Undergraduate Catalog 2021-2022

Dental Hygiene (Associate of Science) (226P, 226)

Department website: http://www.wku.edu/alliedhealth


Program Coordinator

Joseph W. Evans, joseph.evans@wku.edu, (270) 745-6274

Program Accreditation

Commission on Dental Accreditation (Program of Dental Hygiene).

Allied health is defined as all the professional, technical and supportive workers in patient care, public health and health research. Allied health professions encompass a wide distribution of personnel with various levels of health education and training, which enables them to function as a member of the health care team.

Program of Dental Hygiene

Students with an interest in the program of dental hygiene may contact the dental hygiene program coordinator. When planning a program of study in this program, each student should be aware of the University’s academic requirements and regulations contained in this catalog in the chapter “Academic Information.” Specific attention should be given to the subsections in the chapter entitled (a) Academic Programs, (b) Colonnade Program Requirements and (c) Academic Requirements and Regulations. Students should be aware that this academic program might require additional scholastic regulations and standards not specified in the catalog. To obtain a copy of these regulations, students should contact the program office.

Enrollment in the program of dental hygiene is limited and special admission information and other special rules, standards and requirements should be obtained directly from the program office (Academic Complex, Room 236G) or from the program website (https://www.wku.edu/dentalhygiene/).

The dental hygiene associate degree curriculum is designed primarily to prepare the graduate hygienist to effectively practice as a respected member of the dental hygiene profession. The education also provides the student with knowledge, skills and attitudes that will enable him or her to serve as a community resource in matters of dental disease prevention and sound dental health practices.

The educational experience offered prepares the graduate hygienist to effectively carry out the duties as prescribed by licensure. Hygienists are prepared for varied career opportunities, which include the following settings: general dentistry practice, specialty practices, public health, military installations, hospitals or clinics, research facilities or public school dental hygiene.

Although 14 hours of Colonnade courses (including Anatomy & Physiology and Microbiology) are prerequisites, most beginning dental hygiene students will have successfully completed one or more years of college.

The associate degree in dental hygiene requires a minimum of 83 unduplicated semester hours. The associate degree may be completed in five semesters and one summer term. Requirements are outlined below.

Prerequisites for Admission into the Major

BIOL 131Human Anatomy and Physiology4
BIOL 207General Microbiology3
BIOL 208General Microbiology Laboratory1
ENG 100Introduction to College Writing3
PSY/PSYS 100Introduction to Psychology3
Total Hours14

Program Requirements (53 hours): 

Core Courses
DH 201Dental Radiology I2
DH 204Periodontics3
DH 206Dental Pharmacology3
DH 210Dental Materials and Expanded Functions in Restorative Dentistry I2
DH 212Oral Anatomy3
DH 222Preventive Dental Hygiene Care2
DH 226Dental Materials and Expanded Functions in Restorative Dentistry II2
DH 230Oral Histology and Embryology3
DH 270Pre-Clinical Dental Hygiene3
DH 271Clinical Dental Hygiene I4
DH 302Dental Radiology II2
DH 303Community Dental Health4
DH 307General and Oral Pathology3
DH 309Pain Control in Dentistry4
DH 324Practice Management and Ethics3
DH 370Clinical Dental Hygiene II5
DH 371Clinical Dental Hygiene III5
Total Hours53

Additional Courses

HMD 211Human Nutrition3
CHEM 109Chemistry for the Health Sciences4
COMM 145Fundamentals of Public Speaking and Communication3
SOCL 100Introductory Sociology3
Total Hours13