School of Dentistry

http://dentistry.hsc.wvu.edu/education/programs/dental-hygiene-programs/

Degrees Offered

  • Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene
  • Master of Science in Dental Hygiene

The Profession

Dental hygiene is an exciting profession with many rewarding and challenging career opportunities which include clinical/patient care, administration, education, research, and sales/marketing.  Dental hygienists are employed in diverse settings such as private dental practices; clinics; hospitals; long-term care facilities/rehabilitation centers; dental hygiene education; national, state, and local government agencies; and private business/industry.  As a licensed health professional and oral health educator, the dental hygienist has an important role in the overall health and welfare of the public.  The dental hygienist is an integral part of the dental team, providing direct patient care based on the prevention of disease.  The duties and responsibilities of dental hygienists vary from state to state but may include oral prophylaxis (removing stains and deposits from teeth); root debridement; exposing radiographs; application of preventive and therapeutic agents; local delivery of antimicrobial agents; nutritional counseling; oral, head, and neck cancer screenings; monitoring nitrous oxide sedation; and administration of local anesthesia.  The educational background of a dental hygienist provides the knowledge, attitudes, and skill necessary to be successful in a wide variety of careers.  From providing clinical care to research to public administration, dental hygiene opens the door to many successful career options.  For more information concerning licensure, please visit: http://dentistry.hsc.wvu.edu/education/programs/dental-hygiene-programs/licensure/.

Nature of the Program

The establishment of the integrated baccalaureate degree program in dental hygiene at West Virginia University in September 1961 was a milestone in dental hygiene education.  The program stands out as one of the top dental hygiene programs nationally as shown by the students' commitment to excellence.  With the addition of the degree completion program in 1987 and the master of science program in 1989, the Division of Dental Hygiene provides graduates the opportunity to further their education.  The integrated curriculum in dental hygiene combines the advantages of both liberal arts and the professional aspects of education.  Graduates from the program are awarded a bachelor of science degree in dental hygiene, with the option to obtain a master of science degree with the completion of a minimum of one additional year.

The dental hygiene curriculum is rigorous and provides excellent preparation for the practice of dental hygiene in numerous practice settings.  The curriculum requires successful completion of a total of 136 hours and was constructed in accordance with the standards specified for a school of dental hygiene by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation.  The program has been fully accredited by this organization since 1965.

The dental hygiene program has a strong commitment to providing care and educational programs to residents of West Virginia, which is demonstrated by the required 125 hours of service learning and clinical care courses.  To provide students in dental hygiene program with the necessary clinical experience that is required, the School of Dentistry maintains and operates dental clinics in the Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center School of Dentistry.  Through the West Virginia University Institute for Community and Rural Health (WVUICRH), students are required to provide direct patient care for the citizens of West Virginia at a rural site during the summer session between their junior and senior year.  Please visit http://dentistry.hsc.wvu.edu/education/programs/dental-hygiene-programs/ for more information.

The dental hygiene program has an excellent reputation for producing outstanding clinicians and many faculty members as well as graduates are recognized as leaders in dental education and organized dentistry. Please visit http://dentistry.hsc.wvu.edu/education/programs/dental-hygiene-programs/program-of-excellence/ for more information.

Academic and Professional Standards

The Dental Hygiene Academic and Professional Stanadards, including the Student Rights and Responsibilites, are available at: http://dentistry.hsc.wvu.edu/education/programs/dental-hygiene-programs/academic-professional-standards/

Degree Designation Learning Goals

Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene (BSDH)

Program Goals:

