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Dental Hygiene

The University of Wyoming and Sheridan College offer a cooperative program of dental hygiene education which, when completed, results in two degrees. An Associate of Applied Science degree in dental hygiene is awarded by Sheridan College following completion of the prerequisites and dental hygiene prescribed study. An optional Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene degree is awarded by the University of Wyoming following completion of the Associate of Applied Science in dental hygiene, the University Studies Program, and other requirements of the University of Wyoming, for a total of 128 credit hours including 48 upper level hours, 30 of which must be from the University of Wyoming.  See

The American Dental Association has awarded full accreditation to the Associate of Applied Science degree in dental hygiene at Sheridan College. Graduates are eligible to take the National Board of Dental Hygiene exam, as well as regional and state exams for licensure, as registered dental hygienists.

Applicants should visit for specific prerequisites and application materials. Applications are due to Sheridan College by February 15 of the year they wish to enter the program. Class sizes are limited. Admission is contingent upon successful completion of a background check.

The primary objective of the program is to assure that graduates have knowledge and abilities necessary to successfully practice dental hygiene.

All prerequisite coursework must be completed with a cumulative grade point of 2.5 (on a 4 point scale). Science courses must be current within five years at the time of application to Dental Hygiene professional program. Completion of the prerequisite courses does not guarantee admission to the professional program. Students must also complete a minimum of 40 hours of dental hygiene observation prior to application.


Prerequisites: (Pre-dental hygiene)


ENGL 1010 or equivalent


KIN/ZOO 20401,2,20411, 2


KIN/ZOO 31151, 3


CHEM 1020


MOLB 20211


MATH 1400


COJO 1010


PSYC 1000


ANTH 1200 or SOC 1000


ENGL 2020


FCSC 1140 or 1141


1 Must be taken within 5 years of the time one is admitted to the Dental Hygiene Program
2 KIN/ZOO 2040/2041 requires prerequisite of LIFE 1010
3 KIN/ZOO 3115 requires prerequisites of LIFE 1010 and CHEM 1020.

Students interested in the bachelor's degree in dental hygiene should contact the Undergraduate and Preprofessional Health Advising Office in the Health Sciences Center, rooms 110 and 112, or phone (307)766-6704 or (307)766-3499. Email:; or visit

Students admitted to the dental hygiene program fall 2005 and beyond will need to complete ENGL 4010, Technical Writing in the Professions, for their WC.

Dental Hygiene (DHYG) Courses

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