Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene

Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene

The University of Louisville School of Dentistry’s B.S. degree in Dental Hygiene provides a comprehensive education to prepare future hygienists.

The four-year program’s curriculum serves as a broad-based foundation for the changing complexities of health care, equipping students to provide comprehensive dental hygiene care in a variety of settings. Classes and experiences emphasize critical thinking and problem solving skills. The first 2 years of the program are spent completing the general education and program prerequisites on the Belknap Campus, or another institution for transfer students. All students apply for admission to the Upper Division clinical and didactic courses, which included two years of full time study at the School of Dentistry, located on the Health Sciences campus.

Because the program is housed with the University of Louisville School of Dentistry, hygiene students learn their skills in a context that emphasizes their important place on the dental health team. UofL offers Kentucky’s only Dental Hygiene program based within a school of dentistry.


A baccalaureate degree in dental hygiene will expand the hygienist’s personal and professional growth, opening the door to opportunities in:

  • Administration and management
  • Research
  • Patient care, including select populations such as senior citizens, children and patients with special needs
  • Public health
  • Corporate sales
  • Education

Dental hygiene is expected to be one of the fastest growing occupations through the year 2018.

As licensed health-care professionals, dental hygienists provide a wide range of preventive and therapeutic dental services:

  • Examining teeth and gums
  • Removing stain and plaque
  • Applying fluoride and sealants that protect teeth and prevent decay
  • Bleaching discolored teeth
  • Taking dental x-rays
  • Teaching oral hygiene


The Dental Hygiene program is accredited by The Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association