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Program Description

The Bachelor of Science (BS) in the Dental Hygiene Completion Program online provides associate degree registered dental hygienists (RDH) with advanced educational opportunities to successfully fulfill new and broader roles within the profession of Dental Hygiene. The program teaches the student the essential theoretical knowledge and skills to compete beyond the entry-level positions in the field. Graduates of the program 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. Career paths in public health management, allied health education, pharmaceutical, research, sales and business affiliations are possibilities to the bachelor degree-trained dental hygienist. 

The program has a total of 180 quarter credits with 90 credits transferred in from the associate in dental hygiene degree. The remaining 90 credits consist of 60 credits of upper division Dental Hygiene courses and 30 credits of upper division General Education courses. The program runs in quarters with ten-week courses.

program learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Develop strategies that will prepare them to become successful dental hygiene educators in a dental hygiene program by addressing areas such as: learning theories, teaching strategies, and learning.
  • Develop instructional content and plan, including teaching methods; student and instructor evaluations; and the use of instructional technology and media, for teaching adult learners
  • Demonstrate fundamental understanding of acquiring and applying scientific information in evidence based dental hygiene practice.
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of concepts including researching alternative resources and funding opportunities, proposal writing, implementing and managing grants, developing community partnerships and collaborations, and becoming knowledgeable in policies and procedures related to public entities.

General Education Coursework

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

program major courses

Course NumberCourse titleCredits
DH 300Educational Methodology for Dental Hygiene6
DH 301Cultural Competency and Dental Hygiene Care for Target Populations6
DH 302Grant Writing6
DH 303Statistical and Methodological Aspects of Oral Health Research6
DH 400Educational Concepts in Dental Hygiene6
DH 401Leadership Roles for the Dental Hygiene Professional6
DH 402Dental Hygiene Care for Culturally Diverse and Special Needs Populations6
DH 403Epidemiology of Oral Diseases6
DH 404Management of Oral Healthcare Delivery6
DH 405Dental Practice Management with Oral Health Promotion6
Total 60

Total Program Credits = 180 Quarter Credits
Length of Program: 16 Months (70 Weeks) Note: The intersession weeks between quarters are not included. 

Course Descriptions


PSY Psychology
CVT Cardiovascular Technology
ENG English
MAT Math
BIO Biological Science
SPC Speech

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, and reflective logs are a moral imperative for health care providers to strive to monitor and improve their clinical reasoning. Students also develop simulated course-modules 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.
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 are exposed to various learning and teaching strategies on how to deliver a high quality of care for culturally competent patients including learning and discussing the various dental treatment modifications and barriers to care for the medically compromised patients and analyze issues associated with the special needs patient and its effects on access to health care services. Students develop a case-simulated model through providing an example from their previous practical experiences that can reflect 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.
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.
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. Students demonstrate 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. Students 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.
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.
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, regarding the type of his or her disability and implement a pre- treatment plan that may need adjustment, based on each patient’s needs.
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.
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.
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.


  • Completion of an Associate degree in Dental Hygiene from a school accredited by CODA
  • Complete Admissions Process
  • Completion of self assessment technology survey
  • Proof of passing the Dental Hygiene State Board Exam. Failure to provide a copy of the RDH License by the end of the student’s first quarter will result in dismissal from the program.

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