Admission to the UCDH Dental Hygiene degree program is competitive and based upon specific written criteria, procedures, and policies. Students must enter the program with the following completed college or university coursework. All courses must be of sufficient depth, scope, sequence of instruction, quality and emphasis to reflect the objectives and philosophy of higher education and may be transferred only from a regionally accredited institution at the post-secondary college-level.
The prerequisite courses for the UCDH program are listed below. A cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 is necessary in both the science courses and the general education courses individually to qualify for being admitted into the program. All of earned grades of the science courses must add together and exceed 2.5 on a GPA scale. All of the earned grades of the general educaiton courses must add together and exceed 2.5 on a GPA scale when calculated together to be considered for acceptance in the program. The minimum grade for all required prerequistes is a C. All applicants must meet both the letter grade and GPA requirement to be eligible to begin the program.
For your Math credit, it may be acceptable for you to take a statistics course from the departments of psychology, education, business, or mathematics. If you're unsure whether or not a course will transfer, please contact the admissions office.
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UCDH Bachelors Degree (BSDH) Prerequisite Courses:
* Please note, only 30 prerequisite credits are allowed to be completed in an online format.
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The accelerated schedule is not the only innovation for the program. The program is structured to allow students to pursue additional study to enhance their role as clinical dental hygienists or to pursue careers in other aspects of professional dental hygiene. The disciplines on which students may focus include advanced clinical practice, education, public health, administration/management, advocacy, and research.
You may wonder why you should consider a BSDH. Graduates who have been awarded a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene not only enjoy a well-rounded academic background and the respect that goes along with a baccalaureate degree, but the BSDH also allows entry into positions in teaching, administration, public health, business, and additional areas that other types of dental hygiene education do not. In a baccalaureate program there are opportunities for growth that no other form of dental hygiene education can provide. The UCDH program will have a strong clinical program as might be expected, but is also designed to allow the student to excel in the areas of sound decision-making, community and public health, research, and specialized areas of clinical practice dental hygiene practice.
The UCDH BSDH program will allow the student to gain substantial knowledge of all aspects of dental hygiene and ensure that the curriculum effectively will prepare students for the professional roles and functions they will be expected to perform in the workplace, as defined by current state law or regulation. It also will allow the student comprehensive learning about the specific role(s) of the dental hygienist that are of most interest to the individual, which may lead to alternative career pathways within the profession. Wherever a student's dental hygiene related interest might lie, the goal is to provide maximum opportunities to explore and learn through this innovative baccalaureate degree program.
Disclaimer: As of 01-31-2019, Straigherline classes will no longer be accepted if courses are taken after 09-09-2019. Please call if you have questions about this change.
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