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Dental Hygiene AAS to BS Completion Program DHYG-BS-OL

Degree Type: Bachelor of Science

College(s): College of Health Professions

Required Courses  Credit Hours 
DHYG 300 Dental Hygiene Role Transition 3
DHYG 310 Dental Hygiene Research Method 3
DHYG 315 Health Promotion and Wellness 3
DHYG 320 Dental Hygiene Informatics 4
DHYG 330 Inst Role of Dental Hygienist 3
DHYG 400 Comm Program Assessment/Plan 4
DHYG 415 Gerontology in Dental Hygiene 3
DHYG 491 Dental Hygiene Practicum 3
DHYG 499 Dental Hygiene Capstone 3
COHP 317 Public Health Administration 2
MKTG 321 Principles of Marketing 3
*COMM Select from COMM 105, 121, 200, 201, 221, or 251 3
ENGL 150 English 1 3
ENGL 250 English 2 3
ENGL 321 Advanced Composition 3
ENGL 325 Advanced Business Writing 3
Scientific Understanding
* CHEM 114, BIOL 108 and BIOL 205 or an acceptable equivalent. 7
* Includes lab from accredited dental hygiene program.
Quantitative Skills
MATH 115 Intermediate Algebra 3
MATH 117 Contemporary Mathematics 4
Or MATH ACT 24 or higher
*Social Awareness (One course 200 level or higher) 9
*Cultural Enrichment (One course 200 level or higher) 9
Core Curriculum Requirements or Proficiency
COHP 101 The U.S. Health Care System 3
COHP 102 Safety Issues in Health Care 1
COHP 100 Orientation to Medical Vocabul 1
COHP 350 Statistics in Health Care 3
COHP 450 Evidence-based Health Care 3

Why Choose the Dental Hygiene AAS to BS Completion Degree?

The baccalaureate program in dental hygiene is designed for dental hygienists with an associate degree in dental hygiene who want to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene in a fully online student-centered learning environment. Students engage in self-directed learning activities, advance their knowledge in the areas of critical thinking, exhibit values for lifelong learning, synthesize evidence based information and develop leadership skills. Graduates from the program will be prepared with enhanced technological modalities of practice, research, communication, educational leadership, management and dental hygiene knowledge.

Career Opportunities

The degree will expand the knowledge of dental hygienists and prepare graduates for more extensive roles in the profession. This new degree program will guide students in developing the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values necessary for positions of responsibility in a variety of healthcare, educational, research and community settings. The curriculum will consist of general education courses, research courses and specialized career courses for entry into business, education, public health or advanced dental hygiene practice.

According to the American Dental Hygienists' Association (ADHA), the hygienist can work in a variety of settings which may include: health maintenance organization or long-term care facility, military base, school system, dental supply company, insurance company, university or research center, veterinary center, government agency or another country. There is a growing need for hygienists to fulfill the roles of educators, advocates, administrators, and behavioral scientists for the profession to continue to be successful. For dental hygienists, the baccalaureate degree is important for adapting and advancing professionally.

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for the RDH to BS Dental Hygiene degree completion program, you must be a registered/licensed dental hygienist and graduated with a minimum of a 2.5 cumulative GPA from an accredited associate/certificate dental hygiene program..

A completed application, copy of RDH license and official transcripts from other educational institutions are all that is required for the application process.

Graduation Requirements

Student progression in the baccalaureate dental hygiene program is determined academically by maintaining a grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 and by achieving a minimum grade of "C" (2.0) in all courses on the DHYG checksheet. Students must enroll fall and spring continuously to be considered an active student in the program. A practicum field work experience must be completed in DHYG 491 and an approved scholarly project must be completed during DHYG 499. Progression includes graduation. A dental hygiene student may not graduate if he/she receives less than a "C" grade in the specified courses or less than a 2.5 cumulative grade point average.

More Information

Dionne Serges
Off-Campus/Online Allied Health Advisor
College of Allied Health Sciences
Ferris State University
1401 E. Court St., MMB 1008
Flint, MI 48507
Phone: 810-232-2770
Email: sergesd@erris.edu

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