Department of Dental Hygiene

UNMC College of Dentistry Dental Hygiene Program Goals

  1. Prepare individuals to perform to the level of competency specified by the UNMC Dental Hygiene faculty.
  2. Prepare graduates to perform to the level of competency specified by National and all Regional/State examining boards.
  3. Prepare individuals who are able to recognize and uphold the ethical/legal issues that arise in dental hygiene practice.
  4. Prepare individuals who can foster health promotion and disease prevention within the community.
  5. Prepare individuals who are competent in application of self-assessment skills to prepare them for life-long learning.
  6. Prepare individuals who effectively communicate professional knowledge with patients, colleagues, and other health care providers.
  7. Select a qualified student body.
  8. Provide faculty/students with opportunities in research and professional development.
  9. Provide the degree completion option to allow students holding an associate degree/certificate to obtain a Bachelor of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene.
  10. Provide courses that consistently meet the clearly stated course goals and student outcomes and prepare students for state-of-the-art dental hygiene practice.
  11. Provide patient-centered, comprehensive, evidence-based dental hygiene care.
  12. Expand service learning rotations to the most vulnerable/underserved patient populations including the sealant program and long-term care facilities/hospitals in order to prepare students for roles outside the traditional dental practice setting.
  13. Investigate the possibility of making the baccalaureate degree the minimum entry level into the dental hygiene profession in Nebraska.
  14. Increase IPE and dental/dental hygiene experiences.