Program: A.S. in Dental Hygiene
Department of Dental Education
College of Health and Human Services
Neff Hall 150 ~ 260-481-6837 ~ www.ipfw.edu/dental
The A.S. in Dental Hygiene program prepares students for a career as a dental health professional who specializes in educational, preventive, and therapeutic oral healthcare. The dental hygiene program involves one year of prerequisite courses and two years of dental hygiene courses, and combines didactic, laboratory, and clinical courses. The program offers a full-time curriculum that is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association, 211 E. Chicago Ave. # 780, Chicago IL 60611-6983, telephone: (312) 440-2500, http://www.ada.org
Dental hygienists who graduate with an Associates degree are required to take national, regional and state licensing examinations and are eligible to work in private dental offices, dental clinics and hospitals, public health facilities, and dental research facilities.
The student learning outcomes for the degree are as follows:
Demonstrate breadth of knowledge in principles of social sciences, basic and dental sciences.
Demonstrate proficiency in assessing, planning, treating, and evaluating oral conditions and diseases.
Interpret, evaluate and contribute to current dental research and apply that knowledge to demonstrate dental hygiene skills necessary for life-long learning.
Demonstrate the highest levels of personal integrity and professional ethics in the delivery of dental hygiene services.
Promote the dental hygiene profession through service learning activities, affiliations with professional organizations, and partnerships with the community.
Design, implement, and evaluate community oral health programs appropriate for the diverse, multicultural communities in northeastern Indiana.
Demonstrate knowledge and skills necessary to be responsible dental professionals and leaders in local, regional, national, and international organizations and communities.
Demonstrate proficiency in critical thinking, reasoning, questioning, and decision-making skills.
Demonstrate the written, oral, and multimedia skills necessary to communicate effectively in diverse professional and educational settings for multicultural audiences.
Admission to the Dental Hygiene program is limited and competitive, and admission to IPFW does not confer acceptance to the Dental Hygiene program. To be admitted to the A.S. program, prospective dental hygiene students must first be admitted to IPFW as a pre-dental hygiene student, complete the prerequisite courses listed below (or equivalent courses at another accredited college or university), then apply separately to the Dental Hygiene program. Applications for acceptance into the Dental Hygiene program MUST BE received by February 1, for admission into the program in the following fall semester.
To apply for the A.S. in Dental Hygiene program, you must complete the prerequisite courses listed below by May 25 of the application year with a prerequisite GPA of 3.3 or higher:
NOTE: Microbiology (BIOL 220) must be completed prior to beginning the Dental Hygiene professional program. Since Microbiology is not calculated into the prerequisite GPA for admission, it may be completed during summer sessions, just prior to admission into the dental hygiene program. However, the student’s acceptance is based on successful completion of Microbiology with a grade of C- or better prior to the beginning of Fall semester. Failure to complete this required corequisite course with a C- or better will result in the student being withdrawn from the professional program and their position given to the next qualified applicant.
Class Selection Process
Applicants must maintain a GPA of 3.3 or higher for these prerequisite courses. Meeting the minimum GPA does NOT guarantee a position in the program. Applicants are ranked and accepted each year based on their prerequisite GPA. Therefore, the GPA necessary for admission varies each year with the applicant pool. Admission is competitive and a prerequisite GPA of at least 3.6 or higher is recommended. In the event of multiple applicants who have the same prerequisite GPA, they will be ranked within that prerequisite GPA level by their cumulative GPA.
Applications for acceptance into the Dental Hygiene program MUST BE received by February 1, for admission into the program in the following fall semester.
- Prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of “C-” or better. Courses graded on a pass/fail option will not be considered.
- Prerequisite courses may be repeated only one time, with the most recent grade used in the prerequisite GPA calculation. A maximum of two prerequisite courses may be retaken to improve the grades and GPA ranking.
- Credits in human anatomy, physiology, chemistry and microbiology must be completed within five years of admission to the professional program. Credits in English composition, speech, psychology, and sociology will be accepted for 10 years. Outdated courses must be retaken.
- Advanced Placement (AP) courses in English and psychology are acceptable, if AP scores are 4.0 or higher. No other AP courses will be accepted.
Transfer courses accepted by IPFW as “undistributed” must be evaluated by the applicable department (i.e. chemistry or biology) before they are accepted as prerequisite courses.
Students who are returning to IPFW, after an absence of 5 or more years, are eligible for the Academic Renewal Option. This option must be exercised during the student’s first semester back at IPFW. Interested students should petition the program’s admissions committee, by contacting their academic advisor.
Priority consideration will be given to students who have completed the required pre-dental hygiene courses at IPFW or another Indiana University or Purdue University campus.
Special Academic Regulations
In addition to completion of the required pre-requisite and co-requisite courses, acceptance into the Dental Hygiene program is contingent upon an applicant’s ability to meet the following additional requirements:
- Demonstrate compliance with the College of Health and Human Services Technical Standards.
- Successful completion of a specified background check at student’s expense.
- Submit military discharge papers, if applicable.
- Pass a drug screening test, if applicable.
- Complete Compliance Regulations for Students in Dental Education.
Tattoos and Head and Neck Piercings
The dental profession is extremely conservative. In clinical settings, tattoos and head and neck piercings are not considered acceptable in the health science professions. If students have tattoos that are noticeable, they must be covered by clothing. If they cannot be covered by clothing, students are required to cover tattoos with bandages. For clinical attire, all head and neck piercings must be removed, including plugs.
Because of the experiential learning process used in all dental hygiene courses, attendance is essential and mandatory. Some evening hours are required for additional clinical experiences and professional association meetings.
Compliance: Physicals, Immunizations, TB, CPR, Background Checks, and Potential Drug Screening
Before beginning a Dental Education program, students must submit evidence that they have completed a recent (the summer before the program starts) physical examination, completed recent (the summer before the program starts) TB testing, Hepatitis B immunizations and titer, and hold a current CPR certification at the professional/ healthcare-provider level with the American Heart Association or American Red Cross.
Criteria for Dismissal from the Dental Hygiene Program
A student who is dismissed from the program may appeal the decision to the Department of Dental Education. If the student is dismissed for failure to meet the university’s minimum academic standards, application for readmission must follow the procedures established by the university.
Dismissal from the Dental Hygiene Program may result from professional misconduct. Students who have been accepted to the program will receive a program manual at summer orientation that must be read before they start the program.
The College of Health and Human Services Academic and Professional Misconduct Appeals Policy and forms can be found at http://www.ipfw.edu/hhs/resources/appeals.shtml
After acceptance into the program, you must fulfill the requirements of IPFW (see Part 8 ) and Dental Education (Part 4), and satisfactorily complete the following courses:
NOTE: It is required that microbiology (BIOL 220) be completed prior to beginning the Dental Hygiene program. Microbiology taken more than five years prior to admission into the professional program must be retaken.