Dental Hygiene

Bachelor of Science Curriculum

The Idaho State University Department of Dental Hygiene awards a Bachelor of Science degree. Students apply to the professional curriculum after completing prerequisite courses in science and general education. The professional program is two years in length.

The dental hygiene program fosters student growth, promotes development of critical and ethical judgment, and encourages life-long learning. The curriculum includes didactic, laboratory and clinical instruction sufficient to graduate competent clinicians who are capable of providing contemporary dental hygiene care. Students are educated to clinical competency in both traditional and advanced procedures.

Emphasis is placed on preventive, therapeutic and nonsurgical periodontal services and restorative therapy. Dental hygiene students have the opportunity to select a specialized emphasis area in either dental hygiene education or practice management. As a result, graduates possess an increased understanding of health care delivery, advanced capabilities and greater career mobility. Graduates of the ISU dental hygiene program also are prepared to pursue graduate studies in dental hygiene or related disciplines.

Competencies for Students

Graduates must demonstrate competency in three major areas, each representing a broad goal for professional activity that occurs in the delivery of dental hygiene care. Within each goal, competencies have been identified, defining the level of special skills, knowledge and attitudes required of new graduates for entry into dental hygiene practice in public or private settings. The three areas of professional activity that serve as the structure for ISU's dental hygiene graduate are:

  1. Professionalism and Ethics
  2. Process of Care
  3. Health promotion and Disease Prevention in the Community

For further descriptions or information on the Dental Hygiene Curriculum listed below see ISU Undergraduate Catalog.

Required Dental Hygiene Courses:

Junior Year - Fall Semester (17 credits)
DENT 3307 Prevention and Management of Medical Emergencies
DENT 3308 Oral Histology and Embryology
DENT 3311 Tooth Morphology
DENT 3312 Head and Neck Anatomy
DENT 3313 Clinical Dental Hygiene I, Lecture
DENT 3313C Clinical Dental Hygiene I, Clinic
DENT 3315 Preventive Dentistry

Junior Year - Spring Semester (18 credits)
PPRA 3314 Basic and Applied Pharmacology for Dental Hygiene
DENT 3309 General and Oral Pathology
DENT 3314 Clinical Dental Hygiene II, Lecture
DENT 3314C Clinical Dental Hygiene II, Clinic
DENT 3318 Oral Radiology
DENT 3318L Oral Radiology Lab
DENT 3319 Dental Materials and Adjunct Procedures
DENT 3321 Periodontology

Junior Year - Summer Semester (4 credits)
DENT 3320 Pain Management
DENT 4408 Legal and Ethical Principles

Senior Year - Fall Semester (20 credits)
DENT 4401 Research Methods
DENT 4402 Advanced Periodontology
DENT 4403 Advanced Clinical Theory I, Lecture
DENT 4403C Advanced Clinical Practice I, Clinic
DENT 4411 Application of Restorative Therapies
DENT 4411C Restorative Care I
DENT 4413 Community Health

Emphasis Area Choice:
DENT 4422 Educational Strategies
DENT 4424 Principles of Practice Management

Senior Year - Spring Semester (15 credits)
DENT 4404 Advanced Clinical Theory II, Lecture
DENT 4404C Advanced Clinical Practice II, Clinic
DENT 4412C Restorative Care II
DENT 4414 Community Outreach Experience
DENT 4421 Leadership and Health Policy

Emphasis Area Choice:
DENT 4423 Applied Educational Strategies
DENT 4425 Applied Practice Management


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