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Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene Online Degree Completion Program
The Bachelor of Science in dental hygiene degree completion program broadens the educational experiences of licensed dental hygienists who have graduated from a two-year community college program by providing a liberal arts and broad based general education component, including critical thinking, analysis, writing, researching, and reporting.
- Associate degree from an accredited dental hygiene program in the U.S. or Canada
- Successful completion of the Dental Hygiene National Board examination or its Canadian equivalent
- A current dental hygiene license in the U.S. or Canada
What will I study?
The following curriculum is in place for the Dental Hygiene Degree Completion Program:
- DNHY 485 Oral Health Care Promotion (5cr)
- DNHY 486 Contemporary Issues in Dental Hygiene (5cr)
- DNHY 487 Principles and Policies of Oral Healthcare Management (5cr)
- DNHY 470 Research Methods (3cr)
- DNHY 467 Career Strategies (1cr)
- DNHY 490A Degree Completion Dental Hygiene Capstone (4cr)
- DNHY 491 Foundations of Dental Hygiene Education (5cr)
- DNHY 492 Dental Hygiene Education Practicum I (5cr)
- DNHY 493 Dental Hygiene Education Practicum II (5cr)
- Upper Division Dental Hygiene Coursework, these include: contemporary issues in oral health courses and an education/teaching series (no clinical coursework ) -- 37 Credits
- Upper Division Humanities, Social Sciences, Cultural Diversity, and International Studies Course (meet university General Education (GECRs), Cultural & Gender Diversity, and International Studies requirements) - 24 credits
*Students must meet University proficiencies in Math and English by completing Math 115 or its equivalent, and English 101 and 201 or its equivalent.*Students must meet University proficiencies in Math and English by completing Math 115 or its equivalent, and English 101 and 201 or their equivalent. It is strongly recommended students complete these requirements at local community colleges before entering the program.
Program Mission and Competencies
The mission of the Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene (BSDH) degree completion program is to enhance the educational experiences of dental hygienists who graduated with an associate degree. This is accomplished by providing a liberal arts and broad-based general education component which includes critical thinking, research, writing, cultural sensitivity, and ethical judgment. Graduates of this program will have practical experience intrinsic to the various expanded roles and scopes of practice in the profession of dental hygiene. The BSDH program fully prepares students to interact effectively with other health professionals in a competent, collaborative, and ethical manner.
BSDH program goals include:
- Compel individuals who possess moral and ethical values/behaviors to be effective participants in an increasingly complex and interdisciplinary health care system.
- Foster dental hygienists who are culturally sensitive and possess a strong theoretical base in the humanities, psychosocial sciences, and dental sciences.
- Encourage dental hygienists to be life-long learners who critically think, analyze and solve problems, make sound judgments, and lead others to do the same.
- Cultivate the communication and leadership skills of dental hygienists to enhance their functional role of practitioner as well as the expanded roles of researcher, manager, change agent, consumer advocate, and health promoter/educator.
- Instill a commitment to contribute actively to the betterment of the dental hygiene profession through professional involvement, continued education, and advanced professional or graduate education.
Teaching Methods and Learning Environment
All courses will be taught via Canvas in the near futute, an online Learning Management System that allows students to submit assignments, contact the course instructor, collaborate with fellow students, participate in discussions, and even videoconference from virtually anywhere.