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RDH to BSDH Program

Effective Fall 2014

Many dental hygienists find that they have too many work and home responsibilities or perhaps may be in the wrong location to merely go to a campus and complete the education they deserve. The online RDH-to-BSDH program allows individuals, regardless of where they may live, to complete requirements for the degree. Distance education allows you to complete the BSDH completely online.  Please read the requirements for online education.

A total of 90 hours may be transferred into the program, up to 84 of those credits may be lower division, community colleges included. Transfer courses may include bachelor’s degree requirements for Texas and TWU and previous dental hygiene coursework.

Eligibility

  1. Graduate or current student of an associate’s degree or certificate dental hygiene program accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation.
  2. Licensure as a dental hygienist, or departmental approval prior to enrolling.
  3. Meets TWU entrance requirements.
  4. Have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for all transferable college work.  Special admissions options may also be available.
  5. Graduates from institutions with whom the TWU Dental Hygiene Program has articulation agreements are admitted and courses accepted per agreement.

Admission into the Program

  1. Apply to TWU.
  2. Print and complete the RDH-to-BSDH Application for Admission.
  3. Request official transcripts from all colleges attended to be sent to TWU Dental Hygiene; attn.: RDH-to-BSDH Program; P.O. Box 425796; Denton, TX 76204-5796.
  4. Mail application materials and current application fees as directed. Upon acceptance into the program, an advisor will work with you to guide you in appropriate coursework according to your interests and previous coursework.

Advising

We cannot provide advising until students are accepted into TWU and preferably into the RDH to BSDH program. We suggest that you apply to both TWU and the RDH to BSDH program.  On acceptance you will be invited to meet with an advisor so that you can get specific advice and degree plan. This meeting can be in person or by phone if you are not in the Denton Area.  It would be beneficial once you are accepted to set up your portal account and review the DARS Tutorial found under "My Tools" in Portal.

Once all courses are transferred and credited to your degree plan in DARS, our degree tracking sysem, and you have met with an advisor to discuss your degree plan, you can track your course selection.  However, it is a good idea to check with an advisor by email or phone to be sure that you are on the right track.  Your advisor can also guide you in slecting core and/or elective courses that relate to your career goals.

Course Registration

  • Register for the courses you wish to take in April for summer and fall classes and in October for spring courses. Check the TWU website for more specific dates.  Online classes fill aquickly so register early.
  • You must be accepted into the RDH to BSDH program to register for dental hygiene courses.

 Degree Requirements

  1. Completion of the Texas general education core curriculum (42 credit hours) is required prior to receiving a bachelor’s degree at TWU.
         *  Information about core courses. Core courses may be taken at the same time as dental hygiene courses.
          * Information about transferability of courses including transfer guides from several community colleges.
  2. Completion of 30 hours taken from TWU, including the 18 hours of requisite TWU RDH to BSDH dental hygiene courses and 12 additional hours, which can be from core and/or all elective coursework.
  3. Completion of 36 credits of upper level courses, including 18 hours of requisite RDH to BSDH dental hygiene courses and 18 hours of dental and dental hygiene science coursework that will be tranferred as upper division from the institution attended for the entry-level dental hygiene program.
  4. Additional dental hygiene coursework may be transferred for up to 22 hours of lower division credit.
  5. In the final semester, students must commit to a minimum of 45 hours in a practicum experience based on career interest.  Examples include interning with a community oral health agency to get experience in managing oral health programs or with a dental hygiene program as a student teacher.  Faculty may be able to assist with placement at local sites or assist in helping to identify a convenient site in the student's area; however, ultimate responsibility for experience in an appropriate practicum site rests with the individual student.
  6. Completion of a total of 120 credit hours that includes the above plus elective courses to total  the required number of hours.  Elective courses may include coursework previously taken including that necessary for the entry-level dental hygiene program that is not sed as a par of the core.
  7. A student must earn a C or higher in all Dental Hygiene courses.

Required

Credit Hours

Core Curriculum (can be transferred up to credit hour limit)

42

Entry-Level Dental Hygiene Coursework (Lower Level transferred)

22

Upper Division Coursework (tranferred dental and dental hygiene science work completed for the entry-level program)

18

Elective Coursework

20

RDH to BSDH Major Required Courses (upper division courses listed below)
           *55  = course section number

18 TWU 

DH 3303*55  Process of Care I

DH 4713*55  Applied  Evidence-Based Research

 

DH 4823*55  Dental Hygiene Clinical Case Development

DH 4833*55  Professional Development for the Registered Dental Hygienist

DH 4513*55  Alternative Dental Hygiene Practice -completed in the final  semester of Dental Hygiene coursework

DH 4533*55  Oral Health Worldview

TOTAL for BSDH

120

OPTIONAL DEGREE PROGRESSION – 1 YEAR PLAN

FALL: Year 1

SPRING: Year 1

DH 4833*55        Prof Dev for the RDH

DH 4713*55        Applied Evidence Based Research##

DH 3303*55        Process of Care I

DH 4513*55        Alternative DH Practice

DH 4533*55        Oral Health Worldview#

DH 4823*55        DH Clinical Case Dev

                                Elective or TWU Core

                                Elective or TWU Core

                                Elective or TWU Core

                                Elective or TWU Core

Semester Total 15 hours

Semester Total 15 hours

# Prerequisite US Government                                                          ## Prerequisite Statistics

Some elective or TWU core coursework optionally may be completed in summer or interim sessions.

OPTIONAL DEGREE PROGRESSION – 2 YEAR PLAN

FALL: Year 1

SPRING: Year 1

DH 4833*55        Prof Dev for the RDH

DH 4713*55        Applied Evidence Based Research##

DH 3303*55        Process of Care I

                                Elective or TWU Core

                                Elective or TWU Core

                               

Semester Total 6-9 hours

Semester Total 3-6 hours

 

FALL: Year 2

SPRING: Year 2

DH 4533*55        Oral Health Worldview#

DH 4513*55        Alternative DH Practice

                                Elective or TWU Core

DH 4823*55        DH Clinical Case Dev

                               

                                Elective or TWU Core

Semester Total 3-6 hours

Semester Total 6-9 hours

# Prerequisite = US Government                                                       ## Prerequisite = Statistics

Elective or TWU core coursework optionally may be completed in summer or interim sessions.

OPTIONAL DEGREE PROGRESSION  >2 YEAR PLAN

Coursework may be taken as needed; however, required RDH to BSDH courses are only offered in semesters as noted below:

FALL: DH 4833, DH 3303, DH 4533

SPRING: DH 4713, DH 4823, DH 4513 (must be taken in final semester of dental hygiene coursework)

NOTE: Courses are only offered if the number of students is adequate. Check with an advisor for further information.

To apply, complete the RDH to BSDH Application and send it to the Dental Hygiene Program with other required material attached.  For questions about the RDH to BSDH Program email Dr.Christine Beatty at cbeatty@twu.edu.

COST INFORMATION

Can be found at tuition and fees .

FINANCIAL AID INFORMATION

Can be found at Financial Aid Office .

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