College of Health and Human Services2017-2018

Department of Dental Hygiene

Dental Hygiene, Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene

We designed this plan to provide an extensive study of the theory and practice of dental hygiene. It is the only Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene Program (BSDH) in Arizona. Oral health is an important part of total health and there is increased demand for dental hygiene services in public and private health settings. The program provides many opportunities for students to develop expertise in oral health education and clinical care for underserved populations in northern Arizona.

This plan is nationally recognized by the American Dental Association.

This program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA).

Careers

What Can I Do with a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene in Dental Hygiene?

Professional dental hygienists with good people skills can make patients feel more comfortable and confident that they're getting the best care. If you like working closely with others and are interested in science, then a career in dental hygiene may be for you.

The Bachelor of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene is a four-year program that includes two years of prerequisite course work and two years of professional education. Practice in our 18-chair dental hygiene clinic and five-chair radiographic facility. Our program is fully accredited by the American Dental Association. You will graduate fully prepared to take regional and national board examinations.

Note: If you want to major in Dental Hygiene, you must apply and be accepted to the Department of Dental Hygiene's program in addition to being admitted to the university.

Career opportunities that might be pursued:
  • Dental supply company
  • Indian Health Service (IHS)
  • Pharmaceutical company
  • Private dental office

With further education, one of these paths is possible:
  • Dentistry
  • Public Health
  • Affiliated Practice
  • Health Education/Administration


University Requirements

  • To receive a bachelor's degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete at least 120 units of credit that minimally includes a major, the liberal studies requirements, and university requirements as listed below.

    • All of Northern Arizona University's liberal studies, diversity, junior-level writing, and capstone requirements.
    • All requirements for your specific academic plan(s).
    • At least 30 units of upper-division courses, which may include transfer work.
    • At least 30 units of coursework taken through Northern Arizona University, of which at least 18 must be upper-division courses (300-level or above). This requirement is not met by credit-by-exam, retro-credits, transfer coursework, etc.
    • A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 on all work attempted at Northern Arizona University.
    The full policy can be viewed here.

     

Overview

In addition to University Requirements:

  • At least 51 units of pre-professional requirements
  • At least 70 units of major requirements

  • Up to 9 units of major prefix courses may be used to satisfy Liberal Studies requirements; these same courses may also be used to satisfy major requirements

  • Elective courses, if needed, to reach an overall total of at least 123 units

Please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.

Minimum Units for Completion 123
Mathematics Required MAT 114
Additional Admission Requirements Required
Fieldwork Experience/Internship Required
Additional Fees/Program Fees Required
University Honors Program Optional
Some online/blended coursework Required
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Student Learning Outcomes

Outcomes align with Standards from the American Dental Association’s Commission on Dental Accreditation

  • Patient Care: Provide oral health care and case management for diverse population
    • Systematically collect and analyze data on general, oral and psychosocial health status of a variety of individuals including a comprehensive exam and interpretation of appropriate diagnostic information including radiographic, periodontal, and other data needed to assess the patient’s needs
    • Use critical decision making based on assessment data to reach conclusions about oral health needs to determine the dental hygiene diagnosis and need for care coordination
    • Collaborate with patient and other health professionals to formulate individualized comprehensive dental hygiene care plans
    • Perform preventive and therapeutic dental hygiene interventions
    • Determine the effectiveness of dental hygiene interventions and provide appropriate follow-up care and/or health maintenance
  • Improving Health in Individuals and Communities
    • Promote the values of oral and general health and wellness
    • Respect the goals, values, beliefs and preferences of others
    • Assess community oral health needs and resources
    • Plan community-based oral health programs
    • Implement community-based oral health programs
    • Evaluate outcomes of health promotion and disease prevention activities
  • Core Competencies:
    • Demonstrate professional, ethical and legal behavior
    • Use critical thinking and problem solving in the provision of evidence-based practice
    • Provide dental hygiene care based on accepted scientific theories and the current standard of care that is humane, empathetic, and caring
    • Perform self-assessment for life-long learning and professional growth
    • Act as a change agent to improve community oral health and/or advance the profession through service activities and affiliations with professional organizations
    • Communicate effectively with individuals and groups from diverse populations

Details

Additional Admission Requirements
  • Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
  • Preprofessional Requirements (51 units)
    To be eligible to enter the major you must complete the following 51 units:*6 units of the required 12 units need to be Diversity course units.

    All preprofessional requirement courses and liberal studies foundation and distribution courses must be completed with a "C" or better before entering the program. However, students may apply to the program once 40 units of the pre-professional requirements are completed.

    Students are required to complete the Dental Hygiene Milestone, which is acceptance into the Dental Hygiene program.
Major Requirements
General Electives
  • Additional coursework is required, if, after you have met the previously described requirements, you have not yet completed a total of 123 units of credit.

Additional Information
  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.
  • PROGRAM FEE INFORMATION
  • Program fees are established by the Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR). A program fee of $1600 ($400 per semester in students' Junior and Senior years) has been approved for this program.

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