  1. Provide a high quality program of instruction that prepares dental hygienists to:            
    • Possess a heightened awareness of social and cultural diversity, ethics and professionalism.
    • Apply critical thinking to integrate current scientific principles/technology with the provision of evidenced-based, comprehensive health care.
    • Perform to the level of clinical competency those legally approved oral health services as defined by the West Virginia State Board of Dental Examiners and the WVU School of Dentistry.                             
    • Perform to the level of laboratory competency those legally approved oral health services (beyond the scope of the West Virginia practice act) stipulated in the practice acts of other states, districts, or territories of the United States.
    • Coordinate and administer oral health services for a variety of populations in diverse settings (public health agencies, hospitals, school systems, etc.).
    • Engage in intra and interprofessional collaborative activities with community leaders and health care professionals to manage the oral health needs of rural West Virginia.
    • Provide didactic and clinical instruction in allied dental education programs.
    • Pursue professional development through self-study, continuing education, research and advanced studies at the masters and doctoral levels.
  2. Recruit, admit and retain students with the potential to succeed within the dental hygiene program.
  3. Create an environment conducive to faculty promotion, retention, and satisfaction.

Program Competencies:

  1. Apply the concepts of professionalism, ethics, law, and regulation to the provision and/or support of oral health care services.
  2. Demonstrate an awareness of social/cultural diversity issues.
  3. Apply basic, dental hygiene, and dental science concepts to the provision and/or support of oral health care services.
  4. Provide the dental hygiene process of care which includes assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation components that are both evidence-based and patient-centered.
  5. Provide dental hygiene care to children, adolescents, adults, geriatrics, special needs patients, and persons with medically compromising conditions.
  6. Implement evidence-based tobacco cessation strategies utilizing the 5 A’s (Ask, Advise, Assess, Assist, & Arrange) for all tobacco using patients.
  7. Provide dental hygiene care for all types of classifications of periodontal disease, including patients who exhibit moderate to severe periodontal disease.
  8. Provide dental hygiene/dental supportive treatment that is both evidence-based and patient-centered.
  9. Provide appropriate life support measures for any medical emergencies that may be encountered in dental hygiene practice.
  10. Assess, plan, implement, and evaluate community-based oral health programs to promote health and prevent disease among a variety of population groups in diverse settings.
  11. Demonstrate interpersonal and group communications skills to effectively interact with diverse population groups.
  12. Apply biostatistical principles in the analysis of scientific literature and the design and interpretation of a student-based research project.
  13. Design courses, provide didactic and clinical instruction, and implement evaluation strategies in allied dental education programs.
  14. Identify career options within the dental hygiene profession.
  15. Participate in activities that promote life long learning and professional growth.
  16. Engage in intra and interprofessional team building activities that foster collaborative learning.

Admission

To apply to the program, please go to http://dentistry.hsc.wvu.edu/education/programs/dental-hygiene-programs/bachelor-of-science/apply-now/ and follow the directions provided.  You do not need to complete a separate application for WVU, you must choose Dental Hygiene in the WVU on-line application to be considered for the Program.  

Students who have been granted provisional acceptance, will receive an email via their MIX account from the Dental Hygiene Admissions Committee which outlines the new student requirements.  Final acceptance to the Division of Dental Hygiene at West Virginia University is contingent based upon successful completion of the following:

  1. Successful completion of all courses currently enrolled and submit all final transcripts.
  2. Confirm via email, your receipt of the email message from the Division of Dental Hygiene (via lgroover@hsc.wvu.edu) that you will be attending your scheduled interview session*.  If you do not respond within 10 working days from the date of the aforementioned email, you will forfeit your provisional admission and will not be considered for the upcoming freshman class.
  3. Complete the Criminal Background document.  Scan and email this document tolgroover@hsc.wvu.edu as soon as possible to ensure the Committee will have your report prior to the interview. 
  4. Prior to the interview, you must complete:
    • Criminal background clearance
    • Shadowing forms (minimum of eight hours, although more are recommended)
    • Shadowing essay – what you experienced, watched, learned, etc. while shadowing
    • Personal essay – one page essay outlining why you want to be a dental hygienist
  5. Complete required health evaluation forms by August 1, 2017.
  6. Attend WVU New Student Orientation on one of the dates provided by the Dental Hygiene program.
  7. Attend the Dental Hygiene Orientation picnic.

