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Dental Hygiene Areas of Specialization


Students select an area of specialization, in consultation with their academic advisor and faculty advisor, while enrolled in the Dental Hygiene Program. Area of specialization requirements may not be completed prior to admission to the major.

  • Expanded Functions prepares the student to provide procedures utilized by advanced qualified personnel in basic and advanced restorative dentistry. During the summer before the senior year, students enroll in pre-clinic laboratory which provides basic theory, procedures, and clinical applications of expanded functions duties. In the senior year students enroll in clinic and a seminar that provides clinical experience and final preparation for the Ohio Expanded Functions Qualifying Examination. Admission to this specialization requires recommendation of clinical faculty and the number of students admitted may be limited. Requirements: DH 4725 (4), 4740 (2), 4750 (1) and 4760 (1)
  • Dental Hygiene Education will introduce students to the career option of education as a profession. Dental hygiene and adult education theory and concepts will be the major components of this specialization. Requirements: DH 4620 (3) and 4630 (3)
  • Individualized Program
    Students are encouraged to design an area of specialization of their own choosing. Proposals should be discussed with the assistant director and forwarded to the Dental Hygiene Curriculum Committee for approval. Students are encouraged to consider business, public health, research, or other areas that may prepare them for graduate programs or specific career goals. Any academic area of study may be appropriate if the student presents a coherent curriculum plan and rationale for it. Previously earned credit will not be considered as hours toward the specialization. Requirements: 6 hours of approved course work at the 2000 level or above

Course descriptions are available in the Master Schedule of Classes and Course Bulletin.

Division of Dental Hygiene