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Dental Hygiene - Public Health Emphasis, B.S.

Requirements

This is a Bachelor Completion program, meaning you must first have a two year degree in dental hygiene to apply and be accepted. Please refer to our website at www.uvu.edu/dental and/or call us at 801-863-7536 or 7592 for specific information about the application process. The BS degree builds on the AAS degree in dental hygiene. The BS degree consists of 120 credits and builds on the credits already earned in the AAS program. This degree can be for those who want to:  increase their knowledge in their field, move onto an advanced degree, become a hygiene faculty and teach, work for private companies, research work for the government, become a mid-level provider or want to improve their critical thinking and problem solving skills. The degree has emphases in four (4) areas consisting of 12 credit hours each. This degree is aimed at the working professional, as the Dental Hygiene courses are offered on-line.  There is no a clinical component. There is also no special fee involved. The first four (4) semesters and AAS pre-requisites are listed. You must have completed your AAS degree before you can matriculate into the BS program. Because applicants will present with a variety of previous courses already taken, the following plan is only meant to be a guide. It is based on a student completing the UVU AAS Dental Hygiene Degree. Once you have applied, and are in the BS program, you must speak with the Department of Dental Hygiene advisor to help you customize a plan that works for you.

Total Program Credits: 120

Matriculation Requirements:
  1. Completion of an AA, AS, or AAS degree in dental hygiene from an accredited program with department permission
General Education Requirements: 38 Credits
  ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing 3
  ENGL 2010 Intermediate Writing--Humanities/Social Sciences 3
or ENGL 2020 Intermediate Writing--Science and Technology  (3.0)
  MATH 1050 College Algebra 4
Complete one of the following: 3
  HIST 1700 American Civilization  (3.0)
  HIST 2700 US History to 1877  (3.0)
  HIST 2710 US History since 1877  (3.0)
  HIST 1740 US Economic History  (3.0)
  POLS 1000 American Heritage  (3.0)
  POLS 1100 American National Government  (3.0)
Complete the following:
  PHIL 2050 Ethics and Values  (3.0)
or PHIL 205G Ethics and Values 3
  HLTH 1100 Personal Health and Wellness  (2.0)
or PES 1097 Fitness for Life 2
Distribution Courses:
  BIOL 1010 General Biology (fulfilld Biology) 3
  CHEM 1110 Elementary Chemistry for the Health Sciences (fulfills Physical Science) 4
  ZOOL 2320 Human Anatomy (fulfills additional Biology or Physical Science) 3
  ZOOL 2325 Human Anatomy Laboratory 1
  Fine Arts 3
  COMM 1050 Introduction to Speech Communication (fulfills Humanities) 3
  SOC 1010 Introduction to Sociology (fulfills Social/Behavioral Science) 3
or SOC 1020 Modern Social Problems  (3.0)
Discipline Core Requirements: 70 Credits
Complete the following:
  DENT 1010 Dental Hygiene I 3
  DENT 1015 Dental Hygiene I Preclinical lab 2
  DENT 1020 Oral Anatomy and Physiology 4
  DENT 1030 Dental Materials 2
  DENT 1040 Dental Hygiene II 3
  DENT 1045 Dental Hygiene II Clinical 3
  DENT 1050 Clinical Dental Radiography 1
  DENT 1055 Clinical Dental Radiography Lab 1
  DENT 1060 General and Oral Pathology 2
  DENT 1070 Medical Emergencies in the Dental Office 1
  DENT 2020 Dental Pharmacology 3
  DENT 2060 Community Dental Hygiene 3
  DENT 3010 Dental Hygiene III 3
  DENT 3015 Dental Hygiene III Clinical 4
  DENT 3030 Periodontology 3
  DENT 3040 Dental Hygiene IV 2
  DENT 3045 Dental Hygiene IV Clinical 4
  DENT 3050 Dental Hygiene Seminar 1
  DENT 3060 Advanced Dental Hygiene Public Health 2
  DENT 3200 Teaching the Dental Hygiene Patient 2
  DENT 4200 Teaching the Dental Hygiene Student 2
  DENT 4300 Dental Hygiene Capstone 1
  DENT 481R Internship in Dental Hygiene 4
  MICR 2060 Microbiology for Health Professions 3
  MICR 2065 Microbiology for Health Professions Laboratory 1
  NUTR 1020 Foundations of Human Nutrition 3
  PSY 1010 General Psychology 3
  ZOOL 2420 Human Physiology 3
  ZOOL 2425 Human Physiology Laboratory 1
Emphasis Requirements: 12 Credits
  HLTH 3200 Principles of Community Health 3
  HLTH 3260 Modifying Health Behavior 3
  HLTH 3800 Epidemiology 3
  HLTH 4300 Community Health Ethics 3

Graduation Requirements:

  1. Completion of a minimum of 120 credits semester credits
  2. Overall grade point average of 2.5 or above. All courses must have "C-" or higher.
  3. Residency hours: minimum of 30 credit hours through course attendance at UVU, with 10 hours earned during the last 45 hours
  4. Completion of GE and specified departmental requirements
  5. A minimum of 40 upper division credit hours
  6. Successful completion of at least one Global/Intercultural course.

