Interim Chair and Associate Professor: Calley
Associate Professors: Freudenthal, Gurenlian, Rogo
Assistant Professors: Agado, Garland, T. Johnson, Portillo
Clinical Associate Professors: Ellis, Long-Woodhouse
Clinical Assistant Professors: Biorn, Zollinger
Adjunct Faculty: Bono, Boyer, E. Bringhurst, L. Bringhurst, Eisenhauer, D. Godfrey, M. Godfrey, Gregson, Hauser, Hooker, Peterson, Reddish, Ruth, Sheppard, Spain, Stephenson, Stevens, Williams
Affiliate Faculty: Luedtke, Parrish, Salisbury
Emeritae: Bowen, Christie, Herzog, Kawamura, Paarmann
See Faculty InformationAs licensed oral health care professionals and educators, dental hygienists, as members of the dental team, often work in collaboration with other health care providers. Dental hygienists integrate knowledge of biomedical, dental, clinical and social sciences to assist individuals and groups in achieving and maintaining optimum oral health. The dental hygienist provides preventive services, preliminary examinations, radiographs, sealants, nonsurgical periodontal therapy, fluoride treatments, and patient education. Depending upon individual state laws, the role of the hygienist has expanded to include procedures that are beyond this traditional scope of responsibility such as the administration of local anesthesia and nitrous oxide analgesia, restorative therapy. As a specialist, the dental hygienist is an integral co-therapist in helping consumers prevent oral disease, arrest existing oral disease, and maintain oral health.
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See Master of Science in Dental Hygiene
See Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene
See Dental Hygiene Courses
Philosophy, Mission and Goals
The fundamental philosophy of the Idaho State University Department of Dental Hygiene is threefold. First, its members are committed to excellence in all academic endeavors. Second, the program is progressive in instituting ongoing change to prepare for the future of dental hygiene. The program also places priority on basing these changes on evaluation findings while maintaining essential traditional values. Third, as a component of the University’s primary emphasis area, the program serves statewide, regional, and global needs by providing access to quality education in the discipline as well as meeting the employment demands and oral health needs of the public.
The primary mission of the Idaho State University Dental Hygiene program is to provide global leadership and scholarship in educating dental hygienists who will improve the quality of health for diverse populations by advancing the delivery systems and science of dental hygiene through interprofessional collaboration while adhering to professional standards.
Pursuant to the broad philosophy and mission statement, the Department of Dental Hygiene seeks to positively impact the education of its students and the delivery of dental hygiene services to the public by fulfilling the following interrelated goals:
Goal 1. To comprehensively prepare dental hygiene graduates who possess the knowledge, values, ethics, and skills to provide optimal dental hygiene care through demonstrated competence as defined by the “Department of Dental Hygiene Competency Document.”
Goal 2. To offer a baccalaureate dental hygiene program sufficient in scope and depth to prepare graduates with a broad general education and high quality professional education that fosters their ability to adapt to the future, provide leadership in dental hygiene, and enroll in graduate level education.
Goal 3. To create knowledge through faculty research programs that are of sufficient depth to contribute to the art and science of dental hygiene, to dental hygiene practice and to the delivery of improved health care in Idaho and the nation.
Goal 4. To foster professional behaviors consistent with legal and ethical expectations essential to the dental hygiene profession and the public through professional activities, continuing education programs, and community service.
Goal 5. To remain responsive to program expansion according to the needs of Idaho and the western region of the United States, as well as to the future of the dental hygiene profession.
Goal 6. To operate and maintain the on-campus clinical facility to provide quality oral health care while fulfilling the program’s educational mission.
Baccalaureate Program Description
The Department of Dental Hygiene awards a Bachelor of Science degree. Students apply to the professional curriculum after completing prerequisite courses in science and general education. The professional program is two years in length. Prerequisites can be completed at the institution of the student’s choice. The Department of Dental Hygiene has transfer information posted on its website at: http://www.isu.edu/departments/dentalhy/.
The program is designed to foster student growth, promote development of critical and ethical judgment, and encourage life-long learning. The curriculum includes didactic, laboratory and clinical instruction sufficient to graduate competent clinicians who are capable of practicing contemporary dental hygiene procedures. Students are educated to clinical competency in both traditional and advanced procedures, with emphasis placed on preventive, therapeutic, and non-surgical services essential for providing total patient care to the public. As a result, graduates possess an increased understanding of dentistry and dental hygiene, expanded capabilities as members of the oral health team, and greater career mobility. Graduates of the Idaho State University-Boise: dental hygiene program also are prepared to pursue graduate studies in dental hygiene or related areas. The dental hygiene program is fully accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation.
