Advanced Professional Certificate for Expanded Function Dental Hygiene in Pediatrics

The School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene offers Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) and graduates from the UH BS Dental Hygiene Program the opportunity to expand their knowledge, improve oral health outcomes for children, and develop clinical skills in pediatrics with a focus on children 0-5 years of age.

The Advanced Professional Certificate for Expanded Function Dental Hygiene (EFDH) in Pediatrics program is a cohort-model designed to be completed in 9 months of full-time study. Didactic courses will be delivered in an online platform. Clinical experiences focus on providing hands-on oral care to keiki in the community using standard office dental equipment as well as mobile dental equipment in various community settings across the state. EFDH graduates will have a competitive advantage for employment in pediatric dental practices, school-based health centers, and other non-traditional sites.

The UHM dental hygiene program is the only baccalaureate level program in the state. It offers the educational preparation required of dental hygienists to provide oral health care and education to the people of Hawaii, the continental U.S., and the Pacific-Asia region. The dental hygiene program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation.

Course Listing

Required (16 credits)

DH 484 Pediatric Growth & Development (1 credits)

DH 485 Adv Health Diag Assess Ped Pt (1 credits)

DH 486 Pharm Prin Clin Thera Ped (1 credits)

DH 487 Interprof Coll Prac Sim Lab (1 credits)

DH 488 DH Ped Training Clinical I (4 credits)

DH 489 Mgt of Ped Dental Emergencies (1 credits)

DH 490 Comm-Based DH Care Vuln Child (1 credits)

DH 491 Comm-Based Practice Capstone (2 credits)

DH 492 DH Ped Training Clinical II (4 credits)