Learn more about the pre-professional programs at Black Hills State University.
BHSU Pre-Dental Hygiene Program


A dental hygienist is a licensed dental professional who specializes in preventive oral health. Typically working with a dentistry office, dental hygienists provide include specialized cleanings for patients, take prescribed radiographs, and provide instructions for care. 

Entering a career as a dental hygienist is a difficult but rewarding task. Your first step is to earn an associate’s degree from BHSU. We have created a recommended program of study that will make your journey to becoming a dental hygienist a reality.


Courses available as part of your bachelor’s degree that will prepare you for your career goals.

  • BIOL 121 -- Basic Anatomy & 121L Lab - 4
  • BIOL 123 -- Basic Physiology & 123L Lab - 4
  • BIOL 231 -- General Microbiology & 231L Lab - 4
  • BIOL 286 -- Word Origins* - 3
  • CHEM 106 -- General Survey I & 106L Lab - 3
  • CHEM 107 -- General Survey II & 107L Lab - 4

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