Do I qualify to apply?

To qualify for this program, you must meet these criteria:

  • Successful completion of a program in Dental Hygiene accredited by the ADA Commission on Dental Accreditation or current enrollment in a program
  • License to practice dental hygiene or eligible for licensure
  • A minimum grade point average of 2.0

If you are currently enrolled in a 2-year degree dental hygiene program and would like to start the degree completion program early, please contact Julie Dittrich, program coordinator.

When Can I Start?

You can start in the fall, spring, or summer.

How do I apply to the Online Dental Hygiene program?

You'll need to complete two applications:

Step one - Apply to Minnesota State University, Mankato

Apply to Minnesota State University, Mankato

  • Alumni of Minnesota State University, Mankato should contact the program coordinator to complete this program.
  • Enter code UECFREE to have the $20 application fee waived for undergraduate applicants.
  • Questions about applying to the University or questions regarding the status of your application should be directed to the Office of Admissions at: or by phone at 507-389-1822.

Step Two - Apply to the Dental Hygiene Degree Completion Program

  • Once accepted to the University, check your email for instructions on how to apply to the online dental hygiene program on your personalized website. 
  • Any questions or problems with the application process, contact Julie Dittrich.

What are the Application Deadlines?

  • To start Summer Semester (May): April 20
  • To start Fall Semester:
    • August = July 30
    • October = September 15
  • To start Spring Semester:
    • January = December 9
    • March = February 15

How much is Tuition and is there any Financial Assistance?

Tuition information can be found at

Financial assistance includes loans, grants, and scholarships. To be considered for student loans and other government-based student aid, students must submit an online Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA): go to the FAFSA website. Information about grants and scholarships is available online at the Campus Hub.

I have more questions - who can I contact?

If you have any questions, please contact Julie Dittrich, program coordinator, at or 507-389-1041.