Dental Hygiene Post-PSDH GCERT

About this program

Collaborative dental hygiene practice

This program provides baccalaureate educated dental hygienists, who have graduated from an accredited institution, the opportunity to complete an undergraduate certificate in dental hygiene. The focus is to augment and deepen the knowledge, skills and values of the professional role of the dental hygienist in the community. The course offerings are online. This part-time program may prepare those students who are interested in pursuing Metropolitan State University's Master of Science in Advanced Dental Therapy (MSADT) program if Post-Baccalaureate Certificate students enroll in the prerequisites course for this program, DENH 420 Restorative Functions Theory and Lab. This course requires a face-to-face commitment for successful completion.

Gainful employment disclosure

Gainful employment programs are those "that prepare students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation." Public institutions are required to report this information for all undergraduate and graduate programs that are Title IV eligible and that lead to certificates, diplomas, graduate certificates or specialist awards. Degree programs at all levels are not considered to be gainful employment programs.

Eligibility and admission criteria

To be eligible for acceptance to the Dental Hygiene Post-Baccalaureate Certificate program, students must have completed the following:

  • Official transcript from an accredited dental hygiene program demonstrating successful completion
  • Official transcripts of all other college and university coursework, indicating a BS/BA degree
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.5 (calculated from all college coursework)
  • Appropriate documentation of an active unencumbered license to practice dental hygiene in Minnesota

If an applicant's dental hygiene license does not meet Minnesota's dental hygiene requirements, specifically with regard to the administration of local anesthesia and nitrous oxide inhalation sedation, the applicant may be required to complete continuing education courses to meet these requirements depending upon the student's goals for the program. (this section the bullets are not displaying)]]]

Student outcomes

  • Utilize critical thinking, problem solving, and evidence-based decision making in the dental hygiene process of care.
  • Engage in collaborative partnerships and professional activities to advance the profession of dental hygiene.
  • Provide relevant and current dental hygiene practices to the patients they serve.

Gainful Employment Disclosure

Gainful employment programs are those "that prepare students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation." Public institutions are required to report this information for all undergraduate and graduate programs that are Title IV eligible and that lead to certificates, diplomas, graduate certificates or specialist awards. Degree programs at all levels are not considered to be gainful employment programs.

Enrolling in this program

Program eligibility requirements

To be eligible for acceptance to program, students must have completed the following:

  • Official transcript from an accredited dental hygiene program demonstrating successful completion
  • Official transcripts of all other college and university coursework, indicating a BS/BA degree Cumulative GPA of 2.5 (calculated from all college coursework)
  • Appropriate documentation of an active unencumbered license to practice dental hygiene in Minnesota
    • If an applicant's dental hygiene license does not meet Minnesota's dental hygiene requirements, specifically with regard to the administration of local anesthesia and nitrous oxide inhalation sedation, the applicant may be required to complete continuing education courses to meet these requirements depending upon the student's goals for the program.

Program requirements

Students complete a planned program of 16-22 credits of dental hygiene coursework from the list of courses below. The required certificate courses will be determined based upon the applicant's baccalaureate degree and career goals.

Classes are offered primarily online with the exception of DENH 420, Restorative Functions Theory and Lab.

Course requirements

Requirements (16-22 credits)

DENH 430 should be the last course completed.

DENH 300 Designing and Managing Teams in Health Care

3 credits

This course is an introduction to key skills and competencies required of a leader or member of a health care team. As dental hygiene professionals and other health care professionals look to future opportunities, working in collaborative teams for new markets and practice areas will be significant. The course will address how to lead, organize and manage teams, individual roles within the team, and collective problem solving methods and techniques. Whether you work in community health, sales, research or education, this course will assist you to better implement procedures and processes needed for building teams. Topics will include transformational leadership, effective teaming, communication, conflict management, and project management. Attention is given to health equity, to include emphasis on cultural competence, racism and health literacy.

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DENH 310 Current and Relevant Topics for the Dental Hygienist

3 credits

This online course is designed to assist the dental hygienist in understanding current and relevant practices in oral health care. Students will study current scopes of practice in relation to providing services in the contemporary healthcare environment. A major focus is inter-professional connections with numerous health organizations in providing oral health care services that promote health equity, cultural sensitivity, health literacy, and overall patient health.

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DENH 320 Management of Oral Healthcare Delivery

3 credits

The focus of this course is to create a deeper understanding of the dental hygienist's role in the delivery of oral healthcare. Course content weaves in optimization of the oral healthcare work environment, business planning, core public health principles, ethics, and encouraging dental hygienists to involve themselves in public health advocacy and community partnerships. This course will have a significant focus on the effects of race and racism on the delivery of oral healthcare.

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DENH 330 Dental Hygiene Care for Culturally Diverse and Special Needs Populations

3 credits

This course focuses on learning to adapt and change in emerging practice areas for dental hygienists that provide care to population groups challenged by access to oral health care. The course emphasizes dental hygiene strategies for the delivery of culturally competent care to pediatric, geriatric, medically compromised, and special needs patients. Issues on racism, poverty and health deficiencies are emphasized regarding care for vulnerable patient population groups. Attention is given to health equity, to include emphasis on cultural competence, racism and health literacy.

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DENH 410 Evidence-Based Dental Hygiene Practice

3 credits

This course involves learning and implementing evidence-based decision making principles. The dental hygiene practitioner will value the integration of clinical expertise and available current external evidence from research. Emphasis is on strategy, methodology, and research design with clinical focus on dental hygiene standards of care, process of care, and dental hygiene diagnosis as related to clinical and community dental hygiene practice. Attention is given to health equity, to include emphasis on cultural competence, racism and health literacy.

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DENH 420 Restorative Functions Theory and Lab

3 credits

This course focuses on the principles, handling characteristics, placement, contouring, and adjusting of the direct restorative materials in a laboratory setting in accordance with MN Statute, section 150A.10, subdivision 4. To become certified in restorative functions by the MN Board of Dentistry, DENH 440, Restorative Functions Clinic, must also be completed. DENH 440 is offered the semester following DENH 420.

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DENH 430 Dental Hygiene Capstone

4 credits

This Capstone Course is designed to provide the student with an opportunity to apply their knowledge of a chosen professional role through an individually designed project. Students will apply into practice the knowledge and principles learned within the Dental Hygiene Bachelor of Science courses. Through implementation of both an instructor led and self-directed learning experience (contract) related to their area of interest, students will demonstrate their understanding of the expanding role of the dental hygienist in the health care system. Attention is given to health equity, to include emphasis on cultural competence, racism and health literacy.

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DENH 340 Educational Concepts in Dental Hygiene

3 credits

This course is designed to introduce the student to educational methodologies for effective instruction in dental hygiene education. Topics include an overview of dental hygiene education, teaching/learning styles, instructional methods/strategies, and use of instructional objectives, classroom assessment techniques and evaluation. Attention is given to health equity, to include emphasis on cultural competence, racism and health literacy.

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Optional Restorative Functions certification

Required for those interested in pursuing Restorative Functions certification by the Minnesota State Board of Dentistry.