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30 semester hours. A full-time student can complete the program within one year or three consecutive semesters. A part-time student will take longer.

All required classes to earn a degree can be completed online.

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  • Fall: March 15
  • Spring: October 15
  • Summer: Not applicable
Byrdine F. Lewis College of Nursing and Health Professions

Dental Hygiene, B.S.

Moisés Aguayo
Enrollment Coach
404-413-4393
online@gsu.edu

The Georgia State online dental hygiene bachelor of science degree program is for registered dental hygienists who already have an associate degree. This online bachelor’s completion program will help you advance in the profession by giving you the education you need to move into other roles, such as: providing clinical instruction for future hygienists, attending dental school or moving into lead hygienist roles in your practice.

As the first tier-one research university and the second institution in the Atlanta metro to offer an R.D.H. to B.S degree completion program, we are ready to help you succeed. Georgia State is nationally recognized for our student success initiatives and helping students like you advance in your profession is part of our core mission.

The online B.S. in Dental Hygiene includes 10 courses to provide coursework necessary to enable graduates to advance to more marketable positions in the profession. All courses are fully online and are three credit hours each.

Program Details

The B.S. in Dental Hygiene is open to registered dental hygienists who wish to earn a bachelor’s degree.

The admissions requirements are listed to allow students transferring in from other institutions to have the same opportunity for acceptance and admissions as students who started and graduated from the dental hygiene program at Perimeter College.

For admission from Perimeter College, the following minimum admission requirements must be satisfied:

  1. Completion of the dental hygiene program at Perimeter College with an associate degree in dental hygiene.
  2. Eligibility for the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination (NBDHE) to become a registered dental hygienist (RDH) or a notarized copy of successful passage of the RDH credentialing exam from the NBDHE.
  3. An unrestricted dental hygiene license in the United States or eligibility for licensure.
  4. College grade point average (GPA) of 2.50 or higher on a 4.00 scale.
  5. Personal statement, no more than two pages, succinctly discussing how the student’s academic background and life experiences will contribute to success in the dental hygiene profession beyond the associate level.
  6. A resume of professional and volunteer experiences.
  7. Completion of all remaining core general education requirements.

For applicants who are not graduates of Perimeter College but who have an associate degree in dental hygiene:

  1. Official transcripts from a CODA dental hygiene program with an associate degree in dental hygiene.
  2. A notarized copy of the successful passage of the RDH credentialing exam from the NBDHE.
  3. An unrestricted dental hygiene license in the United States or eligibility for licensure.
  4. College grade point average (GPA) of 2.50 or higher on a 4.00 scale.
  5. Personal statement, no more than two pages, succinctly discussing how the student’s academic background and life experiences will contribute to success in the dental hygiene profession beyond the associate’s level.
  6. A resume of professional and volunteer experiences.
  7. Completion of any remaining general education requirements.

Upon acceptance, an undergraduate adviser in the University Advisement Center and the Lewis College Office of Academic Assistance will advise students to generate an individual program of study.

(As this is a new program, no curriculum info is available in the current catalog. See “Additional Information” for catalog details)

  • CNHP 3000 - Communication/Cultural Diversity
  • CNHP 3010 - Advanced Medical Terminology
  • CNHP 3200 - Interprofessional Seminar
  • CNHP 4010 - Leadership and Ethics in Healthcare
  • DH 3601 - Oral Health and The Systemic Connection
  • DH 3602 - Alternative Health Care Environments for the Dental Hygienist Setting
  • DH 3603 - Oral Health Program Development within the Interdisciplinary
  • DH 4704 - Current Concepts in Dental Hygiene Education
  • DH 4705 - Interprofessional Education for the Dental Hygienist Capstone
  • DH 4706 - Integration of Risk Assessment and Preventive Intervention in Dental Hygiene Practice - (CTW)

For up-to-date curriculum requirements, please visit the catalog.

