Master of Science in Dental Hygiene

Master of Science in Dental Hygiene


Program Overview

The Master of Science Degree program in Dental Hygiene Education at the University of Missouri - Kansas City (UMKC) prepares students for careers in dental hygiene education. The 36 credit hour graduate program and core curriculum is offered through a combination of online and onsite teaching and learning modalities. Out of state students who complete coursework on a part-time basis are eligible for in-state tuition. To be eligible for this, the student must enroll in no more than 6 credit hours in the fall and spring semesters and no more than 3 credit hours in the summer.

The curriculum provides academic experiences based on the career goals and interest of the graduate student. Although the curriculum is focused on preparing the student for a career in dental hygiene education, elective courses may also be taken  through a personalized approach – pursuing excellence together.

The graduate program has a thesis or non-thesis option. The completion of a thesis or non -thesis research project (manuscript ready for publication) is required as part of the graduate student’s academic program. The core curriculum is completed online with the exception of two (3 credit hour) courses - Research Methodology and Biostatistics/ Statistics. These must be taken and transferred in from an accredited institution. However, these two courses are offered onsite at UMKC SOD. Full time students are required to attend a minimum of two academic years.

Vision, Mission Statement and Program Goals
Checklist for application process
Admission Requirements
Program Requirements
Core Curriculum
Financial Aid specifically for dental hygiene student
Financial Aid and Scholarships
Determining if Online Learning is for You
Tips for Online Success
Computer System Requirements for Online Courses
Graduation Requirements
Contact Information
Policy related to individuals with bloodborne infectious disease
Students’ Right-to-Know Statement
Statement of Human Rights


Vision Statement

The UMKC School of Dentistry Graduate Dental Hygiene Program will serve as a model dental hygiene graduate program that increases the education of the dental hygienist unrelated to geographic location.


Mission Statement

The UMKC School of Dentistry Graduate Dental Hygiene Program provides a comprehensive education of both theory and practical applications and prepares the dental hygienist to assume a variety of employment opportunities where advanced communication skills, critical thinking, problem-solving, evidence-based decision making, and lifelong learning are needed.  


Program Goals

1. Career Opportunities
The program will prepare the student to assume roles in a variety of employment opportunities including education, research, and administration

2. Research
The program will provide the foundational skills necessary to contribute to the body of knowledge in dental hygiene research

3. Lifelong Learning
The program will foster the skills of reflective thinking, problem-solving, scholarly inquiry, and evidence-based decision making in an effort to promote lifetime learning.


Application Requirements

  • Be a graduate from an accredited school or program of dental hygiene (students enrolled in a program, but near graduation may still apply)
  • Have a Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university (in dental hygiene or other field)
  • Have a satisfactory academic record


Applicant Checklist

CHECK LIST FOR APPLYING TOADMISSION TO THE DENTAL HYGIENE GRADUATE PROGRAM

Consult the UMKC General Catalog or with the Director, Graduate Dental Hygiene Education at the School of Dentistry concerning your eligibility for admission.  The following are specifically required for admission:
 

a. Graduation from an accredited school or program of dental hygiene.
b. A baccalaureate degree (B.A., B.S. or equivalent) from an accredited college or university.

Read and fully complete a UMKC application form with a nonrefundable application fee (please print or type). $35.00 application fee for *online  applications, www.umkc.edu/apply  , $45.00 for paper application. ++Must be received in the division of dental hygiene office by the deadline of February 1.

NOTE: Failure to complete the form fully and accurately may void the application, and subsequent revelation of inaccurate or incomplete information of substantive nature may result in dismissal.

If completing a UMKC paper application, please return the completed application to: Director, Graduate Dental Hygiene Education; UMKC School of Dentistry; 650 East 25th Street; Kansas City, MO 64108.  The deadline for applying for admission are: February 1 of each year.  The graduate program commences in August of each year.
Request official transcripts of all your previous academic work, and have them sent directly to: Director, Graduate Dental Hygiene Education; UMKC School of Dentistry; 650 East 25th Street; Kansas City, MO 64108. Transcripts must be received in the division of dental hygiene office by the deadline of February 1.

