Structure and Scheduling
The baccalaureate program at Ohio State consists of the university's General Education (GE) curriculum, basic sciences, advanced dental hygiene, an area of specialization and a practicum. Students with an associate degree or certificate in dental hygiene will find that many of the GEs, basic sciences, and up to 40 semester hours of dental hygiene will transfer from the previous institution. Additional clinical courses are not required.
Students matriculate in autumn semester and may enroll part time or full time. Dental hygiene courses are offered in a distance format designed to be convenient for working students; classroom attendance in Columbus is not required. Depending on the area of specialization, these distance education courses comprise 16–22 hours of the 40–60 additional credit hours that most students need to graduate. The remaining requirements in basic science, general education and some area of specialization courses are available on the Columbus campus during the day or evening and at OSU's regional campuses in Lima, Mansfield, Marion, and Newark. Many but not all of these courses are also available from OSU via distance. Some of these courses may be transferable from other institutions, but a minimum of 30 semester hours must be earned at OSU. Most students can complete the degree completion program in two years or less of full-time study or three to four years if attending part time.