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Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene - Degree Completion (BSDH)

The Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene Degree Completion program provides an opportunity for licensed dental hygiene graduates to develop future leadership roles in education, public health, commercial ventures, professional associations, and/or health advocacy programs.  It can enhance career opportunities available to dental hygienists in a variety of areas, including but not limited to, state and county health departments, academia, sales and marketing, pharmaceuticals, dental consulting, dental insurance companies, and research. Program activities promote development of professional leadership skills and prepare hygienists for entry into graduate programs. The program’s objectives are designed to provide students with the education and skills to:

  • perform dental hygiene services in a variety of settings (e.g., public health clinics, school systems, institutions, and hospitals)
  • serve as a resource person and collaborate with other healthcare personnel in assessing healthcare needs and providing health care services to the public
  • assess, plan, implement, and evaluate effective teaching methodologies in an educational setting
  • supervise the teaching of dental hygiene services in a clinical or public health setting
  • prepare for admission to graduate degree programs
  • continue their professional education and personal growth

The Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene Degree Completion Program includes seven (7) credit hours (one full day of classroom instruction and one half-day of Dental Hygiene Education Practicum) taking place in the Summer semester*

There may be some prerequisite classes that need to be completed before admission into the Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene Degree Completion Program.  Please contact the Dental Education Advisor for more information.  (219) 980-6770

*Beginning in the Fall of 2019, there will be an addtional seven (7) credit hours of classroom instruction taking place in the Spring semester.