Graduation Plan

This graduation plan is a sample plan and is intended to be a guide. Your specific plan may differ based on your Math and English placement and/or transfer credits applied. You are encouraged to meet with an advisor and set up an individualized graduation plan in Wolverine Track.

Milestone courses (pre-requisites for a course in one of the subsequent semesters) are marked in red and Italicized.

Flexible delivery options (e.g., online, hybrid, live interactive, evening, weekend, education centers) are available for this degree. These vary by semester. Please check the Schedule of Classes for the semester you plan to enroll.


Semester 1 Course Title Credit Hours
MICR 2060* Microbiology for Health Professions 3
MICR 2065* Microbiology for Health Professions Lab 1
DENT 1010 Dental Hygiene I 3
DENT 1015 Dental Hygiene I Preclinical Lab 2
DENT 1020 Oral Anatomy and Physiology 4
DENT 1030 Dental Materials  2
DENT 1070 Medical Emergencies in the Dental Office 1
  Semester total: 16

Notes: Prerequisites are taken to apply to the program and before the above first semester courses.  Prerequisites are ENGL 1010, CHEM 1110 (fulfills Physical Science), MATH 1050, ZOOL 2320 (fulfills additional Biology or Physical Science), ZOOL 2325, ZOOL 2420, and ZOOL 2425 (19 credits). 

*Pre-requisites are required to be taken. Please see the advisor.

Semester 2  Course Title Credit Hours
DENT 2060 Community Dental Hygiene 3
DENT 1040 Dental Hygiene II 3
DENT 1045 Dental Hygiene II Clinical 3
DENT 1050 Clinical Dental Radiology 1
DENT 1055 Clinical Dental Radiology Lab 1
DENT 1060 General and Oral Pathology 2
PSY 1010 General Psychology 3
  Semester total: 16
Semester 3 Course Title Credit Hours
DENT 3010 Dental Hygiene III 3
DENT 3015 Dental Hygiene III Clinical 4
DENT 2020 Dental Pharmacology 3
DENT 3030 Periodontology 3
NUTR 1020 Foundations of Nutrition 3
COMM 1050 Introduction to Speech Communication (fulfills Humanities) 3
  Semester total: 19
Semester 4 Course Title Credit Hours
DENT 3040 Dental Hygiene IV 2
DENT 3045 Dental Hygiene IV Clinical 4
DENT 3050 Dental Hygiene Seminar 1
PHIL 205G Ethics and Values 3
SOC 1010 Introduction to Sociology (fulfills Social/Behavioral Science) 3
  Semester total: 13
Notes: You may take PHIL 2050 instead of PHIL 205G. And you may take SOC 1020 instead of SOC 1010.
Semester 5 Course Title Credit Hours
DENT 3060 Advanced Dental Hygiene Public Health 2
DENT 3200 Teaching the Dental Hygiene Patient  2
ENGL 2010 or ENGL 2020 Intermediate Writing  3
BIOL 1010 General Biology (fulfills Biology) 3
  Semester total: 10
Notes: Most students will already have general biology completed.
Semester 6 Course Title Credit Hours
DENT 4200  Teaching the Dental Hygiene Student 2
HLTH 1100 or PES 1097 Personal Health and Wellness or Fitness for Life 2
HLTH 3200 Principles of Community Health 3
  Semester total: 7
Semester 7 Course Title Credit Hours
DENT 481R Internship in Dental Hygiene 4
HLTH 3260 Modifying Health Behavior 3
American Institutions See catalog 3
  Semester total: 10
Semester 8 Course Title Credit Hours
DENT 4300 Dental Hygiene Capstone 1
HLTH 3800 Epidemiology 3
HLTH 4300 Community Health Ethics 3
Fine Arts See catalog 3
  Semester total: 10
Notes: The degree total actually is 120 credits with the 19 credits of prerequisite courses.  19
  Degree total: 120

