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:
Hours* Required courses in the degree completion curriculum.
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
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
DENT-HYG 4330 Oncology Practicum 2-4
DENT-HYG 4320 Special Patient Care Practicum 3
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 OutcomesThe
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
- 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
- Mobilizing innovation and change (conceptualizing and setting in motion ways
of initiating and managing change that involves significant departures from the
- Ethical decision making (ability to consider ethical issues and assess
consequences of decision making).