*The personal interview with the Dental Hygiene Committee will be conducted in a question / answer format.  Following the interview with the Dental Hygiene Admissions Committee, if for any reason they do not feel you will be an acceptable candidate in the Program, your provisional acceptance will be rescinded at that time.

Please visit: http://dentistry.hsc.wvu.edu/education/programs/dental-hygiene-programs/bachelor-of-science/new-student-requirements/ for more information.

If you are not offered a position in the Dental Hygiene Program, you may still be accepted into WVU.  Please visit http://admissions.wvu.edu/admissions/university-requirements for more information.     

To be considered for the program, you need to complete the entire dental hygiene application, including the one-page essay on why you want to be a dental hygienist, shadowing form(s), and an additional shadowing essay.  The shadowing forms must be saved and upload as one single PDF document.

The Dental Hygiene Admissions committee pays particular attention to scholastic achievement in science courses as well as overall grade point average and involvement in community service activities.  Physical strength with the ability to sit and stand as required, fine precision bilateral manipulative hand/motor skills, adequate visual acuity, eye/hand/foot coordination, and emotional stability are essential characteristics for individuals who wish to enter and continue in the dental hygiene program.  They must meet other medical qualifications as required.  Reasonable accommodation will be considered for students with special needs.

The Dental Hygiene Admissions Committee reviews all applications.  If you are among the most qualified, you may be invited to come to the campus for a personal interview.  Competition for admission is intense.  Preference is given to residents of West Virginia. 

Direct Admission (Freshman Entry)

Applicants are eligible to enter the program as freshmen.  As an integrated four year program, there are no prerequisite college courses required for freshman entry. Applications for the fall semester should are due February 1st of the preceding spring semester.  Direct admission is based on the above mentioned criteria plus a minimum high school grade point average of 3.7 and a composite score on ACT 24 or total combined critical reading and math score on SAT 1140.  Additionally, applicants must meet all the University admission requirements which include successful completion of the following high school requirements:

  • four units of English (Units must include grammar, composition, and literature.)
  • four units of college preparatory mathematics (Three units must be Algebra I and II and Plane Geometry.)
  • three units of social studies (including U.S. History)
  • three units of science (ALL units must be laboratory science.  Recommended units include: biology, chemistry, physics, anatomy, and environmental science.)
  • two units of a foreign language, must be the same language (American Sign Language is acceptable for this requirement.)
  • one unit of fine arts (Recommended units include: Music, band, art, theater, dance, drama, and performance.)

Additional science courses on the high school level are recommended.  To be eligible for enrollment, the applicant must be a graduate of an accredited high school or preparatory school that is acceptable for college entrance.  Please visit the West Virginia University website for more information: http://admissions.wvu.edu/admissions/university-requirements.

Undergraduate Studies/Dental Hygiene

If you do not meet the minimum requirements for direct admission, you will be placed in Undergraduate Studies/Dental Hygiene.  Applicants in Undergraduate Studies still may be considered for admission into the Dental Hygiene Program (freshman entry) provided there are remaining openings in the class.

Advanced Standing Admission

Applicants may be eligible to enter the program as a spring semester freshman or an advanced standing sophomore.  Admission is limited by class size and successful completion of college course does not guarantee advanced standing admission. 

To be considered for Spring admission, Freshman year, applications are due by November 1st of the preceding fall semester and you must contact the Dental Hygiene office to request consideration for Spring admission.  Admission is based on a minimum cumulative and science grade point average of 3.0 and successful completion of Chemistry 111 or higher and additional courses as prescribed in the first semester of the Dental Hygiene Curriculum Plan.    

To be considered as an advanced standing sophomore, applications are due by March 1st of the preceding spring semester.   Admission is based on a minimum cumulative and science grade point average of 3.0 and successful completion of all science courses prescribed in the first semester of the Dental Hygiene Curriculum Plan.   