Department

Name:

Dental Hygiene

Location:

HP 142

Telephone:

801-863-7536

Email:

mariawilkey@uvu.edu

Web Address:

www.uvu.edu/dental/

Chair:

Dianne Knight

Chair UVU Email:

dianne.knight@uvu.edu

 
 

Mission Statement

The Department of Dental Hygiene offers an Associate in Applied Science in Dental Hygiene. It also offers a Bachelor Completion degree in Dental Hygiene. The Dental Hygiene AAS program prepares graduates to take the Dental Hygiene National Boards, the Western Regional Dental Hygiene Clinical Boards, the Western Regional Written and Clinical Local Anesthesia Boards and to apply for state licensure. Completion of the program prepares graduates to enter private practice as competent dental hygiene professionals.

The program is competency based and student centered in nature. The program focuses on developing the knowledge and skill needed in dental hygiene while it strives to develop student problem solving and critical thinking skills, communication skills and teaching/education skills. The curriculum also develops student professionalism and promotes lifelong learning, community awareness, engagement and service.

 
 

Dental Hygiene

  • Administrative Support: Maria Wilkey
  • Office: HP 142d
  • Telephone: 801-863-7536
  • Email:   maria.wilkey@uvu.edu
  • Mail Stop: 238
  • Advisor: Kristie Dockstader
  • Office: HP 101b
  • Telephone: 801-863-6974
  • Email:   Kdockstader@uvu.edu
  • Senior Clinic Coordinator: Sandra Wilson
  • Office: HP 142f
  • Telephone: 801-863-7592
  • Email: swilson@uvu.edu
  • Junior Clinic Coordinator: Kathleen Young
  • Office: HP 142e
  • Telephone: 801-863-7551
  • Email:   kathleen.young@uvu.edu
 
 

The AAS program is a competitive admission program. Please refer to our department website for a complete description of our application process and requirements. Call our office with any questions.

You must apply and be officially accepted into our program to declare yourself a dental hygiene major in order to begin taking Dental Hygiene courses.

The AAS curriculum includes a total of 83 credits including prerequisites. These pre-requisite courses must be taken before applying to the Dental Hygiene Program:

  • CHEM 1110 Chemistry for the Health Professions
  • ENGL 1010 College Writing
  • MATH 1050  Intermediate Algebra.
  • ZOOL 2320 Human Anatomy Lecture
  • ZOOL 2325 Human Anatomy Lab
  • ZOOL 2420 Human Physiology
  • ZOOL 2425 Human Physiology Lab

Please be aware that some of the above prerequisites have their own prerequisites. Please contact the Biology Department for information on their prerequisites for the Human Anatomy and Human Physiology courses and the Chemistry Department for their prerequisites for CHEM 1110

The Bachelor Completion Program includes a total of 120 credits. It has a competitive admission process as well. It builds on the credits received in the AAS program. It offers several tracts of 12 credits each.. Please refer to our department website for information concerning the application process, required courses and other important information. Bear in mind that students need their two year degree in dental hygiene prior to matriculating into this program.

Advisory Committee:

Melinda Reich RDH AAS, Rhella Christensen RDH PH.D, Alexander Larsen DDS, Richard Reiser DDS MS, Lauren Geis RDH AAS.

Career Opportunities

Dental hygienists, under the supervision of licensed dentists, provide preventive dental care to patients such as dental prophylaxis, topical fluoride applications, pit and fissure sealants, administration of local anesthetics, dental radiographs and teaching patients plaque control procedures. Dental hygienists work in private dental practices as well as in school systems, public health agencies, Federal and State agencies, hospitals, and nursing homes.

Program Overview

Admission to UVU does not constitute admission to the Dental Hygiene program.  Admission to the Dental Hygiene program requires a separate and competitive admission process.

The Department of Dental Hygiene currently offers two programs leading to the following degrees: 1) Associate in Applied Science in Dental Hygiene and 2) Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene.  Upon successful completion of the AAS program, graduates must pass National, Regional and State Board examinations to apply for licensure.

Applicants to the AAS program, who have questions about their potential for licensure in a particular state, should contact that state’s board of dental hygiene. One important pre-requisite to entering the Bachelor program is an Associate level degree in dental hygiene from an accredited school in the United States. The Associate level degree must be transferable to the USHE higher education system.

The AAS Dental Hygiene program at UVU has been granted accreditation status by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association, 211 East Chicago  Ave., Chicago, IL 60611, 312-440-4653.