Request completion of three (3) reference forms, one of which must be completed by the Director of the Dental Hygiene program from which you graduated.  Have them sent directly to:  Director, Graduate Dental Hygiene Education; UMKC School of Dentistry; 650 East 25th Street; Kansas City, MO 64108. Reference forms must be received in the division of dental hygiene office by the deadline of February 1.

Send completed Supplementary Application form directly to:  Director, Graduate Dental Hygiene Education; UMKC School of Dentistry; 650 East 25th Street; Kansas City, MO 64108. Application must be received in the division of dental hygiene office by the deadline of February 1.

You will be notified in writing as soon as all forms and credentials have been received and evaluated. Revised 6/2013


Application Materials

The required application materials include:

  • Application for admission to the University of Missouri-Kansas City with a non-refundable $35.00 application fee for online applications, $45.00 paper application. www.umkc.edu/apply

*Completing the application process does not serve as a statement of acceptance or admission to the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
**Web browsers for the online application: Microsoft Windows users will get the best results by using Internet Explorer version 7.0 OR Mozilla Firefox version 3.5 or later. Apple users will get the best results using Safari version 3.0 or later OR Mozilla Firefox 3.5 or later.

  • Supplemental application to the Division of Dental Hygiene. In addition to the supplemental application, the packet includes:
    • Narrative Statement
    • Three reference forms (one must be from the director of the accredited dental hygiene attended)
    • Official transcripts of all previous academic work.

 

Click here to download application packet.

The deadline for applications is February 1, for classes beginning in the fall semester of each year. Upon receipt of all required application materials the applicant will be notified. Admission into the graduate dental hygiene program is on a competitive basis, qualified applicant will be contacted for a personal interview with the Graduate Dental Hygiene Admissions Committee. Out of state students who complete coursework on a part-time basis are eligible for in-state tuition. To be eligible for this, the student must enroll in no more than 6 credit hours in the fall and spring semesters and no more than 3 credit hours in the summer.


Program Requirements

Core curriculum courses are taken in conjunction with students enrolled in the UMKC degree-completion program. In addition to a UMKC campus program orientation, usually consisting of 1.5 days in August, online students are required to attend on average, an additional two times during the students program of study held on the UMKC campus.  More information on these campus visits can be discussed with the program director. Additionally on- site campus visits for the graduate student are determined between the research committee chair and the student. The student is encouraged to attend another on-campus visit as their research project deems necessary.


Core Curriculum


Required Courses

Credit Hours

DENTHYG4020

Local Anesthesia and Pain Control

2

DENTHYG4040

Foundations of Teaching

2

DENTHYG500

 Educational Methodologies

3

DENTHYG510

Student Teaching and Conference I

2-4

DENTHYG516

Special Issues in Higher Education

3

DENTHYG530

Clinical Instruction and Conference I

2-4

DENTHYG553

Evidenced Based Decision Making in the Practice of Clinical Dental Hygiene

2

DENTHGY595

Scientific Writing

2

DENTHYG599

Research and Thesis

1-6

RESM700

Introduction to Research Methodology *

3

RESM703

Thesis Writing (thesis option only)

1

RESM704

Introduction to Biostatistics*

3

DENTHYG 5585

Portfolio Capstone Course

1

Total Credit Hours


27-36

 

It is highly recommended that the student take the following:


DENTHYG512

Student Teaching and Conference II

2-4

DENTHYG532

Clinical Instruction and Conference II

2-4


For students who do not reside in the Kansas City area (online students) some courses (DHGR510 Student Teaching and Conference I and DHGR530 Clinical Instruction and Conference I) require teaching (didactic or clinically) at a college/university setting other than UMKC. In those cases, an affiliation agreement is required. It is the student's responsibility to get permission from the sponsoring institution to teach in their facility. Once the student has initiated contact, the UMKC program director will contact the program director of the sponsoring institution.

