Students will work with their academic advisor to select an area of specialization. Area of specialization requirements may not be completed prior to admission to the major.
- Dental Hygiene Education introduces students to the career option of education as a profession. Dental hygiene and adult education theory and concepts are the major components of this specialization. This specialization is 100% online. Requirements: DH 4620 (3) and 4630 (3).
- In the Individualized Program, students may design an area of specialization of their own choosing that is related to dental hygiene practice or professional development. Students plan a specialization in consultation with their academic advisor and submit a curriculum plan and rationale to the Dental Hygiene Curriculum Committee for approval. Students may consider business, public health, research or other areas that may prepare you for graduate programs or specific career goals. Requirements: 6 hours of approved course work at the 2000 level or above.
- Expanded Functions prepares students to provide procedures utilized by advanced qualified personnel in basic and advanced restorative dentistry. EFDA requires regular attendance on the Columbus campus for three semesters. The specialization begins in summer when you will enroll in pre-clinic laboratory which provides basic theory, procedures and clinical applications of expanded functions duties. In autumn semester students enroll in EFDA clinic which provides clinical experience with EFDA procedures. In spring semester students are enrolled in EFDA clinic and a seminar designed to prepare you for the Ohio Expanded Functions Qualifying Examination. Admission to this specialization requires permission; the number of students that can be admitted is limited so students are not guaranteed admission to this area of specialization. Requirements: DH 4725 (4), 4740 (1), 4750 (1) and 4760 (1).