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The University of Pittsburgh Dental Hygiene Program Offers a Certificate Program with a Baccalaureate Degree Completion Option.
The Dental Hygiene Certificate Program is a two-year, six-term course of study that provides a broad range of education and experience. The Dental Hygiene Program provides a comprehensive education in health sciences and clinical dental hygiene for men and women of all ages, races, and ethnic backgrounds. It is the only dental hygiene program in the state of Pennsylvania that is located within a dental school as part of a major research university and medical center. In addition to the certificate program, the baccalaureate completion option opens the doors to the possibilities beyond those traditionally available for dental hygienists.
The Dental Hygiene Program provides dental hygiene services for patients of The School of Dental Medicine. The dental hygiene students along with experienced faculty provide valuable dental hygiene services to patients such as, but not limited to, oral prophylaxis, periodontal scaling, application of dental sealants and topical fluoride, patient education, and nutritional analysis.
Student placing dental sealants.
The dental hygiene students rotate among specialty clinics within the School of Dental Medicine, as well as external to the school.
Center for Patients with Special Needs
The Dental Hygiene Program at the University of Pittsburgh provides a unique environment that offers multidisciplinary educational experiences in special needs dentistry. These experiences prepare students for the private practice environment.
Students expose digital radiographs on patients referred by departments within the School of Dental Medicine. These radiographs may include bitewings, full mouth series, and panoramic radiographs.
Department of Pediatric Dentistry
Students assist with procedures on pediatric patients and provide fluoride treatments and oral hygiene instructions. Students work as team members with dental students and pediatric dentists.
Department of Periodontology
Students assist periodontal residents with surgical procedures and perform periodontal scalings. Students administer local anesthesia when needed.
AEGD (Advanced Education in General Dentistry)
Students assist with restorative procedures and perform oral hygiene services.
In December 2009, legislation was passed to allow the administration of local anesthesia by licensed dental hygienists in Pennsylvania. Our students were the first in the state of Pennsylvania to take advantage of this exciting, new opportunity.
Center for Dental Implants
Students may rotate through this department to observe implant placement procedures to enrich their understanding of care of patients considering and presenting for oral hygiene services.
Students provide oral hygiene services in an outpatient environment under the direct supervision of site faculty and supervisors.
Students join the team of dental hygienists and a pediatric dentist for provision of preventive services to pediatric patients. Students assist with as well as perform oral prophylaxis on patients ages 12 months to 21 years of age.
Veterans Administration Hospital
Students provide oral hygiene services to veterans in an outpatient hospital setting.
Allegheny County Health Department:
- Fluoride Varnish
Students travel to local elementary schools with the Allegheny County Health Department Dental Team to provide classroom education and assist in the application of fluoride varnish on students’ teeth.
- Maxi Molar
Students travel to local elementary and middle schools with the Allegheny County Health Department Dental Team to educate 2nd and 6th graders in Allegheny County about the value of dental sealants. Classroom education includes PowerPoint presentation and demonstration with student interaction. A life size mascot of a molar, “Maxi Molar” is worn by the students.
The University of Pittsburgh Baccalaureate Degree Completion Program in Dental Hygiene is designed for students who previously have completed a certificate or associate degree in dental hygiene. Advanced course offerings from the Dental Hygiene Program and College of General Studies prepare graduates to meet the rapidly changing oral health care environment. Specific areas of concentration such as dental hygiene education, research, and health management prepare graduates to assume leadership positions in a variety of health care settings. The program also provides and firm foundation for those desiring to pursue graduate studies.
A distinct advantage of the Bachelor of Science in dental hygiene is that following receipt of a certificate in dental hygiene, a hygienist may practice his or her profession while completing the requirements for the bachelor's degree. Classes are available in the evening, during the day on Saturday, and through on-line and external studies that require only three Saturday workshops accompanied by specially-developed course materials. Attendance can be on a full-time or part-time basis. The program adheres to a rolling admissions policy.
For current students interested in pursuing the bachelor's degree completion option, it is recommended to meet with the program director, Ms. Riccelli, before the summer session of your 1st year. For dental hygiene graduates, class schedules can be tailored to work schedules.
