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Dental Hygiene

Degree Completion Online - Admission

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to U-M's Dental Hygiene Degree Completion E-Learning program, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • have graduated from an accredited dental hygiene program
  • hold a current dental hygiene license for practice in the United States
  • the Admissions Committee examines grades for consistency/improvement and for repeated and/or withdrawn courses. Currently the average GPA of our Degree Completion entering students is 3.3.
  • take TOEFL or MELAB if English is your second language. Scores must be submitted as part of the application process using the institution code 1839.

Completion of 120 semester hour credits is required to obtain the Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene through the E-Learning Program. The E-Learning Program comprises 36 credit hours.

Sixty (60) semester hour credits from dental hygiene coursework will be applied. An additional twenty-four (24) credit hours (including statistics) will also be considered for transfer, and must be completed prior to beginning the E-Learning Program. We recommend that prospective students contact us early to evaluate transfer credit.

Application Process

Applicants should contact the Dental Hygiene Degree Completion Program Director, Jennifer Cullen ( before submitting an application.

An online application is available each fall through Undergraduate Admissions. For important directions on completing the online transfer student application (Common Application) see Tips & Tricks. Once your application has been received by U-M's Division of Dental Hygiene, you will be contacted to participate in an interview (on phone or in person) and complete an online computer skill test.

Application Deadline

The E-Learning Degree Completion Program starts in the fall term only. Prospective students are encouraged to complete applications early as we follow a ‘rolling admission’ process and admission decisions are considered as applications arrive. Applications are due no later than February 1 of the year acceptance is desired.

Tuition and Expenses

Students enrolled in the Dental Hygiene Degree Completion E-Learning Program are considered part-time, upper-division students in the School of Dentistry/Dental Hygiene. The University of Michigan Office of the Registrar provides information on tuition and fees.

Computer System Requirements

Each student accepted into the program is required to purchase a laptop through the E-Learning program. Laptops are delivered to students at their initial on-campus orientation, and come fully loaded to meet the program's necessary hardware and software requirements. Utilizing student and program discounts, the estimated cost of this laptop is $1,500. A high-speed, reliable internet service provider—DSL, cable, or satellite—is required for this program.