills, work cooperatively with colleagues, and explore a variety of resources to help them reach their maximum potential as health care professionals. 

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Admission Requirements

- Bachelor’s degree from a nationally and regionally accredited institution of higher education in the United States.

- Graduation from an accredited dental hygiene program recognized by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) within the United States and Canada.

- Successful completion of the Dental Hygiene National Board Examination.

- Current licensure as a Registered Dental Hygienist in any state in the United States or Canada.

Graduate Record Examinations General Aptitude Test (GRE) or on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT). Must be taken within the past 5 years and scores sent to the program director. There is no minimum score required.

- Applicants from countries where English is not the native language, are required to submit scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A minimum score of 68 (Internet), 220 (computer), or 560 (paper) is required.

About the Program

Our program allows you to complete coursework online, but there may be required trips to the UT Health San Antonio's dental school for orientation. Some of the courses include organizational leadership, biostatistics, health promotion, research ethics among others. 


To apply, go to the ADEA Dental Hygiene Centralized Application Service (ADEA DHCAS). For applicants who wish to become dental hygienists, or are licensed hygienists and would like to continue their education, ADEA DHCAS is the place to research programs and submit an application. We consider many factors including bilingual ability, community service, awards, and recommendations. Dental school admission is a competitive process. Decisions are based on a composite of the applicant's overall professional and academic ability. 

- Complete ADEA Dental Hygiene Centralized Application Service application

Two recommendation forms initiated by ADEA Dental Hygiene Centralized Application Service

- Send official transcripts from every college or university you have attended and mail transcripts to ADEA DHCAS. Upon acceptance, please submit all official transcripts to the Office of the Registrar. International applicants must have transcripts from foreign universities evaluated prior to submission.

- A personal interview with representatives of the master’s in dental hygiene degree program may be required.

- Recommendation for admission by the Committee on Graduate Studies (COGS) for Dental Hygiene Division and approval by the Dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at the UT Health San Antonio.

- A statement of intent

Plan of Study

The sample plan of study for the Master of Science Dental Hygiene program shows the normal semesters in which courses are scheduled to be taught. However, not all courses are taught during every semester listed. Electives may only be offered when sufficient students are interested in taking the courses. 36 semester hours are required.

Fall Semester

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
DENH 5007Clinical Administration Practicum 4.0
DENH 5010Teaching Internship 3.0
DENH 5015Public Health Practicum4.0
DENH 5022Research Apprenticeship3.0
INTD 5023Research Ethics 1.0
DENH 5026Research Principles and Applications3.0
DENH 5036Health Promotion3.0
DENH 5091Special Topics: TBA 1.0 to 3.0
DENH 5903Organizational Leadership3.0
DENH 5924 Biostatics3.0
DENH 5926 Preclinical Teaching Practicum 4.0
DENH 6091Independent Study3.0
DENH 6098 Thesis 6.0 to 9.0

Spring Semester

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
DENH 5003 Current Issues in Dental Hygiene3.0
DENH 5005In Absentia0.0
DENH 5007 Clinical Administration Practicum 4.0
DENH 5010 Teaching Internship 2.0
DENH 5017Clinical Teaching Practicum4.0
DENH 5022 Research Apprenticeship 3.0
DENH 5024 Professional Communication3.0
DENH 5027Summer Institute in Aging 3.0
DENH 5028 Public Health Policy3.0
DENH 5050Educational Principles and Application3.0
DENH 5091Special Topics: TBA 1.0 to 3.0
DENH 6091Independent Study 3.0
DENH 6098Thesis 6.0 to 9.0

Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition may vary depending on coursework and academic needs. The cost is on average $24,273 for continuing students and $22, 583 a year for graduating students. This chart gives an estimate, which is subject to change. Grants, loans, and financial aid for the dental hygiene program is available. Our advisers can assist you. 


According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in the field is expected to grow. Opportunities for graduates include dental management, teaching, marketing, sales and research. Your future can include positions with:

- Colleges and universities

- Hospitals with dental programs

- Public health agencies

- Insurance companies

- Pharmaceutical companies

- Corporations

Contact Information:

Melanie Taverna, M.S. RDH

Director of Dental Hygiene Online Graduate Programs
(210) 567-3858

Application Deadline:
April 30

Program Handbook:
MSDH Handbook

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