The goal of this new degree is to provide students with an opportunity to gain foundational, contextual and interactional competencies in dental hygiene that will support their future goals of engaging in dental hygiene therapy at an advanced level. This includes expertise in foundational knowledge, the integration of science and dental care, and advocacy, leadership and cultural competencies.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Dental Hygiene Foundational Knowledge - Students will be able to discuss the current and emerging requirements for dental hygiene providers, particularly as it relates to the dental welfare of patients, the advanced role of the dental hygienist and models of practice that meet workforce development needs.
  2. Integration of Dental Hygiene Science and Therapy - Students will participate in interdisciplinary teams and successfully contribute using critical thinking skills for the integration of dental science and therapy.
  3. Dental Hygiene Evidence-Based Practice - Students will consult health-related journals that address evidence-based practice in dental hygiene and summarize the literature consulted.
  4. Competency in Advocacy, Leadership and Vulnerable Populations - Students will have an understanding of ethical and legal principles and their application through advocacy, leadership and cultural competency in the dental sciences industry.

Course Catalog Descriptions:

DH 3601 Oral Health and the Systemic Connection

This course includes an in-depth research-based investigation focusing on disease prevention and health promotion related to the oral-systemic link.
Prerequisite: Admission to the Dental Hygiene degree program. 3 credit hours

DH 3602 Alternative Health Care Environments for the Dental Hygienist

This course includes the exploration of a variety of practice settings relevant to the evolving health care environment.
Prerequisite: Admission to the Dental Hygiene degree program. 3 credit hours

DH 3603 Oral Health Program Development within the Interdisciplinary Setting

This course provides the foundational principles of program development for the dental hygienist as an integral member of the health team.
Prerequisite: Admission to the Dental Hygiene degree program 3 credit hours

DH 4704 Current Concepts in Dental Hygiene Education

This course provides curriculum design and teaching methodology for the transformation of the dental profession.
Prerequisite: Admission to the Dental Hygiene degree program. 3 credit hours

DH 4706 Integration of Risk Assessment and Preventive Intervention in Dental Hygiene

This course evaluates the advancements in chairside diagnostics in identifying factors that affect oral and overall health.
Prerequisite: Admission to the Dental Hygiene degree program. 3 credit hours

DH 4705 Interprofessional Education for the Dental Hygienist Capstone

This course provides opportunities for an independent study on a topic selected by the student under the direction of a faculty member.
Prerequisite: Current Concepts in Dental Hygiene Education, or Oral Health Program Development within the Interdisciplinary Setting. 3 credit hours

CNHP 3000 Communication/Cultural Diversity

The purpose of this course is to increase awareness of diverse cultures in the framework of intercultural communication skills. Students will enhance their knowledge of culture and assess its impact on intercultural communication. Topics related to culture and communication will be explored from a global perspective with a focus on cultural competency and service delivery to diverse groups. Global Perspectives Course. 3.000 Credit hours

CNHP 3010 Advanced Medical Terminology

This course presents a study of advanced medical terminology Prefixes, suffixes, word roots, combining forms, abbreviations, and symbols are included in the content. Emphasis is placed on spelling, definition, usage, and pronunciation. 3.000 Credit hours

CNHP 3200 Interprofessional Seminar

This course will include first-year students admitted to one of the undergraduate-level health disciplines in the Lewis College. Case studies will be discussed as interprofessional with students from two or more professions in health and social care who learn together during all or part of their professional training to cultivate the collaborative practice.
Prerequisite: Admission to one of the Lewis College professional programs.

3.000 Credit hours

CNHP 4010 Leadership and Ethics in Healthcare

The course will describe and discuss major leadership philosophies and theories as well as ethical dilemmas. Through online and in-class discussions and activities, participants will explore these philosophies and theories to enhance their leadership potential. After this course, each participant will have identified a leadership style(s) to use and grow within the healthcare industry. 3.000 Credit hours

Description

Careers

Earning a B.S. in dental hygiene opens additional job opportunities for hygienists beyond direct patient care in a dental office. With a bachelor’s degree, graduates may manage a dental practice or a public health clinic. They may become more in demand in private dental clinics or teach dental hygiene in a technical college. The degree is also a stepping stone for those interested in research or teaching at the college or university level. These dental hygienists will need a graduate degree, and a bachelor’s degree is required before advancing.

Contacts

General Questions

Moisés Aguayo
Enrollment Coach
404-413-4393
online@gsu.edu

Curriculum Inquiries

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Atlanta, GA 30302-3995

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