Dental Hygiene Program

Thank you for your interest in the Dental Hygiene program at Ferris State University. You have chosen an excellent career and profession which offers many employment opportunities nation wide. Ferris State University Dental Hygiene Alumni and employers will tell you that Ferris State University graduates are among the best they hire!

Successful completion of the program leads to an Associate in Applied Science degree and grants you eligibility to take the licensing examinations necessary to practice dental hygiene. The dental hygiene program is a three-year program, with the first year considered the prerequisite (pre-professional) year, with the second and third years being devoted to the dental hygiene professional courses.

The dental hygiene program’s curriculum and eligibility requirements will be provided for you in another document.

You may take the prerequisite (pre-professional) courses at Ferris or take the equivalent courses elsewhere. As a pre-professional student, you will have access to an academic advisor in the dental hygiene program who can guide you in course selection as you work toward admission into the professional sequence of the program.

If you have questions or would like to visit the program’s facilities, you may call (231) 591-2261, to speak to our department secretary and schedule an appointment. Also, you may contact me by e-mail at [email protected]

Best wishes and the Dental Hygiene Program hopes to see you soon!


Kimberly S. Beistle

Kimberly S. Beistle, PhD, RDH, CDA
Professor/Program Coordinator, Dental Hygiene

Contact Information:

Kimberly Beistle, PhD, RDH, CDA
Dental Hygiene 
Professor/Program Coordinator
200 Ferris Dr.
Big Rapids, Michigan MI 49307
(231) 591-2261