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College of Science & Health

BS in Dental Hygiene

The Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene is a degree completion program for those who already possess an Associate level degree in dental hygiene from an accredited U.S. institution. It builds on the foundational knowledge and skills possessed by the Associate level trained dental hygienist. The program is interdisciplinary, consisting of six upper level dental hygiene courses, as well as three tracts of 12 credits each, in the areas of : Education; Public Health; and Business.

The majority of the course work in the three tracts consists of courses already taught by their respective departments.

The program is intended to help dental hygienists attain their personal, career and educational goals, whether they remain in private practice or enter related areas of the profession. It is intended to further develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills and help address the ever growing knowledge base and changing oral health care delivery avenues. Further, the degree can be used towards exploration of, and/or as a step towards, acceptance into graduate level programs and research.

Program Objectives for the BS Completion Program

  1. Graduates will be able to expand and develop their critical thinking and problem solving skills
  2. Graduates will be able to apply their knowledge and skills to their everyday practice and /or career development
  3. Graduates will be able to identify future changes in the profession and formulate appropriate strategies to adapt to them
  4. Graduates will be able to discuss the major current an future issues in oral health care delivery to include cultural, economic and societal factors
  5. Graduates will be able to comprehend and apply the knowledge of learning and developmental theories to the education of their patients and the community at large.

For more information, please view the Bachelor of Science Completion Program Application, Admission, and Program Bulletin.

Catalog Listing for Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene

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