AS to MS in Dental Hygiene Bridge Program

Location: Online
Start Term: Fall

As a dental hygienist, you have the power to influence patients’ oral and overall health – and make them smile with confidence. In this program, you’ll build on your previous associate’s degree to advance to a master’s degree, without first earning your bachelor’s degree.

The nation’s first and only bridge program is offered entirely online on a full- or part-time basis for working hygienists who wish to advance their education and their careers. When you graduate, you’ll hold a master’s degree in Dental Hygiene and be well prepared to move forward as an educator, administrator or researcher.

For admission to the program, an applicant must have:

  • Graduated from a dental hygiene program accredited by the ADA Commission on Dental Accreditation
  • Earned a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) in dental hygiene program courses
  • Completed one year of work experience in healthcare
  • Successfully completed the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination
  • A license to practice dental hygiene or eligibility for licensure in at least one jurisdiction in the U.S. or Canada
  • A minimum TOEFL score of 79 or a score of 6.5 on the IELTS is required of all candidates for whom English is not the native language
COURSE TITLE SEMESTER HOURS

AS-MS Bridge portion (prior to entering the MS program and choosing PH or ED track)

 
HSC 320 Writing for Health Professionals 3
DHY 446 Oral Health in Special Care Populations 3
MAT 261 Statistics 3
DHY 442 Evidence-Based Dental Hygiene Practice 3
DHY 420 Oral Health Research Methods 3
LIB 512 HealthCare Ethics 3
Total Semester Credit Hours
18
     

Master of Science Graduate Program/Education Track

DHY 714 Research Methodology & Statistics 3
DHY 701 Essentials in Public Health 3
DHY 722 Health Policy and Finance 3
DHY 827 Administration & Management 3
DHY 706 Health Education & Health Behavior 3
DHY 703 Program Planning & Evaluation 3
DHY 818 Research Fundamentals 3
DHY 751 Adult Learning Theory Dental Hygiene Education 3
DHY 831 Thesis I 3
DHY 751 Curriculum & Course Design in Dental Hygiene Education 3
DHY 832 Thesis II 3
DHY 755 Dental Hygiene Education Practicum 3
DHY 895 Graduate Extension (if needed) 0
Total Semester Credit Hours 36
     

Master of Science Graduate Program/ Public Health Track

DHY 714 Research Methodology & Statistics 3
DHY 701 Essentials in Public Health 3
DHY 722 Health Policy & Finance 3
DHY 827 Administration & Management 3
DHY 706 Health Education & Health Behavior 3
DHY 703 Program Planning & Evaluation 3
DHY 818 Research Fundamentals 3
DHY 715 Epidemiology 3
DHY 831 Thesis I 3
DHY 840 Advanced Dental Hygiene Practice 3
DHY 832 Thesis II 3
DHY 835 Public Health Practicum 3
DHY 895 Graduate Extension (if needed) 0
Total Semester Credit Hours 36

Our flexible course schedule allows students to go customize their curriculum plan to fit their needs. The following are sample curriculum plans with concentrations in Public Health and Education.

CONCENTRATION IN PUBLIC HEALTH

Year I Fall
Writing for Health Professionals 3
Oral Health in Special Care Populations 3
Year I Spring
Statistics 3
Evidence-Based DH Practice 3
Year I Summer
Oral Health Research Methods 3
HealthCare Ethics 3
Year II Fall
Essentials in PH 3
Administration & Management 3
Year II Spring
Program Planning & Evaluation 3
Health Policy & Finance 3
Year II Summer
Health Ed & Health Behavior 3
Research Methodology & Statistics 3
Year III Fall
Health Epidemiology 3
Research Fundamentals 3
Year III Spring
Thesis I 3
Advance Dental Hygiene Practice 3
Year III Summer
Thesis II 3
PH Practicum 3
Total Credits 54

 

CONCENTRATION IN EDUCATION

Year I Fall
Writing for Health Professionals 3
Oral Health in Special Care Populations 3
Year I Spring
Statistics 3
Evidence-Based DH Practice 3
Year I Summer
Oral Health Research Methods 3
HealthCare Ethics 3
Year II Fall
Essentials in PH 3
Administration & Management 3
Year II Spring
Program Planning & Evaluation 3
Health Policy & Finance 3
Year II Summer
Health Ed & Health Behavior 3
Research Methodology & Statistics 3
Year III Fall
Adult Learning Theory OH Ed 3
Research Fundamentals 3
Year III Spring
Curriculum & Course Design in OH Ed 3
Thesis I 3
Year III Summer
Oral Health Education Practicum 3
Thesis II 3
Total Credits 54
Online tuition is calculated at a cost-per-credit rate based on the program you choose and the number of credits for which you register. Learn more about Online tuition and fees here.
 

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