Bachelor’s Degree

O’Hehir University

Bachelor of Science in
Oral Health Promotion

The O’Hehir University Bachelor of Science Degree Completion Program in Oral Health Promotion is focused on learning to think differently to get different results and utilises our concept of Guided Behaviour Change ® which has taken several years to develop.  This degree is designed for dental hygienists and dental therapists staying in or moving on from the clinical environment.  Those seeking positions in teaching or research should look for a bachelor’s degree focusing specifically on education or research.

for RDH’s


Our Bachelor of Science in Oral Health Promotion is a degree completion program open to licensed or registered dental hygienists and dental therapists. By virtue of licensure/registration, RDH’s have completed the necessary coursework for a BS Degree. In many cases, RDHs have the equivalent of 150 contact credit hours, more than enough credits for a Bachelor’s Degree.

convenient times

Class Times

Classes are either Sundays or on weeknights.

Registration is now open!


six months

Program Length

All classes start when full (5 students) meeting in video conferencing weekly at the above times and run for six months. Each graduating class or cohort of about five students works together over a six-month period to fulfill the requirements of graduation.

by choice


The OHU BS degree completion program is not an accredited program, by choice. To read more about accreditation and why OHU choose to not pursue accreditation, please read more about accreditation here.



Tuition for the BS Degree Completion Program is $3,999.00. There is a $50 non-refundable application fee. A 6-month payment plan is available including a finance charge.

student population


Our students come from all over the world. If you have an internet connection, then you will be able to successfully participate in the O’Hehir University BS Degree Completion Program.


OHU recognizes all the credits earned by Associate Degree or Diploma dental hygienists and dental therapists. Many complete four or more years of college to receive only an associate’s degree. Into those years are often squeezed more courses than average college students are required to complete. Dental hygiene and dental therapy education should have been granted a BS Degree many decades ago, but instead, courses were devalued and credit reduced. In many cases, associate degree dental hygienists are less than one semester shy of what is required for a BS Degree in Dental Hygiene.
OHU provides an inquiry-based approach to oral health promotion, together with an Action Research experience. The online video class meetings allow for live conversations between students which add to the learning environment.

What you Can Expect from OHU

What to Expect

You can expect OHU…

  1. to award Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees that are reputable and distinguished as practically effective and cutting-edge.
  2. to provide affordable education of great value.
  3. to expose students to an international community of Dental Hygiene educators and mentors.
  4. to promote individual growth that increases the significance of a Dental Hygienist’s career and impact.
  5. to champion ongoing research and development focused on preventive care.
  6. to engage industry leaders and organizations in desirable and ethical changes to Dental Hygiene education and professional delivery.
  7. to work passionately and diligently towards the end of dental disease.


What to Expect


  1. to seek out opportunities for personal growth and professional development.
  2. to uphold the values and vision of O’Hehir University by modeling hard work, organization and professional behavior.
  3. to engage other students and educators thoughtfully and with respect.
  4. to have ideas and share them.
  5. to have goals and reach them.
  6. to encourage and challenge industry and professional leaders toward continually better practices and policies.
  7. to work passionately and diligently towards the end of dental disease.

still have questions?


Graduates of certificate and associate degree dental hygiene programs have, by virtue of their education, earned the credits required for a bachelor’s degree. Completing a Bachelor of Science Degree through O’Hehir University provides dental hygienists with the problem-solving, implementation, and communication skills necessary to advance their clinical career while increasing their competitive advantage in the marketplace. Licensed/Registered Dental Hygienists are not truly graduates of a “two-year program” as often perceived by other health care professionals. The curriculum required for an accredited dental hygiene program is in fact comparable to that of many other university bachelor’s degrees and for some master’s degree programs. Dental hygienists should have a Bachelor of Science Degree as that does in fact reflect the entry-level of dental hygienists today.

Dental hygienists and dental therapists with a diploma, certificate, or associate’s degree who have graduated from accredited dental hygiene or dental therapy program and hold a license or registration to practice dental hygiene and/or therapy are eligible for entry into O’Hehir University. Preceptorship-trained dental hygienists do not qualify for our degree completion program.

No, but some dental hygiene associations both state and national offer scholarships that may be applied to tuition for degree completion.

Students are assigned to a cohort of four to seven students meeting weekly to every other week for one hour in virtual video conference calls to discuss the state of oral health today, career goals, and project development. This type of online interaction fosters discussion, mentoring, and peer review. Students combine reflective learning and academic inquiry with their practical, professional experience to fulfill degree requirements.
Completing a SWOT Analysis of both oral health today and their career provides an understanding of strengths and weaknesses and identifies opportunities and threats. This approach to education allows for practical application, better preparing dental hygienists to implement change in their clinical practice environments and in their careers.
Three books are required: Anxiety Free by Patrick McKeown, Reflective Writing Pocket Study Skills by Willilams, Woolliams, and Spiro, and Health Behavior Change in the Dental Practice by Christophe Ramseier & Jean Suvan. These books prepare students for a new and exciting experience in learning based on Reflective and Inquiry Learning Methods.
Students complete a Behaviour Change Project and submit a written thesis. The project implements a small change in their current approach to patients to achieve greater oral health for patients. This project is peer-assessed and submitted as part of the requirements for a Bachelor’s Degree.

To participate in an OHU Program, you will need:

  • PC or Mac
  • Access to the internet.
  • A webcam.
  • Word processing software.

O’Hehir University is an international, online institution founded specifically for dental hygienists who want to complete a Bachelor of Science Degree in Oral Health Promotion. In our first eight years, nearly 300 dental hygienists have graduated from O’Hehir University.

The core faculty of O’Hehir University is made up of dedicated Dental Hygienists with extensive clinical practice, business, and research experience. Two of the founding faculty members have expertise in areas specific to the needs of the clinical dental hygienist. Trisha O’Hehir has a dental hygiene career spanning five decades, with a specific interest in the prevention of dental disease. Tim Ives is a UK-based Dental Hygienist with Royal Air Force experience and corporate world experience. Both Trisha and Tim are Buteyko Breathing Trainers. They authored the book LipZip: Breathe Better to Live Better. Two instructors and graduates of OHU are Dabney Vaccaro from the US and Linda Douglas originally from England and living in Canada for many years. Both instructors have extensive clinical experience and are behavior change experts. Dabney is also a Health Coach and Linda is the Clinical Director of
Read more about the OHU faculty here.

O’Hehir University is an international institution. Being online, there are no walls so students are part of a vast and diverse community spanning the globe. Besides O’Hehir University founders and instructors, student-to-student and alumni-to-student mentorship is an important part of the OHU educational experience. Students are able to connect online one-on-one at any time to gain advice, discuss lessons or experiences, and work together.