Assign modules on offcanvas module position to make them visible in the sidebar.

Our school

What is O’Hehir University Exactly?

O’Hehir University is an international, online institution founded specifically for dental hygienists who want to complete a Bachelor of Science Degree in Oral Health Promotion.  In our first six years, over 230 dental hygienists have graduated from O'Hehir University.  

Who Can Attend O'Hehir University?

Dental hygienists with a diploma, certificate or associate’s degree who have graduated from an accredited dental hygiene program and hold a license or registration to practice dental hygiene are eligible for entry into O'Hehir University. Preceptorship trained dental hygienists do not qualify for our degree completion program.

Why Should an RDH Have a Bachelor’s Degree?

Graduates of certificate and associate degree dental hygiene programs have, by virtue of their education, earned the credits required for a bachelor’s degree. Completing a Bachelor of Science Degree through O’Hehir University provides dental hygienists with the problem solving, implementation and communication skills necessary to advance their clinical career while increasing their competitive advantage in the market place. Licensed/registered Dental Hygienists are not truly graduates of a “two-year program” as often perceived by other health care professionals. The curriculum required for an accredited dental hygiene program is in fact comparable to that of many other university bachelor's degree and for some master's degree programs. Dental hygienists should have a Bachelor of Science Degree as that does in fact reflect the entry level of dental hygienists today.

How Does O’Hehir University Work?

Students are assigned to a cohort of four to seven students meeting weekly to every other week for one hour in virtual video conference calls to discuss the state of oral health today, career goals and project development. This type of online interaction fosters discussion, mentoring and peer review.  Students combine reflective learning and academic inquiry with their practical, professional experience to fulfill degree requirements.

Completing a SWOT Analysis of both oral health today and their career provides an understanding of strengths and weaknesses and identifies opportunities and threats. This approach to education allows for practical application, better preparing dental hygienists to implement change in their clinical practice environments and in their careers.

Four books are required: Anxiety Free by Patrick McKeown, Reflective Writing Pocket Study Skills by Willilams, Woolliams, and Spiro, Health Behavior Change in the Dental Practice by Christoph Ramseier & Jean Suvan and 100 Questions about Action Research by Duesbery and Twyman.  These books prepare students for a new and exciting experience in learning based on Reflective and Inquiry Learning Methods.

Students complete an Action Research Project and submit a written thesis. The research project implements a small change in their current approach to patients to achieve greater oral health for patients. This project is peer-assessed and submitted as part of the requirements for a Bachelor’s Degree.

How Long Does O’Hehir University BS Degree Completion Take?

The O’Hehir University’s degree completion program requires a six-month commitment with a cohort of five to seven students meeting for one hour each week in an online conference with classmates, faculty and mentors. The OHU format focuses on interaction and reflection within a small group.