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Dental Hygiene-BS Degree (Completion Program)

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Program Outline: The Bachelor of Science (BS) in the Dental Hygiene degree completion program provides associate degree registered dental hygienists (RDH) with advanced educational opportunities to successfully fulfill new and exciting roles within the profession of Dental Hygiene. Baccalaureate-trained RDH 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. More career avenues or paths in employment are open to the BS in Dental Hygiene candidate: Public Health manager, Allied Health educator, Sales and Business affiliations. The DH program teaches the student the essential theoretical and hands-on knowledge to compete beyond the entry-level positions in the field.

The BSDH completion program has a total of 60 semester credits, with 27 credits in general education and 33 credits in the program’s major courses. Each semester will build on the student’s knowledge of the art and science of dental hygiene, therefore all courses in each semester must be successfully completed before the student can move onto the next semester.

The curriculum outline is below:

Core Dental Hygiene Coursework: 33 Credits

Course number

Course title

Credits

DH 300

Educational Methodology for Dental Hygiene

3

DH 301

Cultural Competency and Dental Hygiene Care

for Target Populations

3

DH302

Grant Writing

3

DH 303

Statistical and Methodological Aspects of

Oral Health Research

3

DH 304

Dental Practice Management with Oral Health

Promotion

3

DH 305

Management of Oral Healthcare Delivery

3

DH 400

Educational Concepts in Dental Hygiene

3

DH 401

Leadership Roles for the Dental Hygiene

Professional

3

DH 402

Dental Hygiene Care for Culturally Diverse

and Special Needs Populations

3

DH 404

Internship Dental Hygiene Program/Teaching

3

DH 405

Epidemiology of Oral Diseases

3

Core Dental Hygiene Coursework

33

Course number

Course title

Credits

ENG 301

Early American Literature

3

ENG 303

Research Design and Writing

3

MAT 300

Basic Statistics with Microsoft Excel Applications

3

REL 302

World Religions

3

SOC 301

Cultural Diversity

3

ART 302

Art and Popular Culture

3

PHI 401

Bioethics

3

HEA 402

Global Health

3

HEA 403

Women and Health

3

General Education Coursework

27

Abbreviations:

BIO – Biology

ENG – English

ART- Art

SOC – Sociology

MAT – Math

PHI – Philosophy

HEA – Health

REL – Religion

DH – Dental Hygiene

Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene DH-BS ( Completion Program )

Course Progression - 4 Semesters

Course

Course Name

Credits

DH300

Educational Methodology for Dental Hygiene

3

DH 301

Cultural Competency & Dental Hygiene Care for Target

Populations

3

ENG 301

Early American Literature

3

ENG 303

Research Design & Writing

3

PHI 401

Bioethics

3

TOTAL CREDITS

15

Course

Course Name

Credits

REL 302

World Religions

3

DH 302

Grant Writing

3

SOC 301

Cultural Diversity

3

ART 302

Art and Popular Culture

3

MAT 300

Basic Statistics and Microsoft Excel Applications

3

TOTAL CREDITS

15

Course

Course Name

Credits

DH 303

Statistical & Methodological Aspects to Oral Health

Research

HEA 402

Global Health

3

DH 304

Dental Practice Management with Oral Health Promotion

3

DH 305

Management of Oral Healthcare Delivery

3

DH 400

Educational Concepts in Dental Hygiene

3

TOTAL CREDITS

15

Course

Course Name

Credits

DH 401

Leadership Roles for the Dental Hygiene Professional

3

DH 402

Dental Hygiene Care for Culturally Diverse and Special

Needs Populations

3

HEA 403

Women and Health

3

DH 404

Internship Dental Hygiene Program/Teaching

3

DH 405

Epidemiology of Oral Diseases

3

TOTAL CREDITS

15

BSDH Course Descriptions

ENG 301 Early American Literature 3 Semester Credits

This course consists of reading and analyzing selected works of American literature from the Colonial Period through the Civil War. This course focuses on literature utilizing a historical perspective. The objective of the course is to introduce students to various types of American Literature, including, but not limited to Native American Literature, slave narratives, literature of exploration and settlement, women’s literature, and literature by other early American poets and writers.

ENG 303 Research Design and Writing 3 Semester Credits

This course offers students instruction and practice in methods, techniques and process of research writing and dissemination of research information to a variety of audiences. Each student is required to develop a research paper through stages of drafting, editing, revising, and proofreading following conventions of academic writing and the APA style.

MAT 300 Basic Statistics and Microsoft Excel Applications 3 Semester Credits

This course introduces students to basic statistics and the applications of Microsoft Excel to statistics. Topics include manipulation of data, single variable graphs and statistics, probability distributions, and inferences, among others. The course also includes discussions on statistical thinking and understanding, and numerical summaries of data.

REL 302 World Religions 3 Semester Credits
This course introduces students to the world’s major religions. Study focuses on the historical development of the world’s major religions, as well as on the central beliefs, customs and traditions associated with each religion studied. It is anticipated that throughout this course students will come to respect and learn from the diversity of religion that exists in today’s world, whether or not they chose to practice a religion.

