Our Vision, Mission and Program Goals

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 leadership in advanced communication skills, critical thinking, problem-solving, evidence-based decision making, and lifelong learning are needed.

Program Goals


Career Opportunities
Graduates will assume roles in a variety of employment opportunities including education, research, and administration

Research
Graduates will develop the foundational skills necessary to contribute to the body of knowledge in dental hygiene research

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