We are the only dental hygiene bachelor's degree program in the State of Illinois and one of the premier programs in the country. We are accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation.
Solicitation of Third Party Comments
The Southern Illinois University Dental Hygiene Program is fully accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation (ADA-CODA). Dental and dental hygiene education program accreditation is granted through ADA-CODA, the accrediting body for all of dentistry. ADA-CODA accreditation indicates that the program has met or exceeded the basic accreditation requirements through nationally established education standards for the dental field.
The ADA-CODA schedules a site visit to review our program every seven years. The SIU Dental Hygiene Program site visit is scheduled for November 12-13, 2013. In preparation for the site visit, the dental hygiene program is soliciting third-party comments. Documents helpful in this process include the Dental Hygiene Accreditation Standards, the Policy on Third Party Comments, and CODA Policies and Procedures which include a section on filing complaints and may be accessed on the American Dental Association website, by calling 1/800-621-8099, extension 4653, or by writing to the following address:
American Dental Association (ADA)
211 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60611
All third-party comments must pertain only to the accreditation standards or policies and procedures pertinent to the program being reviewed. All comments must be signed. Signatures will be removed by the ADA-CODA prior forwarding them to the program.
Deadline for submitting comments : September 13, 2013
The mission of the Dental Hygiene Program is to provide quality educational experiences in an evidence-based curriculum, patient-centered clinical care, and interprofessional community-based service. The program strives to comprehensively prepare competent graduates to enter any one of six designated roles of the dental hygienist as defined by the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA): Clinician, educator/health promoter, manager, researcher, consumer advocate, and change agent.
Comprehensively prepare dental hygiene graduates who are competent in the utilization and integration of knowledge and critical thinking skills related to general education, biomedical sciences, dental science, and dental hygiene science.
Provide students with dynamic and diverse clinical opportunities that support the development of psychomotor and communication skills relevant to dental hygiene practice.
Prepare graduates who demonstrate professionalism and ethical leadership in the delivery of patient-centered evidence-based care.
Support students’ needs and development to help them fully reach their potential.
Encourage student participation in community involvement to improve the well-being of others.
Provide students with the skills necessary to advance the practice of dental hygiene through research, involvement with professional associations, and life-long learning.
Upon graduation, you will also be prepared to continue your education through graduate or professional programs.
The curriculum incorporates advances in technology in the oral health field and is composed of 120 hours of academic coursework to be completed in four years. The coursework that prepares you for a successful professional career also provides additional preparation in the provision of peridontal care and an internship caring for rural health special needs and geriatric populations. The integration of the dental hygiene professional courses over a three-year period offers students extra supervised clinical practice prior to graduation.
Students must complete all dental hygiene courses with a grade of C or higher.