Dental Hygiene-BS Degree (Completion Program)- Online

The Online Bachelor of Science (BS) in the Dental Hygiene is a 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.

Program Overview:

  • BSDH 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 curriculum outline is below:

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

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
DH 302 Grant Writing 3
DH 303 Statistical and Methodology Aspects of Oral Health Research 3
DH 304 Dental Practice Management with Oral Heath 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
Total Core DH Coursework 33

BSDH General Coursework – 27 Credits

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
Total GE Coursework 27

Online 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 CreditsThis 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.