Bachelor of Science - Dental Hygiene

 

RDH to BSDH Comments

“I had an excellent experience with the DC program. I feel very lucky to have been given this opportunity. The coursework has taught me so much and has helped me grow as a clinician and a person. The instructors are very helpful, knowledgeable and passionate about their jobs. For me, that is the biggest reason why I had such a great experience with the program.”

“The DC program made me think outside the box, and redirected my current mindset and pushed me to strive for more.”

“The best aspect of the DC program was the online format; thank you for providing that otherwise I never would have had the opportunity to complete my degree.”

“The ability to work while attending Synchronous format was awesome- more engaging than traditional classroom! Also the faculty were Inspiring.”

RDH to BSDH Degree Completion Program
for Dental Hygienists

 

 


The RDH to BSDH Program Overview

This program is designed for the student who has completed a dental hygiene degree from an accredited (American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation) dental hygiene program at another educational institution and desires to continue their education toward a baccalaureate degree.


A word from the director

The goal of the RDH to BSDH program is to work with the student to develop an individualized program of study that meets their educational interests and needs and expands their career opportunities to include but are not limited to; clinical and classroom education, program administration, public health program planning and delivery, advanced clinical practice and specialized patient care and research. Courses in advanced dental hygiene studies emphasize evidence based practice in the biomedical, behavioral and clinical sciences. Your time and efforts in this program will provide you with a collaborative, challenging experience which will prepare you to pursue expanding career opportunities.

All of the courses required in the core curriculum are offered online. UMKC has designed computer mediated online learning through two learning methods, Asynchronous and Synchronous learning. Asynchronous learning means that learning can take place at any location and at any time. It virtually means access to learning is available 24/7. The second learning method, Synchronous learning, is delivered in real time through such technology as  virtual classrooms.

A word from the director

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q. Can I go part-time?
A.Yes, it is possible to go through the Degree Completion Program part-time and most students choose this option as they are either working, have family responsibilities or both.

Q. How much will it cost?
A. Tuition rates are available by accessing the link at the end of this section. Out of state students who complete their coursework on a part time basis are eligible for in-state tuition, therefore students that are out-of-state residents, will most likely want to pursue their degree on a part-time basis to avoid out-of-state tuition. Part-time students during fall/ spring semester must enroll for no more than 6 credit hours per semester, summer semester, no more than 3 credit hours. In addition, UMKC offers a metro rate for residents from the Kansas counties of Atchison, Douglas, Franklin, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Leavenworth, Miami, Osage, Shawnee  and Wyandotte counties, to pay the same undergraduate costs per credit hour as Missouri residents.
Follow this link for a tuition fee schedule: Tuition and Fees

Q. Is the Degree Completion program completely online?
A.All coursework is offered online , however 3 visits to the UMKC campus are required during the course of study.

Q. How do I know what courses I need to take?
A. Coursework to be taken is determined on an individual basis dependent upon the students’ academic goals The program director will be more than happy to work with you in determining what courses you need to earn a bachelor of science degree  in dental hygiene.

Q. Is there financial aid available?
A.Students can apply for financial aid by completing the FAFSA; Scholarships are available specifically for dental hygiene students. More details and additional information on financial aid can be obtained from:
Student Financial Aid Office
5115 Oak Street, 1st Floor
Kansas City, Missouri 64110
816/235-1154
Or use this link – Financial Aid
Find Scholarship information for Dental Hygiene Students with this link -- Dental Hygiene Scholarships

Q. How many credit hours do I need to graduate?
A.Students must complete 30 credit hours through UMKC and have a minimum of 124 credit hours to earn a baccalaureate degree in dental hygiene.

Q. How do I know if online courses are a good option for me?
A. Check these links to find out more.

Q. How do I get started?
A. Contact the degree completion director: Lorie Holt @ holtla@umkc.edu, phone 816-235-2057


Fast Fact on the Degree Completion Program for Dental Hygienists

  • Licensed dental hygienists with Bachelor of Science degrees are in demand by many types of employers from the advanced practitioner to education, program administration or community dental health. Graduates from the Division of Dental Hygiene are on at the leading edge of their profession because of their intensive training which allows them to move freely to wide range of settings or to pursue advanced graduate degrees.


