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Dental Hygiene - Program Description

The Bachelor of Technology in Dental Hygiene constitutes the final two years of a 2+2 articulation program in which the first two years entail completing an associate degree in Dental Hygiene from an accredited program. This degree provides graduates expanded career and graduate education opportunities in: administration, education, management, public health, sales, marketing and research.

Students in this Major:

  • Have expanded career and graduate education opportunities.
  • Will complete a one semester internship.

Career Opportunities:

  • Administration
  • Education
  • Management
  • Pharmaceutical Sales
  • Public Health
  • Sales & Marketing
  • Research

Admission Requirements:

Future SUNY Canton students, recent graduates, and transfer students can apply for admission into the four-year degree immediately. The final two years of the bachelor's program are offered exclusively online.

  • Students must be prepared to take College Algebra (GER 1) (MATH 121)
  • Must have completed an associate degree in Dental Hygiene from an accredited program.
  • Refer to the table of high school course prerequisites for admission.

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS (Curriculum 148)

Semester V Credits

DHYG 350 Current Issues in Periodontics 3
EDUC 210 Principle of Education 3
HSMB 304 US Health Care System 3
MATH 111 Survey of Math (GER 1) 3
  Foreign Language or ASL (GER 9) *Spanish recommended 3-4
TOTAL CREDITS 15-16

Semester VI Credits

DHYG 310 Contemporary Dental Hygiene Issues* 3
DHYG 340 Management Communications 3
EDUC 300 Pedagogy & Technology of Online Teaching 3
HSMB 302 Legal & Ethical Issues in Health Care 3
MATH 141 Statistics (GER)** 3
  TOTAL CREDITS 15

Semester VII Credits

DHYG 360 Dental Hygiene Teaching Methodology 4
DHYG 370 Research Methods 3
DHYG 385 Orientation to Internship 1
ENGL 301 Professional Writing & Communication 3
HSMB 330 Grant Writing Strategies 2
  U/L Liberal Arts Elective (GER 4, 5, 6, 7, or 8) 3
TOTAL CREDITS 16

Semester VIII Credits

DHYG 390 Dental Hygiene Internship 6
HSMB 410 Senior Seminar 3
  U/L Liberal Arts Elective (GER 4,5,6,7, or 8) 3
  U/L Liberal Arts Elective (GER 4,5,6,7, or 8) 3
TOTAL CREDITS 15

*Fulfills writing intensive requirement.

**Students who don't meet the pre-requisite for Statistics (MATH 141) will take MATH 111, but students who have already taken Statistics or the pre-requisite for Statistics may take a Liberal Arts elective.

U/L= Upper Level Courses (300/400)

GER = General Education Requirement

NOTE: Dental Hygiene students must meet seven out of ten General Education Requirements and successfully complete the SUNY Canton Computer Competency requirement.

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Susan Willette, R.D.H., Ed. D.
Program Director
Cook Hall
willettes@canton.edu