Unit: Dental Hygiene
Program: Dental Hygiene (BS)
Degree: Bachelor's
Date: Wed Oct 08, 2014 - 2:50:08 pm

1) Institutional Learning Objectives (ILOs) and Program Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

1. The students of the undergraduate dental hygiene program are prepared to assume various professional roles including that of an entry-level clinician, an educator, a researcher, manager, and an advocate for individuals or communities. As such, the Student learning Outcomes for the student of the baccalaureate-level dental hygiene program include necessary foundational dental and dental hygiene knowledge, performance clinical skills, basic professional behaviors and attitudes, and community well achievement and understanding of health determinants in our global society to meet these expectations. SLO 1. Foundational Dental and Dental Hygiene Knowledge. Although each student brings a varied academic background and level of creativity, each is provided with the dental and dental hygiene science knowledge base which serves as the foundation for the discipline-specific dental hygiene program. The process of assessment, diagnoses, planning, implementation, and evaluation in collaboration with client, other professionals, and faculty is essential in a wellness directed program whether for an individual or community.

(1b. Specialized study in an academic field, 2c. Communicate and report, 3a. Continuous learning and personal growth)

2. SLO 2. Performance Clinical Skills. Each student must provide comprehensive dental hygiene care, some of which are technical in nature, in an evidence-based practice setting seeking consultation or making referrals as necessary

(1b. Specialized study in an academic field)

3. Basic Professional Behaviors. Each student receives through the University's general education requirement a liberal education including communication, critical thinking and decision-making skills, and cross cultural awareness, and through the dental hygiene program, discipline-related code of ethics, laws and regulations. The student is provided the environment in which to practice, improve and develop basic professional behaviors.

(1a. General education, 1b. Specialized study in an academic field, 2a. Think critically and creatively, 2b. Conduct research, 2c. Communicate and report, 3a. Continuous learning and personal growth, 3b. Respect for people and cultures, in particular Hawaiian culture, 3d. Civic participation)

4. SLO 4. Community Wellness Appreciation and Understanding of Health Determinants in our Global Society. Experiences in working with individuals and communities in health and wellness activities develop attitudes and skills needed to create successful interventions and includes identification of risk factors, strategy development, assessment of resources, and understanding the necessity of comprehensive care plan development.

(1b. Specialized study in an academic field, 1c. Understand Hawaiian culture and history, 2c. Communicate and report, 3b. Respect for people and cultures, in particular Hawaiian culture, 3d. Civic participation)

2) Your program's SLOs are published as follows. Please update as needed.

Department Website URL:
Student Handbook. URL, if available online:
Information Sheet, Flyer, or Brochure URL, if available online:
UHM Catalog. Page Number:
Course Syllabi. URL, if available online: available through course faculty and/or at Departmental Office
Other: Self Study Report: Exhibit document, Commission on Dental Accreditation
Other: Departmental and Clinical Guidelines

3) Select one option:

Curriculum Map File(s) from 2014:

4) For your program, the percentage of courses that have course SLOs explicitly stated on the syllabus, a website, or other publicly available document is as follows. Please update as needed.


5) Did your program engage in any program assessment activities between June 1, 2013 and September 30, 2014? (e.g., establishing/revising outcomes, aligning the curriculum to outcomes, collecting evidence, interpreting evidence, using results, revising the assessment plan, creating surveys or tests, etc.)

No (skip to question 14)

6) For the period between June 1, 2013 and September 30, 2014: State the assessment question(s) and/or assessment goals. Include the SLOs that were targeted, if applicable.

As indicated on Curriculum Map, at the end of the thee-years dental hygiene major area, the undergradute degree student is expcted to have met the UHM ILOs and the dental hygiene programs SLOs.  Outcome measures examined to determine whether SLOs have been met  include successful completion of major area courses and programmatic requirements.  This enables students to qualify to take th American Dental Association's National Board Dental Hygiene and the State of Hawaii-approved clinical licensing examinations.  Upon successfully passing both, applications for pofessional licensure may be submitted.


