COVID-19 Statement for Dental Hygiene Students
For students, parents, and patients concerned about WKU Program of Dental Hygiene Labs and Clinical Treatment during the COVID-19 outbreak:
This situation is changing daily with recommendations from various government entities leading to this current general plan for the moment.
The Program of Dental Hygiene wants to assure you that the safety of our students and patients are a priority in this rapidly changing situation. Clinical and laboratory sessions associated with the WKU Program of Dental Hygiene will be interrupted due to the unforeseen circumstances associated with COVID-19. In regards to the University not meeting in a face-to-face format and the current American Dental Association recommendations of not providing elective dental treatment (exams, radiographs, cleanings) to patients within the immediate future, clinical and laboratory treatment will be temporarily suspended until further notice. The Program will continue to cover didactic information for students in a distance learning format to remain on schedule for the current Spring 2020 semester. Updates and recommendations from the American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation, and Western Kentucky University over the next few weeks will help determine a more finalized approach to the completion of both clinical and laboratory requirements as COVID-19 is continuously monitored. When the opportunity arises and approval is provided to return to the clinical and laboratory settings based on these recommendations, faculty will work with all students providing clinical and laboratory opportunities outside of normal scheduled clinical times to be determined at a later date. There is the possibility that the summer term may be used to meet these minimum requirements.
Illness: Faculty, students, and staff who are ill or have any symptoms of any type of illness (flu, cold or COVID-19) symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath) need to stay home and avoid contact with others.
Students who have questions or concerns about the current situation, can contact Dr. Evans using the contact information he has provided. The Program of Dental Hygiene general phone number is 270-745-2427 and clinical phone number 270-745-2426, which are being forwarded to a staff member. Staff can answer questions or direct this information to faculty who can assist.
Welcome to the Program of Dental Hygiene
Associate of Science and Bachelor of Science Degree Programs
The Program's core-curriculum is a two-year commitment that begins in the fall semester only. Acceptance is limited to 28 students per year.
Once accepted into the Program, students must maintain an average of "C" or better in each Dental Hygiene course. In accordance with Western Kentucky University Policy, an overall grade point average of 2.0 or better must be attained upon completion of the required curriculum.
- Associate in Science (226)
- Bachelor in Science (524)
- Bachelor in Science with Emphasis in Clinical Teaching (524)
Please note the due dates for application materials:
January 10: signed job shadowing form stating 15 hours of observation and all updated official college transcripts from previous fall semester if applicable (Due to COVID-19 job shadowing is not required for only those applying to the Fall 2021 class)
For more information visit the Application Checklist.
Job Shadowing Form 2021 (Due to COVID-19 job shadowing is not required for only those applying to the Fall 2021 class)
The Program of Dental Hygiene at WKU was established in August 1970. During the Fall of 1987, the University approved the recommendation to offer the bachelor of science in Dental Hygiene degree, in addition the associate degree. There are now four undergraduate degree tracks in Dental Hygiene. The Program is accredited by the Council of Dental Education/Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association.
Visit the University Archives Online
View composites of our graduates since 1970.
WKU Dental Hygiene Bloodborne Pathogen Policy
View the bloodborne pathogen policy implemented by the WKU Program of Dental Hygiene.