Mission Statement and Goals

UMKC Degree Completion Program Goals:

The Degree Completion program provides dental hygienists the opportunity to continue their education in a collaborative challenging experience. The goals of the Degree Completion Program are:

Goal 1: Facilitate Professional Growth

To prepare dental hygienists to become active participants in a global community of professionals by developing the skills and knowledge that allow for involvement in advanced and/or alternative career opportunities.

Goal 2: Promote scientific inquiry

To advance the dental hygienists knowledge in the application of sound scientific methods to foster critical thinking and the provision of evidence based patient specific care.

Goal 3: Promote Life Long Learning

To prepare dental hygienists for a world beyond their academic experience, one in which they are exposed to different values, perspectives and cultural traditions, which enriches their capacity for intellectual inquiry and discovery.

We share our mission and goals as constant reminders of what we are striving to achieve. To enrich dental hygienists through a collaborative challenging experience resulting in competent graduates able to pursue advanced and/or alternative career opportunities.


Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Graduation from an accredited dental hygiene program
  • Results and successful completion of the National Dental Hygiene Board Examination
  • Satisfactory academic GPA (a cumulative college GPA of at least 2.5)
  • Formal applications for admission to this program must be submitted by February 1 for the class beginning in August of each year. The program may be completed on a full or part-time basis. Out of state students who complete their coursework on a part time basis are eligible for in-state tuition, therefore students that are out-of-state residents, will most likely want to be a part-time student to avoid out-of-state tuition. Part-time students during fall/spring semester must have no more than 6 credit hours per semester, summer semester, no more than 3 credit hours in order to be eligible for in state tuition.

Contact director of degree completion program PRIOR to applying to the program:

Lorie Holt, RDH, MS
Degree Completion Studies
feel free to call collect: (816) 235-2057
e-mail at holtla@umkc.edu


Program Requirements
This program is designed for the students who have completed a degree from an accredited (American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation) dental hygiene program at another educational institution and desire to continue their education toward a baccalaureate degree. All students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science degree completion program in dental hygiene must complete the general education requirements of the Division of Dental Hygiene and at least 30 semester credit hours at UMKC. These 30 credit hours include the UMKC Division of Dental Hygiene core curriculum and any incomplete general education requirements.

A word from the director

Degree Completion core curriculum courses are taken in conjunction with students enrolled in the UMKC dental hygiene graduate program. In addition to a UMKC campus program orientation (usually in August),  students are required to attend on average, two campus visits throughout their program of study, held on the UMKC School of Dentistry campus- typically constituting a long weekend.


Required Core Curriculum For Degree Completion

Courses

Credit Hours

DH4130 Introduction to Instructional Technologies and Online Learning/To be taken Summer Semester prior to initial start of coursework 1

DH4040

Foundations of Teaching

2

DH4110

Introduction to Research Design

2

DH4500

Seminar in Health Care Issues

3

DH4600

Evidence Based Decision Making in the
Clinical Practice of Dental Hygiene

2

DH4620

Intro. Educational Methodologies

3

DH4150

Portfolio Capstone

1

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS:

15

Students must complete 124 credit hours to earn a baccalaureate degree in dental hygiene from UMKC. The last 30 hours must be taken through UMKC  Core curriculum courses are often  taken in conjunction with students enrolled in the UMKC graduate dental hygiene education program providing an opportunity for increased collaboration.

In addition to the core curriculum required by the Division of Dental Hygiene, the University of Missouri – Kansas City stipulates that all degree candidates must complete the specified general education requirements.


General Education Requirements

The general education courses consist of: Communication, Mathematics, Higher-Order Thinking, Managing Information and Valuing, Humanities and Fine Arts, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Biological and Physical Sciences. These courses can be taken online through UMKC.

Any general education courses that the student has not completed will be included in the student's individual program of study and count toward the required 30 credit hours. The Director will consult with each student individually to develop a program of study, which will assist the student in reaching his or her educational goals.

All course equivalencies will be reviewed and confirmed by the program director. Course equivalencies can be found at:
http://www.umkc.edu/registrar/transfer-credit/course-equivalency.asp

To view a list of the required general education courses download the General Education Worksheet.


