Program Mission

The mission of the Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene degree-completion program is to provide an opportunity for licensed dental hygienists at any stage in their career to complete a bachelor's degree for professional growth, current and future employment options, and/or entry into a graduate program. 

Program Educational Objectives

  • Provide a quality bachelor-degree completion program that recognizes the achievement of passing the dental hygiene national board exam and state or regional clinical exams. 
  • Recognize the growth in career opportunities and provide core courses to expose students to business management, education, public health, and evidence-based decision making.
  • Build positive relationships between core dental hygiene faculty and students to mentor and help students achieve degree goals. 
  • Help students plan a course schedule that ensures academic success by factoring in professional goals and personal commitments.
  • Allow students to explore further areas of interest by offering elective choices.
  • Prepare students for graduate-level courses.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Evaluate current scientific literature to incorporate evidence-based decisions into dental hygiene practice.
  2. Analyze your dental hygiene department to identify problems and areas where there is needed improvement; clarify the problem; and proprose viable solutions.
  3. Identify current and emerging issues in the profession of dental hygiene.
  4. Assess the oral health care needs of a community and develop a strategic plan that addresses identified needs.
  5. Design instruction that includes teaching strategies and assessments to meet a variety of learning style needs.

Summary of Program Student Learning Outcomes

The Dental Hygiene faculty formally assess the student learning outcomes summarized in the annual program assessment report. Additional details can be found in department assessment records.

Program Curriculum Map

The curriculum map for the Dental Hygiene Degree Completion program can be found on the catalog web page on the Oregon Tech website,


Paula Russell
Paula Russell
Department Chair

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