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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

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Page address: http://ahn.mnsu.edu/dental/onlinecompletion/curriculum.html

Dental Hygiene Degree Completion Online Program

  • There are 11 Dental Hygiene Degree Completion courses = 32 credits. 
    • Each course is typically offered twice in a year, which includes fall, spring, and summer. 
    • You could complete all dental hygiene courses in 2-3 semesters as a full-time student.
  • To earn a Bachelor of Science degree, you also need to complete general education requirements.  
    • Typically, a student with an accepted AS/AAS degree usually needs to take 2-4 general education courses to earn a BS degree; some need more, some need less.
    • If you have an AA degree, you have likely completed general education requirements. 
    • An advisor will help develop an individual plan of study for each student based on the number of needed general education courses to complete the degree.

Dental Hygiene Program Courses:

DHYG 441 Advanced Dental Hygiene Practice (3 credits)

Identify clinical skills and knowledge needed to improve effectiveness as a dental hygienist. Areas addressed: ultrasonic implementation using multiple types of devices, risk factor analysis, comprehensive treatment planning, periscope (endoscope), carbide/diamond files, advanced instrumentation techniques, patient management, case presentation. Generally offered Spring and Summer; not offered Spring 2019

DHYG 442 Current Issues in Dental Hygiene (3 credits)

Topics included but not be limited to: advanced practice models to expand oral health services, including restorative procedures; counseling regarding smoking cessation; recent medical advances in the field of dentistry and legal and policy issues currently impacting dental hygiene. Generally offered Fall and Summer.

DHYG 443 Technology in Oral Health (3 credits)

Assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of the impact of emerging dental technology. Topics include dental practice software management, digital radiography, intra–oral cameras, patient education software, lasers in dentistry, and internet information sources for both practitioners and patients. Generally offered Spring and Summer (not offered Spring 2019)

DHYG 451 Dental Hygiene Care Planning (3 credits)

Evidence based dental management of patients with medical disorders encountered in dental practice. Provides an overview of basic disease processes, epidemiology, pathophysiology, and accepted medical therapies utilizing human needs model to formulate a dental hygiene care plan. Generally offered Fall and Spring.

DHYG 452 Decision Making in Periodontology (3 credits)

Combines the sciences and knowledge in the discipline of dental hygiene that permits synthesis and application of periodontal treatment techniques. Surgical and aggressive management of medically compromised periodontal patients will be addressed in this course. Generally offered Fall and Spring.

DHYG 453 Research Methods in Dental Hygiene (3 credits)

Provides student awareness of the American Dental Hygienists' Research Agenda and prepares students on the methodology of research. Includes strengths and limitations of quantitative and qualitative research methods while developing methodological skills and proficiencies related to research. Generally offered Fall and Spring.

DHYG 456 Oral Medicine and Treatment Planning (2 credits)

This course is designed to facilitate critical thinking skills related to drugs used in dentistry and medicine with emphasis placed on the impact of the dental hygiene diagnosis. Generally offered Spring and Summer.

Sequence Courses

DHYG 444W Principles of Oral Health Promotion (3 credits)

Leadership preparation in the delivery of oral health care in the public health model. Emphasis will be placed on defining oral health problems and solutions, community planning, implementation and evaluation based on the oral health objectives of Healthy People 2010. Generally offered Fall and Spring.

DHYG 454 Oral Health Promotion Practice (3 credits)
Prerequisite is DHYG 444 or 444W

Demonstration of oral health delivery in community based clinics embracing oral health promotion efforts as a methodology. Increasing demand for care, dental services and prevention resulting in reduction of oral diseases and improved community oral health.

DHYG 445 Educational Methods in Dental Hygiene (3 credits)

 Examines educational methods needed for effective dental hygiene instruction. Topics addressed within this course will include learner and context analysis, performance objectives, assessment instruments, instructional strategies, formative and summative evaluations. Emphasis will be placed on competency based instruction. Generally offered Fall and Spring.

