Allen College to Open New Programs in Dental Hygiene and Public Health

July 15, 2013

WATERLOO, Iowa — Allen College chancellor Dr. Jerry Durham has announced that the College has received final approval to implement two new bachelor’s degree programs.  On May 20th,  the college’s accreditor, the Higher Learning Commission, voted to grant approval for Allen College to offer  bachelor’s  degree  programs in dental hygiene and public health.  Graduates of the new  programs will receive the Bachelor of Health Sciences degree.  Both programs will be offered to students in Iowa and other states  through distance education.  The College is currently recruiting directors for both programs.  Both programs are unique to Iowa.

The new program in dental hygiene, which will  require 30 credits of dental hygiene coursework,  will admit students who are already registered dental hygienists.  According to Allen’s vice-chancellor of academic affairs, Dr. Nancy Kramer, Iowa has five accredited entry-level dental hygiene programs located in community colleges, including Hawkeye Community College in Waterloo and Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids.  Allen College’s  2012 survey of Iowa’s dental hygienists found significant interest among those surveyed in earning a bachelor’s degree.  Allen College is planning  to admit its first dental hygiene students no later than the fall of 2015.

The 37 credit public health program  will address current and future needs for entry-level public health workers and prepare students for graduate study in public health and related fields.  Dr. Kramer said that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has reported that  80% of the public health workforce lacks specific training in public health. Moreover, recent surveys by the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) confirm that public health agencies continue to face workforce crises in the form of ill-prepared employees, a shortage of workers, and an impending wave of retirements with 50% of state health agency workforces able to retire by 2012.  The College is planning to admit its first public health students in fall 2014.

More information about the new programs is available by calling 319-226-2014.

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