Dental Hygiene, Bachelor of Science (524P, 524)
Department website: http://www.wku.edu/alliedhealth
Joseph W. Evans, email@example.com, (270) 745-6274
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.
Programs 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 baccalaureate degree curriculum is designed to prepare dental hygienists with a background for teaching, for organization and management, for research, as well as for clinical dental hygiene.
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.
Transfer students with an associate degree from a dental hygiene program accredited through the American Dental Association’s Commission on Dental Accreditation receive a 12-hour waiver in the overall upper-division hour requirement and a 16-hour waiver in the major upper-division hour requirement
Program Requirements (66-78 hours)
A baccalaureate degree requires a minimum of 120 unduplicated semester hours. More information can be found at www.wku.edu/registrar/degree_certification.php.
Students who began WKU in the Fall 2014 and thereafter should review the Colonnade requirements located at: https://www.wku.edu/colonnade/colonnaderequirements.php.
For admission to the program, students must complete the following prerequisites.
Prerequisites for Admission in to the Major
|BIOL 131||Human Anatomy and Physiology||4|
|BIOL 207||General Microbiology||3|
|BIOL 208||General Microbiology Laboratory||1|
|ENG 100||Introduction to College Writing||3|
|PSY/PSYS 100||Introduction to Psychology||3|
|DH 201||Dental Radiology I||2|
|DH 206||Dental Pharmacology||3|
|DH 210||Dental Materials and Expanded Functions in Restorative Dentistry I||2|
|DH 212||Oral Anatomy||3|
|DH 222||Preventive Dental Hygiene Care||2|
|DH 226||Dental Materials and Expanded Functions in Restorative Dentistry II||2|
|DH 230||Oral Histology and Embryology||3|
|DH 270||Pre-Clinical Dental Hygiene||3|
|DH 271||Clinical Dental Hygiene I||4|
|DH 302||Dental Radiology II||2|
|DH 303||Community Dental Health||4|
|DH 304||Advanced Periodontology||4|
|DH 307||General and Oral Pathology||3|
|DH 309||Pain Control in Dentistry||4|
|DH 323||Research Methods||3|
|DH 324||Practice Management and Ethics||3|
|DH 370||Clinical Dental Hygiene II||5|
|DH 371||Clinical Dental Hygiene III||5|
Additional Courses for both tracks
|COMM 145||Fundamentals of Public Speaking and Communication||3|
|HMD 211||Human Nutrition||3|
|SOCL 100||Introductory Sociology||3|
|CHEM 109||Chemistry for the Health Sciences||4|
A degree in dental hygiene with education track requires 126 semester hours, including 78 hours in the major, and leads to a Bachelor of Science degree. The curriculum may be completed in eight semesters and one summer term within four years.
|FACS 381||Methods and Materials in Family and Consumer Sciences Education||3|
|DH 330||Clinical Teaching I||4|
|DH 340||Clinical Teaching II||4|
|DH 350||Clinical Teaching III||4|
|PH 383||Biostatistics in the Health Sciences||3|
Without Education Track
A degree in dental hygiene without education track requires 120 semester hours, including 66-67 hours in the major, and leads to a Bachelor of Science degree. The curriculum may be completed in eight semesters and one summer term within four years.
|Select 6-7 hours from the following:||6-7|
|Biochemistry for the Health Sciences|
|Advanced Public Speaking|
|Small Group Communication|
|Health Care Organization and Management|
|International Comparisons of Health Care Systems|
|Biostatistics in the Health Sciences|
|Introduction to Epidemiology|
|Folklore and Medicine|
|Community Organization for Health Education|
|Educational Psychology: Development and Learning|
|Aging in Society|
|Technology, Work and Society|
|Diversity in American Society|
|Occupations and Professions|
Finish in Four Plan
Without Education Track: http://wku.edu/degreepaths/19-20/documents/chhs/dental_hygiene_noneducation_524.pdf