BS in DH Completion Program

Program Description

The Bachelor of Science (BS) in the Dental Hygiene Completion Program online provides associate degree registered dental hygienists (RDH) with advanced educational opportunities to successfully fulfill new and broader roles within the profession of Dental Hygiene. The program teaches the student the essential theoretical knowledge and skills to compete beyond the entry-level positions in the field. Graduates of the program can extend the dental hygiene profession’s reach to provide quality preventive oral health care in an expanded public health arena while developing and instituting diverse treatment plans for a multicultural population. Career paths in public health management, allied health education, pharmaceutical research, sales and business affiliations are possibilities to the bachelor degree-trained dental hygienist. 

The program has a total of 180 quarter credits with 90 credits transferred in from the associate in dental hygiene degree. The remaining 90 credits consist of 60 credits of upper division Dental Hygiene courses and 30 credits of upper division General Education courses. The program runs in quarters with ten-week courses.

program learning outcomes

Upon completion of the program, the student should be able to:

  • Use theories and principles of leadership to define the emerging dental hygiene practitioner as a leader who is a mentor, collaborator, and proponent of transformational leadership.
  • Apply methodological aspects of research involving planning, conducting, and analyzing qualitative and quantitative data and outcomes to support evidence-based practices on emerging treatment modalities in dental hygiene.
  • Recognize the importance of cultural competence as it relates to effective communication, recognition of differences that may impact oral health, and the development of skills necessary to provide high-quality dental hygiene care to all patients.
  •  Utilize various educational concepts, methodology, teaching techniques, technology, and active learning strategies in the planning, development, and presentation of a lesson plan intended for diverse learners.
  • Develop strategies for the delivery of culturally competent care to pediatric, geriatric, medically compromised, special needs patients, and population groups challenged by access to oral health care.
  • Explain basic epidemiological principles and methods in relation to public health focusing on oral disease prevention, education, health promotion, the impact of social and cultural health views on oral public health, and the role of the dental hygienist.
  •  Identify current and emerging issues in the profession of dental hygiene affecting professional practice, oral health promotion, practice management, patient care management, and oral disease prevention.

General Education Coursework

Course NumberCourse titleCredits
ART 302Art and Popular Culture6
ENG 303Research Design and Writing6
HEA 302Global Health6
PHI 401Bioethics6
SOC 301Cultural Diversity6
Total 30

program major courses

Course NumberCourse titleCredits
DH 300Educational Methodology for Dental Hygiene6
DH 301Cultural Competency and Dental Hygiene Care for Target Populations6
DH 302Grant Writing6
DH 303Statistical and Methodological Aspects of Oral Health Research6
DH 400Educational Concepts in Dental Hygiene6
DH 401Leadership Roles for the Dental Hygiene Professional6
DH 402Dental Hygiene Care for Culturally Diverse and Special Needs Populations6
DH 403Epidemiology of Oral Diseases6
DH 404Management of Oral Healthcare Delivery6
DH 405Dental Practice Management with Oral Health Promotion6
Total 60

Total Program Credits = 180 Quarter Credits
Length of Program: 16 Months (70 Weeks) Note: The intersession weeks between quarters are not included. 

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  • Completion of an Associate degree in Dental Hygiene from a school accredited by CODA
  • Complete Admissions Process
  • Completion of self assessment technology survey
  • Proof of passing the Dental Hygiene State Board Exam. Failure to provide a copy of the RDH License by the end of the student’s first quarter will result in dismissal from the program.

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