Last updated on November 10, 2022.

University of Maryland School of Dentistry

Program Size
14 (estimate)
Program Length
12-24 months
Application Deadline
February 28, 2023
Program Start
August 1, 2023

Program Contact

Lisa Bress Division Chief, Dental Hygiene

650 W Baltimore

Baltimore, MD 21201

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Our innovative Dental Hygiene Degree Completion Program prepares graduates for positions of responsibility in dental hygiene. A variety of career opportunities exist for the baccalaureate educated dental hygienists in clinical practice, education, management/administration, research and public health/community oral health care.

The Degree Completion Program provides the opportunity for dental hygienists who hold an associate degree or certificate to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in dental hygiene. The program guides students in developing the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values necessary for positions of responsibility in a variety of health care, educational, research and community settings.

The program's approach to learning aims to expand knowledge and experience in the many roles of the advanced degreed dental hygienists in the health care delivery system.  The curriculum includes interprofessional development and hands-on practicum experiences allowing students to expand their knowledge and experiences beyond traditional entry-level dental hygiene roles.   The faculty strives to develop creative, thinking professionals who are capable of assessing their own performance and directing their own professional growth. Students have the opportunity to share experiences, knowledge and skills; work cooperatively with colleagues; and explore a variety of resources to help them reach their full potential as health care providers.

Program Information

Program Type Degree Completion
Teaching Method Hybrid
Degree Awarded Bachelor
Program Size 14 (estimate)
Program Length 12-24 months
Application Deadline February 28, 2023
Program Start Date August 1, 2023
Credit Hours Required to Graduate 30-75
Supplemental Application Yes
Supplemental Fee Yes
Accepts International Students No
Supports Student Visa No
Program Website

Application Requirements

Required Standardized Tests


Other Standardized Tests

Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required.

Supplemental Requirements

  • Requires supplemental application
  • Requires supplemental fee

Prerequisite Instructions

Students must successfully complete all courses (45 credits - at least a C grade) from a U.S. regionally accredited university or college by August 1 prior to fall entry into the Degree Completion Program. 

Other Requirement Instructions

Other required documents to apply to the Degree Completion program include the following:

  1. Resume/CV
  2. Personal statement/essay
  3. Official transcripts
  4. U.S. Dental Hygiene License
  5. Healthcare provider CPR card
  6. In-state residency form (if you to be considered for in-state tuition)