Allen College Board of Trustees Approves New Programs in Dental Hygiene and Public Health

September 17, 2012

WATERLOO, Iowa — At its September meeting, the Allen College Board of Trustees approved two new undergraduate degree programs in dental hygiene and public health. Current plans call for the programs to be implemented in the fall 2014 semester, pending final approval by the College’s regional accreditor, the Higher Learning Commission. According to Allen College’s chief academic officer, Dr. Nancy Kramer, a graduate of either program will receive a Bachelor of Health Sciences (BHS) degree. The program in dental hygiene, which will admit only students who are already certified dental hygienists, will be delivered in an online format and require 30 semester hours of credit in the major, as well as additional general education coursework. The program in public health, which requires 37 semester hours of coursework in the major, will also be delivered in an online format. According to Allen College chancellor, Dr. Jerry Durham, there is currently no bachelor’s degree program in either dental hygiene or public health in Iowa, even though there is a need for healthcare workers with four-year degrees in these areas. Dr. Peggy Fortsch, dean of the School of Health Sciences, said that graduates of the programs will be prepared to pursue graduate education in these or related fields.

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