Degree Completion Program

If you are a registered dental hygienist, you can be admitted directly to the Division of Dental Hygiene as a full-time or a part-time student.  To be eligible for the degree completion program, you must have a certificate or associate's degree from an accredited dental hygiene program.  You can transfer lower-division credits (see "Suggested Dental Hygiene Curriculum").  Your acceptance and placement in the program depend upon your academic record and upon the number of spaces available.

When you apply, we ask you to include complete records of previous study.  An official transcript needs to be mailed to us by the registrar of your previous school.  Include catalog descriptions of the courses taken.  If you are currently enrolled in a certificate or associate's degree program, include your program of study.  You are responsible for the submission of a complete record package.  You can enter the degree completion program twice a year.  Applications can be obtained after September 1st of the year preceding application to the program.  Please contact the Dental Hygiene office for complete information about this program in dental hygiene.

General Education FOUNDATIONS

Please use this link to view a list of courses that meet each GEF requirement.

NOTE: Some major requirements will fulfill specific GEF requirements. Please see the curriculum requirements listed below for details on which GEFs you will need to select.

General Education Foundations
F1 - Composition & Rhetoric3-6
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research
Accelerated Academic Writing
F2A/F2B - Science & Technology4-6
F3 - Math & Quantitative Skills3-4
F4 - Society & Connections3
F5 - Human Inquiry & the Past3
F6 - The Arts & Creativity3
F7 - Global Studies & Diversity3
F8 - Focus (may be satisfied by completion of a minor, double major, or dual degree)9
Total Hours31-37

Degree Requirements

Program Requirements
A minimum GPA of 2.5 is required
GEF Requirements 1, 6 & 7 12
BIOL 102General Biology3
BIOL 104General Biology Laboratory1
CHEM 111Survey of Chemistry (GEF 2B)4
CHEM 112Survey of Chemistry4
COMM 104Public Communication (GEF 5)3
HN&F 171Introduction to Human Nutrition (GEF 8)3
Select one of the following (GEF 3):3
College Algebra 5-Day
College Algebra 4-Day
College Algebra 3-Day
MICB 200Medical Microbiology3
NBAN 107Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology4
NBAN 207Human Anatomy and Physiology 24
NBAN 309Oral Histology2
PATH 300Introduction to Pathology3
PATH 302Oral Pathology3
PCOL 260Pharmacology3
PSYC 101Introduction to Psychology (GEF 4)3
PSYC 241Introduction to Human Development (GEF 8)3
SOCA 101Introduction to Sociology (GEF 8)3
DTHY 100Health Care Terminology1
DTHY 101Introduction to Dental Hygiene2
DTHY 185Oral Anatomy2
DTHY 186Dental Anatomy2
DTHY 205Theory and Practice of Prevention2
DTHY 210Dental Radiology2
DTHY 211Dental Radiology1
DTHY 220Dental Nursing Techniques2
DTHY 225Dental Hygiene Techniques4
DTHY 226Clinical Dental Hygiene1
DTHY 300Anesthesia for Dental Hygiene1
DTHY 350Public Health2
DTHY 351Dental Health Education (Fulfills Writing and Communication Skills Requirement)3
DTHY 360Dental Materials3
DTHY 361Expanded Functions2
DTHY 363Periodontics 11
DTHY 364Periodontics 22
DTHY 366Technical Expression and Dental Literature1
DTHY 370Dental Hygiene Clinical Methods2
DTHY 372Clinical Dental Hygiene 12
DTHY 374Clinical Dental Hygiene 23
DTHY 378Dental Hygiene Teaching Methods2
DTHY 402Dental Hygiene Ethics and Practice1
DTHY 405Advanced Clinical Dental Hygiene 14
DTHY 406Advanced Clinical Dental Hygiene 23
DTHY 407Advanced Dental Hygiene Methods 22
DTHY 440Senior Integration Seminar1
DTHY 445Applied Pharmacology1
DTHY 450Dental Health Education 22
DTHY 451Dental Health Education 32
DTHY 478Clinical Evaluation1
DTHY 490Teaching Practicum2
DTHY 491Professional Field Experience4
DTHY 495Independent Study2
Community Service Requirement (Please see advisor)
Total Hours132

