Last updated on November 3, 2022.

The University of Oklahoma Health Science Center

Program Size
Program Length
24 months
Application Deadline
January 15, 2023
Program Start
August 1, 2023

Program Contact

Karen L. Rucker Student Program Coordinator

The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
OU College of Dentistry
Dental Hygiene Program
1201 N. Stonewall Avenue, Suite 572
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73117

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The University of Oklahoma, Dental Hygiene Program offers a baccalaureate degree program that consists of a minimum of 60 hours of prerequisite coursework and two years of dental hygiene curriculum. Prerequisite courses may be taken at The University of Oklahoma or another accredited university or college. Procedures taught in the curriculum fall within the dental hygiene scope of practice in the State of Oklahoma. The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center College of Dentistry ensures that program expectations, learning objectives, and educational outcomes offered at all sites are consistent.  The Higher Learning Commission and the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association accredit the program.  The program is offered at the following sites:

  • The University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Tri County Technology Center, Bartlesville, Oklahoma
  • Southern Oklahoma Technology Center, Ardmore, Oklahoma
  • Western Technology Center, Weatherford, Oklahoma

Program outcomes between the OKC campus and the aforementioned sites are evaluated yearly by course directors and reported to the department chair and dean of the college.  All students attend the same classes via distance technology and have the same clinical and didactic requirements. Program competencies are provided in written form and discussed with students prior to beginning the academic program and are included in the Dental Hygiene Manual.  Upon successful completion of the program, graduates from all sites receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene and are eligible to take examinations for licensure to practice as registered dental hygienists (RDH).  

Program Information

Program Type Entry Level
Teaching Method In-Person
Degree Awarded Bachelor
Program Size 46
Program Length 24 months
Application Deadline January 15, 2023
Program Start Date August 1, 2023
Credit Hours Required to Graduate A minimum of 60 hours of prerequisite coursework and two years of dental hygiene curriculum.
Supplemental Application Yes
Supplemental Fee Yes
Accepts International Students Yes
Supports Student Visa Yes
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Application Requirements

Required Standardized Tests

  • ACT
  • SAT

Other Standardized Tests

Our program accepts either an ACT or SAT score to apply.  No minimum score is required, however, applicants that wish to be invited for interview will want this score to be competitive.  Applicants must upload a copy of their composite score during the application process.

Supplemental Requirements

  • Requires supplemental application
  • Requires supplemental fee

Prerequisite Instructions

Applicants must have completed a minimum of 60 transferable prerequisite course hours from an accredited college or university to be eligible for admission. Please refer to our website for an up-to-date list of prerequisite courses:

Applicants must be in good standing with the last college or university attended and have a minimum GPA of 2.50 on a 4.00 scale, along with a minimum grade of C on all prerequisite courses.  Although a minimum grade of C is accepted to apply to our program, admission to our program is competitive.  Applicants may review admissions statistics for recently admitted classes on our website:

Applicants may apply with incomplete foundational courses; however, foundational courses must either be completed or in-progress during the Spring Semester to remain eligible for possible interview.  If interviewed and accepted into our program, acceptance is contingent upon outstanding courses being completed, with a minimum C grade on official transcripts.  Transcripts must reach our OUHSC Admissions & Records Office by June 15th of the year in which admission is sought (if an offer is made).  
FOUNDATIONAL COURSES:  English Composition II, Statistics, General Chemistry + Lab, Human Physiology, Human Anatomy + Lab, Microbiology + Lab, Nutrition & Elements of Psychology.

Applicants may apply with incomplete non-foundational prerequisite courses, contingent upon courses being completed with a minimum grade of C and official transcripts reaching our OUHSC Admissions & Records Office by August 15th of the year in which admission is sought (if an offer is made).
NON-FOUNDATIONAL COURSES:  English Composition I, Public Speaking, U. S. History, American Federal Government, Artistic Form, Western Culture, World Culture, Foreign Language, Upper Division General Education course & one of the following: UCOL 1523/Gateway to Belonging, UCOL 1533/Global Perspectives or UCOL 1543/Ethical & Intercultural Leader.

Letters of Evaluations Instructions

Two letters of recommendation are required.  Letters should be written by individuals familiar with the applicant’s potential for successful completion of the program.  Applicants provide email addresses for their letter writers during the ADEA DHCAS application process.  Letter writers receive submission instructions via email from the ADEA DHCAS.  Applicants should remind letter writers to check their email, including junk mail folders, for this email link.  Applications will not reach a Verified status or be released to our program for consideration without receipt of both evaluation letters. 

Other Requirement Instructions


1. Primary Application: ADEA DHCAS

2. Supplemental Application:  OUHSC

Additional Information

No prior clinical experience is required to apply.