Dental Hygiene, Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene (BSDH)

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The online program will be taught on the semester system starting fall 2015.

Dental Hygiene ONLINE Degree Completion

Program Mission and Goals: The mission of the Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene (BSDH) degree completion program is to enhance the educational experiences of dental hygienists who graduated with an associate degree. This is accomplished by providing a liberal arts and broad-based general education component that includes critical thinking, research, writing, cultural sensitivity, and ethical judgment. Graduates of this program gain practical experience intrinsic to the various expanded roles and scopes of practice in the profession of dental hygiene. The BSDH program prepares students to interact effectively with other health professionals in a competent, collaborative, and ethical manner.

BSDH Degree Completion Program Goals Include

  1. Compel individuals who possess moral and ethical values/behaviors to be effective participants in an increasingly complex and interdisciplinary health care system.
  2. Foster dental hygienists who are culturally sensitive and possess a strong theoretical base in the humanities, psychosocial sciences, and dental sciences.
  3. Encourage dental hygienists to be life-long learners who critically think, analyze and solve problems, make sound judgments, and lead others to do the same.
  4. Cultivate the communication and leadership skills of dental hygienists to enhance their functional role of practitioner as well as the expanded roles of researcher, manager, change agent, consumer advocate, and health promoter/educator.
  5. Instill a commitment to contribute actively to the betterment of the dental hygiene profession through professional involvement, continued education, and advanced professional or graduate education.

Teaching Methods and Learning Environment

The teaching methodology employed by faculty of the Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene Degree Completion Program is one of active participatory and collaborative learning. Course content is delivered online therefore, students attend class by participating in activities hosted on the EWU CANVAS. Students experience a variety of teaching methods and learning style strategies including instructor lead online discussions, writing, presentation, group projects, practical experience, and traditional lecture formats utilizing available online technology, in order to develop and expand the student’s capacity for professional growth. Students use reflective learning by participating weekly in writing activities that identify student progress. In addition, the instructor facilitates projects with assigned readings and websites and through electronic communication. Evaluation methods include discussion board participation, peer assessment, online self-paced quizzes, writing assignments, and online project presentation.

BSDH degree completion opportunities are for licensed dental hygienists who desire a baccalaureate degree and have associate degrees from two-year community colleges accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and regional higher education accrediting bodies. EWU accepts a maximum block transfer of 74 quarter credits from an Associate in Applied Science dental hygiene degree program accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and regional higher education accrediting bodies. In addition, to fulfill the EWU requirements for the EWU BS in Dental Hygiene students must complete the required Dental Hygiene courses including Cornerstone and Capstone (40 semester credits/60 quarter credits) and any other degree requirements, as identified by a program advisor after transcript evaluation. Transcripts and inquiries should be directed to Professor Ann O’Kelley Wetmore, director of the BSDH degree completion program at Eastern Washington University.

Required Courses
DNHY 467SCAREER STRATEGIES1
DNHY 469SAPPLIED STATISTICS AND EVIDENCE-BASED DECISION MAKING FOR THE HEALTH SCIENCES4
DNHY 471SPRINCIPLES OF RESEARCH AND SCIENTIFIC WRITING4
DNHY 485SORAL HEALTH PROMOTION3
DNHY 486SCONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN DENTAL HYGIENE3
DNHY 487SPRINCIPLES AND POLICIES OF ORAL HEALTHCARE MANAGEMENT3
DNHY 488SRELATIONSHIP, ETHICS AND COMMUNICATION IN HEALTHCARE3
DNHY 489SPRINCIPLES OF DENTAL PUBLIC HEALTH3
DNHY 490SDENTAL HYGIENE CAPSTONE4
DNHY 491SFOUNDATIONS OF DENTAL HYGIENE5
DNHY 492SEDUCATION/HEALTH PROMOTION PRACTICUM3
DNHY 494SMYTHOLOGY, FOLKLORE AND HEALTHCARE4
Total Credits40

For information on General Education, see Undergraduate Degree .

Student Learning Outcomes—students will

  • exemplify critical thinking skills, self-assessment, ethical, legal, and moral responsibility to strengthen professional effectiveness in all roles of the dental hygienist;
  • synthesize theoretical and empirical knowledge from dental hygiene, scientific, and humanistic disciplines and integrate it into clinical, academic, and leadership roles;
  • embody leadership and advocacy skills to enhance the quality of dental hygiene and health care;
  • evaluate research and apply findings to evidence-based practices in the roles of the dental hygienist;
  • collaborate with other professionals and the public to promote the health and well-being of a diverse society;
  • engage in lifelong learning through graduate education and/or specialty training, as appropriate.