The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that employment of dental hygienists will grow 33% in the next decade, must faster than average for all occupations. According to the American Dental Hygienists' Association (ADHA), dental hygienists work in a variety of settings which may include health maintenance organization or long-term care facility, military base, school system, dental supply company, insurance company, university or research center, veterinary center, or government agency. There is a growing need for hygienists to fulfill the roles of educators, advocates, administrators, and behavioral scientists for the profession to continue to be successful. For dental hygienists, the baccalaureate degree is important for adapting and advancing professionally.
The baccalaureate program in dental hygiene at Ferris State University is designed for dental hygienists with an associate degree in dental hygiene who want to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene in a fully online student-centered learning environment. Students engage in self-directed learning activities, advance their knowledge in the areas of critical thinking, exhibit values for lifelong learning, synthesize evidence based information and develop leadership skills. Graduates from the program will be prepared with enhanced technological modalities of practice, research, communication, educational leadership, management and dental hygiene knowledge.
The dental hygiene bachelor's degree will guide students in developing the knowledge,
skills, attitudes and values necessary for positions of responsibility in a variety
of healthcare, educational, research and community settings. The curriculum will consist
of general education courses, research courses and specialized career courses for
entry into business, education, public health or advanced dental hygiene practice.
The Dental Hygiene program at Ferris State University is accredited by the American Dental Association’s Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA).
As an online degree-completion program, this program requires completion of a dental
hygiene associate degree program (or be in the final academic year of the associate
degree program) from an accredited college prior to admission.