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Program Overview

UNM offers a Master of Science in Dental Hygiene in continuation to the Bachelor Degree in Dental Hygiene. The Master of Science Degree Program in Dental Hygiene is intended to develop dental hygienists to teach, develop dental health programs in a variety of settings, conduct research and provide care as collaborative dental hygiene practitioners throughout New Mexico. 

NOTE: The University of New Mexico cannot confirm whether this program leads to licensure or advanced certification in your home state. Prior to applying for admission, contact your state dental board to assure that, upon completion of the program, you are qualified to obtain a license or other form of certification. If you need assistance contacting the licensing agency in your state, contact UNM Online at (866) 869-6040.

Learning Goals

In your online coursework, you will build upon the knowledge gained in your baccalaureate work, including emphasis on the following areas:

  • Enhance decision-making skills by participating in graduate-level dental hygiene courses
  • Develop problem-solving skills for independent dental hygiene practice
  • Contribute to the dental hygiene scientific body of knowledge
  • Conduct research and theory development in the dental hygiene sciences
  • Participate in graduate dental hygiene internship experiences in educational settings, rural areas, industry and community outreach sites

Program Details

Required Courses:

  • DEHY 500 Current Issues in Dental Hygiene
  • DEHY 501 Dental Hygiene Administration
  • DEHY 502 Instructional Strategies
  • DEHY 503 Oral Medicine
  • DEHY 504 Dental Hygiene Internship
  • DEHY 505 Clinical Teaching & Administration
  • DEHY 510 Dental Hygiene Research Methodology
  • DEHY 538 Problems: Statistics in Dental Hygiene Research

 Admission Requirements:

  • Current American dental hygiene license
  • Proof of a bachelor degree in dental hygiene, accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0

NOTE: The University of New Mexico cannot confirm whether this program leads to licensure or advanced certification in your home state. Prior to applying for admission, contact your state dental board to assure that, upon completion of the program, you are qualified to obtain a license or other form of certification. If you need assistance contacting the licensing agency in your state, contact UNM Online at (866) 869-6040.

Degree Requirements

In order to graduate with a Master of Science in Dental Hygiene from UNM, a student must:

  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Satisfactorily complete all graduate courses
  • All graduate work, including transferred coursework, must be completed within a seven-year period

 

Non-Thesis Options require satisfactory completion of the Master’s Exam, as well as an additional course or project.

At a Glance

Major Requirements: 37 Credit Hours
100% Online

Tuition: Regular tuition and fees apply

Contact

Department of Dental Medicine Website
(505) 925-4031
cguillen@salud.unm.edu