This fully online baccalaureate program in dental hygiene is designed for dental hygienists
with an associate degree in dental hygiene who want to earn a Bachelor of Science
degree in Dental Hygiene in a student-centered learning environment. Students engage
in self-directed learning activities, advance their knowledge in the areas of critical
thinking, exhibit values for lifelong learning, synthesize evidence based information
and develop leadership skills. Graduates from the program will be prepared with enhanced
technological modalities of practice, research, communication, educational leadership,
management and dental hygiene knowledge.
Advancing the Profession
Advancing technology, new systems of oral health care delivery, changing oral disease
patterns, an aging population and a more advanced health conscious public have changed
the nature of dental hygiene practice in recent years. For dental hygienists, the
baccalaureate degree is important for adapting successfully to these changes and advancing
This new degree program will guide students in developing the knowledge, skills, attitudes
and values necessary for positions of responsibility in a variety of healthcare, educational,
research and community settings. The curriculum will consist of general education
courses, research courses and specialized career courses for entry into business,
education, public health or advanced dental hygiene practice.
The program will provide students with knowledge to develop skills in critical thinking
and evidenced based research while fostering lifelong learning.
The program will support the American Dental Hygienists' Association initiative of
advancing the profession by providing leadership opportunities and advanced educational
The program will advance student knowledge toward varied career opportunities in dental
hygiene through a diverse curriculum.
- The program will prepare students to support research activities impacting oral and
systemic health leading to the discovery of new knowledge of contemporary dental hygiene
theory and practice.
- The program will prepare students to address the challenges of advancing the dental
hygiene profession and access to dental care.
Building upon the dental hygiene competencies of ethics / values / skills, health
promotion, community, patient / client care and professional growth and development,
students who complete the Bachelor of Science degree in dental hygiene will be able
Analyze research for evidence-based practice and theory as applied to the Dental Hygiene
Demonstrate critical thinking and lifelong learning through collaborative partnerships
which promote the advancement of the Dental Hygiene profession.
Assist and participate in the coordination of oral health care services for diverse
populations throughout all levels of the lifespan.
Actively engage in leadership roles found in education, government, public health,
management and the associations which support the advancement of the Dental Hygiene
Utilize evidence based practice and theory when engaged in activities toward the advancement
of the Dental Hygiene Profession.
Through discipline specific and multidisciplinary courses, independent study, fieldwork
and practical experience, students engage in challenges that prepare them to meet
the demands of today's competitive workplace.
DHYG 300 Dental Hygiene Role Transition
DHYG 310 Dental Hygiene Research Methods
DHYG 315 Health Promotion and Wellness
DHYG 320 Dental Hygiene Informatics
DHYG 330 Instructional Role of the Dental Hygienist
DHYG 400 Community Program Assessment / Planning
DHYG 415 Gerontology in Dental Hygiene
DHYG 491 Dental Hygiene Practicum
DHYG 499 Dental Hygiene Capstone