Dec 13, 2018  
2017-2018 College Catalog 
2017-2018 College Catalog

Dental Hygiene Degree Completion (B.S.)

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Program Overview

The Dental Hygiene Degree Completion Program is an option for obtaining a bachelor’s degree for students who have successfully completed an accredited (CODA) dental hygiene program.  Current licensure in Dental Hygiene is required for the Education Concentration.  This program can be taken full time or part time but must be completed within five years.  An on-campus or online orientation will be required prior to beginning the program.  Depending on the area of concentration a student can completely earn their degree either online, in the classroom/clinic/lab or a combination of both.  This program offers further education to those students who do not live in the area and/or those traditionally daytime-working hygienists.

Career and Graduate Study Options

A bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene offers multiple career opportunities in a variety of settings.  The American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) has defined six (6) roles of the dental hygienist.  They include: Educator, Administrator/Manager, Clinician, Researcher, Advocate and Public Health.  This program incorporates the education of the Associate Degree accepting up to 84 credit hours.  Including this prior knowledge, the student completes 120 credit hours. 

Learning Objectives

Students who successfully complete this program will be able to:

  • Develop career and lifelong professional development options and gain real work experience and professional preparation;
  • Apply the core dental hygiene principles in work situations;
  • Communicate and collaborate effectively by presenting information and defending recommendations using strong oral and written skills;
  • Apply information technology in the business and education workspace;
  • Advocate ethical behavior and social responsibility;
  • Show initiative and take responsibility to set and achieve goals and standards of excellence;
  • Maintain awareness of changing trends in dental hygiene, health and society that impact dental hygiene care;
  • Commit to lifelong learning to maintain competence in an evolving healthcare system;
  • Interact with peers and colleagues to create an environment that supports collegiality and teamwork;
  • Apply problem-solving processes in decision-making and evaluate these processes.


Transfer credits: To receive transfer credit for a course, a “C” or higher MUST have been earned.  

Residency Requirements: All degree candidates must earn at least 30 credits in academic courses taken on campus or delivered online by Mount Ida College to qualify for any one degree from the College.

Students must also satisfy Oral and Written Communication requirements of the All College Curriculum.  These are courses that have been identified as meeting the requirements for writing-intensive (“W”) or oral communications (“O”) courses.  Students must include three Written Communication courses beyond EN102 and two Oral Communication courses.



Required Courses Based on Area of Concentration (12-20 credits) (choose one concentration)

Management Concentration

Education Concentration

 Current licensure in Dental Hygiene is required for the Education Concentration.

Pre-Professional Concentration

(The 200-level courses can be transferred from another institution; other science courses may be substituted with advisor approval.)

Other Mount Ida College Course Requirements (15 credits)


  • Interdisciplinary Seminar (3 credits)
  • ACC Elective* (3 credits)

 * ACC Elective: any course outside the student’s major (not designated DH)

Other Requirements (up to 84 credits)

  • Credit hours for successful completion from an accredited program (CODA) in dental hygiene.

Total Credits: (120-128)

Suggested Course Sequence:

(Prerequisites of program specific courses are listed in parentheses; prerequisites for all courses can be found in the Course Description.)

First Year: (18-20 credits)

  • Literature Elective (3 credits) 
  • Interdisciplinary Seminar (3 credits)
  • Two (2) Concentration Courses (6-8 credits)

Second Year: (18-24 credits)

  • Humanities or Fine Arts Elective (3 credits)
  • ACC Elective (3 credits)
  • Historical Understanding Elective (3 credits)
  • Two (2) or Three (3) Concentration Courses (6-12 credits)
  • DH 410 - Dental Hygiene Capstone 3 credits
  • (Prerequisites:  Licensed Dental Hygienist, CPR Certificate (health care provider), DH 310 and Senior Standing in BSDHC Program)

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