SOC 301 Cultural Diversity 3 Semester Credits
This course centers on the role of culture in the development of attitudes, values, perceptions, behaviors, and interpersonal relations. Theories of cultural identity development and cross-cultural exchange as they pertain to living and working in a multicultural society are explored. Students also examine cultural constructs in relationship to social inequities and practice developing the knowledge, skills and awareness needed to serve as culturally competent professionals.

ART 302 Art and Popular Culture 3 Semester Credits
This course introduces students to the visual arts and their importance in everyday life. Topics include formal properties of art, visual elements and medium, technique, interpretation of art, purposes and function of art, artistic media, and the relationship between art and contemporary popular culture.

PHI 401 Bioethics 3 Semester Credits
This course examines ethical dilemmas resulting from advances in medical technology, and discusses ways of analyzing these dilemmas in the light of ethical theories. Issues include abortion, euthanasia and the right to die, in-vitro fertilization, genetic screening and engineering, allocation of scarce medical resources, among others.

HEA 402 Global Health 3 Semester Credits
This course introduces students to global health issues and challenges, programs, and policies. Topics and discussions include analysis of current and emerging global health issues and priorities, major global initiatives for health and disease prevention, and current and past global health problems brought about by poverty, international conflicts, health inequity, and other factors.

HEA 403 Women and Health 3 Semester Credits
This course examines current issues relating to women’s health across the life span. Through an interdisciplinary approach, students will explore the impact of social, sociological, historical and cultural perspectives and constructs, and policy issues on women’s health. It also includes discussions on current researches on women and health.

DH 300 Educational Methodology in Dental Hygiene 3 Semester Credits
This course explores the art and science of facilitating the learning experience of future registered dental hygienists. Students learn to prepare course lectures with topic objectives and competency alignment, diverse student learning concepts with student-centered activities and outcomes, sensitivity in teaching of different cultural groups, and skills in presentation of material with evaluation of instruction outcomes.

DH 301 Cultural Competency and Dental Hygiene Care for Target Populations 3 Semester Credits
This course focuses on learning to adapt and change in emerging practice areas for dental hygienists that provide care to population groups challenged by access to oral health care. The course emphasizes dental hygiene strategies for the delivery of culturally competent care to pediatric, geriatric, medically compromised and special needs patients. Ethical issues are emphasized regarding care for vulnerable client populations groups.

DH 302 Grant Writing 3 Semester Credits

This grant writing course focuses on the fundamentals of grant writing and provides instruction on grant types, general grant application requirements, and application element. The course will focus on key parts of a grant proposal including title page, abstract, statement of need, goal, objectives, procedures, budget, qualifications, evaluation, sustainability, dissemination, sources cited, and appendix. Students will learn to integrate information into a grant proposal that can be utilized in academic research, local government, nonprofit organizations, state and local agencies.

DH 303 Statistical and Methodological Aspects of Oral Health Research 3 Semester Credits
This course is an introduction to research methodology. It discusses oral health research, epidemiology and biostatistics. Provides the student interested in research and development, an overview of methodological aspects of: Planning, conducting and analyzing research.

DH 304 Dental Practice Management with Oral Health Promotion 3 Semester Credits
This course will enable students to understand latest skills in dental hygiene skills, professional practice, oral health promotion, practice management, nutrition with oral health promotion, in addition to business accounting, dental practice marketing and research capabilities.

DH 305 Management of Oral Healthcare Delivery 3 Semester Credits
This course is designed to assist the dental hygienist in understanding current and relevant issues impacting community-based dental hygiene practice. Dental practice economics and practice management with a strong emphasis on community partnerships in clinical settings are a course focus. Current and emerging advanced practice issues including entrepreneurship, non-profit corporations, fundamentals of tax laws, overhead costs, benefit packages, billing and negotiation with third party payers and agencies are examined.

DH 400 Educational Concepts in Dental Hygiene 3 Semester Credits
This course is designed to expand upon educational methodologies for effective instruction in dental hygiene education. Topics include teaching/learning styles, instructional methods/strategies, use of instructional objectives, classroom assessment techniques, and evaluation in dental hygiene educational settings

DH 401 Leadership Role for the Dental Hygiene Professional 3 Semester Credits
This course discusses the 100 plus year evolution of the profession of Dental Hygiene. The course focuses on the principles, concepts and roles of leadership and the characteristics that make up the leadership styles. Management, self-reflection, communication, organizational skills are all components of leadership. The professional association and its leadership are evaluated.

DH 402 Dental Hygiene Care for Culturally Diverse and Special Needs Populations 3 Semester Credits
This course focuses on learning to adapt and change in emerging practice areas for dental hygienists that provide care to population groups challenged by access to oral health care. The course emphasizes dental hygiene strategies for the delivery of culturally competent care to pediatric, geriatric, medically compromised and special needs patients. Ethical issues are emphasized regarding care for vulnerable client populations groups

DH 404 Internship Dental Hygiene Program 3 Semester Credits
This clinical component course highlights clinical teaching in the dental hygiene field. Students will work with faculty members and assess the needs of dental hygiene students. Topics will include: Learning styles, theories, instructional and syllabus design, teacher/student outcomes assessment.

DH 405 Epidemiology of Oral Diseases 3 Semester Credits
This online course covers the understanding of basic epidemiological principles and methods that can help private practice and public health dental hygienists. It will highlight the importance of understanding the risks for future oral disease. Students will look at the impact of society and cultural health views on the status of oral public health.

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