Goals and Competencies

The following dental hygiene program goals reflect the mission of the University and College. Reflected in the curriculum, the program competencies support the attainment of the program goals.

Goal 1 (Education)

Through appropriate evidenced-based education, graduates will be equipped with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to be competent and qualified dental professionals that value life-long learning. 

Dental hygiene students will:

  1. Complete a curriculum that is aligned with CODA Standards and the ADEA Compendium Guidelines.
  2. Complete two seminar courses that emphasize evidence-based practice and review of scientific literature.
  3. Complete a theory course that incorporates the importance of life-long learning.

Goal 2 (Clinical Patient-centered Care)

Dental hygiene graduates will possess the clinical skills and knowledge fundamental to providing high quality patient-centered care to all populations in an ethical and professional manner.

Dental hygiene students will:

  1. Utilize and complete a non-graded clinical competency-based program incorporating the dental hygiene process of care to demonstrate competence.
  2. Employ ethical and professional attributes as well as patient-centered care throughout the clinical program.

Goal 3 (Professional Service)

Dental hygiene graduates will promote oral health as an integral part of the health and welfare of the community through involvement in oral health care programs and activities for diverse populations.

Dental hygiene students will:

  1. Participate in professional organizations and community dentistry projects to advance the profession through leadership and service activities.
  2. Complete clinical hours at the UAMS 12th Street Health and Wellness Center

Goal 4 (Interprofessional Collaboration)

Dental hygiene graduates will possess skills to engage in interprofessional collaboration.

Dental hygiene students will:

  1. Participate in the interprofessional collaboration at the university.