The BS degree completion program options include a focus in one of the following upper level dental hygiene courses:
- Health Care Management/Administration
- Work in dental sales
- Manage or own dental services
- Consult for insurance companies
- Teach at an accredited dental hygiene program
- Present continuing education seminars
- Conduct research; analyze data
- Assist in authoring and publishing research articles
For a list of required credits and courses please visit:
http://www.cgspitt.org/medialibrary/File/Dental_Hygiene.pdf (List of required courses)
http://www.adha.org/careerinfo (more information about expanded dental hygiene careers)
1) Individuals who graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine as of 1996 can apply for 82 credits following their Dental Hygiene Program toward the 120 credits required for the Bachelor of Science degree.
2) Individuals who graduated from the University of Pittsburgh Dental Hygiene Program in 1995 or earlier, or from any other college or university, can transfer many of their professional and liberal arts credits toward a bachelor's degree. The number of credits transferred is determined by an individual review of the each applicant's academic credentials. Interested individuals should contact the Director of Dental Hygiene at 412-648-8432.
Admission into the Dental Hygiene Certificate Program requires the following:
- High School diploma or GED equivalency
- Scholastic Achievement Test (SAT I) scores. Individuals must achieve a combined score of 1100 or greater on the critical reading (verbal) and the quantitative (math) sections. An ACT Composite score of 24 or higher can be substituted for the SAT. In lieu of a minimum SAT I Score of 1100, the Program will accept 24 post-secondary college credits with a minimum QPA of 3.0. This must include College Algebra or Trigonometry with a grade "B" or above. Intermediate Algebra is accepted.
- High school or post-secondary chemistry with a lab component, with a minimum grade of "B" (84%).
- High school or post-secondary biology course, with optional lab, with minimum grade of "B" (84%).
- High School QPA of 3.0 or above.
- Minimum combined QPA of 3.0 at all post secondary academic institutions attended.
- College level English Composition and Introduction to Sociology courses must be completed with a grade of "B" or better. It is strongly recommended that these courses be completed prior to entry into the program.
- Results from personal interview with Admissions Committee.
- Results from written interview questions.
- Results from a minimum of three professional or academic references (ie: teachers, employers, guidance counselors, etc.).
- Applicant Essay.
- Successful completion of the TOEFL iBT with a score of 100 or above is required for students for whom English is a second language.
- Completed application packet or on-line application.
- Completion of HBV series and Mantoux test
- CPR certification (completed at orientation)
The criteria are not weighted
Admission into the Baccalaureate Degree Completion Program requires the following:
- Successful completion of a program in Dental Hygiene accredited by the ADA Commission on Dental Accreditation and submission of official copy of a Dental Hygiene Program transcript as well as transcripts from all other colleges attended
- Licensure to practice dental hygiene in at least one state or be eligible for licensure in PA
- CPR certification
- Completion of HBV series and Mantoux test
- National Dental Hygiene Board Examination score
- A minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. An average of B or above is usually necessary for admission.
- Completion of a Bachelor Degree Completion Program application and payment of a $45.00 non-refundable fee.
Application Procedure for BS Completion Program:
- Contact: Director, Dental Hygiene Program, School of Dental Medicine, University of Pittsburgh, B-82 Salk Hall, Pittsburgh, PA 15261-1937. (412)-648-8432.
Requirements are subject to change.
THERE ARE THREE WAYS TO APPLY:
1. Electronic submission requires completion of both the University of Pittsburgh Admissions Data application and the Dental Hygiene Program electronic application:
University of Pittsburgh Admissions Data Form
Dental Hygiene Program Electronic application
2. Print out all forms and submit by mail to:
Director, Dental Hygiene Program
University of Pittsburgh
School of Dental Medicine
3501 Terrace Street
B-82 Salk Hall
Pittsburgh, PA 15261
3. Call (412) 648-8432 for an application package to be sent to you.
Your application is considered complete for review and will be sent to the Admissions Committee when we have received the following items:
1. Four-page Dental Hygiene Application (includes personal essay).
2. University of Pittsburgh Admissions Data Form.
3. $ 45.00 application fee in check or money order made payable
to the "University of Pittsburgh" (non-refundable and subject to
change). Please note that current University of Pittsburgh students
are not required to pay the application fee.
4. Official transcripts from all high school and post-secondary
5. SAT I or ACT scores.
6. Three completed Professional Reference forms.
Once the Admissions Committee has reviewed your completed application, and if you meet the minimum criteria for admission into the program, you will be invited for a personal interview. Personal interviews are conducted during the Applicant Seminars, which are offered in late fall and early spring. Out of state applicants may be eligible for phone interviews.
