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Dental Hygiene

Our four-year program opens the door to many career options, from providing clinical care to research to public administration.

By the numbers17

Dental hygienists rank No. 17 on The 100 Best Jobs (U.S. News & World Report, 2018).


What is Dental Hygiene at WVU like?


Dental hygiene is an exciting profession with many rewarding and challenging career opportunities that include clinical/patient care, administration, education, research and sales/marketing. Dental hygienists are employed in diverse settings, such as private dental practices, clinics, hospitals, geriatric and special needs homes, correctional facilities, public health departments, school systems, allied dental education programs, national, state and local government agencies, and private/business industry.

As a licensed health professional and oral health educator, the dental hygienist has an important role in the overall health and welfare of the public. Dental hygienists are an integral part of the dental team, providing direct patient care based on the prevention of disease.

The educational background of a dental hygienist provides the knowledge, attitudes and skill necessary to be successful in a wide variety of careers.

At a Glance


What makes Dental Hygiene at WVU unique?


What can you do with a degree in Dental Hygiene?

Possible Careers

Wondering what you can do with a degree from WVU's Dental Hygiene major? Check out these ideas from WVU Career Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

This page includes information from O*NET OnLine by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license.


Graduates from this major have gone to work at:


What are the courses like in Dental Hygiene at WVU?

Major Map

Check out the course requirements and suggested plan of study for WVU's Dental Hygiene major.

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For a program overview, learning goals and course descriptions, visit the course catalog.


How much does Dental Hygiene at WVU cost?

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2018-19 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current West Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

West Virginia Resident
Per Semester $5,988
Fall and Spring Semesters $11,976
Per Semester $15,492
Fall and Spring Semesters $30,984
Per Semester $15,792
Fall and Spring Semesters $31,584
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Academic Common Market

In-state tuition for Dental Hygiene is available through the Southern Regional Education's Academic Common Market for students from:

  • Delaware
  • South Carolina

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Transfer Articulation Agreements

To simplify the transfer process, we have formal agreements with certain institutions. These agreements outline the courses you should take to prepare for transferring to WVU.

Review the full list of transfer articulation agreements to see if your institution is listed.

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What are the requirements to apply for Dental Hygiene at WVU?

Program Requirements

In addition to meeting WVU's base admission standards, first-time freshmen must also meet the following requirement for the 2017-18 academic year:

For direct admission to the Dental Hygiene program:
  • GPA: 3.70
  • ACT Combined: 24
  • SAT Combined: 1210

University Requirements

To be admitted to WVU's Dental Hygiene major, you must first meet WVU's first-time freshman admission requirements for the 2018-19 academic year. Interested in transferring? Review the transfer admission requirements.

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