Chair and Associate Professor: Bowen
Associate Professors: Christie, Herzog, Hodges, Miller, Paarmann, Rogo Assistant Professor: Kawamura
Affiliate Assistant Professor: McCune
As licensed professional oral health educators and clinical operators, dental hygienists utilize knowledge of biomedical, dental, and clinical sciences to assist individuals and groups in achieving and maintaining optimum oral health. In many states, the role of the dental hygienist has been extended by the delegation of duties which are beyond this traditional scope of responsibility (advanced functions). As a specialist, the dental hygienist serves as one member of the dental team who plays an integral role in insuring quality, comprehensive care for dental patients.
The basic dental hygiene program is designed to provide the student with knowledge and experience for the delivery of a broad spectrum of preventive and therapeutic oral health services to the public. The curriculum provides liberal arts and professional courses leading to a Bachelor of Science degree in dental hygiene. Two years of college prerequisites are required for admission, followed by two years in the professional dental hygiene program. 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 licensure exams in every state, 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.
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 have completed prerequisite courses with a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 and a science grade point average of 2.25 as minimum requirements for consideration. Application materials including all college transcripts, a list of courses currently in progress and those to be completed prior to admission must be forwarded to the Department of Dental Hygiene. Applications for the dental hygiene program can be obtained directly from the department. Admission to Idaho State University is a separate procedure and must be completed prior to admission to the dental hygiene program.
To enroll in upper division courses with a dental hygiene prefix, 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" will not be accepted as fulfilling requirements for the Department of Dental Hygiene. Deviations from these standards must be approved by the department chairperson.
Preventive and therapeutic oral health services are provided by staff and experienced students in the dental hygiene clinic. Services for the public include oral prophylaxis, x-rays, preventive treatment for periodontal (gum) disease, fluoride treatments, and patient education in the care of the mouth. Selected advanced services are available for full-time ISU students, faculty and staff. Students desiring information should inquire about the availability of services with the dental hygiene clinic receptionist.
Prerequisite courses 40-51 cr(department requirements and general education)
Required dental hygiene courses 67 cr
Other courses (including general education),
minimum of: 15 cr
Electives 6 cr TOTAL: 134 cr