Upon completion of the dental hygiene curriculum, graduates are qualified to take the Dental Hygiene National Board Examination and regional and state licensure exams in the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Canada and abroad. Graduates are eligible for positions in private dental offices, public health programs, school health programs, dental hygiene education and research. In addition, the dental hygiene program provides instruction and experience in advanced procedures to broaden capabilities for clinical practice.
Master of Science in Dental Hygiene
The graduate program is designed for licensed dental hygienists with baccalaureate degrees. Graduates are prepared for more complex roles in the discipline such as dental hygiene educators, researchers and advanced rural and community oral health practitioners. The program provides an online graduate curriculum with minimal on-campus visitations required.
Accelerated B.S. to M.S.D.H. Degree
B.S. degree seeking students enrolled in the dental hygiene program at Idaho State University are eligible to apply to the B.S.-M.S. Accelerated Track option during their senior year and complete 6 credits of graduate coursework. Contact the department for more details.
Traditional Baccalaureate Program
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. Application materials are submitted directly to the Department of Dental Hygiene. Applications for the dental hygiene program and information regarding current admission criteria and procedures can be obtained from the Dental Hygiene website at http://www.isu.edu/departments/dentalhy, or directly from the department. 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.
Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene
Graduation RequirementsPrerequisite Core Courses 46 crPrerequisite Core Courses (Pre-Dental Hygiene)
(department requirements and general education)
Required dental hygiene courses 68 cr
Other courses (including general education),
minimum of: 14 cr
Electives, minimum of: 3 cr
TOTAL: 131 crBIOL 1101,1101L Biology I, and Lab 4 crIN ADDITION:
BIOL 2221 Introductory Microbiology 3 cr
BIOL 2223 Introductory Microbiology Laboratory 1 cr
BIOL 3301 Anatomy and Physiology 4 cr
(the 5 courses above satisfy Goals 4 and 5 via 12-credit rule)
BIOL 3302 Anatomy and Physiology 4 cr
CHEM 1101 Introduction to General Chemistry 3 cr
CHEM 1102, 1103 Introduction to Organic
and Biochemistry, and Lab 4 cr
COMM 1101 Principles of Speech 3 cr
(satisfies Goal 2)
DENT 2201 Principles of Dental Hygiene 2 cr
ENGL 1101 English Composition 3 cr
ENGL 1102 Critical Reading and Writing 3 cr
(satisfies Goal 1)
NTD 2239 Nutrition 3 cr
NTD 3340 Nutrition for Health Professionals 3 cr
MATH 1153 Introduction to Statistics 3 cr
(satisfies Goal 3)
PSYC 1101 Introduction to General Psychology 3 cr
(satisfies Goal 12)
SOC 1101 Introduction to Sociology 3 cr
(satisfies Goal 12)
- Two of General Education Goals: 6, 7, and 8.
- Two of Goals: 9, 10, 11. Elective DENT 2220 is highly recommended for pre-dental hygiene students without dental office experience.
- Elective CIS 1101 is highly recommended for those individuals without computer skills.
Required Dental Hygiene CoursesDENT 3307 Prevention and ManagementOther Required Course
` of Medical Emergencies 2 cr
DENT 3308 Oral Histology and Embryology 2 cr
DENT 3309 General and Oral Pathology 2 cr
DENT 3311 Tooth Morphology 2 cr
DENT 3312 Head and Neck Anatomy 3 cr
DENT 3313 Clinical Dental Hygiene I 3 cr
DENT 3313C Clinical Dental Hygiene I, Clinic 3 cr
DENT 3314 Clinical Dental Hygiene II 2 cr
DENT 3314C Clinical Dental Hygiene II, Clinic 3 cr
DENT 3315 Preventive Dentistry 2 cr
DENT 3318 Oral Radiology 2 cr
DENT 3318L Oral Radiology Lab 1 cr
DENT 3319 Dental Materials and Adjunct Procedures 4 cr
DENT 3320 Pain Management 2 cr
DENT 3321 Periodontology 2 cr
DENT 4401 Research Methods 2 cr
DENT 4402 Advanced Periodontology 2 cr
DENT 4403 Advanced Clinical Theory I 2 cr
DENT 4403C Advanced Clinical Practice I, Clinic 4 cr
DENT 4404 Advanced Clinical Theory II 3 cr
DENT 4404C Advanced Clinical Practice II, Clinic 4 cr
DENT 4408 Ethical and Legal Principles 2 cr
DENT 4411 Application of Restorative Therapies 2 cr
DENT 4411C Restorative Care I 1 cr
DENT 4412C Restorative Care II 1 cr
DENT 4413 Community Health 3 cr
DENT 4414 Community Outreach Experiences 2 cr
DENT 4421 Leadership and Health Policy 2 cr
PPRA 3314 Basic and Applied PharmacologyEmphasis Areas:
for Dental Hygiene 2 cr
Choose one emphasis area for 6 credits:
DENT 4422 Educational Strategies 3 crManagement Area:
DENT 4423 Applied Educational Strategies 3 cr
DENT 4424 Principles of Practice Management 3 cr
DENT 4425 Applied Practice Management 3 cr
Dental Hygiene Electives
DENT 3330C Interim Clinic 2 cr
DENT 3340C Enhanced Strategies in Clinical Care 1 cr
DENT 4481 Independent Problems in Dental Hygiene 1-3 cr
Degree Completion for Transfer Students with Entry-Level Associate Degree
- Graduation from an American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation, entry-level program with an Associate of Science, Associate of Arts & Sciences, Associate of Applied Science degree or Certificate in Dental Hygiene
- Active dental hygiene license
- Successful completion of the National Dental Hygiene Board Examination
- Minimum Grade Point Average of 2.5
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.
