Prospective Students

Fees and Expenses

During the program you will spend much of your time in labs and clinics. There are additional costs associated with these educational experiences. You should plan in advance for the cost of supplies, uniforms, lab fees and other expenses you will incur during your professional education.

Dental hygiene students pay the usual undergraduate fees. The table of fees by credit hour is available at Student Tuition and Fees Tables (select "Specific Program Tuition and Fee Locator - PDF Files" under the semester(s) you plan to attend, then under "Undergraduate" select "All Other Programs"). Dental hygiene students should plan to be enrolled full time each autumn and spring semester and 5-9 hours in summer term.

Most clinic and laboratory supplies are purchased by the college and paid for from the instrument and lab fees that will be billed with your Ohio State tuition each semester. In addition, during your first semester you will need to purchase loupes, a blood pressure cuff and scrubs. The table below includes these expenses for the past year; these fees are subject to increase annually.


DHY 3 Year

DHY 4 Year

Instrument and Lab Fees1



Tuberculosis Test



Uniforms (3 sets of scrubs)






Ohio State Student Chapter of ADHA Dues



Blood Pressure Cuff









1The instrument rental and laboratory fees are billed with the Ohio State fee statement.

2Students are also responsible for required immunizations, lab tests, annual TB tests and annual influenza immunizations. These expenses will vary depending on your health insurance.

Licensure and Licensure Examinations

These fees are not required in the dental hygiene program, but students who wish to apply for licensure in dental hygiene should plan for the following expenses during the senior year. Fees listed are for spring semester.

National Board Examination


CDCA Examination (formerly NERB)


Local Anesthesia Exam


Background Checks


Ohio License Application


EFDA Specialization (optional)