The Dental Hygiene Program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA), a national Commission that is responsible for the professional accreditation of dental schools, dental hygiene programs, and other programs related to dentistry. Oregon Tech's Dental Hygiene Program's accreditation status is "approval without reporting requirements" which means it meets all of the "Accreditation Standards for Dental Hygiene Programs".
Program Purpose and Mission Statement
The Oregon Tech Dental Hygiene Program provides an educational environment that fosters respect and encourages critical thinking. Its mission is to educate students to become primary healthcare providers who are well prepared to serve the public in multiple roles and who are empowered to become life-long learners.
Upon graduation, students are prepared for entry into the dental hygiene profession and are eligible for state and national exams leading to licensure as a registered dental hygienist or expanded practice dental hygienist.
Program Educational Objectives
- Provide the dental hygiene student the opportunity to gain the necessary knowledge, skills, and values to enter the registered practice of dental hygiene.
- Prepare the student to sit for the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination.
- Prepare the student to take the WREB examination in dental hygiene, anesthesia, and restorative functions.
Program Student Learning Outcomes
The dental hygiene graduate will be competent in:
1. Communication: The dental hygiene graduate will be competent in communication and collaborating with other members of the health care team to support comprehensive patient care.
2. Critical Thinking and Problem Solving: The dental hygiene graduate will be competent in critical thinking and problem solving related to comprehensive care and management of patients.
3. Professionalism, Ethical Practice: The dental hygiene graduate will be competent in applying ethical, legal, and regulatory concepts in the provision and/or support of oral health care services.
4. Lifelong Learning: The dental hygiene graduate will demonstrate competent knowledge and self-assessment skills necessary for life-long learning.
5. Provision of Oral Health Care: The dental hygiene graduate will be competent in providing the dental hygiene process of care for a wide range of patient profiles and all types of periodontal diseases.
6. Community Health: The dental hygiene graduate will be competent in assessing, planning, implementing, and evaluating community based oral health programs including health promotion and disease prevention activities.
7. Disease Prevention: The dental hygiene graduate will evaluate factors that can be used to promote patient adherence to disease prevention and/or health maintenance strategies.
Summary of Program Student Learning Outcomes
During the 2016-17 academic year, the Dental Hygiene faculty formally assessed the student learning outcome summarized in the annual program assessment report. Additional details can be found in department assessment records.