* For students not in the Kansas City area (online students) six of the 36 credit hours must be transferred in from another institution. The six transfer credits must include a 3 credit hour course in Research Methodology and a 3 credit hour course in Biostatistics/Statistics. However, these two courses are offered onsite at UMKC SOD .Both courses must be at the graduate level and need to be approved by the program director. Prospective applicants will need to contact the program director for advising.

The total number of credit hours required for completion of the Master of Science Degree Program in Dental Hygiene Education is 36 credit hours for either the thesis or the non-thesis option. The 36 hours include the UMKC Division of Dental Hygiene Core Curriculum (required courses).


Tuition and Fees
Out of state students who complete coursework on a part-time basis are eligible for in-state tuition. To be eligible for this, the student must enroll in no more than 6 credit hours in the fall and spring semesters and no more than 3 credit hours in the summer. Tuition and fees

Typical Dental Hygiene Electives Credit Hours

DENTHYG512

Student Teaching and Conference II

2-4

DENTHYG532

Clinical Instruction and Conference II

2-4

DENTHYG560

Practicum in Clinical Supervision Management

2-4

DENTHYG565

Advanced Special Patient Care Practicum I

2-4

DENTHYG566

Advanced Special Patient Care Practicum II

2-4

DENTHYG570

Administrative Practicum

1-4

DENTHYG590

Independent Study

1-4

DENTHYG 5575

Extended Care Permit Course Dental Safety Net in Kansas and Missouri

3


Graduation Requirements

1. A minimum of a 3.0 GPA.
2. Successful completion of 36 credit hours with a thesis or graduate research project option.
3. All other requirements for graduation as stated in the General Graduate Academic Regulations and Information section of the UMKC General Catalog. For more information - please visit www.umkc.edu/sgs
4. Design and disseminate to other professionals appropriate to your area of research a scholarly presentation at a regional, state, or national conference with other health professionals. 
5. Successful completion of a portfolio as presented in DENTHYG 5585 The final portfolio must be turned into the program director 6 weeks prior to the student's anticipated graduation date.


Contact Information

Tanya Villalpando Mitchell, Director Graduate Studies
Division of Dental Hygiene, School of Dentistry
University of Missouri - Kansas City
650 East 25th Street
Kansas City, MO 64108
Feel free to call collect, (816) 235-2049
Email
villalpandot@umkc.edu


Policy related to individuals with bloodborne infectious disease

It is the responsibility of all health care workers (HCW) who perform exposure prone procedures to know their bloodborne pathogen status, specifically related to hepatitis B virus (HbV) and the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Further, it is the responsibility of the faculty, staff or student who tests positive for HIV or HbV to report test results to the Chair of the UMKC Infection Control Committee. An expert review panel will review the circumstances, if any, under which the individual may continue to perform exposure prone procedures.

For more information on the policies and procedures related to the presence of a bloodborne infectious disease, please contact the Dental Hygiene Program Director.


Students’ Right-to-Know Statement

In accordance with Public Law 101-542, UMKC reports 71% of its first-time freshmen return the second year. However, the UMKC School of Dentistry reports 96% of its first-time dental students return the second year. The UMKC Police Department publishes an annual campus report on personal safety and crime statistics. The report is available at the UMKC Police Department Office, 213 Student Services Building, 4825 Troost Building


Statement of Human Rights

The Board of Curators and UMKC are committed to the policy of no discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, age, national origin, disability, or Vietnam Era Veterans’ status. The Affirmative Action Office, 356 Administration Center, 5115 Oak St., is responsible for all relevant programs. Call (816) 235-1323 for information. People with speech or hearing impairments may contact the University by using Relay Missouri, 1 800 735-2966 (TT) or 1 800 735-2466 (Voice).

Contact Info

Tanya Villalpando Mitchell
Director Graduate Studies
Division of Dental Hygiene, School of Dentistry
University of Missouri - Kansas City
650 East 25th Street
Kansas City, MO 64108

Feel free to call collect, (816) 235-2049
Email
villalpandot@umkc.edu