The following limits are set for the transfer of credits to the B.S. degree requirements:
- No more than 70 credits from an Idaho community/junior college
- No more than 60 credits from a community/junior college from another state
- Courses with a grade of D will not be counted towards the B.S. degree
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 an 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 an 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 an U.S. academic regionally accredited institution must complete the following General Education goals:
- Goal 1: ENGL 1102 Critical Reading & Writing, 3 credits with a grade of at least C-
- Goal 2: COMM 1101Principles of Speech, 3 credits,
- Goal 3: MATH 1153 Introduction to Statistics (prerequisite MATH 108), 3 credits
- Goal 4 (biology) and 5 (chemistry and other physical sciences) OR 12 credits in biology or 12 credits physical sciences
- Goal 6, 7, & 8 (Humanities), 6 credits
- Goal 9, 10a OR 10b, 11 or 12 (Social Sciences), 12 credits
Credits awarded for an Associate of Applied Science degree as the entry-level dental hygiene degree granted by an U.S. academic institution not accredited by a regional accrediting agency cannot be applied to a B.S. degree at Idaho State University.
Dental Hygiene CoursesSemester codes are shown at the end of each course description: F = Fall; S = Spring; Su = Summer; D = "Demand"--which means that when a cohort of students reaches the point in the degree curriculum when a course is required that is not normally taught each semester, the department will teach the course.
DENT 2201 Principles of Dental Hygiene 2 credits. Prevention of dental diseases, role of the dental hygienist and oral healthcare team are presented at the pre-professional level. Dental hygiene career content assists in formulating a career decision. F, S
DENT 2220 Introduction to the Dental Office 2 credits. Introduction to dental terminology and office procedures including duties and responsibilities of various dental personnel through lectures, activities and field experiences. F
DENT 3307 Prevention and Management of Dental Emergencies 2 credits. Presentations, discussions, cases, and active learning strategies provide a foundation for critical decision making in the management of medically compromised patients during oral health care. Emphasis on precautions and treatment alterations for patients with medical complications and protocols for managing a medical emergency. PREREQ: Acceptance into Dental Hygiene program. COREQ: DENT 3313C. F
DENT 3308 Oral Histology and Embryology 2 credits. Study of the embryologic and histologic development of the face and oral structures and the histologic response of oral tissues specifically related to health and disease. Utilization of laboratory, microscopic and diagnostic aids. F
DENT 3309 General and Oral Pathology 2 credits. Study of common oral lesions and neoplasms including general, dental and oral pathological processes with emphasis on etiology and oral manifestations of systemic disease. Critical application of patient history, laboratory, radiographic and other diagnostic aids. PREREQ: DENT 3307 and DENT 3308. S
DENT 3311 Tooth Morphology 2 credits. Morphological characteristics and development of the teeth and oral structures. Emphasis on occlusal and root anatomy for application of advanced clinical practice. PREREQ: DENT 3307 and DENT 3308. F
DENT 3312 Head and Neck Anatomy 3 credits. Descriptive anatomical study of regions of the head and neck, including skeletal, blood, and nervous tissues. Special emphasis on structures related to clinical dental hygiene procedures. COREQ: DENT 3311. F
DENT 3313 Clinical Dental Hygiene I 2 credits. Didactic introduction to infection control, comprehensive patient assessment procedures, basic instrumentation and their sharpening techniques, professional topical fluorides and their application. PREREQ: Acceptance into Dental Hygiene program. COREQ: DENT 3313C. F
DENT 3313C Clinical Dental Hygiene I, Clinic 3 credits. Preclinical application of the dental hygiene process of care, infection control protocols, beginning assessment, instrumentation principles, and prevention therapies. PREREQ: Acceptance into Dental Hygiene program. COREQ: DENT 3313 and DENT 3307. F
DENT 3314 Clinical Dental Hygiene II 2 credits. Continued application of the dental hygiene process of care. Emphasis on expanding on principles of patient communication and implementation of dental hygiene care for a variety of clients. PREREQ: DENT 3313, DENT 3313C and DENT 3315. COREQ: DENT 3314C. S
