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The Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene is completed through the integration of Associates degree Dental Hygiene courses and Bachelors degree courses, or by continuing studies after completing an Associates degree at an accredited School of Dental Hygiene.
The baccalaureate degree completion approach is available to Fones students as well as to graduates of other accredited Dental Hygiene programs. With 60 to 90 transfer credits, a student may achieve a Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene in two additional years. Education at the baccalaureate level, which combines the professional dental hygiene curriculum with a liberal arts education, enhances the dental hygienists opportunities, skills, background knowledge, and professional values.
Upon satisfactory completion of semester hours in the areas of study specified, the student will be recommended for the degree of Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene.
Students pursuing a B.S. Degree in Dental Hygiene have the opportunity to design a portion of their curriculum to meet personal career goals. The outcome of this planning process is an individualized program that enables dental hygienists to gain desired knowledge and skills and directly transfers this expertise to a professional work setting. Students may identify a minor in human services, education, marketing, or psychology, to name a few subject areas.
Complete Your Dental Hygiene Degree Online
The online Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Dental Hygiene degree completion program from The Fones School of Dental Hygiene offers dental hygienists an opportunity to further your education beyond the A.S. degree (NOTE: an Associate Degree or Certificate in Dental Hygiene from an accredited institution is required). You can overcome the obstacle of your work and family schedule and pursue a Bachelors degree. Take advantage to learn anytime, from anywhere. The online program holds 8-week accelerated dental hygiene classes for adult learners who are able to find the time and discipline to study with qualified faculty in their subject field.
Founded in 1913, the Fones School of Dental Hygiene joined the University of Bridgeport in 1949. Accredited since 1953, the Fones School of Dental Hygiene is the first school of dental hygiene in the world. The school is named for its founder Dr. Alfred Civilion Fones, a pioneer in the world dental hygiene movement.A career in dental hygiene offers multiple career opportunities in a variety of settings. The following have been identified by the American Dental Hygienists Association (ADHA) as emerging fields for dental hygienists. The ADHA acknowledges that a Bachelors degree enhances the hygienists ability to succeed in these fields:
Public Health Dental Hygiene
Detailed Course FactsApplication deadline July 1 is the last date to apply for the Fall Semester which begins late August/early September;November 1 is the last date to apply for the Spring Semester which begins mid-January Tuition fee
- USD 34245 Year (National)
- USD 34245 Year (International)
Languages Take an IELTS test
Curriculum and Program Requirements
- BIOL 113 Anatomy and Physiology I w/lab 4
- BIOL 114 Anatomy and Physiology II w/lab 4
- CHEM 113 Introductory Chemistry w/lab 3
- MATH 105 Intermediate Algebra 3
- ENGL C101 Composition & Rhetoric 3
- DHYG 123 Oral Anatomy and Embryology I 4
- DHYG 124 Radiology 3
- DHYG 127 Pharmacology for the Dental Hygienist 3
- DHYG 129 Clinical Practice I 4
- DHYG 130 Clinical Practice II 4
- DHYG 140 Introduction to Periodontology 2
- DHYG 227 Clinical Practice III 5
- DHYG 230 Local Anesthesia 1
- DHYG 228 Clinical Practice IV 5
- DHYG 232 Dental Public Health 4
- DHYG 233 General and Oral Histo-Pathology 3
- DHYG 241 Periodontology 2
- DHYG 250 Dental Materials 3
- DHYG 301 Dental Hygiene Practice Management 3
- DHYG 302 Instructional Strategies for the Health Professional 3
- DHYG 303 Advanced Clinical Concepts
- DHYG 304 Dental Hygiene Internship 3-6
- DHYG 305 Dental Hygiene Research I 3
- DHYG 306 Dental Hygiene Research II 4
- DHYG 400 Statistical Reasoning
- DHYG 204 Nutritional Biochemistry 3
Total Hours Program Requirements 68
General Education Requirements includes pre-requisites*
- BIOL 113 Anatomy and Physiology I 4*
- BIOL 114 Anatomy and Physiology II 4*
- BIOL 106 Elementary Microbiology 4
- CAPS C390 Capstone Seminar 3
- SOSC C201 Social Science I
- 3 SOSC C202 Social Science II 3
- ENGL C101 Composition & Rhetoric 3*
- FA C101 Fine Arts 3
- HUM C201 Humanities I 3
- HUM C202 Humanities II 3
- MATH 105 Intermediate Algebra 3*
- SOC 101 Principles of Sociology 3
- FYS 101 First Year Seminar 3
- HUSV 201 Introduction to Counseling
- OR 3 MKTG 305 Principles of Marketing 3
- Electives 9
Total Hours for General Education 54
Total Semester Hours122
Online Course Descriptions
Dental Hygiene 301 Dental Hygiene Practice Management
This course is designed to enhance the ability of the student to provide optimum patient care while functioning within an interdisciplinary dental team. This is accomplished through students learning skills including communication, teamwork, business and management practices, and patient management.
Dental Hygiene 302 Instructional Strategies for the Health Professional
Assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of various instructional methodologies/strategies to facilitate presentations. Fundamentals of instructional theory with practical skill applications.
Dental Hygiene 303 Advanced Clinical Concepts
This course expands upon the basic knowledge and skills utilized in the dental hygiene process of care. Students are introduced to advanced clinical concepts through evidence-based practice methods. Oral medicine, advanced periodontology, pain management, current research and technologies are emphasized.
Dental Hygiene 304 Dental Hygiene Internship
Direct observation and supervised teaching or field work. Interns complete this practicum in selected sites implementing the skills acquired in Dental Hygiene 302, and other Associate and Baccalaureate courses. Prerequisite: Dental Hygiene 302.