The University of Pittsburgh Dental Hygiene Program practices a rolling admissions policy, which means that we do not hold to a specific deadline by which applicants must apply. Please note that the program admits one class (36 students) per academic year beginning in the fall term. Therefore, it is recommended highly that those seeking admission into the program apply early.
November 1st Early admissions review for Fall Applicant Seminar
February 1st Secondary admissions review for Spring Applicant Seminar
|Pennsylvania Residents:||$7,889.00 per trimester|
|$23,667.00 per year|
|Out-of-State Residents:||$13,060.00 per trimester|
|$39,180.00 per year|
|Mandatory Wellness Fee:||$85.00 per term|
|Mandatory Student Activity Fee:||$80.00 per term|
|Mandatory Security and Transportation Fee:||$90.00 per term|
|Mandatory Computer Network Service Fee:||$175.00 per term|
University Housing Services: Dormitory rates are available at www.pc.pitt.edu/housing/index.html. You may also contact a Pitt Housing Representative at (412) 648-1100.
Resident Meal Plans: (2013-2014)
More information is available at http://www.pc.pitt.edu/dining/index.html.
|Mandatory Hepatitis B Inoculation|
|to be initiated by student:||Fee established by provider|
|Mantoux Test||Fee established by provider|
|Background check||Fee established by provider|
**Proper documentation must be submitted to the program prior to the first day of class.
Books: approximately $ 1,000.00 per year
Uniforms: approximately $ 200.00
Supplemental Instrument Kit*: $2,552.00
* (Includes Instrument Management Fee— Fall Term Invoice)
Clinic Procedures Manual: $53.00
Dental Hygiene Computerized National Board Examination: $390.00
Northeast Regional Board Examination: $975.00
ALL COSTS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE !
Students are required to complete a series of HBV and mantoux test prior to admission into the program in order to prevent disease transmission. Since dental hygiene is a health care profession, students should be aware that they may come into contact with some blood borne pathogens.
Bloodborne pathogens are pathogenic microorganisms in human blood that can cause disease in humans. These pathogens include but are not limited to Hepatitis B (HBV), Hepatitis C (HCV), and Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). Students work with sharp instruments and needles and need to practice universal precautions in order to prevent disease transmission from patient to operator and operator to patient. Students should be aware that they may come in contact with these pathogens, but by adhering to universal standard precautions the risk of transmitting these pathogens is significantly reduced.
Info from OSHA http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/bloodbornepathogens/
The American Dental Association Endowment and Assistance Fund
- $1000.00 Scholarship;
- Maximum of two awards given per school;
- Based on financial need of $1000.00 and a minimum QPA of 3.0;
- Available to second year dental hygiene students only.
American Dental Hygiene Association Oral Health Institute Scholarship Program
- Awarded to students who have completed a minimum of one year in dental hygiene curriculum;
- Based on a minimum QPA of 3.0 and financial need;
- Must be a full-time student.
Hispanic Dental Association/Procter & Gamble Oral Care Scholarship Program
- Entry-level Hispanic U. S. students;
- $500.00 and $1000.00 scholarships;
- Based on scholastic achievement, community service, leadership skills, and commitment to improving health in the Hispanic community.
The Chi Rho Chapter of Sigma Phi Alpha Scholarship
One $300.00 scholarship presented to the student having the highest QPA after the completion of two semesters in the Dental Hygiene program.
The Diane Mowry Scholarship Fund (Check with Amanda Kudro)
- One scholarship of $500.00 will be awarded by the Western Pennsylvania Dental Hygienists' Association.
- Based on financial need and a minimum college QPA of 3.0 after two semesters of Dental Hygiene studies.
Western Pennsylvania Dental Hygienists' Association Loan
- Enrolled in the final year of a dental hygiene program;
- Two low-interest loans of $1000.00 each will be awarded;
- Based on financial need and a minimum QPA of 3.0 after two semesters;
- Current SADHA member.
The Margaret Bailey Loan
- Offered by the Pennsylvania Dental Hygienists' Association to a Pennsylvania resident student who has completed the first year of a dental hygiene program;
- $1000.00 to one student or $500.00 to two;
- Based on college QPA and financial need;
- Current SADHA member.
The Clark J. Hollister Loan
- Offered by the Pennsylvania Dental Hygienists' Association to a Pennsylvania resident enrolled in a post-entry level degree or graduate completion program;
- $600.00 interest-free loan;
- Based on college QPA.
The University of Pittsburgh Merit Scholarship
- Scholarship based on QPA of 3.75 and above;
- Must submit letter of intent to the financial aid office of the University of Pittsburgh;
- Maximum of $500.00 per term.