DHYG 455 Educational Practice in Dental Hygiene (3 credits) *
Prerequisite is DHYG 445

* This course has an additional $12 course fee for malpractice insurance.

Applies content from Principles of Educational Methods to support the role of dental hygiene educator in didactic and clinical instruction. Active participation in course design, delivery and evaluation in classroom, online or clinical format with emphasis on competency based instruction. Generally offered Fall and Spring.

When Will Classes Be Offered?

While we generally offer classes certain semesters, this can change so be sure to check here when classes are offered.

Summer 2018

These courses will be offered and will run if minimum enrollment of 12 is met.

  • DHYG 441 Advanced Dental Hygiene Practice (3 credits), first 8 weeks - 5/21/18 to 7/13/18
    • won't be offered Spring 2019
  • DHYG 442 Current Issues in Dental Hygiene (3 credits), 8-week session - 5/29/18 to 7/22/18
  • DHYG 456 Oral Medicine and Treatment Planning (2 credits), first session - 5/21/18 to 6/22/18

Fall 2018

  • Full Session - 16 weeks (08/27/18-12/14/18)
    • DHYG 451 Dental Hygiene Care Planning (3 credits) - full session
  • 1st 8-week Session (08/27/18 - 10/19/18)
    • DHYG 442 Current Issues in Dental Hygiene (3 credits)
    • DHYG 444W Principles of Oral Health Promotion (3 credits)
    • DHYG 453 Research Methods in Dental Hygiene (3 credits)
    • DHYG 455 Educational Practice in Dental Hygiene (3 credits)
  • 2nd 8-week Session (10/22/18-12/14/18)
    • DHYG 443 Technology in Oral Health (3 credits) 
      • won't be offered Spring 2019
    • DHYG 445 Educational Methods in Dental Hygiene (3 credits)
    • DHYG 452 Decision Making in Periodontology (3 credits)
    • DHYG 454 Oral Health Promotion Practice (3 credits)

Future Planning

  • DHYG 443 will NOT be offered Spring 2019; it is typically offered fall and spring.  Might be offered Summer 2019 if there is a high demand.
  • DHYG 441 will NOT be offered Spring 2019; it is typically offered spring and summer

Here is a list of online general education courses offered by semester:

How Many Classes Will I Need?

You will need the 11 dental hygiene courses.  In addition, you need to complete the general education requriements - this will vary based on past courses you have taken.  See below for details on general education requirements.  The degree completion coordinator will develop an individual plan of study once your degree audit has been completed so be sure to email her once you receive this:  julie.dittrich@mnsu.edu. 

To see how your courses might transfer before you apply to the university, you can check this website:  www.transferology.com/

What Are the General Education Requirements and Why Do I Need These?

All academic institutions awarding Baccalaureate degrees require some form of General Education. General education coursework is designed to help each graduate identify and understand issues that arise in areas outside of the specified major. Additionally, general education courses encourage students to develop sound writing and speaking skills, develop critical thinking, and value the culture, knowledge, history, and views of other people and communities.

At MSU, students with an accepted AS/AAS degree are required to complete 40 credits of General Education; 44 credits without.  If you have completed an Associate of Arts degree, or the MN Transfer Curriculum, you won't likely not need any additional courses. Most students have completed the majority of these courses by the time they apply to MSU, Mankato. The 40 credits of General Education are required in 9 different categories (1–10 excluding 2). A description of these categories can be found on the Academic Bulletins page.

Students with Disabilities:

Every attempt will be made to accommodate qualified students with disabilities. If you are a student with a documented disability, please contact Julie Dittrich, program coordinator, or your instructor as early in the semester as possible to discuss the necessary accommodation, and/or contact the Disability Services Office at 507-389-2825 (V) or 1-800-627-3529 (MRS/TTY) or www.mnsu.edu/access/