Dental Hygiene, B.S.

Start your career as a Dental Hygienist.

Lewis University is the only university in the Chicagoland area to offer a bachelor's degree in Dental Hygiene.

The responsibilities of the dental hygienist in the clinical setting continue to expand. Obtaining a bachelor's degree will not only prepare you to be a successful and more marketable dental hygienist, with a mastery knowledge of dental anatomy, clinical dental skills and patient care - but provide you with the career flexibility to advance into positions in public health, research, dental pharmaceuticals or pursue a master's degree program in a health-related field if you one day choose.

Lewis University has partnered with the College of DuPage and Parkland College to offer this unique and affordable 2+2 Dental Hygienist degree program.
Dental Hygiene
Jessica Ott, Erika Navarro, Stephanie Carter and Marisa Wagner.

This program allows you to take advantage of the strengths and resources of both Lewis University and the excellent dental hygiene programs offered by these colleges. The first two years of the program will be completed at Lewis University, in which you will study sciences such as anatomy, physiology, microbiology and more, with the remaining two years at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn or Parkland College in Champaign, at their tuition rate, where you will take dental hygiene courses and start your clinical rotation working on patients. Both the College of DuPage and Parkland College offer an excellent facility for dental hygiene students and boast an excellent pass rate on the national boards for both the written and clinical portion. Upon successful completion of the program, you will receive your Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene from Lewis University.

Note: Admission to the Dental Hygiene program at the College of DuPage or at Parkland College is not guaranteed and is solely the decision of their Admissions Committee. Students must attain a cumulative 3.0 GPA in the required science classes (A&P I, A&P II, General Chemistry I & II, and Microbiology) in order to be considered for admission at the College of DuPage only. A grade of "C" or better must be earned in a prerequisite course in order to advance to the next course in the sequence. Dental Hygiene majors may take a biology class only two times. If the student has not achieved a minimum of a "C" after the second attempt, the student may not repeat the class. A student entering this program must have a minimum composite ACT of 23.

Please also note the following:

  • Space is limited in the Dental Hygiene program at both of these institutions. Satisfactory completion of prerequisite courses does not guarantee admission to the Dental Hygiene program.
  • Transfer students must be enrolled at Lewis University full-time for a minimum of three (3) semesters in order to earn a bachelor’s degree in Dental Hygiene from this university.
  • A majority of prerequisite science courses must be taken at Lewis University.

Biology Major + Dental Hygiene Certificate Option

Students also have the option to complete their Biology degree from Lewis, and then apply for admission to the Dental Hygiene program at the College of DuPage to earn a Certificate in Dental Hygiene.


For more information, or if you have any questions about the dental hygiene degree program, please contact Dr. Kozak at