Dental Hygiene, BS
Dental hygienists are preventive oral health professionals who have graduated from an accredited dental hygiene program in an institution of higher education, licensed in dental hygiene to provide educational, clinical, research, administrative and therapeutic services supporting total health through the promotion of optimum oral health. In performing the dental hygiene process of care, the dental hygienist assesses the patient’s oral tissues and overall health determining the presence or absence of disease, other abnormalities and disease risks; develops a dental hygiene diagnosis based on clinical findings; formulates evidence-based, patient-centered treatment care plans; performs the clinical procedures outlined in the treatment care plan; educates patients regarding oral hygiene and preventive oral care; and evaluates the outcomes of educational strategies and clinical procedures provided.
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To register for the CDCA or CRDTS clinical exams, for dental hygiene licensure, log onto:
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State of Utah Licensure
Professional Licensure/Certification (PLC) Requirements
The curriculum for programs at Utah Tech University leading to professional licensure are designed to prepare students for Utah licensure and certification requirements. Admission into programs for professions requiring licensure and certification does not guarantee that students will obtain a license or certificate. Licensure and certification requirements are set by agencies that are not controlled by or affiliated with the University, and licensure and certification requirements can change at any time.
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Utah Tech General Education Requirements
All Utah Tech General Education requirements must be fulfilled. A previously earned degree may fulfill those requirements, but courses must be equivalent to Utah Tech's minimum General Education standards in American Institutions, English, and Mathematics.
|General Education Core Requirements|
|Social & Behavioral Sciences||3|
Dental Hygiene Program Prerequisite Requirements
|The following coursework must be completed before applying to the Dental Hygiene program.|
& BIOL 2325
and Human Anatomy Lab
& BIOL 2425
and Human Physiology Lab
|FSHD 1020||Sci Foundations of Nutrition (LS)||3|
|CHEM 1150||Integrated Chemistry for Health Sciences (PS) 1||4|
CHEM 1155 is co-requisite to CHEM 1150, but not required for Dental Hygiene program admission.
|The following coursework must be completed before beginning the Dental Hygiene program.|
|COMM 2110||Interpersonal Communication (SS, GC)||3|
|ENGL 1010||Introduction to Writing (EN)||3|
|or ENGL 1010D||Introduction to Writing (EN)|
|ENGL 2010||Interm Writing Selected Topics: (EN)||3|
|MATH 1040||Introduction to Statistics (MA)||3|
|PSY 1100||Human Development Through Lifespan (SS, GC)||3|
|or PSY 1010||General Psychology (SS, GC)|
|SOC 1010||Introduction to Sociology (SS, GC)||3|
|or SOC 1020||Social Problems (SS, GC)|
|HLOC 1001||FYE: Allied Health||1|
|DHYG 1005||Intro to Dental Sciences||1|
Dental Hygiene Program Requirements
|First Semester (Fall)|
|DHYG 3010||Dental Hygiene Theory I||4|
|DHYG 3225||Dental Hygiene Clinic I||3|
|DHYG 2025||Radiology Clinic||1|
|DHYG 2040||Tooth Morphology||1|
|DHYG 2045||Tooth Morphology Lab||1|
|DHYG 3035||Oral Anatomy and Histology||4|
|DHYG 3062||Care of Medically Complex Patients||3|
|Second Semester (Spring)|
|DHYG 3510||Dental Hygiene Theory II||4|
|DHYG 3525||Dental Hygiene Clinic II (ALCE)||4|
|DHYG 3520||General/Oral Pathology||3|
|DHYG 2580||Dental Materials||1|
|DHYG 2585||Dental Materials Lab||1|
|DHYG 3890||Pain Control Methodology||2|
|DHYG 3895||Pain Control Methodology Clinic||1|
|Third Semester (Summer - online)|
|DHYG 4020||Research Methodology||2|
|DHYG 4030||Leadership & Group Dynamics||2|
|Fourth Semester (Fall)|
|DHYG 4015||Dental Hygiene Clinic IV (ALCS)||5|
|DHYG 4035||Advanced Theory and Practice I (ALPP)||2|
|DHYG 3050||Legal & Ethical Issues||2|
|DHYG 3060||Community Oral Health||2|
|DHYG 3065||Community Oral Health Lab I (ALCS)||1|
|DHYG 4050||Restorative Dental Hygiene I||1|
|DHYG 3590||Oral Microbiology||2|
|Fifth Semester (Spring)|
|DHYG 4515||Dental Hygiene Clinic V (ALCS)||5|
|DHYG 4555||Restorative Dental Hygiene II||1|
|DHYG 4225||Public Health Administration||2|
|DHYG 4230||Community Oral Health Lab II (ALCS)||1|
|DHYG 4570||Senior Project (ALCE)||3|
|DHYG 4545||Advanced Theory and Practice II (ALPP)||2|
- Complete a minimum of 123 college-level credits (1000 and above).
- Complete at least 40 upper-division credits (3000 and above).
- Complete at least 30 upper-division credits at Utah Tech for institutional residency.
- Cumulative GPA 2.0 or higher.
- Grade C or higher in all Discipline Core and Emphasis Requirements.