Dental Hygiene Program at Weber State University is three years in length. The first year consists of pre-requisite courses which may be completed at any accredited college or university that are acceptable transfer courses recognized by Weber State University. The next two years (4 semesters) must be taken on a full-time basis and includes professional dental hygiene courses offered on the WSU campus. A fourth year, leading to a Bachelor's Degree in Dental Hygiene, is optional. Enrollment in the WSU Dental Hygiene Program is limited to 30 students each fall semester. After acceptance into the program, students spend 35 to 40 hours each week in lecture and clinical dental hygiene courses.
After completing the dental hygiene program and graduating from the university with an associate or baccalaureate degree in dental hygiene, a dental hygienist must become licensed to practice dental hygiene. Licensure is dependent upon successfully completing a written National Board Examination, a clinical dental hygiene examination, and specific state licensure requirements (i.e., written test on state laws, CPR certification) and evidence of graduation from an accredited dental hygiene program.
A dental hygienist provides direct patient care to all individuals according to the principle that all people should have access to health care. Therefore, the dental hygienist will treat individuals with potential blood borne diseases in their education program and in their professional practice. The dental hygiene student will have the knowledge and skills to safely treat patients regardless of their health status and to respect the confidentiality of all patient information.
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