7) State the type(s) of evidence gathered to answer the assessment question and/or meet the assessment goals that were given in Question #6.

Evidence gathered include:

1.  Demographic:  attrition rates and rationale

2.  % successfully completing  dental hygiene courses:  meet course requiremnts

3.  % successfully completin program as projected (on-time:  3 years)

4.  % successfully passing National Board Dental Hygiene Examination

5.  % successfully passing State accepted clnical licensin examination

6.  % employed as a dental hygienist

8) State how many persons submitted evidence that was evaluated. If applicable, please include the sampling technique used.

Data for attrition rate, percentage successfully completing dental hygiene courses; would represent all students enrolled in the dental hygiene program (e.g. three cohorts) and are available from each faculty as well as the department.

Data for successful completion of the dental hygiene program as scheduled, % passed National Board Dental Hygiene Examination, % passed State accepted clinical licensing examintion, and % employed as a dental hygienist is applicable to senior or the student cohort who have met all entry-level learning outcomes.  Data is available from the testing agencies.

9) Who interpreted or analyzed the evidence that was collected? (Check all that apply.)

Course instructor(s)
Faculty committee
Ad hoc faculty group
Department chairperson
Persons or organization outside the university
Faculty advisor
Advisors (in student support services)
Students (graduate or undergraduate)

10) How did they evaluate, analyze, or interpret the evidence? (Check all that apply.)

Used a rubric or scoring guide
Scored exams/tests/quizzes
Used professional judgment (no rubric or scoring guide used)
Compiled survey results
Used qualitative methods on interview, focus group, open-ended response data
External organization/person analyzed data (e.g., external organization administered and scored the nursing licensing exam)

11) For the assessment question(s) and/or assessment goal(s) stated in Question #6:
Summarize the actual results.

Cohort size for Fall 2013:                    First Year 22,  Second Year 20,  Third Year  20

Cohort size at end of Spring 2014:      First Year 21,  Second Year 18,  Third Year  18

Reaso fo Attrition include:    Medial Academic


% successfully completing courses:    First Year (100%);  does not include individual who left fo medical reasos

                                                            Second Year (90%):  attrition due to academic failure

                                                            Third Year (100%): 

% successfully completied program: as projected:  Third Year:   95% completed requirements for the BS in Dental Hygiene as        scheduled:  1 student (5%)  is completing requirements for a second major area;  1 student completed a Gen Ed course during Summer 2014.

% passed National Board Dental Hygiene Examintion:  95% passed on first attempt

% passed State accepted clinical licensing examination:  95% (the individual has since passed th examination on the 2nd attempt)

% employed as a dental hygiienist:  85% as of 9/30/14:  90% (1 ineligible fo licensure as requires a passing National Board Dental Hygiene Examinaiton score;  1 ineligible as must be awarded degree following completion o second major area)

12) State how the program used the results or plans to use the results. Please be specific.

Discussion issues are as follows:

1.  Admission Criteria:  conducting a re-evauation of selection criteria

2.  Re-examination of didactic and clinical courses::  evaluation procedures;  requirements


Future:  consider course modficatons

13) Beyond the results, were there additional conclusions or discoveries?
This can include insights about assessment procedures, teaching and learning, program aspects and so on.

It is generally felt that students completing the baccalaureate level dental hygiene program meet established entry level expectations and are prepared to serve as practitioners in the community.

Although thereiare established admission's criteia, it appears that the critera may require tweeking as scores from other units of the System and elsewhere do not appear equivalent.  This necessitates triage on behalf of the student:  counselng, tutoring, modificaion of instructonal methodology, etc.

On a larger scale, it is apparent that managemen of students with a variety of learning needs as well as establishing better opportunities for teaching/learning could be made available if  adequate funds were consistently available.  

14) If the program did not engage in assessment activities, please explain.
Or, if the program did engage in assessment activities, please add any other important information here.