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Fees and Expenses for Dental Hygiene


Estimated costs for tuition and housing for full-time students is available on The Ohio State University web site Tuition and Fees page.

The table of fees by credit hour is available at Student Tuition and Fees Tables. Dental hygiene students should plan to be enrolled full time.

Dental hygiene requires extensive laboratory and clinic experiences that require specific supplies. You should plan for these additional fees during your last two years while you are enrolled in the dental hygiene major. Most clinic and laboratory supplies are purchased by the college and paid for from the instrument and lab fees that will be billed with your Ohio State University tuition each semester. In addition, during your first semester you will need to purchase loupes, a blood pressure cuff, and scrubs. The table below includes these expenses for current students; fees are subject to increase annually.

  DHY 3 Year DHY 4 Year
Instrument and Lab Fees1 $1741 $1741
EFDA (optional)   $1155
Tuberculosis Test $22 $22
Uniforms (3 sets of scrubs) $81–$120  
Books $700 $685
OSU Student Chapter of ADHA Dues $65 $65
Blood Pressure Cuff $45  
Loupes $800–$1700  
Foliotek $59  
Total2 $3513–4452 $2513–3668
1The instrument rental and laboratory fees are billed with The Ohio State University fee statement.
2Students are also responsible for required immunizations, lab tests, annual TB tests and annual influenza immunizations. These expenses will vary depending on your health insurance.

Fees Related to Licensure and Licensure Examinations
These fees are not required in the Dental Hygiene Program, but students who wish to apply for licensure in dental hygiene should plan for the following expenses during the senior year. Fees listed are for spring semester 2013.

National Board Examination $390
Northeast Regional Board $975
Local Anesthesia Exam $140
Background Checks $58
Ohio License Application $96-$147
EFDA Specialization $750
Total $1659-2460


Division of Dental Hygiene