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Applications for the Indiana University School of Dentistry’s dental hygiene program are posted in late July on the school’s Web site. For more information, see:

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Why Start at IUPUC?
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What are the advantages of beginning your dental hygiene studies in Columbus?

  • You can live at home, which means fewer student loans and saving money on rent or room and board for on-campus housing.
  • In addition, you can keep your current job while taking part-time or full-time classes at IUPUC and being close to family and friends. You’ll save time by not having to move or commute!
  • Depending on your major, you can generally complete one to two years at IUPUC before you need to transfer.
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Dental Hygiene

The Associate of Science (AS) in Dental Hygiene degree, part of the Indiana University School of Dentistry’s undergraduate program, will provide you the knowledge and expertise for a rewarding career that is in demand.

Dental hygienists clean teeth, examine patience for oral diseases such as gingivitis, and provide other preventative dental care. They educate patients on ways to improve and maintain good oral health. Almost all dental hygienists work in dentist offices and work closely with dentists and dental assistants.

  • The average salary for dental hygienists varies depending on location and type of practice. According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Occupational Outlook Handbook, the median pay for dental hygienists in 2012 was $70,210 per year or $33.75 per hour.
  • In fact, the BLS reports the employment outlook for dental hygienists will grow by 33 percent between now and 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations.
  • After graduation from the Indiana University School of Dentistry (IUSD) program, you will be prepared to pursue state licensure. Every state requires licensure, although requirements vary by state.

Once admitted, this full-time program is two academic years in length and is composed of a core curriculum of 27 courses presented over four semesters and one summer session.

Getting started

Begin your studies toward this degree at IUPUC by completing the pre-dental hygiene curriculum. Upon acceptance into the program, you will then transfer to Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) campus and finish the program. Along the way, you will work closely with a University College (UCOL) academic advisor who will help you develop an appropriate timeline for applying and transferring to Indianapolis.

You must be in good academic standing to transfer to another Indiana University campus. Admission to this program is competitive and completion of prerequisite courses does not guarantee acceptance.

  • To begin a dental hygiene degree at IUPUC, please contact IUPUC Admissions.
  • To learn more about the Dental Hygiene program, please contact the IUSD.
  • If you are a current student at IUPUC, please contact your academic advisor.