Program: B.S. in Dental Hygiene
Department of Dental Education
College of Health and Human Services
Neff Hall 150 ~ 260-481-6837 ~ www.ipfw.edu/departments/chhs/depts/dental/
The student learning outcomes for the degree are as follows:
- Demonstrate knowledge, skills, and values necessary for positions of responsibility in a variety of health care, educational, clinical, business, research, and community settings.
- Demonstrate knowledge and skills necessary to become responsible dental professionals and leaders in local, regional, national and international organizations and communities.
- Evaluate current dental literature and apply that knowledge to make sound, evidence-based decisions and continue life-long learning.
- Demonstrate highest levels of personal integrity and professional ethics in the delivery of dental hygiene services in diverse practice settings.
- Promote the dental hygiene profession through service learning activities, affiliations with professional organizations, and collaborative partnerships within the community.
- Demonstrate proficiency in critical thinking, reasoning, questioning, and decision-making skills.
- Develop oral, written, and multimedia skills necessary to communicate effectively with diverse populations in a variety of professional and educational settings.
The BSDH will also be offered as a completion degree for dental hygienists who have completed their dental hygiene education at associate degree programs. As a result of a more broad-based education, graduates will be better prepared to assume leadership roles in both clinical and non-clinical settings. As the dental hygiene profession continues to develop opportunities for expanded roles in diverse practice settings, the need for graduates with educational backgrounds in cultural diversity, trans-cultural health care, critical thinking, evidence-based practice and community health policy development will continue to increase. The baccalaureate degree (B.S.) graduate is prepared at the professional level to function in a leadership role with other team members in varied and complex healthcare settings.
Candidates for the BSDH degree must have completed the Associate Degree in Dental Hygiene program and maintained a 2.0 program GPA. In addition to the ASDH requirements, the BSDH students must then complete the remainder of the required general education classes and 9 additional credit hours of core curriculum courses. The student must select one of the core curriculum programs, either: 1) Dental Hygiene Education, 2) Leadership and Sales, or 3)Community Dental Hygiene and follow the appropriate 9 credit hour curriculum for that core. Please see the list of classes below for the BSDH curriculum and core course selections.