By arrangement; 3-6 credits
Dental Hygiene 305 Dental Hygiene Research I
This course will introduce the student to the fundamentals of research design and process. This course will enable Dental Hygiene students to develop skills in the analysis of dental research findings and the evaluation of dental issues through critical analysis. Students will also gain exposure to the development of research protocols to be carried out in Dental Hygiene 306. Prerequisite: Dental Hygiene 302.
Dental Hygiene 306 Dental Hygiene Research II
Students, working in groups of two or three, will utilize and reinforce acquired Dental Hygiene research concepts from Dental Hygiene 305 while developing advanced assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation skills. Required of all candidates for a Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene. Prerequisite: Dental Hygiene 302, DH 305.
Dental Hygiene 400 Statistical Reasoning
This course will provide a basic overview of statistical analysis and how certain tests can be performed to determine if there is a statistically significant relationship between variables. The student will receive an introduction to the use of Excel for data analysis. 3 credits
Curriculum and Program Requirements
The baccalaureate degree program consists of 120 credit hours:
- transfer credits from previous academic experience (60-90 credit hours),
- general education courses (40 credit hours),
- dental hygiene courses ( 22 credit hours),
- and elective courses (9 credit hours).
With 60-90 transfer credits, students may be able to achieve a Bachelor of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene in two years. The following courses are required for a B.S. in Dental Hygiene:
Dental Hygiene Courses 22 credits
- DHYG 301 Dental Hygiene Practice 3 credits
- DHYG 302 Instructional Strategies 3 credits
- DHYG 303 Advanced Clinical Concepts 3 credits
- DHYG 304 Dental Hygiene Internship 3 credits
- DHYG 305 Dental Hygiene Research I 3 credits
- DHYG 306 Dental Hygiene Research II 4 credits
- DHYG 400 Statistical Reasoning 3 credits
- General Education Courses FA C101 Fine Arts 3 credits
- HUM C201 Humanities I 3 credits
- HUM C202 Humanities II 3 credits
- MKTG 305 Principles of Marketing 3 credits
- SOSC C201 Social Science Core 3 credits
- CAPS 390 Capstone/Senior Thesis 3 credits
- General Electives 9 credits (General Electives are courses that are outside the specific degree requirements and can be fulfilled by courses in other subjects, transfer courses, or other non-traditional credit options accepted by UB.)
English Language Requirements
IELTS band : 6 TOEFL paper-based test score : 500 TOEFL iBT® test : 61
To study at this university, you have to speak English. We advice you totake an IELTS test.
Applicants are encouraged to call the appropriate department for information and/or to schedule an appointment. If difficulties are encountered, applicants should call the Office of Admissions at (203) 576-4552 for assistance.
College Prep Biology and Chemistry with lab and two years of high school Math are academic prerequisites. Students without science prerequisites may begin in a pre-clinic curriculum upon advisement of the division director. Clinical students must begin in the fall semester of an academic year and attend full time. Admission is offered to students in the fall semester only and students must maintain full-time enrollment while in the program. As this is a full-time program, students find it extremely difficult to work while enrolled in the two-year program. Two letters of recommendation are required, preferably one from a math or science teacher.
You can demonstrate proof of English Language competency by meeting any one of the criteria listed below:
1. A letter certifying completion of level 6 at the Universitys English Language Institute (ELI).
Attainment of a satisfactory score on the University of Bridgeports English Language Assessment Battery (ELAB).
2. A minimum TOEFL score of 500 (PBT), 173 (CBT), or 61 (IBT) for undergraduates and a minimum score of 550 (PBT), 213 (CBT), or 80 (IBT) for graduates (post-graduates).
3. A minimum IELTS (Cambridge Testing) Band score of 6.0 for Undergraduates and a minimum Band score of 6.5 for graduates (post-graduates).
4. A transcript from an accredited American university indicating a grade of C or better in one semester of college English Composition.
5. Critical Reading SAT score of 400 or above; or ACT English score of 19 or above.
6.An official letter certifying completion of ELS (English Language Service) through level 112.
7.An official letter certifying completion of CSE (The Center for English Studies) through level 7.5.
8. A Michigan English Assessment Battery (MELAB) score of 69 or above for undergraduates and score of 77 or above for graduates.
9. A Prueba de Aptitud Academica (PAA) English achievement score of 500 or above.
10. A level of Advanced on the English Language Proficiency Test of the College Board.
11. An official O level or A level Certificate indicating a grade of C or better in English.
12. An EIKEN score of Grade 2A or above for undergraduates and a score of Grade Pre-1 or above for graduates.
13. A score of 4 or better on the English A Higher Level examination in the International Baccalaureate (IB) program.
14. WAEC, WASSE, CXC, etc. Score of C or better on English Language exam.
15. A minimum Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) score of 44 for undergraduates and a minimum PTE Academic score of 53 for graduates (post-graduates).
You must demonstrate English language competency in one of the ways listed above. If you dont demonstrate English language competency in one of these ways prior to registration, you will be given the University English Language Assessment Battery (ELAB) test upon arrival. If you pass at a satisfactory level, you may begin classes.
No work experience is required.
- Academic Excellence Scholarship
"The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."
- Alumni Study Travel Fund
Scholarships for students who are already attending the University of Reading.
- Amsterdam Merit Scholarships
The University of Amsterdam aims to attract the world’s brightest students to its international classrooms. Outstanding students from outside the European Economic Area can apply for an Amsterdam Merit Scholarship.