Excellence and Distinction
Our program is a perfect example of Mountaineers going first.
We have the distinction of being the first integrated dental hygiene program in the country. We were pioneers in combining a degree program based in liberal arts and professional clinical curriculum. Nationally, other programs are modeled after what we have been doing at the WVU School of Dentistry for years.
Student participation in our Rural Health Initiative sets us apart from most dental hygiene programs. Each student attends a Rural Site Externship for eight weeks to obtain "real world" experience in a rural dental practice and the community.
We have a reputation of being fully accredited by the American Dental Association's Commission on Dental Accreditation. The most recent accreditation site visit was conducted in Spring 2016.
Since 1999, the Program has been distinguished as a "Program of Excellence" by the West Virginia Board Governors, receiving this designation most recently in 2014.
The Department of Dental Hygiene has the reputation for producing outstanding clinicians and graduates are very successful in post-graduate programs including medicine, dentistry, business and law.
Students design and implement a two-year research project, culminating in a formal presentation of their research during the dental school's alumni day.
Selected students present their research project at the American Dental Hygienists' Association's annual meeting. During the national competition, WVU Dental Hygiene students have received 31 awards over 34 years.