B.S. Dental Hygiene
Program Admissions Requirements
Formal application for admission to the dental hygiene program must be submitted before January 15 of the year the student wishes to enter. Applicants must complete prerequisite courses and complete specific requirements for consideration. Applicants must have a minimum Cumulative Core and Natural Science Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.8. Dental hygiene program information regarding current admission criteria and procedures can be obtained from the Dental Hygiene website at https://isu.edu/dentalhygiene/, or directly from the department. Application materials are submitted through the American Dental Education Association Centralized Dental Hygiene Application Service (http://www.adea.org/dhcas.aspx).
Admission to Idaho State University is a separate procedure and must be completed prior to application to the dental hygiene program. Students must provide verification of current CPR certification and vaccinations prior to beginning the program within the specified application year.
To enroll in upper division courses with a dental hygiene prefix (DENT), students must be accepted for admission to the dental hygiene program. Each student is responsible for completing the required course work in proper sequential order. To be eligible for graduation and progression in the dental hygiene program, the student must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.25. Course work for which the student receives a grade below “C-” (C minus) will not be accepted as fulfilling requirements for the Department of Dental Hygiene. The department chairperson must approve any deviation from these standards.
Transcripts will be evaluated by the ISU Registrar to determine courses fulfilling the general education requirements for B.S. degree requirements. Transfer students who have met the Idaho State Board of Education core subject requirements have fulfilled General Education requirements; however, MATH 1153 is a prerequisite to DENT 4401 Research Methods. Students who earned a baccalaureate degree have fulfilled the General Education requirements.
Transcripts will be evaluated by Dental Hygiene Transfer Coordinator to determine courses meeting the dental hygiene entry-level requirements. An individualized program of study will be developed in collaboration with the transfer coordinator and approved before beginning coursework.
For more information on transfer credit limits, please review the university degree requirement page at http://coursecat.isu.edu/undergraduate/degreerequirements/
General Education Requirements
Transfer students with an Associate of Science or Associate of Arts and Sciences degree as the entry-level dental hygiene degree from a U.S. academic regionally accredited institution have completed ALL of the General Education requirements; however, MATH 1153 is a prerequisite to DENT 4401 Research Methods.
Transfer students with an Associate of Applied Science degree as the entry-level dental hygiene degree from a U.S. academic regionally accredited institution AND who have met the Idaho State Board core subject requirements have fulfilled the B.S. degree General Education requirements; however, MATH 1153 is a prerequisite to DENT 4401 Research Methods.
Transfer students with an Associate of Applied Science degree as the entry-level dental hygiene degree from a U.S. academic regionally accredited institution must complete any General Education Objectives not already completed. See the General Education Requirements in the Academic Information section of this catalog.
Credits awarded for an Associate of Applied Science degree as the entry-level dental hygiene degree granted by a U.S. academic institution not accredited by a regional accrediting agency cannot be applied to a B.S. degree at Idaho State University.
Prerequisite Core Courses
and Biology I Lab (Partially satisfies General Education Objective 5)
and Introductory Microbiology Laboratory
|Advanced Human Anatomy and Physiology 1|
and Advanced Human Anatomy and Physiology 1 Lab
|Advanced Human Anatomy and Physiology 2|
and Advanced Human Anatomy and Physiology 2 Lab
|CHEM 1101||Introduction to Chemistry (Partially satisfies General Education Objective 5)||3|
& CHEM 1103
|Essentials of Organic and Biochemistry|
and Essentials of Organic and Biochemistry Laboratory
|COMM 1101||Fundamentals of Oral Communication (Satisfies General Education Objective 2)||3|
|DENT 2201||Principles of Dental Hygiene||2|
|ENGL 1101||Writing and Rhetoric I (Partially satisfies General Education Objective 1)||3-4|
|or ENGL 1101P||Writing and Rhetoric I Plus|
|ENGL 1102||Writing and Rhetoric II (Partially satisfies General Education Objective 1)||3|
|NTD 2239||Nutrition (Partially satisfies General Education Objective 5)||3|
|or NTD 3340||Nutrition for Health Professionals|
|MATH 1153||Statistical Reasoning (Satisfies General Education Objective 3)||3|
|PSYC 1101||Introduction to Psychology (Partially satisfies General Education Objective 6)||3|
|SOC 1101||Introduction to Sociology (Partially satisfies General Education Objective 6)||3|
- Any university General Education Objectives not yet completed, plus any additional Objective courses required to bring the General Education credit total to a minimum of 36.
- Elective course INFO 1101 is highly recommended as an elective for those individuals without computer skills and it may be chosen to satisfy General Education Objective 8.
- Elective course DENT 2220 is highly recommended for pre-dental hygiene students without dental office experience.
Dental Hygiene Required Courses
|DENT 3307||Prevention and Management of Dental Emergencies||3|
|DENT 3308||Oral Histology and Embryology||2|
|DENT 3309||General and Oral Pathology||3|
|DENT 3311||Tooth Morphology||2|
|DENT 3312||Head and Neck Anatomy||3|
|DENT 3313||Clinical Dental Hygiene I||3|
|DENT 3313C||Clinical Dental Hygiene I Clinic||3|
|DENT 3314||Clinical Dental Hygiene II||2|
|DENT 3314C||Clinical Dental Hygiene II Clinic||3|
|DENT 3315||Preventive Dentistry||2|
|DENT 3316||Dental Materials||2|
|DENT 3318||Oral Radiology||2|
|DENT 3318L||Oral Radiology Laboratory||1|
|DENT 3319||Preclinical Restorative Procedures||2|
|DENT 3320||Pain Management||2|
|DENT 4401||Research Methods||2|
|DENT 4402||Advanced Periodontology||2|
|DENT 4403||Advanced Clinical Theory I||2|
|DENT 4403C||Advanced Clinical Practice I Clinic||4|
|DENT 4404||Advanced Clinical Theory II||2|
|DENT 4404C||Advanced Clinical Practice II Clinic||4|
|DENT 4405||Dental Hygiene Seminar||1|
|DENT 4408||Ethical and Legal Principles||2|
|DENT 4411||Application of Restorative Therapies||2|
|DENT 4411C||Restorative Care I||1|
|DENT 4412C||Restorative Care II||1|
|DENT 4413||Community Health and Special Needs Populations||3|
|DENT 4414||Community Outreach Experiences||2|
|DENT 4421||Leadership and Health Policy||2|
|DENT 4422||Educational Strategies and Applied Methods||2|
|DENT 4424||Principles of Interprofessional Practice Management||3|
Additional Required Course
|PPRA 3314||Basic and Applied Pharmacology for Dental Hygiene||2|
Dental Hygiene Electives
|DENT 3330C||Interim Clinic||2|
|DENT 3340C||Enhanced Strategies in Clinical Care||1|
|DENT 4481||Independent Studies in Dental Hygiene||1-3|
|Prerequisite courses (department requirements and general education)||46|
|Required dental hygiene courses||74|
|Other courses (including general education)(minimum of 12 cr)||12|