Upper Division Course Requirements

Upper Division Course RequirementsThe remaining 30 credits of courses necessary to complete the BS Degree consist of 18 hours taken at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry in the Department of Dental Hygiene and 12 hours of upper level electives which must be approved by the Degree Completion Program Director and which must be taken at a University of Maryland campus. Some elective credits may be available via distance education online. (Length of time to complete the program is based on one year and two year tracks.)

Students update and expand their knowledge and skills in dental hygiene practice, communication, management, research, educational and community/institutional health. In cooperation with faculty advisors, they may design and implement one or more independent projects within the School of Dentistry or at community sites. Degree completion students may select teaching, research, management, clinical practice or other practicums to meet their learning goals. Through these courses and projects, students gain expertise and confidence in areas of career interest.

Upper Division Course Requirements CREDITS
**Dependent on prior local anesthesia and nitrous oxide certifications  
Degree Completion Practicums I & II 6-8** credits
Dental Anesthesia and Sedation .5 - 2**
Dynamics of Health Care 2 credits
Educational Program Development 2 credits
Health Care Management 2 credits
Innovative Dental Hygiene Practice 2 credits
Principles of Scientific Evidence 2 credits
Upper Division Electives* 12 credits
*Offered at University of Maryland, off campus