Master of Science in Dental Hygiene

Program Director:       Ms. Amy D. Funk, MSDH
                                   Interim Director

General Information:

The West Virginia University School of Dentistry, Division of Dental Hygiene offers a program of advanced study leading to the degree of Master of Science in Dental Hygiene.  This program requires the completion of a minimum of 37 semester hours through full-time or part-time enrollment.  It is designed to qualify dental hygienists for careers in teaching, administration, research and management. 

Inquiries concerning this program should be directed to the Office of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, School of Dentistry, PO Box 9402, Morgantown, WV  26506-9402; phone: (304) 293-3549.  Applications should be filed by July 1 for fall admission and by October 15 for spring enrollment.

Requirements for Admission to the Dental Hygiene Program:

  1. Must meet WVU requirements for admission to graduate study.  Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for admission must gain provisional acceptance in the program.  All provisions of admission must be met no later than completion of the 18th credit hour to be reclassified as a regular student.  A student who fails to meet the provisions of admission or who fails to meet the required GPA will be suspended.
  2. Must possess a baccalaureate degree in dental hygiene from an accredited dental hygiene program or a baccalaureate degree in another field of study from an approved institution of higher education while holding a certificate or associate's degree in dental hygiene from a program fully accredited by the American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation.
  3. Must demonstrate evidence of scholastic and clinical achievement to indicate the applicant’s ability to progress in a program of this nature.  Generally, a minimum grade point average 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale on all college work attempted is required.
  4. Must complete the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) with an acceptable score within the last five years.
  5. Must submit all information requested in the graduate application to the Office of Academic and Postdoctoral Affairs (ie., transcripts, letter of reference, National Board scores, licensure).
  6. Individuals pending acceptance into the WVU School of Dentistry, Dental Hygiene Master of Science Program must consent to and pass a criminal background investigation prior to final acceptance.
  7. To become familiar with the West Virginia University School of Dentistry’s policy and procedure for Bloodborne Pathogens and Infectious Diseases.  

Requirements for Degree of Master of Science:

  1. Completion of a minimum of 37 semester credit hours:  28 basic required credit hours and 9 credit hours in an elective area(s) of dental hygiene specialization.  Two elective areas of specialization are offered.   These areas are teaching/administration and special patient care.  The student chooses one area of study.  Courses within these specializations are taught by a number of schools or colleges within the University.  An individualized program will be devised for each student.
  2. Complete a maximum of six hours in research (part of the 28 hours required by the program) leading to an acceptable thesis.
  3. Oral defense of the thesis is required.
  4. Student teaching in the undergraduate clinic a minimum of one semester.
  5. Achievement of a 3.0 GPA or an overall academic average of at least B in all work attempted in the master’s program.  A grade of C or below in one course will require a faculty review of the student’s progress.  A second C or below will result in dismissal from the program.  A student may repeat only one course one time to bring the GPA up to the 3.0 requirement.
  6. Removal of all conditions, deficiencies and incomplete grades from the student's transcript.  Credit hours for courses with a grade is lower than C does not count toward degree requirements.

Program Curriculum:

Basic Requirements
            PUBH 611     Applied Biostatistics in Health                                                       3 cr
            PUBH 630     Policy and the Health System                                                        3 cr
            C&I 689        Cultural Diversity in the Classroom                                                3 cr
            EdP 612        Introduction to Research                                                              3 cr
            DTHY 678     Dental Hygiene Teaching Methods                                                2 cr
            DTHY 679     Dental Hygiene Clinical Evaluation                                                 2 cr
            DTHY 680     Critical Issues in Health Care                                                         3 cr
            DTHY 690     Teaching Practicum                                                                      1 cr
            DTHY 697     Research                                                                                     6 cr
            DTHY 698     Thesis                                                                                         2 cr

 Total............................................................................................................................................. 28
                                                                                                                                            

Elective area(s) of dental hygiene specialization.......................................................................... 9
            Dental Hygiene 691 and Dentistry 791 Courses
            Courses taught by the School of:
                        Business and Economics
                        Educational Psychology
                        Medicine (Community Health Promotion) and the
                        Multidisciplinary Students Program
                        Human Resources and Education                                                      
                                                                                                                             

TOTAL............................................................................................................................................ 37

 

Graduate Courses:

Dental Hygiene (DTHY)

680.   Critical Issues in Health Care 1.  I. 3 hr.  PR: Graduate standing and consent.  Examination of the
          critical environmental issues affecting the future of health care; particular impact on rural oral health
          care trends will form major focus.  Dental hygiene clinical practice is also included.


681.   Dental Hygiene Seminar and Practice 2.  II. 3 hr.  PR: DTHY 380.  Performance of expanded dental
          hygiene practice with emphasis on periodontal functions.  Laboratory and clinical performance of
          these functions are also included.

690.   Teaching Practicum.  1-6 hrs.  PR: Consent.  Supervised practice in college teaching of dental
           hygiene.    


697.   Research.  I, II, S.  1-15 hrs.  PR: Consent.  Research activities leading to a thesis, problem report,
          research paper, or equivalent scholarly project.