Jan 22, 2022  
2012-2013 Argosy University Academic Catalog—Undergraduate Programs | Volume 3, Issue 3 
    
2012-2013 Argosy University Academic Catalog—Undergraduate Programs | Volume 3, Issue 3 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Associate of Science in Dental Hygiene Degree Program


Offering Campus


Argosy University, Twin Cities

Program Overview


Argosy University offers an Associate of Science (AS) in Dental Hygiene degree program. The mission of this program is to provide the community with qualified dental hygienists prepared to perform effectively and productively within the allied health arena. Enrolled students will experience an integrated curriculum which is designed to provide opportunities for building skills in assessment, cognitive, and lifelong learning, as well as technical skills.

Graduates will be prepared to provide preventative and therapeutic dental services as dental hygienists under the supervision of the dentist.

The AS in Dental Hygiene degree program requires the satisfactory completion of 90 semester credit hours that includes 30 credit hours of general education and 60 credit hours of program specific courses. The maximum allowable time frame for students entering during the spring semester based upon full-time status is 44 months.

Program Learning Outcomes


Core Patient Care Competency
The AS in Dental Hygiene graduate will be competent in providing dental hygiene care for the child, adolescent, adult, geriatric and medically compromised patient.
The AS in Dental Hygiene graduate will be:
1.1 Able to apply the ADPIE process, using methods consistent with ethical and legal principles, including providing appropriate life support measure for medical emergencies.
1.2 Competent in providing dental hygiene care for all classifications of periodontal disease including patients who exhibit moderate to severe periodontal disease.
1.3 Competent in providing dental hygiene care for the child, adolescent, adult, and geriatric patient including patients with special needs.

Core Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Competency
The AS in Dental Hygiene graduate will be able to initiate and assume responsibility for health promotion and disease prevention activities using appropriate communication skills to effectively interact with diverse population groups.
The AS in Dental Hygiene graduate will be:
2.1 Able to perform population based activities that apply community dental health principles to prevent disease and promote health.

Core Professionalism Competency
The AS in Dental Hygiene graduate will contribute to the enrichment of the dental hygiene profession.
The AS in Dental Hygiene graduate will be:
3.1 Competent in the application of self-assessment and interpersonal skills to prepare them for life-long learning, as well as professional and personal growth.
3.2 Competent in the evaluation of current scientific literature.

Licensure


Graduates of the program must successfully pass three exams prior to being issued a license to practice dental hygiene: The American Dental Association (ADA) National Board Dental Hygiene Exam (NBDHE), the regional exam required by the practicing state and the state jurisprudence exam for dental hygienists. Completion of the program requirements does not guarantee passage of the National Board Dental Hygiene Exam (NBDHE), nor exams required by the practicing state. Requirements for taking and passing licensing exams are subject to change without notice to Argosy University. The most current information regarding the American Dental Association National Board Dental Hygiene Exam (NBDHE) can be found at www.ada.org. Since licensing may change and often varies from state to state, students should verify the current requirements of the state in which they plan to become licensed.

Admission Requirements


Students applying for this program will be selected for acceptance based on an objective point system.

Applicants must provide proof of high school graduation or GED and meet one of the following conditions:

  • ACT Composite score of 18 or above, or
  • Combined Math and Critical Reading SAT score of 870, or
  • Passing score on Argosy University entrance exam, or
  • Minimum High School or College GPA as follows:
    • For students with 12 or fewer college credits, cumulative High School GPA of 2.0 or above
    • For students with 13 or more college credits, cumulative College GPA of 2.0 or above
  • A minimum score on an Argosy University pre-approved English language proficiency test is required for all applicants whose native language is not English or who have not graduated from an institution at which English is the language of instruction as specified in Section Five, Admission Policies, “English Language Proficiency Policy .”

All applications for admission to the AS in Dental Hygiene degree program must be submitted to the Admissions Department. An admissions representative will help interested applicants complete the following required documentation:

  • Student Information Form
  • Personal interview
  • Completed Application for Admission Form
  • Application fee (Non-refundable, except in California and Arizona. In the state of Arizona, the application fee is refundable if the application is canceled within three business days of the applicant signing the Enrollment Agreement.
  • Proof of high school graduation or GED,* or proof of earned college degree
  • ACT or SAT or Argosy University Entrance Exam and pre-approved English language proficiency exam score (if applicable)
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended
  • Clinical Training Agreement
  • Technical Standards Form
  • Health forms

In addition, because this program is highly competitive, Argosy University, Twin Cities has established a set of objective criteria to identify applicants for admission acceptance. Applications will be evaluated by the Argosy University, Twin Cities Admissions Committee and representatives of the department. A wait list will be maintained.

Once admitted to the AS in Dental Hygiene degree program, the student must achieve a minimum grade of “C” in all General Education and dental hygiene courses. Any student who has been in the program and fails a course is dismissed from the program and can reapply and be considered with the other applicants at that time. Allied health professionals perform a wide range of physical tasks and assignments, and they must accept certain risks that are inherent in healthcare delivery. In applying for admission to Argosy University, prospective students are given information regarding these tasks, and applicants agree that they are capable of and willing to perform these tasks and assume these risks.

Students must successfully complete the American Heart Association two year CPR certification training in June, July, or August prior to enrolling in the technical dental hygiene courses offered during the Fall semester.

Note

*Applicants who graduated from high school or earned their GED prior to August 2009 can submit an official DD-214 Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty Form as proof of high school graduation or earned GED.

Graduation Requirements


  • Satisfactory completion of all requirements in the program of study
  • Successful completion of all didactic instruction
  • Successful completion of all General Education courses
  • Successful completion of a General Education course, PHI 101 Ethics in Contemporary Society 
  • Completion of all technical courses with a grade of “C” or better
  • Completion of all General Education courses with a grade of “C” or better
  • Successful completion of all required clinical proficiencies per semester
  • Successful completion of all clinical patient requirements per semester
  • A completed Petition to Graduate submitted to campus administration
  • Students must also be current on all financial obligations in order to receive official final transcripts

Program Requirements


The AS in Dental Hygiene degree program with a spring semester start requires the satisfactory completion of 90 semester credit hours according to the sequence outlined below:

Semester One


Total Credit Hours 15


Semester Two


Total Credit Hours 13


Total Credit Hours 14


Total Credit Hours 13


Semester Five


Total Credit Hours 16


Total Credit Hours 9


Semester Seven


Total Credit Hours 10


 Note

* To fulfill the General Education Natural Science Elective Requirement, students take either SCI 110 The Rise of Modern Science  or SCI 115 The Ecological Perspective 

Program Credit Hour Distribution


  • General Education (30)
  • Program-Specific (60)

Total Credit Hours 90