Elective Courses
A number of elective course are offered to help students fulfill a program of study that meets their needs and educational interest. Electives may be taken in the School of Dentistry, College of Arts and Sciences, School of Education and / or School of Business and Public Administration. Each student will consult with the director of the degree completion program to determine the particular choice of study and to develop an individual curriculum based on the college hours completed previously. The following courses may be taken as electives in the degree completion curriculum:

Course Number

Course Name

Credit Hours

DH 4320

Advanced Special Patient Care Practicum

2-4

DH 4350

Periodontics Co-Therapy Practicum

1-4

DH 4340

Community Dentistry Practicum

2-4

DH 4380

Research Practicum

2-4

DH 4630

Practicum in Dental Hygiene Administration

2-4

DH 4635

Practicum in Clinical Supervision

2-4

♦*DH 4640

Student Teaching and Conference I

2-4

♦*DH 4650

Student Teaching and Conference II

2-4

DH 4115

Independent Study: Online Extended Care Permit Course

3

DH 4660

Independent Study

1-2

♦DH 4680

Clinical Instruction  and Conference I

2-4

♦DH 4685

Clinical Instruction and Conference II

2-4

DENT HYG 595

Scientific Writing

2

♦Requires a half - day per week in clinic/classroom as student instructor.

* DH 4620 and DH 4040 are pre-requisites

Students must maintain continuous enrollment through the University of Missouri system at all times during their course of study. If a student fails to be continuously enrolled, they will be dropped from the UMKC student roster and will be required to reapply for admission into their respective degree programs.


Graduation Requirements
1. A minimum of a 3.0 GPA.
2. Successful completion of 124 credit hours with the last 30 hours taken at UMKC.
3. Successful completion of all general education coursework required for a bachelor's degree at UMKC.
4. All other requirements for graduation as stated in the General Graduate Academic Regulations and Information section of the UMKC General Catalog.
5. Successful completion of a portfolio as presented in DH4150. The final portfolio must be turned into the program director 8 weeks prior to the students anticipated graduation date.
6. In addition to a UMKC campus program orientation (usually in August), online students are required to attend on average, two campus class session throughout their program of study, held on the UMKC/School of Dentistry campus camp- typically constituting a long weekend. You will be notified well in advance of the specific dates and times for the visit.
7. UMKC Requirement- RooWriter
The RooWriter is a directed self-placement writing assessment designed to provide you, a UMKC undergraduate student, direct information on your current ability to use reading and writing as tools for engaging in critical discourse analysis. In taking the RooWriter, you write a “documented, critical essay” over a 72 hour period about a prompt based on a Reading Packet of articles, from among several choices of packets. Rather than a grade (such as pass/fail) being assigned to the essay, instead a critical assessment of your essay will be composed by RooWriter Evaluators and provided to you.

Candidates for all baccalaureate degrees must take the UMKC RooWriter writing assessment before they have completed 90 credit hours. Incoming transfer students with more than 90 credit hours must take the RooWriter by the end of their first semester of enrollment. Students may take the RooWriter at any time while enrolled at UMKC as a personal diagnostic, but it will only satisfy the undergraduate graduation requirement after a student has completed Discourse II (or equivalent).The RooWriter is offered any time online. Students should visit the RooWriter website for contact information, writing improvement resources, and other general information. https://dev.umkc.edu/roowriter/index.cfm


Application Materials

  • Formal applications for admission to this program must be submitted by February 1 for the class beginning in August of each year.
  • 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.
  • General Education Worksheet
  • 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 all forms

All application material must be mailed to Professor Lorie Holt


Contact Information
Lorie Holt Director, Degree Completion Studies
Division of Dental Hygiene,
University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry
650 E. 25th Street
Kansas City, MO 64108
Feel free to call collect: (816) 235-2057
e-mail at holtla@umkc.edu
Please contact Lorie Holt prior to initiating the application process.

Contact Info

Lorie Holt Director, Degree Completion Studies
Division of Dental Hygiene,
University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry
650 E. 25th Street
Kansas City, MO 64108

Feel free to call collect: (816) 235-2057
e-mail at holtla@umkc.edu