Suggested Plan of Study

First Year
FallHoursSpringHours 
CHEM 111 (GEF 2B)4BIOL 1023 
DTHY 1012BIOL 1041 
COMM 104 (GEF 5)3CHEM 1124 
ENGL 101 (GEF 1)3DTHY 1001 
HN&F 171 (GEF 8)3NBAN 1074 
Choose one of the following: (GEF 3)3PSYC 101 (GEF 4)3 
   
   
   
 18 16
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHoursSummerHours
DTHY 1852DTHY 1862DTHY 2261
DTHY 2052DTHY 2111PCOL 260 (Web)3
DTHY 2102DTHY 2202 
NBAN 2074DTHY 2254 
MICB 2003ENGL 102 (GEF 1)3 
PSYC 241 (GEF 8)3SOCA 101 (GEF 8)3 
 NBAN 3092 
 16 17 4
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHoursSummerHours
DTHY 3502DTHY 3001DTHY 4914
DTHY 3603DTHY 3513 
DTHY 3631DTHY 3612 
DTHY 3661DTHY 3642 
DTHY 3702DTHY 3743 
DTHY 3722DTHY 3782 
PATH 3003PATH 3023 
GEF 3  
 17 16 4
Fourth Year
FallHoursSpringHours 
DTHY 4021DTHY 4063 
DTHY 4054DTHY 4072 
DTHY 4401DTHY 4512 
DTHY 4451DTHY 4902 
DTHY 4502
or DTHY Elective
  
DTHY 4781GEF 3 
DTHY 4952  
 12 12
Total credit hours: 132

Courses

DTHY 100. Health Care Terminology. 1 Hour.

This course provides the foundation for understanding common terminology used in health care. The components, pronunciation, proper use, and abbreviations of medical terminology will be discussed. Emphasis will be placed on dental terminology.

DTHY 101. Introduction to Dental Hygiene. 2 Hours.

PR: Consent. Historical evolution of the profession, the professional association, specialties of dentistry and the various roles of a dental hygienist will be emphasized. This course incorporates the University's required first-year experience objectives.

DTHY 185. Oral Anatomy. 2 Hours.

PR: Acceptance into dental hygiene. The human neck bones, muscles, nerves, blood supply, lymphatics, glandular tissue, fascia/spaces, TMJ, and spread of dental infection are the focus of this course.

DTHY 186. Dental Anatomy. 2 Hours.

PR: DTHY 100 and DTHY 185 and NBAN 301. Classroom and laboratory study of normal human dental morphology, tooth anomalies, pulp function, eruption patterns and occlusal relationships.

DTHY 205. Theory and Practice of Prevention. 2 Hours.

PR: Enrollment in dental hygiene. Philosophy and techniques of preventive dentistry.

DTHY 210. Dental Radiology. 2 Hours.

PR: Enrollment in dental hygiene. Basic principles and procedure in oral radiology techniques and interpretation.

DTHY 211. Dental Radiology. 1 Hour.

PR: DTHY 210. The application of radiology principles and techniques. Clinical integration and case presentations will be emphasized.

DTHY 220. Dental Nursing Techniques. 2 Hours.

PR: Enrollment in dental hygiene. Emergency first aid and principles of nursing applicable to the dental office.

DTHY 225. Dental Hygiene Techniques. 4 Hours.

PR: Enrollment in dental hygiene. Fundamental principles and techniques of dental hygiene are presented through lectures, laboratory, and clinical participation.

DTHY 226. Clinical Dental Hygiene. 1 Hour.

