Bachelor of Applied Science Degree

Now offered at CCD!

Offered completely online, the Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) Degree in Dental Hygiene is a degree completion program. The program is designed to allow registered dental hygienists (RDH) an avenue to advance their dental hygiene education and increase their employment options. The RDH to BAS program will expand career options for individuals currently holding a Certificate or Associate Degree in Dental Hygiene. The program offers flexibility in scheduling and the ability to continue working while advancing your education and ultimately your career opportunities.

Admission to the BAS program requires an Associate of Arts (AA), Associate of Applied Science (AAS), or Certificate in Dental Hygiene from a Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) accredited dental hygiene program from which the Community College of Denver (CCD) will accept transfer credits.**  Candidates for the BAS Degree Program will decide where they would like to place the emphasis of their course work. Candidates can choose either public health or clinical teaching/education. Regardless of the path chosen, the coursework and internship experiences will facilitate the development of skills in administration, planning, leadership and research.

**CCD will only accept transfer credit from post-secondary institutions accredited by one of the six regional accrediting associations. Credits earned at nationally accredited or unaccredited institutions are not transferable to CCD.

Dental hygienists who have earned a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in dental hygiene can be employed in a variety of settings beyond the traditional private practice dental setting. Career opportunities are expanded and can include:

  • community dental health clinics
  • public schools
  • clinical and basic science research laboratories
  • state and federal health facilities
  • office management
  • dental hygiene education
  • sales and marketing representatives
  • entrepreneurial ventures

Bachelor degree trained dental hygienists can develop program plans for public health institutions and organizations, participate in research, educate dental, dental hygiene students and community groups, be employed within dental sales, medical sales, marketing organizations and consulting firms. Dental hygienists with an entrepreneurial spirit can develop their own unique niche to support dentistry and dental hygiene through continuing education, practice management and publications.

Applications for the Bachelor of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene program are available beginning February 1st. There is one application cycle per year. A maximum of 25 individuals who meet the following criteria will be accepted into the BAS program. Applications will close once 25 students have been accepted into the program. 

  • Satisfactory completion of all Community College of Denver general admissions criteria and admittance to CCD
  • Completion of a Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) accredited AA, AAS, or Certificate in Dental Hygiene including 90 credit hours that can be accepted into the Community College of Denver for transfer credit
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher in all transferring dental hygiene degree course work and dental hygiene prerequisite courses
  • Dental hygiene licensure. Students in the program must have an active license to practice dental hygiene in at least one state within the United States.
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • Proof of Colorado residency or residency within a state under the WICHE Reciprocity Agreement
  • Completion of a writing sample. Specific directions and criteria for the writing sample will be provided with the Application materials.

BAS Degree Dental Hygiene Prerequisites

Before applying, you must meet the prerequisites for this program.

  • Graduation from a CODA Accredited Dental Hygiene Program*
    • Unofficial transcripts from your AA, AAS, or Certificate Dental Hygiene program, including prerequisite dental hygiene coursework must be submitted with your application for evaluation and review.
  • Satisfactory completion of all CCD general admissions criteria
  • Current dental hygiene licensure to practice within the United States
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher in all transferring dental hygiene degree course work and dental hygiene prerequisite courses.
  • Basic computer skills are necessary, including proficiency in Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint and Word, communication via email, and use of the Internet.
  • Ready access to a computer with a stable internet connection is mandatory as all coursework will be completed online.
  • Attend an Orientation session on campus approximately one month prior to the start of the Fall semester.
Prior Dental Hygiene Coursework60
MAT 135Intro to Statistics: GT-MA13
Dental Hygiene General Education 128
DEH 301Advanced Careers in Dental Hygiene3
DEH 302Research Methodologies3
DEH 355Social Issues in Oral Health3
Dental Hygiene Electives 215
Additional DEH credits for CCD AAS Dental Hygiene graduates or additional Electives for Transfer Students 35
Total Credits120

 AAS General Education Credits can be from the following prefixes:



Choose 15 credits from the following:

DEH 325 Advanced Concepts in Oral Health Promotion and Community Planning I

DEH 341 Clinical Teaching Methods

DEH 345 Advanced Dental Nutrition

DEH 387 Leadership and Administration

DEH 411 Teaching Methods

DEH 425 Advanced Concepts in Oral Health Promotion and Community Planning II

DEH 476 Diversity & Cultural Research I

DEH 478 Diversity & Cultural Research II

DEH 481 Public Health Internship I

DEH 482 Public Health Internship II

DEH 488 Dental Hygiene Clinical Capstone Practicum


Choose up to 5 credits from the following (General electives at the 100/200 level can be taken to supplement dental hygiene entry level education when credits are less than 65 credit hours.  These courses may not be substituted for 300/400 level coursework.)

ANT 101 Cultural Anthropology: GT-SS3

ASL 121 American Sign Language I

COM 126 Communication in Healthcare

SPA 115 Spanish for the Professional I

Note: A minimum of 24 credit hours must be taken at the 300/400 level from BAS Dental Hygiene courses. A minimum of 30 credit hours in residence at the Community College of Denver is required to earn the Bachelor of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene degree.