BSAST Degree in Dental Hygiene

The Bachelor of Science in Applied Science and Technology (BSAST) degree in Dental Hygiene is limited to licensed dental hygienists.  The program enables mid-career adults in a wide range of applied fields to meet their educational and professional needs while completing a baccalaureate degree. The BSAST degree in Dental Hygiene is a 120-credit program. 

Subject Area/Category Credits
I. General Education Requirements 60
A. Intellectual and Practical Skills 15
  • English Composition I (ENC-101)
(3)
  • English Composition II (ENC-102)
(3)
  • College Algebra (MAT-121) or above
(3)
  • Higher Level Mathematics above College Algebra
(3)
  • Computer Concepts (CIS-107) or above
(3)
B. Human Cultures and the Physical and Natural World 20
  • Psychology or Sociology
(3)
  • Statistics (STA-201)
(3)
  • Technical Writing (ENG-201)
(3)
  • Physics I
(4)
  • Physics II
(4)
  • Second Science
(3)
C. Personal and Social Responsibility 9
  • Diversity/Global Literacy
(3)
  • Responsible Ethical Leadership
(3)
  • Ethics or Diversity Elective
(3)
D. General Education Electives 16
II. Area of Study: Dental Hygiene 42
A. Anatomy and Physiology 6
B. Microbiology 3
C. Dental Anatomy 3
D. Nutrition 3
E. Pharmacology 3
F. Radiology 3
G. Periodontics 3
H. Community Dental Health 3
I. Clinical Dental Hygiene 9
J. Dental Hygiene Electives 6
K. Current Trends & Applications 3
III. Free Electives 15
Total 120

*Must include at least two subject areas.

  • Certification: State license and American Dental Association National Board of Dental Hygiene Examiners. Copy of original certificate and current renewal card or transfer from Rutgers School of Health Related Professions partnership.
  • Required Courses: Anatomy and Physiology I and II, Microbiology, Dental Anatomy, Nutrition, Pharmacology, Radiology, Periodontics, Community Dental Health, Clinical Dental Hygiene Techniques, Current Trends and Applications, Statistics
  • Corollary Requirements: Physics I and II, Computer Requirement, College Algebra, Statistics
  • How Students Earn Credit in the Area of Study: Students whose areas of study are not complete at the time of enrollment either use Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) or classroom work to complete their areas of study.

Note: Courses listed in the Area of Study are offered as a guide. Other courses may also be considered appropriate for the program. The inclusion of similar courses must be reviewed by the Evaluation team. Students must submit their program plan for review to ensure that course selection is appropriate for the degree.

Leverage Your Training

Have you earned a professional license or certification, or acquired college-level technical expertise on the job? If so, it may be worth college credit. The College also offers a variety of other ways to earn credit, including transferring previous college credits, all designed around the needs of adult learners, like you.

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