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Dental HygieneMajor

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.

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What makes Dental Hygiene at WVU unique?

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How does this degree prepare students for a career?

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?

Plan of Study

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Cost and Aid

How much does Dental Hygiene at WVU cost? And how can you save?

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2021-22 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 Credit $510
Per Semester $6,120
Fall and Spring Semesters $12,240
Per Credit $1,331
Per Semester $15,972
Fall and Spring Semesters $31,944
Per Credit $1,331
Per Semester $16,272
Fall and Spring Semesters $32,544
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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.

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

To be admitted to WVU's Dental Hygiene major, first-time freshmen must meet WVU's first-time freshman admission requirements for the 2022-23 academic year. They also must meet one of the following admission requirements. Interested in transferring? Review the transfer admission requirements.

Due to capacity limitations and the competitive nature of the Dental Hygiene program, the fall 2022 application deadline is February 1, 2022. We strongly encourage students to submit an ACT or SAT test score for this major. If applying test optional, please contact your WVU Regional Recruiter to learn more about the math assessment that is required. Application review begins mid-fall and interviews in January. For more details, including supplemental requirements in support of your application, please visit the Dental Hygiene Website.

For direct admission to the Dental Hygiene program:
  • GPA: 3.70
  • ACT Composite: 24
  • SAT EBRW and Math: 1180
For direct admission to the Dental Hygiene program:
  • GPA: 3.70
  • ACT Math: 22
  • SAT Math: 540
Test optional requirements for Dental Hygiene program:

Students accepted using these test optional admission requirements will be admitted to Center for Learning, Advising and Student Success (CLASS).

  • GPA: 3.70
  • ALEKS: 45

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