Dental Hygiene:Health Policy & Administration Concentration
Bachelor of Science Degree (B.S.)

The Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene has two entry options. One is designed for students who wish to complete course work toward the bachelor's degree beginning with their freshman year, and the other is designed for individuals who are graduates of accredited dental hygiene programs, licensed and interested in earning the bachelor's degree. The curriculum will enable the graduate to assume positions of responsibility in a variety of alternate care settings, and also create positions to meet the demands of future health care needs. The Health Policy and Administration Concentration curriculum offers a required core of dental hygiene and general education courses (select courses offered via distance learning). Students with a current dental hygiene license have the flexibility of completing the remaining degree requirements on either a full-time or part-time basis.

Students will take six credits within the concentration area in addition to the dental hygiene core courses and required baccalaureate courses. Curriculum will be based on individual needs.

This major is available online via distance learning.

Distance Education Fact Sheet

Program Specs

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Staff dentist providing an examination in the dental hygiene clinic.
Dental Hygiene instruments.
Dental Hygiene student prepares to provide treatment to his patient.

About the curriculum

Classes

View the classes you will be attending in the College Catalog.

Accreditation & Industry Connections

Accredation logos.

Program accreditation.

After graduation

List of jobs via the College Catalog.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics median annual wage for dental hygienists was $70,210 in May 2012. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $46,540, and the top 10 percent earned more than $96,280.

Industries with the highest level of employment for this occupation are:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Offices of Dentists 182,140 $34.13 $71,000
Offices of Physicians 1,990 $31.40 $65,310
Employment Services 1,540 $33.50 $69,680
Outpatient Care Centers 740 $32.83 $68,280
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 630 $26.27 $54,640

*Statistics reported in May 2012

Tools, Uniforms & Supplies

Uniforms

You are required to have a uniform for lab classes. It is recommended that you purchase three uniforms.

Uniforms and tools are available for purchase through The College Store.

Clubs & Activities

  • Student American Dental Hygienists' Association (SADHA)

View the entire student organizations listing or Greek Life listing.

Notice of Conviction

Notice of Conviction via the College Catalog.

Dental Hygiene Advisory Committee

View Advisory Committee.

Advisory committees, which act as recommending bodies to the faculty and administration, consist of in-field professionals who act as partners in the development of curriculum. Their curricular and equipment advice as well as their industry connections and internship opportunities are invaluable to our students and to the growth of our institution.

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