DENT 3314C Clinical Dental Hygiene II, Clinic 3 credits. Clinical application of the dental hygiene process of care for clients with periodontal health, gingivitis, and early periodontitis. Emphasis on assessment, dental hygiene diagnosis, planning, implementation and evaluation. PREREQ: DENT 3313, DENT 3313C and DENT 3315. COREQ: DENT 3314. S
DENT 3315 Preventive Dentistry 2 credits. Basics of oral disease etiology and methods for disease management. Theoretical and practical knowledge of applied prevention strategies that improve oral health and positively impact self-care behavior. F
DENT 3318 Oral Radiology 2 credits. Survey of principles of x-ray production, radiographic equipment and radiographic safety protocols. Application of principles and techniques of exposing, processing and interpreting traditional and digital oral radiographic surveys. PREREQ: DENT 3312, DENT 3313, and DENT 3313C. COREQ: DENT 3318L. S
DENT 3318L Oral Radiology Laboratory 1 credit. Applied instruction and supervision for exposing, processing, evaluating and interpreting oral radiographs. Emphasis on developing beginning competency prior to clinical experiences. PREREQ: DENT 3312, DENT 3313 and DENT 3313C. COREQ: DENT 3314C and DENT 3318. S
DENT 3319 Dental Materials and Adjunct Procedures 4 credits. Survey of physical and chemical properties of dental materials and application of restorative therapies. Applied laboratory experiences with amalgam, tooth colored and temporary restorations; four-handed dentistry, impressions and study models are integrated. PREREQ: DENT 3311 and DENT3313C. S
DENT 3320 Pain Management 2 credits. Didactic and clinical instruction in pain management theory and procedures for administration of local anesthesia and analgesia agents. Emphasis on field and nerve block anesthesia and nitrous oxide analgesia techniques. PREREQ: DENT 3307 and DENT 3312. Su
DENT 3321 Periodontology 2 credits. Concepts of periodontology involving assessment, etiology, risk factors, and classification of periodontal diseases; basic treatment planning, and < implementation of periodontal therapy. PREREQ: DENT 3308, DENT 3313, and DENT 3313C. COREQ: DENT 3314 and DENT 3314C. S
DENT 3330C Interim Clinic 2 credits. Continued clinical application of dental hygiene procedures emphasizing total patient care. For students who require additional clinical course experience for DENT 3314C or DENT 4404C sufficient for progression or graduation. May be repeated for up to 4 credits. PREREQ: Permission of department. F, S, Su
DENT 3340C Enhanced Strategies in Clinical Care 1 credit. Continued clinical application of the dental hygiene process of care. For students who desire enrichment of clinical experiences for preparation prior to DENT 4403C or completing clinical board examinations. PREREQ: Permission of department. Graded S/U. Su
DENT 4401 Research Methods 3 credits. Fundamental and working knowledge of the scientific method employed in oral health research. Development of lifelong learning skills through critical analysis of research findings. PREREQ: MATH 1153 and ENGL 1102. F
DENT 4402 Advanced Periodontology 2 credits. Continued study of periodontal diseases and therapy with emphasis on critical application of advanced disease processes and treatment planning for moderate to severe periodontal cases with medically compromised health status. PREREQ: DENT 3314, DENT 3314C, and DENT 3321. COREQ: DENT 4403 and DENT 4403C. F
DENT 4403 Advanced Clinical Dental Hygiene III 2 credits. Advanced clinical theory and procedures in all phases of dental hygiene practice including nonsurgical periodontal therapy, ultrasonic scaling, instrument recontouring, assessment procedures and dietary counseling. PREREQ: DENT 3314 and DENT 3314C. COREQ: DENT 4403C. F
DENT 4403C Clinical Dental Hygiene III 4 credits. Continued application of the dental hygiene process of care through critical application and decision-making. Emphasis on continued skill development in nonsurgical periodontal therapy, self-care education, ethical and professional judgment, self-assessment and peer evaluation. PREREQ: DENT 3314 and DENT 3314C. COREQ: DENT 4403. F
DENT 4404 Advanced Clinical Theory II 3 credits. Continued study of advanced clinical care. Emphasis on advanced instrumentation, interprofessional collaborations and communication, practice management and professional and career development. PREREQ: DENT 4403 and DENT 4403C. COREQ: DENT 4404C. S
