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Online Dental Hygiene Completion Program

Marian University’s 100% online Bachelor’s in Dental Hygiene completion program prepares students to advance their career. With Wisconsin’s first dental hygiene bachelor’s completion program, students who already hold an associate degree in dental hygiene from an accredited school can finish in about 16 months. Marian’s online BS Dental Hygiene focuses on each student as an independent learner and draws on expertise as a top-notch liberal arts university to provide an online degree program that will prepare you for success.


Important Program Features:

  • 100% Online  
  • MPath 7-Week Accelerated   
  • FIRST dental hygiene bachelor’s completion program in Wisconsin 
  • Requirements: Associate degree in dental hygiene from an accredited institution and current dental hygiene license   
  • Graduate in as little as 16 months  
  • Applicants may transfer in up to 90 credits 
  • Out-of-state DH are encouraged to apply

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If you’ve already earned your Associate Degree and license in Dental Hygiene, Marian University’s Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene degree completion program will help you take your career to the next level, preparing you for jobs as an in-demand professional with the skills to lead in a growing healthcare field

A BS Dental Hygiene completion program creates opportunities for careers in clinical instruction, sales, public health, and management along with the opportunity to further your education with a master’s degree if you choose. The BLS projects 11% growth in the field through 2028 with a median pay of more than $74,000/year. The benefits of earning your bachelor's degree include increased salary, promotion, and a pathway to qualify for diverse roles in the oral health field.

Why Earn a Bachelor’s in Dental Hygiene?

The advanced skills taught in Marian’s degree completion program prepare you to do more – for your career and for your patients. Graduates advance through an exploration of topics like community DH practice, management of oral healthcare delivery, health equity in diverse populations, research in DH practice, and leading and managing healthcare teams.

The 4-credit capstone practicum offers students the opportunity to work with other agencies and professionals. Examples of capstone projects include designing a course for a two-year dental hygiene program and developing and presenting oral health materials for non-oral health professionals.

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MPath Online Program Schedule: 7-Week Accelerated

The online BS in Dental Hygiene completion program is one of the Marian University MPath undergraduate programs offered in a 7-Week Accelerated format. With 100% online classes and 6 possible starts per year, the 7-Week Accelerated program provides a high-quality online degree with the flexibility that today’s adult learners are seeking. The flexible coursework design and ability to focus on fewer topics at once is custom made for working dental hygienists who are ready to take their education and career to the next level.

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Adult and Online Studies

Marian University and Wisconsin Technical Colleges have an articulation agreement that allows graduates of a dental hygiene associate degree program at a Wisconsin Technical College to receive 42 bachelor’s level credits for their dental hygiene courses in addition to receiving credits for their general education courses.

A bachelor’s degree requires 120 credit hours, but the typical Wisconsin Technical College graduate needs about ONLY 50-51 CREDIT HOURS to complete this bachelor’s degree. Applicants from outside of Wisconsin will have their transcripts evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

The American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) supports all aspects of formal dental hygiene education and intends to establish the baccalaureate degree as the minimum entry-level education for dental hygiene practice in the future and to develop the theoretical base for dental hygiene practice.

WI Act 20 was signed into law June 2017. The law is designed to encourage medical and dental healthcare integration and fill the need for more workforce models that prepare dental hygienists to meet the oral health needs of vulnerable, underserved and rural populations. Coursework in Marian’s BSDH program provides resources and tools for hygienists to work in community and primary care settings, creating new opportunities for dental hygienists. For more information visit