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Didactic Program: Bachelor of Science Degree Program in Dental Hygiene
The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Dental Hygiene Program (Track
A or Track B), which comprises 128 credits, provides advanced education
for dental health care providers who may wish to prepare for a career
in education, research, health care management, and public health or
to broaden their background by completing their college education. Career
opportunities for program graduates include positions with colleges
and universities (as faculty or administrators), hospitals with dental
programs, public health agencies, and corporations (in management, education
services, marketing, sales, and research).
Track A (four-year track): This program enables students
to obtain the baccalaureate (B.S.) degree, while also receiving dental
hygiene training. Education at the baccalaureate level will expand the
practice of dental hygiene, creating more flexibility and creativity in
employment opportunities. The curriculum is offered full-time day for
four years. The first-year curriculum includes courses in general education,
basic science, and clinical sciences. The second and third years include
dental hygiene theory with a clinical component. The fourth year includes
advanced dental hygiene theory with additional general education requirements
to complete the credit base for the degree. Opportunity to pursue an area
of concentration is available to complement the candidate’s career
goals. Students are admitted in the fall or spring semester.
Track B (degree completion): The Degree Completion Program
in Dental Hygiene is designed for individuals who have already
completed an approved program in dental hygiene who wish to pursue their baccalaureate
degree. An integral part of the program is the opportunity to pursue
an area of concentration designed to meet the educational interests
and expand the career opportunities of the dental health professional,
including education, research, health policy management, geriatrics,
and liberal arts. Students are admitted in the fall or spring semester.
This curriculum provides the student with the option of a full-time
or part-time schedule to complete the remaining credits needed for the
degree. Most classes are offered in the late afternoon or evening for
those students who wish to be employed while earning their degree.
Graduates of the Associate in Applied Science Degree Program in Dental
Hygiene who are interested in the nutrition and dietetics or nursing
profession are eligible to transfer credits to the NYU College of Nursing
to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in nutrition and dietetics or nursing.
The number of credits vary according to the program.