DENT 4404C Advanced Clinical Practice II, Clinic 4 credits. Advanced application of the dental hygiene process of care through critical application and decision-making. Emphasis on continued skill development in nonsurgical periodontal therapy, self-care education, ethical and professional judgment, self-assessment and peer evaluation. PREREQ: DENT 4403 and DENT 4403C. COREQ: DENT 4404. S
DENT 4408 Ethical and Legal Principles 2 credits. The study and application of legal, ethical, and moral responsibilities of health care professionals as related to the practice of dental hygiene. Licensure, legal terminology and the Idaho Dental Practice Act will be discussed. Su
DENT 4411 Application of Restorative Therapies 2 credits. Didactic and laboratory application of advanced procedures emphasizing pain control methods, preventive and restorative expanded functions and four-handed dentistry procedures. PREREQ: DENT 3319 and DENT 3320. COREQ: DENT 4411C. F
DENT 4411C Restorative Care I 1 credit. Clinical application of advanced pain control methods, restorative and preventive therapy and four-handed dentistry procedures. Restricted to Dental Hygiene major. PREREQ: DENT 3319 and DENT 3320. COREQ: DENT 4411. F
DENT 4412 Dental Specialties 1 credit. Didactic and laboratory application of information related to the dental specialties. Emphasis is placed on those specialties not covered elsewhere in the curriculum. PREREQ: DENT 4411. COREQ: DENT 4412C. S
DENT 4412C Restorative Care II 1 credit. Advanced clinical application of pain control methods, preventive and restorative therapy and four-handed dentistry procedures. Restricted to Dental Hygiene Major. PREREQ: DENT 4411 and DENT 4411C. S
DENT 4413 Community Health 3 credits. Introduction to Dental Public Health: core functions of public health agencies, health care disparities, current trends, data collection methods and career opportunities in alternative practices for public health hygienists. Health behavior theories, program development and teaching strategies to enhance health promotion and oral health education programs are discussed. PREREQ: DENT 3315, DENT 3314, and DENT 3314C. COREQ: DENT 4401 and DENT 4403C. F
DENT 4414 Community Outreach Experiences 2 credits. Field experiences for providing oral health services to populations in need, and promoting oral health through educational programs. Implementation and evaluation of oral health programs with dissemination of actual outcomes to the professional community and stakeholders. PREREQ: DENT 3315 and DENT 4413. S
DENT 4421 Leadership and Health Policy 2 credits. Focus on the concept of leadership at the health policy and systems level. Principles, theories and strategies of leadership relevant to health care professionals are presented. Professional development for lifelong learning is addressed. Restricted to Senior year professional status or Dental Hygiene Major. S
DENT 4422 Educational Strategies 3 credits. Exploration of educational principles and methods of teaching and instructional design for a variety of settings and population groups. Topics include analyzing, planning, developing, implementing and evaluating instruction; instructional strategies and delivery methods including formative and summative evaluation in the classroom and clinical settings are included. Restricted to Senior year professional status or Dental Hygiene Major. F
DENT 4423 Applied Educational Strategies 3 credits. Practical application of instructional design, educational principles and methods for classroom and clinical teaching with a variety of population groups. Restricted to Senior year professional status or Dental Hygiene Major. PREREQ: DENT 4422. S
DENT 4424 Principles of Practice Management 3 credits. Current professional issues from a global perspective influencing dental hygiene practice are discussed. Administrative roles and responsibilities of planning, implementing, managing and evaluating health care programs and practices are explored. Financial aspects of practice management are included. Restricted to senior year professional status or Dental Hygiene major. F
DENT 4425 Applied Practice Management 3 credits. Practical application of administrative roles and responsibilities for policy development, business management, implementation and evaluation of health care programs and practices. Restricted to Senior year professional status or Dental Hygiene Major. PREREQ: DENT 4424. S
DENT 4481 Independent Problems in Dental Hygiene 1-3 credits. Students will select an area of special interest to pursue through independent study. The student normally is required to present a report giving results of his/her work. May be repeated for up to12 credits. F, S, Su
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