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About the Dental Hygiene BS Degree Completion ProgramDental Hygiene

Sheryl SymeThe Dental Hygiene Bachelor of Science (BS) Degree Completion Program is offered at the University of Maryland Dental School,  a state of the art dental educational facility located on the campus for health professions and law at the University of Maryland, Baltimore.  The program allows dental hygienists holding associate degrees or certificates granted from other accredited U.S. dental hygiene programs to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in dental hygiene.    We have proudly enabled registered dental hygienists to complete their BS degree through the University of Maryland Degree Completion Program since 1971.

                                                                                                      Sheryl L. Ernest Syme, RDH,  MS

                                                                                                                                                                Director,  Degree Completion Program


  • Program for U.S. licensed RDH's seeking baccalaureate education.
  • 90 transfer credits (includes clinical dental hygiene, general education and basic science courses) completed at an accredited college or university prior to matriculation.  30 degree completion  program credits are then obtained at the University of Maryland.
  • Total BS Degree requirement is 120 semester credits.
  • One-Year and Two-Year Tracks.
  • Health care dynamics and interprofessional education are hallmarks of the program. 
  • The Dental Hygiene Degree Completion Program is located in the nationally recognized University of Maryland School of Dentistry and situated on the University of Maryland Founding Campus featuring health, law, biomedical sciences, and graduate professional schools.
  • One- on- one advising with the Director of the Degree Completion Program
  • Faculty with local and national recognition and expertise in the areas of teaching, research and service to community and professional associations. 
  • Curriculum focuses on preparation for future advanced roles of the professional dental hygienist with advanced degrees.
  • Students choose practicum experiences that match their career goals such as in the areas of  teaching, public health, research, administration,  or advanced clinical practice.  
  • Utilizes interactive educational and clinical technology and updates current skills, knowledge and awareness of changes in  health care delivery.