Western Kentucky University

WKU-O Undergraduate Programs


WKU-O advises for the Department of Allied Health's online dental hygiene completion program. Transfer students with an Associate degree from a dental hygiene program accredited through the American Dental Association's Commission on Dental Accreditation receive a 16-hour waiver in the overall upper-division hour requirement and a 16-hour waiver in the major upper-division hour requirement.

In this program, you will learn how to clean teeth and apply preventive materials, provide oral health education and treatment counseling to patients, identify oral pathologies and injuries, and manage dental hygiene practices. You will study dental anatomy, microbiology and pathology, dental hygiene theory and techniques, equipment operation and maintenance, radiology, patient counseling, and office management.

Characteristics associated with success in this program include an interest in science and medicine and in helping others. You should:

• be able to pay attention to details

• be able to communicate clearly and work well with other members of the dental team

• be pleasant

• be patient when faced with anxious or upset patients

• have good manual dexterity

Work Tasks and Settings

• Do dental cleanings and tell patients how to take good care of their teeth

• Take x-rays

• Put on periodontal dressings and take out stitches

• Show people how to brush, floss, and use floss threaders

• Work in dental offices and clinics, hospitals, schools, research centers, and dental manufacturing companies

• Work with dental instruments, dental cleaning equipment, fluoride, sealants, and x-ray equipment

Abilities needed:

• put people at ease

• work well with people

• communicate well with others

• be patient

• pay close attention to detail



 WKU COURSES                                                  

 AH 290 Medical Terminology                             

 PH 381 Community Health

 DH 304 Advanced Periodontology

 DH 323 Research Methods

 HCA 342 HR Mgmt for Health Care Managers

 HCA 347 Int. Comp. of Health Care Systems

 PSY 350 Social Psychology


Because of transferring credits and WKU-O course offerings, the length of time to finish this program differs for each student. It is important to meet with a WKU-O advisor as soon as possible. Bring an unofficial copy of transcripts from all previously attended colleges and/or universities. It is also important to determine your availability to take courses: part-time, full-time, summer term.

 Last Modified 8/22/13