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Concordia University: 3+1 Bachelor of Arts Degree in Dental Hygiene

A convenient, affordable and streamlined approach to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in Healthcare Management.

Who can enroll in the program?

  • Students who have completed an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree in Dental Hygiene at College of DuPage (COD). Dental Hygiene is a limited enrollment program. Students should consult with the admission packet.
  • New students interested in pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Healthcare Management offered by Concordia University Chicago at College of DuPage.
  • Students who graduated from College of DuPage and went elsewhere can be considered for admission for this 3+1 program if they complete any necessary prerequisites. A transcript evaluation needs to be completed by both schools.

Program Overview

  • Classes are offered on College of DuPage Glen Ellyn Campus or online.
  • The 32 credit hours earned through Concordia University Chicago are offered at a discounted tuition rate.
  • For students earning an AAS degree in Dental Hygiene, the program consists of 127 credit hours, including 95 credit hours of College of DuPage courses and 32 credit hours of Concordia University Chicago coursework.

The Advantage

The 3+1 program allows students to complete their AAS degree from College of DuPage. Once completed, our students are allowed to take additional courses beyond their degree from COD paying our much lower tuition rates. The 3+1 program allows students to complete their AAS degree from College of DuPage. Once completed, our students are allowed to take additional courses beyond their degree from COD paying our much lower tuition rates. This program exemplifies College of DuPage's mission to make education more affordable for its students while stressing academic quality, first-class faculty and extraordinary learning environments.

Years 1 and 2

Prerequisites Needed Prior to Application

Total Hours: 21
Courses Credit Hours
ANAT 1551 or ANAT 1571* + 4
ANAT 1552 or ANAT 1572* + 5
CHEMI 1211 Survey of General Chemistry* +
CHEM 1551 Principles of Chemistry I* +
MICRO 1420 Microbiology* + 4
ENGLI 1101* (AP credit or credit by degree will be awarded 2 merit points) 3

+Must be taken within the last 5 years

*Grade of 'D' or lower will NOT be accepted

The minimum number of merit points for all 4 science pre-requisite courses must be 12 or more.

Total Hours: 17
Courses Credit Hours
PSYCH 1100 - General Psychology 3
SOCIO 1100 - Introduction to Sociology 3
SPEEC 1100 - Fundamentals of Speech Communication 3
MATH 1102 - Mathematics for Health Sciences (or higher) 3
Humanities/Fine Arts (IAI course) 3
Global/Multicultural Studies 2

Submit application to Dental Hygiene Program by Deadline

Years 1 and 2

  • Course available for registration only after acceptance
Total Hours: 45
Courses Credit Hours
Dehyg 1101* - Principles in Dental Hygiene I 3
Dehyg 1102* - Principles in Dental Hygiene II 2
Dehyg 1105* - Dental Materials/Expanded Functions 3
Dehyg 1112* - Dental Radiology I 2
Dehyg 1115* - Dental Tooth Anatomy and Morphology 2
Dehyg 1120* - Preclinical Dental Hygiene I 1
Dehyg 1121* - Clinical Dental Hygiene I 1
Dehyg 1125* - Head and Neck Anatomy: Histology and Embryology 2
Dehyg 1135* - Applied Nutrition and Biochemistry for the Dental Hygienist 2
Dehyg 1136* - General and Oral Pathology 2
Dehyg 1145* - Medical Emergencies in a Dental Office 1
Dehyg 2201* - Dental Hygiene Theory I 2
Dehyg 2202* - Dental Hygiene Theory II 2
Dehyg 2211* - Periodontics I 2
Dehyg 2212* - Periodontics II 2
Dehyg 2213* - Dental Radiology II 2
Dehyg 2222* - Clinical Dental Hygiene II 1
Dehyg 2223* - Clinical Dental Hygiene III 2
Dehyg 2224* - Clinical Dental Hygiene IV 2
Dehyg 2225* - Review of Dental Literature 1
Dehyg 2232* - Community Dental Health I 2
Dehyg 2233* - Community Dental Health II 2
Dehyg 2235* - Dental Pharmacology and Local Anesthetics 2
Dehyg 2245* - Ethics and Jurisprudence: Practice Management for the Dental Hygienist 2

*Grade of ‘D’ or lower will NOT be accepted

Year 3

Total Hours: 12
Courses Credit Hours
ENGLI 1102 - English Composition II* (Grade of "C" of better) 3
ECONO 2201 - Macroeconomics  3
MANAG 2210 - Principles of Management 3
MANAG 2240 - Human Resource Management 3

*Grade of ‘D’ or lower will NOT be accepted

Total Credit Hours Transferring from College of DuPage: 94

Year 4

Minimum semester hours to be earned at CUC: 32
B.A. degree in Healthcare Management Courses Credit Hours
HCMP 2000 - Introduction to Healthcare Industry 3
HCMP 2005 - Healthcare Careers
HCMP 2010 - Healthcare Systems: Issues & Trends 3
HCMP 2020 - Introduction to Healthcare Law 3
HCMP 3000 - Introduction to Healthcare Marketing 3
HCMP 4010 - Eth Considerations in the HC Industry 3
HCMP 4700 - Senior Project 4
OMP-4020 - Systems Approach to Org Change 3
OMP-4236 - Research Design & Methodology 3
OMP-4601 - Managerial Accounting 3
CTHY-4000 - Readings in Redemptive History 3

Any deviation from these courses should be done only through consultation with an advisor.

Total credit hours to complete the entire program: (95 + 32) = 127 semester hours

Important Notes

  • The Dental Hygiene program is a limited enrollment program. Students should review the admission packet for this program online at cod.edu/academics/programs/dental/
  • Courses are not listed in sequence. All students are highly recommended to consult with an advisor or counselor to map their academic plan. Students should also refer to specific program admission requirements as stated in their respective college/university catalogs and department web pages.
  • Students using financial aid must complete the AAS in Dental Hygiene degree requirements prior to taking the additional COD coursework.
  • Students utilizing financial aid must apply and be accepted into Concordia University Chicago prior to taking any classes beyond the AAS degree. It is recommended that students using financial aid should begin applying to Concordia University Chicago one semester before completing the AAS degree and ask for the financial aid consortium agreement. Students also need to apply for graduation from the AAS degree program at COD. Not doing so will result in not receiving financial aid.
  • The AAS degree must be completed and conferred in order to validate this agreement. Please refer to the student planning worksheet at www.cod.edu/counseling for COD's AAS degree requirements.
  • Additional COD coursework beyond the AAS degree must be completed with a "B" or higher.
  • Students must register and purchase books at Concordia University Chicago for Concordia University Chicago courses.
  • A student must earn a minimum of 127 credit hours to qualify for graduation with a bachelor's degree. At least 32 of the 127 credit hours for graduation must be completed through Concordia University Chicago. Students follow the degree requirements for the catalog year in which they enter Concordia University Chicago.

Contact Information

Counseling, Advising and Transfer Services
Student Services Center (SSC), Room 3200
(630) 942-2259

Request Advising

Alicja Kapusciarz
3+1 Advisor
Accelerated Degree Program
Concordia University Chicago
(708) 209-3306