As the population of the nation becomes more diverse, dental hygiene programs must ensure graduates are receiving cultural competency training in entry-level educational programs. The purpose of this study was to establish a baseline for what topics of cultural competency training are or are not being incorporated into dental hygiene schools and to determine if differences exist between topics covered amongst the types of degree-granting institutions. Topics were investigated via survey instrument and data was collected from 76 U.S dental hygiene program directors. Results of this study emphasized the similarities between entry-level dental hygiene programs and illustrated a lack of difference between topics of cultural competency training taught between associate and baccalaureate-granting dental hygiene institutions. More effort must be made by all entry-level degree granting dental hygiene program to ensure cultural competency training is implemented.
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First Committee Member (Chair)
culture, education, curriculum
Calleros, Christina. "Cultural Competency in the Dental Hygiene Curricula: A Survey." (2016). https://digitalrepository.unm.edu/dehy_etds/7