Academic Catalog - 2018-2019

College of Health and Human Services

Department of Dental Hygiene

Dental Hygiene, Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene


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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).

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Academic Catalog - 2018-2019

College of Health and Human Services

Department of Dental Hygiene

Dental Hygiene, Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene


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

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Academic Catalog - 2018-2019

College of Health and Human Services

Department of Dental Hygiene

Dental Hygiene, Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene


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Academic Catalog - 2018-2019

College of Health and Human Services

Department of Dental Hygiene

Dental Hygiene, Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene


Overview

In addition to University Requirements:

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
Highest 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
AZ Transfer Students complete AGEC-A Recommended
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Purpose Statement

The Northern Arizona University Dental Hygiene Department offers the only Bachelor’s Degree in Dental Hygiene in the State of Arizona. With a national reputation for educating dental hygiene professionals since its inception in 1973, the program offers a high-quality education. Students complete two years of prerequisite didactic instruction in preparatory areas such as human anatomy and physiology, chemistry, microbiology, nutrition, human behavior and statistics and then apply to the program. Once students enter the program, a strong emphasis is placed on gaining extensive clinical experience.  Regular clinic rotations require students to provide dental hygiene care at the NAU Dental Hygiene Clinic, the Hopi Health Care Facility, the Yavapai Apache Dental Clinic, Flagstaff Medical Center, and at North Country Healthcare. Faculty connect these field experiences to coursework, so students actively apply their knowledge of Oral Pathology, Oral Medicine, Pharmacology and Periodontics to their work with patients in the clinic.  In addition to regular clinical rotations, students must complete a minimum two-week summer externship in a dental public health facility serving American Indian, military, or underserved populations throughout Arizona, in selected sites outside Arizona,  or Internationally. Graduates are prepared to practice in diverse settings with special emphasis on rural communities and other underserved populations through a curriculum centered in public health. Their capstone project requires the origination of a public health project that requires exhaustive assessment and planning. Projects are then implemented and outcomes are evaluated in a final written report.  This public health emphasis specifically prepares graduates to write grant proposals and serve in public health administrative roles. The future of dentistry is moving towards the development of a dental therapist; a new Masters prepared dental midlevel provider. Students graduating from NAU’s Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene are optimally poised to enter advanced dental therapy programs, work in independent practice, and/or work in affiliated practice.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

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College of Health and Human Services

Department of Dental Hygiene

Dental Hygiene, Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene


Details

Additional Admission Requirements
Major Requirements
General Electives
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Academic Catalog - 2018-2019

College of Health and Human Services

Department of Dental Hygiene

Dental Hygiene, Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene


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