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Welcome to the USI Dental Hygiene Program

The dental hygiene program at the University of Southern Indiana was the first bachelor degree dental hygiene program in the state of Indiana. We have a long-standing tradition of excellence in dental hygiene education!

Our curriculum includes informative courses, laboratory and clinical experiences, and community oral health education experiences. This diversity of offerings prepares dental hygiene program graduates to deliver oral healthcare services and education in a variety of practice settings.

As a dental hygiene student in USI's bachelor degree program, you'll get hands-on dental hygiene experience at USI's Dental Hygiene Clinic. A state-of-the-art facility located right on campus, the Dental Hygiene Clinic enables you to work with dental hygiene faculty while providing affordable services for a varied community population, including children and adults.


General Disclosure of Program Licensure or Certification Requirements

The Dental Hygiene program prepares indiviudals for employment in the state of Indiana. Individuals must pass the National Board Dental Hygiene examination, a clinical exam, and a state jurisprudence exam in order to be licensed in Indiana. The university has not determined if the program meets licensure requirements in other states.


Accreditation

The Dental Hygiene Program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at 312-440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611-2678. The Commission's web address is: http://www.ada.org/en/coda.

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Opportunities

Unique opportunities give you an edge in the job market.

USI's dental hygiene program offers many advantages. While earning your dental hygiene degree, you'll benefit from:

Dental hygiene employment opportunities are available in private dental practices, public health clinics, schools, hospitals and in research and educational institutions. Graduates from our highly competitive Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene program have an outstanding job placement rate and excellent success on licensure examinations.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has identified dental hygiene as one of the fastest growing professions. Demand for dental hygienists is expected to grow 33 percent in the next decade, as population growth and aging drive up the need for dental hygiene services.

Call USI Admission at 800-467-1965 for more information about our highly competitive dental hygiene program.

100%
Of graduates are able to obtain employment in a dental office

Spotlight

Shayna Stuffle

Dental Hygiene Class of 2020

Shayna Stuffle ʼ20, Dental Hygiene, knew from a young age that she wanted to make a difference in the lives of others. As a recipient of a national grant through the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA), she’s achieving her goal.

Stuffle’s project, providing dental hygiene treatment and products to victims of domestic and sexual violence, earned $5,000 from the Mars Wrigley Foundation’s Healthier Smiles Grant Program.

“I have had the privilege of mentoring Shayna as she completes her final project through the USI Honors Program," said Mandy Reddington, Clinical Assistant Professor of Dental Hygiene and Dental Assisting. “Her project idea began with wanting to learn more about a career in public health dentistry and quickly evolved into a project that could increase access to dental care for survivors of abuse.”

In fall 2019, Stuffle received a USI Endeavor Award to provide dental hygiene treatment for clients of Evansville’s Albion Fellows Bacon Center, a non-profit organization that provides services to victims of abuse, at USI’s Dental Hygiene Clinic during the spring 2020 semester. The additional funding from the ADHA will allow USI to continue offering Albion clients dental hygiene care during the fall 2020 semester.

“As part of her Honors project, Shayna was able to donate 800 toothbrushes, toothpastes, floss and several hundred bottles of mouth rinse to Albion Fellows Bacon Center,” said Reddington. “There is enough product so that every person who seeks services from this agency for the next calendar year will receive one of each.”

Stuffle learned about Albion Fellows Bacon Center through a donation drive conducted by a campus religious life organization her freshman year.

“When the student in charge of the drive explained how they impact the community, I immediately wanted to donate and find other ways to assist this organization in their mission,” she said. “This project helps survivors of abuse receive care they may not otherwise have access to. They will also be provided education on their oral health, including ways to prevent disease.”

Stuffle says her project is also an important professional development opportunity for her and her fellow dental hygiene classmates who are providing care for the Albion clients. “Working with these survivors exposes us to signs of abuse so that we can recognize those signs in the future, as well as enables us to create oral health education tailored to their needs,” she said.

A native of Loogootee, Indiana, Stuffle said the only career she ever considered pursuing is dental hygiene.

“Growing up and having an amazing dental hygienist, interning while in high school and witnessing the difference dental hygienists can make with their patients made me feel secure in my career choice,” she said. “As I have been more exposed to the dental hygiene field, there have been many individuals who have inspired me to keep working diligently and making a difference, as they have made a difference in my professional life.” 

Hallie Owen

Student-Athlete and Dental Hygiene Class of 2023

Click here to hear about my success as a student-athlete in the dental hygiene program, as featured in the USI College of Nursing and Health Professions Take Flight Friday video!

Kaylan Hook

Student-Athlete and Dental Hygiene Class of 2023

Click here to hear about my success as a student-athlete in the dental hygiene program, as featured on the USI College of Nursing and Health Professions Take Flight Friday video!