Program Information

Students are required to follow departmental infection control policies and procedures that are based on OSHA regulations and CDC recommendations. They must meet the health and safety requirements participating facilities require of their employees. These requirements must be met prior to enrollment in Dental Hygiene 1010:

  1. Documentation of current immunization for Tetanus, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, and Hepatitis B, and Negative Mantoux for tuberculosis. (negative chest x-ray if Mantoux is contra indicated/positive). Students may refuse any immunization by signing a waiver and release from liability. Immunization may also be waived with documentation of acceptable titer or written documentation from a physician of immunization risk. 
  2. Current CPR certification (American Heart Association CPR for Health Care Providers, American Red Cross Health Care Provider, or National Safety Council); certification must remain current throughout academic program. Students will have professional liability insurance through UVU’s comprehensive liability insurance policy. This liability insurance is in effect when students are performing within the scope of their assigned clinical/laboratory activities and under the supervision of Department of Dental Hygiene faculty and supervising dentists.

The Department of Dental Hygiene adheres to UVU policy allowing students, staff or faculty with AIDS, ARC, or HIV to participate in all phases of College life within established College policies. The Department will respect the confidentiality of individuals with AIDS, ARC, or HIV insofar as the safety of others is not in question. College policy is not to test students, faculty or staff for the AIDS virus. See Policy A-9.1 for full college policy. State Licensure requirements may consider health status. Applicants with questions regarding Licensure policies should contact the licensing division of the state(s) in which they intend to seek Licensure following graduation.

Costs for the AAS Dental Hygiene program include a $3175 program fee per semester for four (4) semesters, in addition to UVU tuition and laboratory fees (these costs are subject to change). This fee is subject to change on a yearly basis and the student is responsible to pay any fee increases, regardless of when they began the program. Students are required to purchase their own dental instruments, some clinical supplies, and uniforms. Students are responsible for transportation to the clinic and other clinical sites, as well as other field experiences and any State, Regional or National boards and licensing.

The AAS Dental Hygiene program is challenging academically and in the amount of time involved on campus and at clinical experiences. Students should plan for some evening and weekend clinical experiences in dental hygiene courses. Students will provide patient care in a clinical setting. While volunteer patients come to the clinic for treatment, students should seek patients for some clinical experiences, and are ultimately responsible for obtaining their clinical patients.

The BS Dental Hygiene program does not entail a special fee or clinical component.

Students in either the AAS or BS program will be informed of additional departmental policies following admission to the program.

Admission Requirements

Admission to UVU does not constitute admission to any of the Dental Hygiene Programs. Admission to the Dental Hygiene Program requires a separate and competitive admission process.

For specific admission criteria, please visit our department web-site www.uvu.edu/dental. Feel free to contact the Department of Dental Hygiene at 801-863-7536 or 801-863-6974, or e-mail a request for information to maria.wilkey@uvu.edu.

All applicants will be notified by mail of their admission status. No telephone or in-person requests for admission status will be answered. Students not admitted for the semester of application must reapply for the next application period and compete with the new pool for admission. There is no waiting list for either program.

Transfer of Credits

For information regarding the transfer of credits from other institutions of higher learning for general education and required courses, other than Dental Hygiene courses, please contact the Graduation and Transfer Services office (BA 114g, telephone 801-863-8438). For Dental Hygiene courses, contact the Department of Dental Hygiene after you have been notified of acceptance into the AAS program.

Degree

The Department of Dental Hygiene reserves the right to modify the curriculum as needed to meet accreditation requirements and changes in the profession.

 

The Department of Dental Hygiene has a working Dental Hygiene clinic serving the general public.  Clinic appointments can be made by calling 801-863-7608.

 
 

Faculty

Dianne Knight(2008)

Associate Professor

Department: Dental Hygiene
Department Chair, Faculty



B.S., Dental Hygiene, Weber State College; M.B.A., Marketing, Cal Poly Pomona.

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Karen Preston(2012)

Assistant Professor

Department: Dental Hygiene
Faculty



B.S., Dental Hygiene, Weber State College.

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Sandra Wilson(2015)

Assistant Professor

Department: Dental Hygiene
Faculty



A.A.S., Dental Hygiene, Colorado Northwestern Community College; B.A., Broadcast Journalism, Brigham Young University; M.A., Curriculum & Instruction, Colorado Christian University.

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Kathleen Young(2015)

Assistant Professor

Department: Dental Hygiene
Faculty



A.S., Dental Hygiene, Cabrillo College; B.S., Dental Hygiene, Utah Valley University; M.Ed., Instructional Technology, University of Utah.

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