PR: DTHY 225. This course enables the sophomore dental hygiene student to gain proficiency in the treatment of patients.

DTHY 293A. Special Topics. 1-6 Hours.

PR: Consent. Investigation of topics not covered in regularly scheduled courses.

DTHY 300. Anesthesia for Dental Hygiene. 1 Hour.

Application of neuroanatomy, physiology, and pharmacology to the administration of regional anesthesia using local anesthetic agents. Management of complications encountered and the techniques of administering these agents will be presented.

DTHY 301. Public Health. 1 Hour.

PR: Enrollment in dental hygiene. Theory and practice of preventive dentistry and community.

DTHY 320. Dental Radiology. 2 Hours.

PR: Enrollment in dental hygiene. Basic principles and procedures in oral radiology techniques and interpretation.

DTHY 322. Dental Radiology. 1 Hour.

PR: DTHY 320. The application of radiology principles and techniques. Clinical integration and case presentations will be emphasized.

DTHY 350. Public Health. 2 Hours.

PR: Enrollment in dental hygiene. Theory and practice of preventive dentistry and community. Methods and techniques utilized in dental hygiene research.

DTHY 351. Dental Health Education. 3 Hours.

PR: Enrollment in dental hygiene. Methods, materials, and resources used in teaching dental health to various population groups.

DTHY 360. Dental Materials. 3 Hours.

PR: Enrollment in dental hygiene. Lecture and laboratory covering the science and manipulation of dental materials.

DTHY 361. Expanded Functions. 2 Hours.

PR: DTHY 360. Lecture and laboratory covering specialty topics in dentistry and four-handed dental assisting. Assisting, and the placing and carving of amalgam and resin restorations in dentiform teeth. (1 hr. lec., 4 hr. lab.).

DTHY 363. Periodontics 1. 1 Hour.

PR: Enrollment in dental hygiene. Tissues of the periodontium, histopathology of periodontal disease with emphasis on etiology, assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention within the scope of dental hygiene.

DTHY 364. Periodontics 2. 2 Hours.

PR: DTHY 363. A sequential course to DTHY 363.

DTHY 366. Technical Expression and Dental Literature. 1 Hour.

PR: Dental hygiene major. Preparation and analysis of professional communications.

DTHY 370. Dental Hygiene Clinical Methods. 2 Hours.

PR: DTHY 225. Principles of oral debridement, instruction in the care of special patients, use of diagnostic aids, and nutritional counseling.

DTHY 372. Clinical Dental Hygiene 1. 2 Hours.

PR: DTHY 225. Clinical application of dental hygiene principles and techniques.

DTHY 374. Clinical Dental Hygiene 2. 3 Hours.

PR: DTHY 370, CoReq: DTHY 372. Clinical application of dental hygiene principles and techniques.

DTHY 378. Dental Hygiene Teaching Methods. 2 Hours.

PR: Enrollment in dental hygiene. Concepts and principles of administration, curriculum, and clinical teaching unique to dental auxiliary education. Emphasis on overall role of the dental hygiene educator.

DTHY 380. Interdisciplinary Approach to Rural Health. 1 Hour.

Fundamental principles of and background information on Appalachian history, poverty, and cultural diversity for the assessment of rural health needs. Assess the delivery of health care services and community development in rural settings.

DTHY 402. Dental Hygiene Ethics and Practice. 1 Hour.

PR: Enrollment in Dental Hygiene. Scope of practice for the dental hygienist including ethical and legal considerations. Public and professional relations as well as practice management are discussed.

DTHY 405. Advanced Clinical Dental Hygiene 1. 4 Hours.

PR: Fourth year in dental hygiene. Principles of advanced clinical dental hygiene and practice in non-traditional settings. Clinical experience in traditional and expanded duties; pre- and post-operative care of surgical patients, and radiology.

DTHY 406. Advanced Clinical Dental Hygiene 2. 3,4 Hours.

