Dental Hygiene (M.S.)
About the Program
A total of 37 credits, including a thesis (minimum of 6 credits), will be required for degree completion. Requirements include 10 courses (26 credits) in the core curriculum, a practicum experience (2-4 credits), and 3 credits of electives.
The core courses advance the theory and practice of dental hygiene and prepare students in research methodology to apply during the thesis process. A thesis is required because the Master of Science degree in Dental Hygiene is the terminal degree in the discipline and a research foundation is imperative to advance the theoretical knowledge base of the profession. To enhance the breadth of knowledge, students are required to complete 3 credits of electives selected from related graduate coursework offered outside the Department of Dental Hygiene.
The program is an online graduate curriculum with on-campus visitations required for DENT 5596 Graduate Seminar I (orientation) and DENT 6619 Graduate Seminar II. A maximum of 9 credits may be transferred officially to Idaho State University.
The student must fulfill the following requirements:
Graduation from an accredited entry-level dental hygiene program
Bachelor's degree in dental hygiene or a related field
Minimum grade point average of 3.0 in upper-division and dental hygiene coursework
Current dental hygiene licensure in good standing
The student must apply to and meet all criteria for admission to the Graduate School, and submit a completed application, residency form, fee payment, and transcripts. International students should refer to the "Admission of International Students" section of this Catalog for TOEFL and other requirements. Information is online at https://www.isu.edu/graduate/.
Complete the Dental Hygiene Department application form for the Master of Science degree program (available at https://isu.edu/dentalhygiene/master-of-science/). Submit two recommendation forms provided by the department. One recommendation must be completed by an individual who has personal knowledge of the applicant's clinical skills such as a faculty member from a dental hygiene program, employer, or colleague. The second recommendation must be completed by an individual who has personal knowledge of the applicant's academic and professional qualifications for graduate study such as a faculty member, an officer of a professional association, or a colleague. Submit to the Graduate School official transcripts to provide evidence of: Graduation from an accredited entry-level dental hygiene program Bachelor's degree in dental hygiene or a related field Minimum grade point average of 3.0 in upper-division courses and a 3.0 in dental hygiene coursework. Previous education in local anesthesia and nitrous oxide administration is not a requirement for admissions; however, it is preferred. If previous education in these pain control methods was completed, provide evidence of successful completion of classroom and clinical experiences in local anesthesia and nitrous oxide administration. Evidence could include transcripts, course descriptions, expanded functions, or continuing education certificates. Send a photocopy of a license to provide evidence of current dental hygiene licensure in good standing. Complete a telephone or personal interview.
Core Requirements take the following courses, take 37 credits37 creditsTake the following courses:DENT5596 - Graduate Seminar I1 creditDENT6605 - Prog Developmnt and Evaluatn3 creditsDENT6610 - Special Care Populations3 creditsDENT6612 - Admin and Man HC Organizations3 creditsDENT6619 - Graduate Seminar II1 creditDENT6620 - Adv Educ Theory and Methods3 creditsDENT6621 - Clinical Instruction and Admin3 creditsDENT6623 - Leadership & Health Policy3 creditsDENT6626 - Dental Hygiene Practicum2 - 4 creditsDENT6632 - Community and Global Health3 creditsDENT6646 - Health Research3 creditsCSD6600 - Prin Res Comm Disorders3 creditsDENT6650 - Thesis1 - 9 credits
* Please note that you must meet with an advisor each semester in order to verify degree completion time as well as online course offerings for the program requirements.