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Associate of Applied Science to MSU-Billings

Associate of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene Transfer to MSU Billings

This agreement provides students who have completed the Associate of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene degree the opportunity to complete a Bachelor of Applied Science with Thematic Concentration in Dental Hygiene degree at MSUB. Any GFCMSU student who has earned an Associates of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene degree with coursework that adheres to the guidelines within this agreement is guaranteed that MSUB will accept designated major related credits and that all general education credits will apply to the Bachelor of Applied Science with Thematic Concentration in Dental Hygiene in a manner consistent with the treatment of native MSUB students.

Graduates are prepared to:

  • Formulate comprehensive dental hygiene care plans that include accurate, consistent and complete documentation for assessment, diagnosis, planning, implementation, and evaluation that are dental centered and based on current scientific evidence based treatment. 
  • Employ professional judgement and critical thinking to identify, asses, analyze and creatively address situations in a safe and ethical manner. 
  • Demonstrate effective interpersonal skills through verbal and written communication with all individuals and groups from various populations.
  • Demonstrate leadership skills and provide service to the community through health promotion activities and oral health prevention education while respecting their values and beliefs.
  • Apply the concepts of oral health prevention and promotion to improve overall wellness by understanding the link between oral and systemic health. 
  • Provide safe and competent dental hygiene services to all individuals who seek treatment regardless of age, physical status, or intellectual ability with an individualized approach that is humane, empathetic, and caring.  
  • Demonstrate appropriate cultural, legal, ethical, and professional values at all times while practicing within the standards established by the professions code of ethics and identify parameters of accountability. 
  • Determine when the collaboration with other healthcare professionals is required to ensure safe appropriate comprehensive dental hygiene care is provided. 
  • Develop goals based on continuous self assessment to ensure lifelong learning and professional growth.
  • Exhibit effective customer service and practice building skills that are designed to promote the area and importance of preventive oral health.

Estimated Resident Program Cost*

Tuition and Fees $11,962
Application Fee $30
Lab Fees $200
Program Fee $1,265
Books/Supplies/Instruments $3,743
Total $17,200

Students will be required to purchase dental instruments, supplies, uniforms, and may also be required to provide transportation to clinical sites and lodging costs depending on the clinical sites selected.

Many students need preliminary math, science, and writing courses before enrolling in the program requirements. These courses may increase the total number of program credits. Students should review their math and writing placement before planning out their full program schedules.

GFC MSU Additional Graduation Requirement

COLS 103Becoming a Successful Student +1

Prerequisite Courses

BIOH 201Human Anat Phys I/Lab (= 301) **, +4
BIOH 211Human Anat Phys II & Lab(=311) *, +4
BIOM 250Microbiology for Hlth Sci wLab *, +4
M 121(or any math in the MUS Core) **, +3-4
WRIT 101College Writing I **, +3
Select one of the following:
CHMY 121Intro to General Chem w/Lab **, +4
CHMY 141College Chemistry I w/Lab **, +4
CHMY 143College Chemistry II w/Lab *, +4
Total Credits22-27

All prerequisite courses and dental hygiene program application must be completed by June 10th prior to fall entry into the program. A grade of C (not a C-) or above must be achieved in all prerequisite and program courses to advance in the program and to graduate.

Program Course Requirements

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
DENT 101 Intro to Dental Hyg/Preclinic + 2
DENT 102 Intro to DH/Preclinic Lab + 2
DENT 110 Theory of Infect Ctrl and Dis + 1
DENT 118 Oral Anatomy for Hygienists + 3
DENT 122 Radiology I/Lab + 2
HTH 140 Pharmacology for HC Providers + 2
DENT 125 Radiology II/Lab *, + 2
DENT 150 Clinical Dent Hyg Theory I *, + 2
DENT 151 Clinical Dent Hyg Practice I *, + 4
DENT 160 Periodontology I *, + 3
DENT 165 Oral Histology and Embryology *, + 2
DENT 240 Local Anes/Nitrous Ox Theo/Lab *, + 2
DENT 220 Dental Nutrition Health *, + 3
DENT 223 Clinical Dent Hyg Theory II *, + 2
DENT 251 Clinical Dent Hyg Practice II *, + 4
DENT 260 Periodontology II *, + 2
Second Year
DENT 130 Dental Materials *, + 2
DENT 263 General/Oral Pathology *, + 3
DENT 237 Gerontology/Special Needs Pts *, + 2
DENT 250 Clinical Dent Hyg Theory III *, + 2
DENT 252 Clinical Dent Hyg Practice III *, + 5
Select one of the following:  
COMX 111 Intro to Public Speaking + 3
COMX 115 Intro to Interpersonal Communc + 3
DENT 232 Comm Dental Hlth and Educ *, + 2
DENT 235 Prof Issues/Ethics in Dent Pra *, + 2
DENT 280 Clinical Dent Hyg Theory IV *, + 1
DENT 281 Clinical Dent Hyg Practice IV *, + 5
SOCI 101 Introduction to Sociology + 3
Select one of the following:  
PSYX 100 Introduction to Psychology + 3
PSYX 230 Developmental Psychology + 3
 Total Credits77

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS:  93-98

Outline for Completion of Bachelor of Applied Science with with Thematic Concentration in Dental Hygiene from MSU Billings

Educational FoundationsStudents will complete courses to meet the MUS General Education Requirements

Thematic Concentration*- Total of 30 credits: (A grade of "C-" or higher is mandatory in all courses in the thematic concentration)

I. Main Focus Area from one discipline: Dental Hygiene

Students may take the following courses or other Health Administration courses approved by their advisor.

DENT 305 Introduction to Dental Hygiene Research 2
DENT 360 Educational Methods in Dental Hygiene 3
DENT 380 Contemporary Issues in Dental Hygiene 3
DENT 470 Leadership in Dental Hygiene 3
DENT 499A Capstone Part A 2
DENT 499B Capstone Part B 2

 II. Montana University System Core Courses - 33 Semester Hours

HADM 307 Health Informatics 3
HADM 325 Principles of Marketing for Health Care Organizations 3
HADM 335 Health Law and Ethics 3
HADM 440 Managerial Epidemiology and the Public's Health 3
HADM 492 SM: Health Systems 3

*ALL Thematic Concentration courses MUST be approved by your faculty advisor, the Department Chair, and the Academic Dean of the College for the focus area of concentration.

Conditions of Transfer:

Section I: Admissions and Matriculation
  • GFCMSU students maintaining continuous enrollment under this agreement will be afforded the same treatment and protection as native MSUB students who enrolled under a specific catalog.
  • Criteria for acceptance into MSUB will be the same for transfer as for native students.
  • GFCMSU, upon request of students, will provide verification of completed courses to MSUB through its Office of Admissions and Records. The transcripts of students transferring from GFCMSU will be evaluated by the Registrar's Office at MSUB.
  • Transfer students from GFCMSU will have access to financial aid, scholarships, and student services on the same basis as native students.
  • MSUB will apply the same academic progress and graduation standards to GFCMSU transfer students to GFCMSU transfer students as those applicable to native students at MSUB. 
Section II:Transfer of Credit  
  • A maximum of 93-98 credits semester hours will be accepted by MSUB from GFCMSU to be applied to the Bachelor of Applied Science with Thematic Concentration in Dental Hygiene degree as outlined in this agreement.
Section III: Program Plan
  • While a course-by-course equivalence was used in the development of this plan, this agreement presumes that the general education core requirements at GFCMSU meet general education requirements at MSUB. Students falling under this program articulation agreement will be responsible for successfully completing the additional prescribed requirements.