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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 offered twice in a year, which includes fall, spring, and summer. 
    • You could complete all dental hygiene courses in two 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 A.S. or A.A.S degree usually needs to take 2-4 general education courses to earn a B.S. degree; some need more, some need less.
    • If you have your A.A. degree, you have 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

When Will Classes Be Offered?

Fall 2017

  • DHYG 442 Current Issues in Dental Hygiene (3 credits)
  • DHYG 443 Technology in Oral Health (3 credits)
  • DHYG 444W Principles of Oral Health Promotion (3 credits)
  • DHYG 445 Educational Methods in Dental Hygiene (3 credits)
  • DHYG 451 Dental Hygiene Care Planning (3 credits)
  • DHYG 452 Decision Making in Periodontology (3 credits)
  • DHYG 453 Research Methods in Dental Hygiene (3 credits)
  • DHYG 454 Oral Health Promotion Practice (3 credits)
  • DHYG 455 Educational Practice in Dental Hygiene (3 credits)

Spring 2018

  • DHYG 441 Advanced Dental Hygiene Practice (3 credits) - 8 week session from March 12 to May 4
  • DHYG 443 Technology in Dentistry (3 credits) - 8 week session from March 12 to May 4
  • DHYG 444W Principles of Oral Health Promotion (3 credits)
  • DHYG 445 Educational Methods in Dental Hygiene (3 credits)
  • DHYG 451 Dental Hygiene Care Planning (3 credits)
  • DHYG 452 Decision Making in Periodontology (3 credits)
  • DHYG 453 Research Methods in Dental Hygiene (3 credits)
  • DHYG 454 Oral Health Promotion Practice (3 credits)
  • DHYG 455 Educational Practice in Dental Hygiene (3 credits)
  • DHYG 456 Oral Medicine and Treatment Planning (2 credits) - 8 week session from January 8 to March 2

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
  • DHYG 442 Current Issues in Dental Hygiene (3 credits), full summer session
  • DHYG 456 Oral Medicine and Treatment Planning (2 credits), first summer session

For planning, DHYG 441 will be offered Fall 2018 and Summer 2019 but will NOT be offered Spring 2019.  Offerings for other course will likely be unchanged for the  2018-2019 academic year.

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

How Many Classes Will I Need to Take?

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. 

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 to Take 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 AS/AAS degree are required to complete 40 credits of General Education.  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/