The M.S. in Dental Hygiene is offered entirely online. The courses are designed to be learner-centered in terms of scheduling, duration, learning materials, assignments, and interaction between faculty and students and among students. The online interaction is designed to encourage thoughtful and well-prepared discussions based on both the student’s command of the coursework and their personal dental hygiene experience.
Online courses leading to the M.S. in Dental Hygiene follow an accelerated 8-week format, allowing students to earn their degree at a part-time or full-time pace while still maintaining their professional work schedule. Courses are conducted online and can be accessed at anytime from anywhere. Interaction with professors and other students is done through email, online discussion board, and collaborative learning software (live, virtual classroom).
Part 1 – Campus: A 2 day campus visit is required for all newly enrolled students. This orientation occurs during the first week of June prior to the start of summer online courses. A second campus visit is required at the completion of the program when students present their thesis to the thesis committee. Both parts of the orientation are mandatory for all students.
Part 2 – Online: All students are required to participate in an Online Orientation one week prior to the first course. During the Orientation students are given instructions on how to navigate the Blackboard course management system, strategies for being a successful online student, and access to other University resources, including the Wahlstrom Library’s electronic databases. Successful completion of the Orientation is required of all new students in the online program. Both parts of the orientation are mandatory for all students.