Gain the Experience and Knowledge You Need to Become a Licensed 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 to pursue a master’s degree in a health-related field.

Lewis University has partnered with various local colleges to offer this unique and affordable 2+2 Dental Hygienist degree program.

Dental Hygiene

Our partnerships allow 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.

The remaining two years will be completed at one of the following partner colleges, at their tuition rates, where you will take dental hygiene courses and start your clinical rotation working on patients:

All of our partner program colleges are all fully accredited by CODA, the Commission on Dental Accreditation.

All of these colleges offer excellent facilities for dental hygiene students and boast an impressive 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 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, and Microbiology) in order to be considered for admission at the College of DuPage only. Entrance requirements vary for each of the dental hygiene programs listed. 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:

  • There are multiple spaces available in the dental hygiene programs at each of our affiliated schools for eligible Lewis students. 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 any of our partner schools where they can then 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

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