Background of the Profession
A registered dental hygienist (RDH) is a licensed healthcare professional, oral health educator and clinician who, as a co-therapist with the dentist, provides preventive, educational, and therapeutic services supporting total health for the control of oral diseases and the promotion of oral health. State licensure requirements mandate that a dental hygienist must graduate from an accredited dental hygiene education program. In addition to treating patients directly, dental hygienists may also work as educators, researchers, and administrators.
The dental hygiene program is offered through a unique partnership with the University of Oklahoma (OU) and the Southern Oklahoma Technology Center (SOTC). Students receive lectures through interactive video-conferencing delivered live from the College of Dentistry, located in downtown Oklahoma City. All laboratory and clinical training are conducted at the new state-of-the-art dental hygiene clinic located at SOTC.
All curriculum, fees, application, etc. are processed through the OU Health Sciences Center College of Dentistry. There are 60 hours of specified prerequisite coursework required prior to application of the program, which may be taken at any higher education institution. Once an applicant is awarded acceptance into the program, the dental hygiene curriculum is two years and is held on the SOTC campus. Upon graduation, students are awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene from the University of Oklahoma and are eligible to take examinations for licensure to practice as a registered dental hygienist (RDH).
Please contact Christy McCullers, Dental Hygiene Coordinator, for information about completing your Dental Hygiene degree from the University of Oklahoma on the campus of the Southern Oklahoma Technology Center.
Christy McCullers, RDH, MS
Lindsey Hays, RDH, BS
|Western Regional Exam Board||$650|
|National DH Board Exam||$350|
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