M.S. Degree in Dental Hygiene Online Program Details
Fones School of Dental Hygiene established in 1949, was named for Dr. Alfred Civilion Fones, a dentist who was instrumental not only at the University of Bridgeport, but also in the world dental hygiene movement.
Accredited since 1953, the Fones program is in full accordance with the principles established by the Commission on Dental Accreditation, a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council on Post-Secondary Accreditation and the United States Department of Education. Graduates are eligible for National, Regional, and State examinations.
The Masters of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene at the University of Bridgeport Fones School of Dental Hygiene is a strong quality based graduate program that prepares dental hygienists for leadership roles in education, administration, public health, and dental hygiene practice. The curriculum is designed for students to gain theory and practical experience. Emphasis is placed on students gaining experience and confidence to assume positions designated for graduate degree employment. Faculty is carefully selected based on their expertise in each facet of the curriculum.
The M.S. in Dental Hygiene is offered entirely online. The courses are designed to be learner-centered in terms of scheduling, duration, learning materials, assignments, and interaction between faculty and students and among students. The online interaction is designed to encourage thoughtful and well-prepared discussions based on both the student’s command of the coursework and their personal dental hygiene experience.
Online courses leading to the M.S. in Dental Hygiene follow an accelerated format, allowing students to earn their degree while still maintaining their professional work schedule. Courses are conducted online and can be accessed at anytime from anywhere. Interaction with professors and other students is done through email, online discussion board, and collaborative learning software (live, virtual classroom).
Part 1 – Campus: A mandatory 2-day campus visit is required for all newly enrolled students. This orientation occurs during the first week of June prior to the start of summer online courses.
Part 2 – Online: All students are required to participate in an Online Orientation one week prior to the first course. During the Orientation students are given instructions on how to navigate the learning management system (LMS), strategies for being a successful online student, and access to other University resources, including the Wahlstrom Library’s electronic databases. Successful completion of the Orientation is required of all new students in the online program.
Please Note: Part 1 and Part 2 of the orientation are mandatory for all students.