Dental Hygiene-BS Degree (Completion Program)- Online

Effective Fall 2019

The Online Bachelor of Science (BS) in 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.

  • 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 Online DH program runs in quarters not semesters with courses being ten weeks in length.

The Online BSDH completion program has a total of 180 quarter credits. Ninety credits will be transferred  (as a minimum) from the students’ previous associate degree with 90 quarter credits of the online BSDH completion program; the online BSDH completion program consists of 30 quarter credits in general education, 60 quarter credits in the dental hygiene program major courses. Students are allowed to transfer up to 75% of their total transfer hours. 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:

Course Course title Credits
DH 300 Educational Methodology for Dental Hygiene 6
DH 301 Cultural Competency and Dental Hygiene Care for Target Populations 6
DH 302 Grant Writing      6
DH 303 Statistical and Methodological Aspects of Oral Health Research 6
DH 400 Educational Concepts in Dental Hygiene 6
DH 401 Leadership Roles for the Dental Hygiene Professional 6
DH 402 Dental Hygiene Care for Culturally Diverse and Special Needs Populations 6
DH 403 Epidemiology of Oral Diseases 6
DH 404 Management of Oral Healthcare Delivery 6
DH 405 Dental Practice Management with Oral Health Promotion 6
Total Core Dental Hygiene Coursework      60

Core Dental Hygiene Coursework: 60 Credits

General Education Coursework: 30 Credits

Course

Number

Course title Credits
ENG 303 Research Design and Writing 6
SOC 301 Cultural Diversity 6
PHI 401 Bioethics 6
HEA 402 Global Health 6
ART 302 Art and Popular Culture   6
Total General Education Coursework 30

Abbreviations:

ART-Art

DH – Dental Hygiene

ENG- English

HEA-Health

PHI -Philosophy

SOC – Sociology

Total Program Credits: 180 quarter credits, Length of Program:  21 Months

Online BSDH Course Descriptions

SOC 301 Cultural Diversity 6 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. It is important for the students to understand various cultural values and behaviors and how these values and behaviors shape an individual’s perceptions of other people . In addition, through case studies and situation analysis, students develop analytical skills and approaches that enable them to understand and deal effectively with diversity issues in the workplace, within their respective communities, and in a global context.

ENG 303 Research Design and Writing  6 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. In addition, students should be able to develop their own research study projects in order for them to incorporate these skills that they acquired through this process of learning and apply them toward their research work and design.

PHI 401 Bioethics 6Credits

This course examines ethical dilemmas resulting from advances in medical technology and discusses ways of analyzing these dilemmas using the case-based approach to ethical topics. Students also review existing literature on bioethical issues  and analyze these issues in the light of ethical theories. These issues include abortion, euthanasia and the right to die, in-vitro fertilization, genetic screening and engineering, allocation of scarce medical resources among others. Students are required to submit a literature review using the APA style.

HEA 402 Global Health 6 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. Students also will learn to articulate various health issues relevant to different health care policies and search various global healthcare issues and controversies at various public health settings.

ART302 Art and Popular Culture  6 Credits

This course introduces students to the relationship between art and popular culture. It will discuss how elements of popular culture are assimilated into the fine arts, specifically in  digital art, music, television, film, fashion, and social media platforms. Students will analyze the relationship between the art created and the socio-political climate of its time. This course will also cover discussions on the history of popular culture, how popular culture influences people, and how it shapes and reshapes people’s concept of social class, ethnicity, sexuality, race and gender.

DH 300 Educational Methodology in Dental Hygiene  6 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. In addition, students learn how the skillful use of problem-based learning, case studies, reflective logs are a moral imperative for the health care providers to strive to monitor and improve their clinical reasoning. Students also develop simulated course-module through learning various styles of teaching methodologies and incorporating critical thinking skills, and develop a rationale that supports their critical thinking and decisions through using appropriate conceptualizations and methods informed decisions about the best approaches to use in the simulated case situation.

