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Dental Hygiene (B.S.D.H.)

This entry-level degree program in dental hygiene encompasses two years of pre-requisite and general education courses followed by two years of dental hygiene theory and practice, community oral health, research methodology and teaching strategies. Upon completion of the dental hygiene program, graduates are eligible to take the Dental Hygiene National Board Examination as well as the regional and state board examinations to become licensed dental hygienists.

Dental Hygiene (B.S.D.H.)


Description


What is Dental Hygiene at ODU like?

This entry-level degree program in dental hygiene encompasses two years of pre-requisite and general education courses followed by two years of dental hygiene theory and practice, community oral health, research methodology and teaching strategies. Upon completion of the dental hygiene program, graduates are eligible to take the Dental Hygiene National Board Examination as well as the regional and state board examinations to become licensed dental hygienists.

Program Highlights


What makes Dental Hygiene at ODU unique?

  • Accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation, a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education

  • 97%+ first time pass rate on National Dental Hygiene Board examinations and Dental Hygiene Clinical Board examinations

  • Prepares students for careers as clinicians, educators, researchers, and more.

Careers


What are some careers in this field?

Check out these ideas from ODU Career Development Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

Dental Hygienists

$74,680

MEDIAN SALARY


Clean teeth and examine oral areas, head, and neck for signs of oral disease. May educate patients on oral hygiene, take and develop x rays, or apply fluoride or sealants.

Employers


Graduates from this major have gone to work at

Johnson and Johnsonuniversities, private dental practices

Courses


What are some courses offered in Dental Hygiene at ODU?

DNTH 414:
Educational Concepts for the Health Professional I


This course is designed to explore various educational concepts, principles and methods of teaching for adults. Students will learn to present educational information to a diverse client population, in a variety of settings, in an ethical and professional manner. Topics include, but are not limited to, objectives, planning, implementation and evaluation of instruction; instructional strategies; delivery models; presentation skills; and techniques for communicating health information. Prerequisites: admission to the dental hygiene program.

DNTH 415:
Research Methods in the Health Sciences


Designed to develop skills in scientific methods, evidence based decision making and critical analysis of research findings. Emphasis on types of research, levels of evidence, problem selection and hypothesis writing, research planning and design, data collection and measuring techniques, analysis and interpretation of data, research proposal writing and computer application. A written research proposal is required for graduate credit.|offered fall) Prerequisites: STAT 130M.

DNTH 416:
Administrative Leadership and Professional Development


A study of current trends that influence the profession of dental hygiene including oral health care delivery, manpower, financing mechanisms, quality improvement, third party payers, professional associations, regulatory agencies and legislation. Emphasis is on ethical, political, and legal issues as they relate to the dental hygiene profession. offered spring) Prerequisites: permission of the instructor.

Requirements


What are the requirements to apply for Dental Hygiene at ODU?

Students entering the Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene program in Dental Hygiene should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Undergraduate Admission)

  • Applicants for admission to the baccalaureate program in dental hygiene should apply first to the Old Dominion University Office of Admissions by December 1

     

  • Applicants must also apply to the School of Dental Hygiene through the American Dental Education Association's Dental Hygiene Centralized Application Service (DHCAS) by February 1. Required materials include official high school and college transcripts, an essay, two recommendation forms, and certificate of completion for the course “Aerosols in the Dental Office: Best Practices for Patient and Practitioner Safety” (see details below).

  • Prerequisite courses for program entry must be completed with a minimum grade of C or better prior to starting the dental hygiene major.

     

  • A minimum overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 and a Science GPA of 3.30 will make the applicant competitive.

     

  • Applicants must successfully complete the continuing education (CE) course entitled “Aerosols in the Dental Office: Best Practices for Patient and Practitioner Safety” (course number 619) and provide proof of completion by uploading the awarded CE certificate into the DHCAS application. The course can be found here

Cost

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2021-22 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Virginia Resident


Per Credit:

$ 360

Non-Resident


Per Credit:

$ 1,032

Active Duty Military Rate


Per Credit:

$ 250

Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States


Per Credit:

$ 407

Ways to Save

Here are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending ODU. For more information visit University Student Financial aid

Next Steps


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ASSISTANT PROFESSOR


Name:

Brenda Bradshaw


Location:

3102 HEALTH SCIENCES BLDG, NORFOLK, VA, 23529



Office:

757-683-5150


Undergraduate Admissions


Location:

1004 Rollins Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3685


Fax:

757-683-3255


Email:

admissions@odu.edu


International Admissions


Location:

2101 Dragas Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3701


Fax:

757-683-3651


Email:

intladm@odu.edu

Transfer


I like this program and want to transfer. What are my next steps?

At ODU, we understand that as a transfer student you have unique needs that require a wide array of campus resources. The Center for Advising Administration and Academic Partnerships aims to create a transfer inclusive culture that supports the successful transition, engagement, and academic achievement of transfer students. The services and programs offered to you as a Monarch are endless so take advantage of every opportunity. Even before you set foot on campus, we encourage you to Explore, Experience, and Engage! Visit our Transfer Students page for more information.

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