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NOTICE: The class that started the professional program in Fall 2014 (and expecting to graduate in Spring 2016) is the last Dental Hygiene 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.

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.

The B.S. in Dental Hygiene program prepares students for a career as a dental health professional who specializes in educational, preventive, and therapeutic oral healthcare. The dental hygiene B.S. program involves one year of prerequisite courses and three years of dental hygiene courses, and combines didactic, laboratory, and clinical courses. The program offers a full-time curriculum that is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association.

Dental hygienists who graduate with a Baccalaureate degree are required to take national, regional and state licensing examinations and are eligible to work in private dental offices, dental clinics and hospitals, public health facilities, and dental research facilities. As the dental hygiene profession continues to develop opportunities for expanded roles in diverse practice settings, the need for graduates with educational backgrounds in cultural diversity, trans-cultural health care, critical thinking, evidence-based practice and community health policy development will continue to increase. The baccalaureate degree (B.S.) graduate is prepared at the professional level to function in a leadership role with other team members in varied and complex healthcare settings.

Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene (A.S. to B.S Completion Degree)

The BSDH will also be offered as a completion degree for dental hygienists who have completed their dental hygiene education at associate degree programs. As a result of a more broad-based education, graduates will be better prepared to assume leadership roles in both clinical and non-clinical settings. As the dental hygiene profession continues to develop opportunities for expanded roles in diverse practice settings, the need for graduates with educational backgrounds in cultural diversity, trans-cultural health care, critical thinking, evidence-based practice and community health policy development will continue to increase. The baccalaureate degree (B.S.) graduate is prepared at the professional level to function in a leadership role with other team members in varied and complex healthcare settings. Candidates for the BSDH degree must have completed the Associate Degree in Dental Hygiene program and maintained a 2.0 program GPA.