UMKC Catalog


Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene - All students enrolled in the degree completion ...
All students enrolled in the degree completion program must complete the general education requirements of the Division of Dental Hygiene prior to completion of the baccalaureate degree. Refer to the general education requirements stated under the description of the basic preparation program for a listing of those courses. Courses that the student has not completed will be included in the individual program of study for that student.

An individual program of study will be developed for each student depending on the number of college hours completed previously. The following courses are available through the Division of Dental Hygiene:

DENT-HYG 5595* Scientific Writing 1
DENT-HYG 4020* Local Anesthesia and
   Pain Control 2
DENT-HYG 4040* Research and Instruction 1-2
DENT-HYG 4500* Seminar in Health Care Issues 1-2
DENT-HYG 4620* Principles of Dental
  Hygiene Education 3
DENT-HYG 4080* Introduction to Research Design 2
DENT-HYG 4625 Dental Hygiene Administration 3
DENT-HYG 4600* Advanced Clinic Concepts
  and Practicum 2-4
DENT-HYG 4640 Student Teaching
   and Conference I 2-4
DENT-HYG 4680* Dental Hygiene
   Clinical Instruction I 2-4
DENT-HYG 4685 Dental Hygiene
  Clinical Instruction II 2-4
DENT-HYG 4650 Student Teaching
  and Conference II 2-4
DENT-HYG 4630 Practicum in Dental
  Hygiene Administration 2-4
DENT-HYG 4635 Practicum in Clinical
   Supervision 2-4
DENT-HYG 4380 Research Practicum 2-4
DENT-HYG 4660 Independent Study 2-4
DENT-HYG 4340 Community Dentistry Practicum 2-4
DENT-HYG 4350 Periodontics Co-Therapy
 Practicum 3
DENT-HYG 4330 Oncology Practicum 2-4
DENT-HYG 4320 Special Patient Care Practicum 3
* Required courses in the degree completion curriculum.
The student must complete 30 credit hours in residence and have a minimum of 124 semester hours for a baccalaureate degree in dental hygiene. Electives may be taken in the School of Dentistry, College of Arts and Sciences, School of Education or Henry W. Bloch School of Business and Public Administration. The particular choice of study will be determined by each student in consultation with the director of the degree completion program.

Student Learning Outcomes

The following competencies have been adopted by the faculty to assure our graduates are adequately prepared to succeed in the dynamic job market of their chosen area of expertise. The assessment plan provides direct and indirect measures of these competencies through exit interview, portfolio, California critical thinking skills test, Information Competency exam, and publication rate.

The competencies expected of a graduate are:

  • Managing self (ability to take responsibility for one's own education and performance, including the awareness, development and applicatin of one's own skills and competencies).
  • Managing Information (ability to pose a researchable question, collect evidence, understand and apply evidence and use technology to manage literature and data).
  • Communicating (interacting effectively with a variety of individuals and groups to facilitate the gathering, integrating and conveying of information in many forms; i.e., verbal, written, visual).
  • Managing people and tasks (the ability to direct, plan, organize and coordinate work done by others; involves making decisions, motivating people and managing conflict).
  • Mobilizing innovation and change (conceptualizing and setting in motion ways of initiating and managing change that involves significant departures from the current mode).
  • Ethical decision making (ability to consider ethical issues and assess consequences of decision making).