DH 301 Cultural Competency and Dental Hygiene Care for Target Populations  6 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. Students expose to various learning and teaching strategies on how to deliver a high quality of care for culturally competent patients including learn and discuss the various dental treatment modifications and barriers to care for the medically compromised patient and analyze issues associated with the special needs patient and its effects on access to health care services. Student develop case-simulated model through providing an example from their previous practical experiences that can reflects the various dental care treatment modalities associated with the culturally competent/or medically compromised patient and possible ethical principles as they affect populations with cultural diversity/ special needs.

DH 302 Grant Writing 6 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 6 Credits

This course is an introduction to research methodology. It discusses oral health research, epidemiology and biostatistics. It provides the student interested in research and development, an overview of methodological aspects of: planning, conducting and analyzing research. Student demonstrates comprehension and ability to apply both descriptive inferential statistics, including construction of confidence intervals for point estimates and testify both null and research hypotheses. Students identify appropriate use of diverse statistical models to represent and answer questions about representative real-world problems including qualitative and quantitative data analyses. Through this course, students learn various statistical concepts including probability, dependent and independent variables, simple, linear, logistic regression analyses, various statistical tests for data collection and analyses. Student develop a PowerPoint presentation of a full set of data collection and analysis of previous research works through a literature review of a topic of interest related to dental hygiene care setting.

DH 400 Educational Concepts in Dental Hygiene 6 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, literature reviews, case-studies assessments, and evaluation in dental hygiene educational settings. Students can develop a course design process based on their teaching goals and learning objectives and outcomes. Students also able to recognize various teaching theories and models used utilized in dental hygiene education and be able to implement a course module/unit of instruction for a specific dental hygiene curriculum field of working. Student learns how to choose an appropriate cooperation and risk management techniques to encourage real, moral and sensible quality of care and critically evaluate the most up-to-date dental research activities related to the clinical field of dental hygiene care through integrating evidence-based research skills into their clinical practice to help them improve the quality of clinical dental hygiene care services.

DH 401 Leadership Role for the Dental Hygiene Professional  6 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. Students identify the leadership skills that are necessary in many facets of the dental hygiene profession including patient care, research, education, public health, and federal affairs. Students implement a simulated action plan of any interesting areas, based on the student’s interest and build a model of a great leadership features in the field of dental hygiene. This planned leadership  education of a simulated model is required to help the students meet the complex and changing needs of their public and to provide dental hygiene graduates with the leadership skills needed to more effectively advocate for their patient’s care.

DH 402 Dental Hygiene Care for Culturally Diverse and Special Needs Populations 6 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. Students learn how to manage a patient with special needs who may require modifications to the traditional treatment plan due to physical limitations, medical complications, developmental problems, and/or cognitive impairments. Students also recognize that patients may present with more than one disability that requires a specific dental treatment plan or use of special equipment or services in order to provide them with a quality of care. Students must understand that health care professionals need to be prepared to accommodate patients with special needs, regards of the type of his or her disability and implement a pre- treatment plan that may need adjustments, based on each patient’s needs.

DH403 Epidemiology of Oral Diseases6 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. Students learn scientific basis for procedures and programs to promote oral and also to prevent oral diseases. Students recognize the importance of various preventive measures used in dentistry including water fluoridation, pit and fissure sealants, diet, nutrition, oral hygiene, chemotherapies, and various oral cancer screening programs. Students must recognize the scientific basis for the currently acceptable preventive procedures used in dental hygiene fields. Students implement a PowerPoint presentation that include a case study selected through literature reviews and be able to evaluate and determine the evidence regarding interrelationships between oral and other systemic health diseases.

DH 404 Management of Oral Healthcare Delivery 6 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 the  course main focuses. 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.

405 Dental Practice Management with Oral Health Promotion 6 Credits

This course will enable students to understand latest skills in dental hygiene skills, professional practice, and oral health promotion, and practice management, nutrition with oral health promotion, in addition to business accounting, dental practice marketing and research capabilities. This course will allow dental hygiene students to further challenge their knowledge and skills they acquired throughout the program, whilst also provide them with an opportunity to develop as professionals with the latest skills in dental hygiene practice, patient care management, communication and nutrition with oral health promotion.

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