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About the Dental Hygiene BS Degree Completion ProgramDental Hygiene

The 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. and Canadian 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.
  • Hybrid online classwork in synchronous (real-time) and asychronous (non-real time) format. 
  • Online capabilities provided through laptops as part of the student supplies for the program.
  • Utilizes a variety of educational technology such as lecture capture video and audio system, web-based conferencing, web-based classroom management platforms, virtual world technology, web-based examinations and other interactive software that enables highly dynamic and interactive study formats.
  • Opportunities for students to complete their BS degree by being totally distance education students and/or out of state students. 
  • Practicums can also be arranged so that students stay in  their geographic areas during the program. 
  • Students choose practicum experiences that match their career goals such as in the areas of  teaching, public health, research, administration/business, educational technology or advanced clinical practice.  
  • Affiliations both in and out of the state enable pairing students with mentors and experts in the various advanced career concentration areas desired in practicums.