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Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene- Degree Completion

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    The Bachelor of Science in dental hygiene degree completion program broadens the educational experiences of licensed dental hygienists who have graduated from a two-year community college program by providing a liberal arts and broad based general education component, including critical thinking, analysis, writing, researching, and reporting.

    Admission requirements:

    What will I study?

    The following curriculum is in place for the Dental Hygiene Degree Completion Program:

    To earn a BS degree in Dental Hygiene from Eastern Washington University (EWU), a minimum of 61 upper-division credits is required beyond the Associate Degree. Of these 61 Upper Division credits; 37 are Dental Hygiene credits and 24 are Upper Division University Requirements are included in the program (see below).  A minimum of 45 of these credits must be earned from EWU. EWU accepts a maximum block transfer of 74 credits from an Associate dental hygiene degree program accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and regional higher education accrediting bodies.

    *Students must meet University proficiencies in Math and English by completing Math 115 or its equivalent, and English 101 and 201 or their equivalent. It is strongly recommended students complete these requirements at local community colleges before entering the program.


    Program Mission and Competencies

    The mission of the Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene (BSDH) degree completion program is to enhance the educational experiences of dental hygienists who graduated with an associate degree. This is accomplished by providing a liberal arts and broad-based general education component which includes critical thinking, research, writing, cultural sensitivity, and ethical judgment. Graduates of this program will have practical experience intrinsic to the various expanded roles and scopes of practice in the profession of dental hygiene. The BSDH program fully prepares students to interact effectively with other health professionals in a competent, collaborative, and ethical manner.


    BSDH program goals include:
    1. Compel individuals who possess moral and ethical values/behaviors to be effective participants in an increasingly complex and interdisciplinary health care system.
    2. Foster dental hygienists who are culturally sensitive and possess a strong theoretical base in the humanities, psychosocial sciences, and dental sciences.
    3. Encourage dental hygienists to be life-long learners who critically think, analyze and solve problems, make sound judgments, and lead others to do the same.
    4. Cultivate the communication and leadership skills of dental hygienists to enhance their functional role of practitioner as well as the expanded roles of researcher, manager, change agent, consumer advocate, and health promoter/educator.
    5. Instill a commitment to contribute actively to the betterment of the dental hygiene profession through professional involvement, continued education, and advanced professional or graduate education.

    Teaching Methods and Learning Environment

    All courses are taught via Canvas, an online Learning Management System that allows students to submit assignments, contact the course instructor, collaborate with fellow students, participate in discussions, and even videoconference from virtually anywhere.

     


    Contact Information

    Dental Hygiene Department
    310 N Riverpoint Blvd., Suite 160
    Spokane, WA 99202

    email: dental.hygiene@ewu.edu
    phone: 509.828.1300
    fax: 509.828.1283

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