Academic Divisions

Division of Dental Hygiene

The Ohio State University College of Dentistry is proud to offer the only dental school-based dental hygiene program in Ohio. The college offers a baccalaureate degree in Dental Hygiene that gives students a unique opportunity to prepare for an exciting profession, while also completing a baccalaureate degree at a nationally recognized university. Our program also gives students the option to select a specialization in either Expanded Functions or Dental Hygiene Education. 

Our Baccalaureate Degree Completion Program is for Dental Hygienist with an associate’s degree or certification in dental hygiene from a CODA accredited dental program.  The program provides a unique opportunity for students to participate in a stimulating and educational environment that combines the general education aspects of a baccalaureate degree with advance education in dental hygiene.  The schedule is flexible and students may enroll part-time or full time.  Dental hygiene courses are offered in a distance format designed to be convenient for working students. 

The College of Dentistry is further distinguished by offering an Expanded Functions for the Dental Auxiliary (EFDA) program, which is designed to prepare Certified Dental Assistants or Registered Dental Hygienists to apply for the EFDA board examination administered by the Commission on Dental Testing in Ohio and to provide experiences for quality, knowledgeable patient care as an entry level EFDA. For more information please contact our Office of Continuing Dental Education at (614) 292-9790.

Finally, keenly aware that the number of dental hygiene programs across the country continues to grow at a rapid rate while the number of faculty members who are qualified to teach the programs has not kept pace, the College of Dentistry has answered the need by offering the first Master’s in Dental Hygiene (MDH) degree in Ohio for students who wish to become dental educators and leaders in the field.