PR: Fourth year in dental hygiene. Continuation of clinical practice experience in dental hygiene procedures.

DTHY 407. Advanced Dental Hygiene Methods 2. 2 Hours.

PR: Fourth year in dental hygiene. Principles of advanced clinical dental hygiene and practice in non-traditional settings.

DTHY 409. Clinical Dental Hygiene. 1 Hour.

PR: DTHY 374. This course enables senior dental hygiene student to gain proficiency in the treatment of patients.

DTHY 410. Clinical Dental Hygiene 3. 1-4 Hours.

This course enables the senior dental hygiene degree completion student to maintain proficiency in the treatment of patients.

DTHY 411. Clinical Dental Hygiene 4. 1-4 Hours.

This course enables the senior dental hygiene degree completion student to maintain proficiency in the treatment of patients.

DTHY 440. Senior Integration Seminar. 1 Hour.

PR: Consent. A thorough analysis and integration of didactic, laboratory and clinical content via lectures, discussions and cases in preparation for licensure.

DTHY 445. Applied Pharmacology. 1 Hour.

PR: PCOL 260. Case studies encountered in dental hygiene practice that require critical thinking and decision-making to manage the dental treatment needs and potential complications of patients taking multiple pharmacologic agents.

DTHY 450. Dental Health Education 2. 2 Hours.

PR: DTHY 302. Advanced dental health education with a research component. A problem-based learning experience.

DTHY 451. Dental Health Education 3. 2 Hours.

PR: DTHY 450. Advanced dental health education with field experiences in three settings. Case histories developed and research study completed.

DTHY 478. Clinical Evaluation. 1 Hour.

PR: DTHY 378. Preparation for clinical instruction and evaluation. Emphasis is placed on clinical evaluation procedures, proper instrumentation and the skills/strategies utilized to promote affective and psychomotor skill development in students.

DTHY 482. Intra-Oral Photography. 1 Hour.

PR: DTHY 405. Intra-oral photography is a one-semester course which deals with the principles and techniques of photography and its application to dentistry.

DTHY 490. Teaching Practicum. 1-3 Hours.

PR: Consent. Teaching practice as a tutor or assistant.

DTHY 491. Professional Field Experience. 1-18 Hours.

PR: Consent. (May be repeated up to a maximum of 18 hours.) Prearranged experiential learning program, to be planned, supervised, and evaluated for credit by faculty and field supervisors. Involves temporary placement with public or private enterprise for professional competence development.

DTHY 492. Directed Study. 1-3 Hours.

Directed study, reading, and/or research.

DTHY 493A-Z. Special Topics. 1-6 Hours.

PR: Consent. Investigation of topics not covered in regularly scheduled courses.

DTHY 494. Seminar. 1-3 Hours.

PR: Consent. Presentation and discussion of topics of mutual concern to students and faculty.

DTHY 495. Independent Study. 1-6 Hours.

Faculty supervised study of topics not available through regular course offerings.

DTHY 496. Senior Thesis. 1-3 Hours.

PR: Consent.

DTHY 498. Honors. 1-3 Hours.

PR: Students in Honors Program and consent by the honors director. Independent reading, study or research.


Faculty

Director

  • Amy D. Funk - MSDH
    (WVU)

Associate professors

  • M. Suann Gaydos - MSDH
    (WVU)
  • Alcinda K. T. Shockey - BSDH, MA, DHSc
    (NOVA Southeastern University)

Clinical assistant professors

  • Kristafer L. Adkins - MSDH
    (WVU)
  • Lisa E. Lisacukis - MSDH
    (WVU)
  • Rhonda J. Soberdash - CDA, EFDA, RDH, MA
    (Indiana University of PA)
  • Ashlee B. Sowards - MSDH
    (WVU)

Clinical instructor

  • Julie A. Blanco - RDH, BS, MEd (Frostburg State University)