Curriculum for Certificate Program
|Biological Sciences 1||3.0||Vergona|
|Intro to Dental Hygiene||3.0||Bezak|
|Intro to Dentistry||3.0||Riccelli|
|Dental Anatomy||2.0||Folino Gallo|
|Dental Hygiene Preclinic||2.0||Riccelli|
|Survey of Chemistry/Biochemistry/Nutrition||5.0||Etzel|
|Principles of Microbiology||4.0||Baker|
|Biological Sciences 2||3.0||Vergona|
|Dental Hygiene Seminar 1||1.0||TBA|
|Dental Materials||2.0||Folino Gallo|
|Dental Hygiene Clinic 1||2.0||TBA|
|Introduction to Clinical Periodontics||3.0||Seyedain|
|General & Oral Pathology||3.0||Bilodeau|
|Biological Sciences 3||3.0||Vergona|
|Anesthesiology for the Dental Hygienist||2.0||
|Dental Hygiene Seminar 2||1.0||TBA|
|Dental Hygiene Clinic 2||3.0||TBA|
|Public Health Dentistry||3.0||Green|
|Dental Hygiene Seminar 3||1.0||Ambrosino|
|Dental Hygiene Clinic 3||4.0||Ambrosino|
|Ethics for the Health Care Professional||3.0||Ball|
|Special Needs Dentistry||1.0||Taiclet/Riccelli|
|Health Promotions Through the Lifespan||3.0||Frediani|
|Introduction to Research Analysis||3.0||TBA|
|Dental Health Education, Methods and Practicum||4.0||Green|
|Dental Hygiene Seminar 4||1.0||Riccelli, Ambrosino|
|Dental Hygiene Clinic 4||5.0||Ambrosino|
|Advanced Clinic Dental Hygiene Practice||2.0||Ambrosino|
|Advanced Dental Hygiene Practicum||0.0||Riccelli|
Total Credits - 86.0
Students educate local elementary and high school students on various age-appropriate oral health topics
Incoming 1st year dental hygiene students are welcomed into the program by being paired with a 2nd year dental hygiene student. This is known as our Big Sister, Little Sister/ Big Brother, Little Brother program. The 2nd year students are available to offer help, make suggestions and recommendations, and be someone to talk to when any questions arise. This creates a strong connection between the 1st and 2nd year dental hygiene classes.
Director, Dental Hygiene Program
University of Pittsburgh
School of Dental Medicine
B-82 Salk Hall
Pittsburgh, PA 15261-1937
Degree Completion Program
College of General Studies
University of Pittsburgh
407 Cathedral of Learning
Pittsburgh, PA 1 5260
211 E. Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
Parking and Transportation
Ground Floor, Forbes Pavilion
3525 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
White Coat Ceremony 2013
On August 26, 2013, predoctoral and dental hygiene students will begin their studies at the School of Dental Medicine. During the annual White Coat Ceremony, which will be held on that day, the students will receive their first white coats signifying entry into the profession.
Date: August 26, 2013
Start Time: 3:00 p.m.
End Time: 4:30 p.m.
Location: Scaife Hall, Rooms 5 & 6
^Click for live streaming video of the White Coat Ceremony
How long is the Dental Hygiene Program?
The program is a 5 ½ term program. A term, or semester, is 15 weeks. Students attend school year round, five days a week.
There are 3 terms the first year- Fall, Spring, and Summer, and 2 ½ terms the second year- Fall, Spring, and a 6 week summer session.
What is the tuition for the Dental Hygiene Program?
Undergraduate tuition is currently $7,419.00 per term for Pennsylvania residents and $12,281.00 per term for out-of-state students.
Is there housing available?
Housing arrangements are made through the University of Pittsburgh Housing Office.
When can I start the Dental Hygiene Program?
A class of 36 is accepted every fall term. The Dental Hygiene Program follows the University of Pittsburgh undergraduate calendar.
What classes should I take in high school to prepare for the Dental Hygiene Program?
Students are required to successfully complete high school chemistry and biology, with a laboratory, earning a grade of "B" or better. It is recommended that students take honors or advanced placement courses prior to entering the program.
What tests should I take before applying for the Dental Hygiene Program?
SAT I with a minimum score of 1100 must be achieved or an ACT composite score of 24.
What college classes are prerequisite for the Dental Hygiene Program?
Applicants are required to successfully complete college level English composition and an Introduction to Sociology course.