Dental Hygiene Schools in Oklahoma with Program Overviews

Jul 29, 2019

Research dental hygiene programs in Oklahoma, which currently has three colleges offering accredited programs. Read an overview of degree programs, tuition info and program options for these schools and decide which program is right for you.

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Essential Information

Students in Oklahoma may choose to earn an associate's or bachelor's degree in dental hygiene. Both types of programs focus on the hands-on skills needed in this career, but include general education courses as well. Programs consist of classroom instruction, laboratory training, and clinical experiences. Some programs allow partial part-time attendance for some courses. Programs may be limited admission and competition for entrance could be high.

Rose State College

Located in Midwest City, Rose State College offers an Associate in Applied Science in Dental Hygiene. Students must complete general education courses prior to applying to the 2-year dental hygiene core program, which blends traditional classroom lectures with lab sessions and clinical rotations. While general education courses can be taken on a part-time basis, the dental hygiene program requires full-time attendance. This program admits only 12 students per year.

Tulsa Community College

This Tulsa community college's full-time dental hygiene program, which accepts 14 students each August, culminates in an Associate in Applied Science. Some prerequisite general education coursework must be completed prior to starting the program. Topics covered include dental and oral anatomy, periodontology and community dental health. Students also explore dental hygiene theory and learn techniques for dental radiography and dental pain management.

University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

This university in Oklahoma City offers a Bachelor of Science program in dental hygiene. Admission is competitive and requires students to submit records of their first two years of postsecondary education and proof of at least 40 hours of dental hygiene observation. In addition to teaching students about clinical aspects of working as a dental hygienist, this program aims to build their critical thinking and evidence-based decision-making skills and instill in them a sense of ethics and professional responsibility. The University of Oklahoma also offers this program via distance education in collaboration with Tri County Technology Center, Southern Oklahoma Technology Center and Western Technology Center.

Career Requirements

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), all dental hygienists need to be licensed by the state of their employment. Aspiring dental hygienists can become licensed through the Oklahoma Board of Dentistry by successfully passing national and regional examinations. To qualify for exams, aspiring dental hygienists need to complete a board-approved program.

The three public schools featured below offer accredited dental hygiene programs that prepare students for licensure.

School Comparison: At a Glance

School Name School Type & Setting Dental Hygiene Programs Offered Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)*
Rose State College 2-year, public; large suburb Associate in Applied Science in Dental Hygiene $4,319 in-state
$10,696 out-of-state
Tulsa Community College 2-year, public; large city Associate in Applied Science in Dental Hygiene $3,349 in-state
$8,581 out-of-state
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center 4-year, public; large city Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene $7,540 in-state
$22,921 out-of-state

Source: *NCES College Navigator.

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