NOTICE: The class that started the professional program in Fall 2014 (and expecting to graduate in Spring 2016) is the last associate degree program. All students taking their prerequisites in Fall 2014 or entering the professional program in Fall 2015 will be working towards the Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene degree.
The Associate of Science in Dental Hygiene program involves one year of prerequisite courses and two years of dental hygiene courses. The professional program is only offered as a full-time curriculum. It is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association http://www.ada.org/5500.aspx.
A degree in dental hygiene prepares you for a career as a dental healthcare professional who specializes in educational, preventive, and therapeutic oral healthcare. The program combines didactic, laboratory, and clinical courses. Graduates are eligible to take national, state, and regional licensing examinations. Dental hygienists can work in private dental offices, dental clinics and hospitals, public health facilities, and dental research facilities.
Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene
A Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene degree has now been approved for IPFW effective Spring 2014. Students will be eligible for the BSDH degree, even if they have completed degrees in other disciplines. We can grant the new degree as long as the graduate meets residency and other requirements. We expect to continue to offer both degrees for the near future. Here is the BSDH curriculum bingo sheet.