The University offers a baccalaureate degree program, which consists of at least two years (≥ 60 hours) of prerequisite work and two years in the dental hygiene curriculum. Prerequisite courses may be taken at the University of Oklahoma or other accredited universities or colleges. The College of Dentistry offers the program on the Oklahoma Health Sciences Center campus in Oklahoma City and by distance at the following three sites:
Upon successful completion of the program, graduates from all sites receive a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene degree and are eligible to take examinations for licensure to practice as registered dental hygienists (R.D.H.) The North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education, and the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association accredit the program.
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The mission of the Department of Dental Hygiene (DDH) is to improve the health of Oklahomans and shape the future of dentistry by developing highly qualified dental hygienists through excellence in education, patient care, research, community service, faculty, and facilities.
The following departmental goals are integral to accomplishment of the mission of the University of Oklahoma as they relate to the Department of Dental Hygiene:
DDH Goal # 1 – Education
Prepare students, through appropriate academic and clinical education, to be qualified dental hygienists.
DDH Goal # 2 - Patient Care
Provide appropriately supervised dental hygiene treatment of the highest quality.
DDH Goal # 3 - Creative & Research and Scholarly Activity
Create a positive and rewarding academic environment that facilitates research and scholarly activity by both students and faculty.
DDH Goal # 4 - Community Service
Foster opportunities for involvement in service activities that are consistent with the dental hygienist's responsibility to promote oral health care as an integral component of the overall health and welfare of the community.
DDH Goal # 5 - Faculty
Provide students with highly qualified faculty and provide faculty with an environment that facilitates personal and professional growth.
DDH Goal # 6 - Facilities
Provide a state-of-the-art educational environment.
The goals are a living document sensitive to the changing needs of the profession. Goals are reviewed, evaluated, and revised annually by the faculty and by the Dental Hygiene Advisory Committee.
This section is an abridged version of the Dental Hygiene Missions and Goals transcript. To view the entire version of the Dental Hygiene Missions and Goals and the Dental Hygiene Program Competencies, follow the links below:
Dental Hygiene Missions & Goals
Dental Hygiene Program Competencies
Dental Hygiene Scope of Practice
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Information packets are no longer mailed from the Department of Dental Hygiene. Downloadable electronic versions of ALL DOCUMENTS included in the information packet are listed below. Some documents are in Portable Document Format (PDF) and some are links to web sites. PDF documents require Adobe Reader or some equivalent program to view them.
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