Undergraduate Programs

Degree Programs

Dental Hygiene Programs

Vanchit John
Interim Chairperson
Associate Professor, Periodontics and Allied Dental Programs

Nancy A. Young
Director and Associate Professor

The dental hygienist is a member of the dental health team providing educational, preventive, and therapeutic oral health services. Employment opportunities may be available in private dental practice, hospitals, public health, educational institutions, and research. Indiana University offers a program leading to an Associate of Science degree in dental hygiene and a program leading to a Bachelor of Science degree in public health dental hygiene.

Associate of Science Degree

The Indianapolis-based Associate of Science degree program in dental hygiene is two academic years in length and is composed of a core curriculum of 27 courses presented over four semesters and one summer session. All courses are mandatory.

Bachelor of Science Degree

The Bachelor of Science degree-completion program in public health dental hygiene provides an opportunity for graduate dental hygienists to develop further expertise in public health methods or dental hygiene education and includes application of practical experience.

It is designed to meet the needs of part-time students who wish to work while completing their bachelor's degree. It prepares hygienists for leadership roles in education, public health, commercial ventures, professional associations, and/or health advocacy.

It can enhance career opportunities available to dental hygienists in a variety of areas, including but not limited to state and county health departments, academia, sales and marketing, educational software development, pharmaceuticals, dental education consulting, dental insurance companies, research, and clinical dental hygiene. Program activities promote development of professional leadership skills and prepare hygienists for entry into graduate programs.