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Dental Hygiene, Post-Licensure (B.S.D.H.)

The Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene (BSDH) Post-Licensure program is designed for students who have completed a certificate or associate degree from an accredited dental hygiene program and desire to continue their education toward a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene. The program provides an opportunity for the licensed dental hygienist to gain knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for expanded career opportunities in education, oral health promotion, research, community and public health, management, and marketing. This program also provides a strong foundation for graduate studies.

Dental Hygiene, Post-Licensure (B.S.D.H.)


Description


What is Dental Hygiene, Post-Licensure at ODU like?

The Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene (BSDH) Post-Licensure program is designed for students who have completed a certificate or associate degree from an accredited dental hygiene program and desire to continue their education toward a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene. The program provides an opportunity for the licensed dental hygienist to gain knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for expanded career opportunities in education, oral health promotion, research, community and public health, management, and marketing. This program also provides a strong foundation for graduate studies.

Program Highlights


What makes Dental Hygiene, Post-Licensure at ODU unique?

  • Available online or as a hybrid of online and on-campus courses

  • Students can take classes part-time or full-time

  • Once accepted into the program, students can start Fall, Spring, or Summer semester

  • Eligible BSDH Post-Licensure students may apply to the linked bachelor’s to master’s program. This program allows gifted undergraduate students the opportunity to take up to 12 credit hours of graduate coursework that may be applied to both degrees.

Careers


What are some careers in this field?

Check out these ideas from ODU Career Development Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

Dental Hygienists

$74,680

MEDIAN SALARY


Clean teeth and examine oral areas, head, and neck for signs of oral disease. May educate patients on oral hygiene, take and develop x rays, or apply fluoride or sealants.

Courses


What are some courses offered in Dental Hygiene, Post-Licensure at ODU?

DNTH 414:
Educational Concepts for the Health Professional I


This course is designed to explore various educational concepts, principles and methods of teaching for adults. Students will learn to present educational information to a diverse client population, in a variety of settings, in an ethical and professional manner. Topics include, but are not limited to, objectives, planning, implementation and evaluation of instruction; instructional strategies; delivery models; presentation skills; and techniques for communicating health information. Prerequisites: admission to the dental hygiene program.

DNTH 415:
Research Methods in the Health Sciences


Designed to develop skills in scientific methods, evidence based decision making and critical analysis of research findings. Emphasis on types of research, levels of evidence, problem selection and hypothesis writing, research planning and design, data collection and measuring techniques, analysis and interpretation of data, research proposal writing and computer application. A written research proposal is required for graduate credit.|offered fall) Prerequisites: STAT 130M.

DNTH 440T:
Telehealthcare Technology


This course examines the concept, global impact, and trends in telehealthcare technology on the client/patient, multidisciplinary practitioners, and various healthcare systems. Emphasis is on effective evidence-based decision making to reduce errors in patient care, promote care in remote or underserved geographical areas, and the ability to retrieve and evaluate healthcare information that improves access to quality, cost effective health care. (Offered spring, summer) Prerequisites: permission of the instructor.

Requirements


What are the requirements to apply for Dental Hygiene, Post-Licensure at ODU?

Students entering the Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene program in Dental Hygiene, Post-Licensure should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Undergraduate Admission)

Persons seeking admission to the BSDH Post-Licensure Online Program must complete both an online application to Old Dominion University as a degree-seeking student and a supplemental application to the Dental Hygiene Program through ADEA Dental Hygiene Centralized Application Service (DHCAS).

Required documents include:

  • Transcripts for all college-level coursework from all previous educational institutions attended since high school

  • High school transcripts

  • Two letters of recommendation

  • Current resume

  • Photocopy of current RDH license

  • Photocopy of current CPR certification (upload this in the section titled "other")

  • Photocopy of National Board Dental Hygiene Examination Results

Cost

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2021-22 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Virginia Resident


Per Credit:

$ 360

Non-Resident


Per Credit:

$ 1,032

Active Duty Military Rate


Per Credit:

$ 250

Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States


Per Credit:

$ 407

Ways to Save

Here are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending ODU. For more information visit University Student Financial aid

Next Steps


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Clinical Assistant Professor


Name:

Amber Hunt


Location:

2009 COLLEGE OF HEALTH SCIENCES BLDG, NORFOLK, VA, 23529



Office:

757-683-5721


Undergraduate Admissions


Location:

1004 Rollins Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3685


Fax:

757-683-3255


Email:

admissions@odu.edu


International Admissions


Location:

2101 Dragas Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3701


Fax:

757-683-3651


Email:

intladm@odu.edu

Transfer


I like this program and want to transfer. What are my next steps?

At ODU, we understand that as a transfer student you have unique needs that require a wide array of campus resources. The Center for Advising Administration and Academic Partnerships aims to create a transfer inclusive culture that supports the successful transition, engagement, and academic achievement of transfer students. The services and programs offered to you as a Monarch are endless so take advantage of every opportunity. Even before you set foot on campus, we encourage you to Explore, Experience, and Engage! Visit our Transfer Students page for more information.

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