Master of Dental Hygiene (MDH) Program (Online)
The Program is designed for dental hygienists desiring to teach.
The Master in Dental Hygiene is an advanced post professional degree designed for licensed dental hygienists with baccalaureate degrees. The goal of the post professional degree program, Master in Dental Hygiene (MDH), is to attract future graduate students from Tennessee as well as nationwide in order to initially prepare or further develop individual's skills to serve as educators and leaders in the dental hygiene profession. It is expected that this program will attract a wide audience due to the following unique characteristics of the program. The online web-mediated design will allow students to earn a graduate degree from their area of residence while continuing to teach or practice. The flexible curricula design allows for full or part time enrollment.
Students are only required to be on campus one week each summer. An orientation week will be held each summer for students entering the program. Continuing students, during the second summer of enrollment, will attend an advanced four day workshop. With faculty approval, field experience courses and practicum can be completed in the student's state of residence.
Students select their own rate of progress through the Program, although all degree requirements must be completed within five years of the date of initial enrollment. Full-time study is also available. Students in the full-time program could complete the program requirements in as little as four semesters. The initial credit hour requirement for the M.D.H. degree was 30 semester hours. Students who enter the program after January 1, 2010 will be required to complete a 33 hour curriculum.
- Prepare educators for faculty positions in entry level dental hygiene programs.
- Assist in alleviating the national shortage of dental hygiene faculty.
- Provide graduates with the skills necessary to be successful in leadership positions in education, professional organizations, community health organizations and/or the corporate arena.
- Add to the body on knowledge of dental hygiene through student, graduate, and faculty generated scholarly activity.
Many current and potential MDH students have questions related to qualifications for faculty and administrators who teach in colleges and universities governed by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) (TN, KY, NC, SC, GA, AL, MS, TX, VA, LA, and FL). The SACS Credential Guideline is provided below.
- a. Faculty teaching general education courses at the undergraduate level: doctor's or master's degree in the teaching discipline or master's degree with a concentration in the teaching discipline (a minimum of 18 graduate semester hours in the teaching discipline).
- b. Faculty teaching associate degree courses designed for transfer to a baccalaureate degree: doctor's or master's degree in the teaching discipline or master's degree with a concentration in the teaching discipline (a minimum of 18 graduate semester hours in the teaching discipline).
- c. Faculty teaching associate degree courses not designed for transfer to the baccalaureate degree: bachelor's degree in the teaching discipline, or associate's degree and demonstrated competencies in the teaching discipline.
- d. Faculty teaching baccalaureate courses: doctor's or master's degree in the teaching discipline or master's degree with a concentration in the teaching discipline (minimum of 18 graduate semester hours in the teaching discipline). At least 25 percent of the discipline course hours in each undergraduate major are taught by faculty members holding the terminal degree—usually the earned doctorate—in the discipline.
Commencement and Graduation
Attendance at commencement and graduation is required. Those unable to attend either or both ceremonies must obtain permission to receive the degree in absentia by filing a written request with the Dean of the College. To contact Dr. Hottel (May 2014 ceremonies) please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are interested in obtaining more information about our program, please e-mail
Dr. Nancy Williams at email@example.com.
You can also write or call us at:
Graduate Program in Dental Hygiene
875 Union Avenue
Memphis, Tennessee 38163
Now accepting students for Fall Semester 2014
Give to the Dr. Nancy J. Williams Endowment Fund for Master of Dental Hygiene students.
First scholarship available Fall 2014.
Graduate Program in Dental Hygiene
930 Madison Avenue
Memphis, TN 38163