Welcome to The Department of Dental Hygiene

Message from the Chair

Welcome to the Department of Dental Hygiene, and thank you for your interest!

Weber State University's Dental Hygiene Program is part of the Dr. Ezekiel R. Dumke College of Health Professions and has a Bachelor’s Degree completion option for our students.

Planning for the flagship program began in 1975, with its first graduating class in 1977. The program was established through a collaboration between Weber State University and the Department of Veteran’s Affairs in Salt Lake City, which foresaw the need for dental hygienists in Utah. It has continued to grow both in size and in national recognition each year.

WSU’s Dental Hygiene Program was the first program in Utah and has over 40 years of experience providing quality education to dental hygienists throughout the state. Through WSU online and distance education, dental hygienists have the opportunity to complete a bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene after they have completed the Associate of Science in dental hygiene. Our growth is attributed to the support of our generous benefactors, partnerships with dentists, agencies and professional associations, and collaboration with other health care providers as part of the total health care team.

The Dental Hygiene Faculty are pleased to have the opportunity to impact the profession of Dental Hygiene through our education program. We incorporate the latest technology in all aspects of our program, along with clinical experiences that truly enhance the learning experience. We encourage advanced education to enhance the upward mobility of our students as we look toward the future with the knowledge that the nation’s health care is in the hands of the next generation of graduates. If your educational goals include dental hygiene, we would like to welcome you to the profession.

For more information regarding the application process or requirements for the program, please contact a Dumke College of Health Professions Admission Advisor at healthprofessions@weber.edu.

Sincerely,
Frances McConaughy MS, RDH


Mission

The mission of the WSU Dental Hygiene program is to instruct students in the art and science of dental hygiene, leading to employment opportunities and the fundamental skills for continuing professional growth. Paramount to our mission, is our emphasis on improving the oral health in all communities. Extensive community support and personal contact enriches the learning experiences for our students in the classroom, clinical and community settings. Our program is dedicated to making your education a collaborative approach in interdisciplinary healthcare settings. 


Program Goals

The goals of the Dental Hygiene program supports the use of resources to enable a student to enter the professional setting and render quality healthcare services. It is the goal of the program to provide sutdents with the:

  • necessary biophysical, psychosocial and dental hygiene knowledge requisite for a comprehensive understanding of dental hygiene practice;
  • the technical skills, both fundamental and advanced, that are essential to the practice of dental hygiene;
  • the reasoning and judgement skills necessary to engage in problem-solving behavior;
  • a theoretical bases, research and communication skills necessary for the acquisition, advancement and dissemination of dental hygiene knowledge;
  • the leadership and initiative capabilities essential for assuming roles of responsibility within the dental hygiene profession and society; and
  • the moral habitude requisite for the effective performance of responsibilities within dental hygiene practice and within society.

Accreditation

Weber State University's Dental Hygiene program is accredited by the ADA Commission on Dental Accreditation.

Accreditation assures that your dental hygiene education meets the required standards set forth by the ADA Joint Commission and the Department of Professional Licensing for the State of Utah. 

The Weber State University Dental Hygiene program is accredited with no reporting requirements by the American Dental Association Joint Commission on Dental Accreditation and has been since 1975. Accreditation reviews are on a 7-year cycle. The last review was 2017. 

The ADA Joint Commission on Dental Accreditation serves as a resource for accredited dental hygiene education programs and will review complaints that related to a program's compliance with the accreditation standards. The Commission is interested in the sustained quality and continued improvement of dental education programs, but does not intervene on behalf of individuals or act as a court of appeal.

A copy of the dental hygiene accreditation standards and/or Commission's policy and procedures for submission of complaints may be obtained by contacting the Commission at 1(800)621-8099, ext. 2719 or the dental hygiene program office in the Marriott Allied Health Building, room 475.

As part of the ongoing and upcoming site visits, the Dental Hygiene program is soliciting comments regrading the compliance of the accreditation standards. The program would like to encourage your participation in this process.