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Pre-Dental Hygiene Program

A career in dental hygiene requires either an associate degree or a bachelor of science degree in dental hygiene. Students may take the first two years of general education courses at Boise State University and then apply for admission to professional school. The program suggested here is based upon the prerequisites at Idaho State University. Students should consult an advisor and pattern their program at Boise State University on the requirements of the specific professional schools to which they expect to apply.

The following websites are excellent resources for pre-dental hygiene students:

AdvisorEmailPosition and DepartmentPhoneOffice
Glenda Hillghill@boisestate.eduDirector,
Pre-Professional Studies
208-426-3832NORCO 116
Erin Colburnerincolburn@boisestate.eduAcademic Advisor208-426-2454NORCO 116

Pre-Dental Hygiene Course Work

Course NumberCourse TitleCredits
ENGL 101 and 102English Composition6
Arts and Humanities(consult with advisor)6
Social Sciences
COMM 101Introduction To Speech Communications3
PSYC 101General Psychology3
SOC 101Introduction to Sociology3
History, Economics or Anthropology(consult advisor)3
BIOL 191
BIOL 205
BIOL 227,228
General Biology*
Introduction to Microbiology
Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II
CHEM 101, 101L – 102, 102LIntroduction to Inorganic Chemistry and Introduction to Organic/Biochemistry8
MATH 143 OR MATH 147
MATH 254
College Algebra OR Precalculus
Applied Statistics with Computers
HLTHST 207Nutrition3
NOTE: Idaho State University requires students to take DENT 2201 Principles of Dental Hygiene (2 credits) via a distance learning course from ISU during their sophomore year.

HLTHST 100 Introduction to Health Professions (1 credit) is highly recommended
*BIOL 191 is an ISU specific requirement and has a prerequisite of MATH 143.