• Course Delivery
    100% Online
  • Total Credits
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit
Ready to elevate your career? Our online degree completion program - Registered Dental Hygiene (RDH) to Bachelor of Science Dental Hygiene (BSDH) - was created with working professionals in mind. Students can attend part time while working or fulfilling family obligations. UMKC helps students tailor a course schedule based on your existing dental hygiene degree, career expectations and personal and professional educational needs. The collaborative and challenging program opens several new avenues for jobs in education, program administration, public health, advanced clinical practice, specialized patient care and research. Courses emphasize evidence-based practice in the biomedical, behavioral and clinical sciences. All courses are completed online, although students must visit campus three times to fulfill degree requirements. All degree completion courses require students to meet online at specific times. Out-of-state students may qualify for reduced tuition through Heartland or Kansas Rates.
Our intensive program gives students a competitive edge in the job market. Coursework is created to ensure graduates step into leadership roles, find diverse jobs and work collaboratively with other health care professionals. UMKC offers something that's unsurpassed in the region. UMKC is home to the only public dental school in Missouri or Kansas. It offers our students access to nationally-recognized researchers, advanced laboratories, extensive oral health libraries and a vast network of employers. Dental hygiene students will also benefit from UMKC's emphasis on interprofessional connections among its life sciences students - be it dental, pharmacy, medical or nursing and health studies.

Admissions & Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. Graduate from an accredited dental hygiene program.
  2. Successful completion of the National Dental Hygiene Board Examination.
  3. Have earned a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5.
  4. Have an up-to-date dental hygiene state license.
  5. Apply to UMKC and send a supplemental application with a personal narrative statement to the Division of Dental Hygiene.
  6. Send three reference forms including one from the director of the dental hygiene program you graduated from.
  7. Provide official transcripts of all previous academic work.
NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states, U.S. territories and the District of Columbia.

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Application Deadlines

Admissions Deadline
February 1


  • **Anchor III Civic & Community Engagement 3 Credits
  • DENT HYG 4130Intro. to Instructional Technologies & Online Learning1 Credit

    The web-based multimedia course will examine the mediated communication process using Internet tools and is designed to help the incoming student become prepared to succeed in their degree program using online technologies. Students will exam the changes and challenges associated with mediated synchronous and asynchronous technologies. The course will be delivered in four different modules.

  • DENT-HYG 4040 Foundations of Teaching2 Credits

    This course provides an introduction to the evidence-based best practices in course design for students who are preparing for a career in teaching and for those who simply wish to learn more about classroom instruction. Students will explore outcomes centered course design and practical and effective instructional strategies. Content application activities include syllabus development, writing objectives, constructing lesson plans, preparing presentations and developing course management sites.

  • DENT-HYG 4150 Portfolio Capstone1 Credit
  • DENT-HYG 4500 Seminar on Issues in Higher Ed for Health Professionals3 Credits

    This course is designed to introduce the student to matters encountered in higher education. specific to dental hygiene education. Weekly readings, assignments, and sessions will familiarize the student in topics such as: writing resumes and cvs, case-based learning, accreditation, promotion and tenure, and assessment.

  • DENT-HYG 4600 Evidence based Decision Making in Dental Hygiene3 Credits

    This course is designed for the graduate and degree completion dental hygiene student and expand on the student's basic knowledge of the dental hygiene process of care. Utilization of evidence based decision making skills will be explored in an effort to incorporate current scientific literature, personal clinical experience and patient preferences as it relates to the delivery of comprehensive patient care. Skills taught in this course will enhance background knowledge related to the dental hygiene process of care and help to foster an attitude of critical analysis and lifelong learning.

  • DENT-HYG 4620 Intro to Educational Methodology3 Credits

    This course is designed to introduce the student to basic educational methodologies and to provide participants with a better understanding of the teaching/learning process. The course includes units on instructor/student relationships, educational approaches, educational ethics and professionalism, the scholarship of teaching and learning and curriculum theory.

  • DISC 300**DISC 300 Civic & Community Engagement (Speech & Writing)3 Credits

    Students will put the knowledge and skills learned in Discourse I and II into practical use by engaging in a service-learning project that is interdisciplinary and intercultural. Students will use strategies of critical discourse analysis and critical language awareness to target the appropriate audience/recipients for their service project, to develop innovative and rhetorically effective texts, and to reflect on their project’s purpose, methods, and consequences. This course is taught in close connection with the anchor course Civic and Community Engagement. Prerequisites: DISC 200 Co-requisites: Anchor III

  • General Elective I3 Credits
  • General Elective II3 Credits
  • General Elective III3 Credits
  • General Elective IV3 Credits
  • General Elective V3 Credits

Tuition & Fees

Missouri Resident Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $280.78
  • Fees: $61.47
  • Total: $342.25
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $842.34
  • Fees: $184.41
  • Total: $1026.75
Missouri Non-Resident Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $785.00
  • Fees: $61.47
  • Total: $846.47
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $2355.00
  • Fees: $184.41
  • Total: $2539.41
Missouri Midwest Exchange Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $425.70
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1277.10
Metro Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $283.80
  • Fees: $61.47
  • Total: $345.27
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $851.40
  • Fees: $184.41
  • Total: $1035.81
Tuition rates are subject to change.

What's it like to take a program online?

  • Earn a quality education online

    With more than 100 online programs to choose from across our four campuses, our online students have incredible access to career-advancing education. Our online courses are developed and taught by the same excellent faculty and instructors who teach the courses on campus. Whether you’re looking for an undergraduate education, graduate education, or a certificate program to further your career, one of our four campuses has an option to fit your needs.

  • Learning that fits your schedule

    Online learning provides students with the flexibility and freedom to attend classes whenever and wherever you are, in a way that is convenient for you. You can save time and money by being able to continue working and by avoiding relocation, travel and commuting costs. Courses must be completed in scheduled time frames, but in most cases, you can log in and complete course work whenever doing so best fits your schedule. Online education means learning on your terms – not the other way around.

  • Service you expect from a renowned University

    Our goal is to provide our online students with an excellent academic experience, without forcing you to make sacrifices in other areas of your life.

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